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FSCT 7320 - Introduction to Forensic Science

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course provides on overview of the fundamental principles of forensic science and its origins. Techniques and instrumentation employed by forensic experts and methodology used to maintain continuity and integrity of evidence are examined. The role of physical evidence in civil and criminal trials is also discussed.

Prerequisite(s)

Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$730.07

Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 32936

Tue Sep 11 - Tue Dec 04 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 11 - Dec 04 Tue 18:00 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 2024

Instructor

David McKay

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$730.07

Notes

  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. For department approval, please contact Julia Dreyer, Program Assistant at Forensics Dept (jdreyer@bcit.ca). For details on the textbook required, please check: bcitbookstore.ca/bcit/ For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit www.bcit.ca/cas/Forensics

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of scientific methodology, comparison, and identification.
  • Describe the techniques used by the forensic identification specialist to document the crime scene.
  • Describe the techniques used by the forensic identification specialist to detect, recover, and analyze evidence.
  • Explain the methods used by the forensic identification specialist to minimize the impact on the crime scene and maintain continuity and integrity of evidence.
  • Identify biological evidence suitable for forensic DNA analysis.
  • Explain the overview of forensic DNA analysis.
  • Describe the methods used by the forensic entomologist to determine time since death.
  • Describe features of the human skeletal system used by the forensic anthropologist to determine sex, age, stature, and race.
  • Describe unique features of the human skeletal system used by the forensic anthropologist to aid in the identification of human skeletal remains.
  • Discuss the applications of trace chemical evidence.
  • Describe the classification and identification methods used by the trace chemical evidence expert.
  • Describe the principles and procedures in making firearm and tool mark identifications.
  • Explain the responsibilities of the BC Coroners Service.
  • Describe the principle of facial recognition and the use of facial reconstruction as an investigative tool.
  • Describe the fingerprint Henry Classification System, levels of friction ridge detail, and the philosophy of fiction ridge individualization.
  • Describe the methods and techniques used by the forensic video analysis expert for the scientific examination, comparison and/or evaluation.
  • Describe the methods and techniques used by the forensic toxicologist to analyze and interpret the presence of drugs/poisons from biological fluids and tissues.

Effective as of Winter 2012

Related Programs

FSCT 7320 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science
    Full-time   Bachelor of Science
  2. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  4. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  5. Forensic Science Technology (Forensic Health Sciences Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit bcit.ca/bookstore for more information.

Fall 2018

Books for Fall 2018 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

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Cei Digital : Criminalistics
Author Saferstein
Publisher Ph
Copyright 2018
Binding Digital Version
ISBN 978-0-13447-784-8
Price $151.95
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Criminalistics
Author Saferstein
Publisher Pearson
Copyright 2018
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-13447-759-6
Price $199.95
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