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FSCT 7910 - Research Methodology and Measurement Models

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course is intended to develop the student’s advanced research and analytical skills. It will focus on the theory of inquiry, the logic, reality, and structure of investigative enquiry, as well as data analysis, methodologies of measurement models and reporting of results. Emphasis will be placed on data gathering and statistical techniques. The student will be introduced to multivariate statistical analysis techniques, using SPSS for application in the law enforcement and forensics fields. Various models of measurement, including quantitative, qualitative and data mining techniques with hands on data sets will be covered. Groups will be required to prepare a mini research project using all the statistical applications covered in class.





Spring/Summer 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2021 term.

CRN 63412

Fri Apr 02 - Fri Jun 04 9 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 02 - Apr 16 Fri 13:30 - 18:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Apr 23 - Jun 04 Fri 13:30 - 18:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below


Joe Ilsever

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Due to the COVID outbreak, we are now offering this course ONLINE for the Spring/Summer term. For details on the textbook required, please check: A student version of the SPSS software will also be required; details will be provided upon course registration. Students who have been accepted into a Forensics program where this course is a part of the matrix may register without any further approvals. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the strengths and limitations of applied investigative research and research methodologies
  • Examine the significance of conceptualization and measurement models and analysis
  • Identify the differences between qualitative and quantitative research, and assess the suitability of each type of research for different applications
  • Identify the methodological issues when using public safety data
  • Articulate research findings in the law enforcement context
  • Apply statistical crime research methods and advanced data analysis techniques using SPSS and predictive analytics
  • Identify a suitable research topic to be explored in the capstone research course work

Effective as of Fall 2012

Related Programs

FSCT 7910 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 (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Option)
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  4. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  5. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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