This course demonstrates principles of forensic archaeology and methodical scene examination, showing how these principles are used in the search, excavation and recovery of human remains. The theories and methodologies employed are explored during lectures as well as during the field component. During the field component of the course (3x 8 hour days), teams will learn to process a scene from start to finish, including: initial scene assessment, surface scatter search, mapping, measuring, recording, gridding, screening, excavation and recovery of the remains. The course will conclude with a de-briefing session.
Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
BBY Campus Lectures (Thursdays): May 28, June 4, 11, 25, July 2, July 9 (final exam) Note: No class June 18; Three 8 hr Field school days at BCIT woodlot in Maple Ridge: (Saturdays): June 20, 27, and July 4. Attendance for all three Saturdays is MANDATORY. No exceptions. 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 BCIT_Forensics@bcit.ca. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: https://www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics.
A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students.
International students: this may impact your ability to register.
11 seats available as of Feb 24, 2020 1:56 pm (PST). Of these 11, 5 are currently reserved for domestic students only. Availability may change at any time.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to effectively work and perform in a team environment.
Describe environmental and taphonomic factors which influence the decomposition sequence that occurs in human remains and how each of these factors can influence the estimation of the elapsed time of death and the subsequent discovery of the remains.
Conduct a formal and methodological search for scattered surface human remains at a site.
Map, record and grid a scene with human remains.
Explain the process and describe the methodology used in excavating a forensic shallow grave/burial.
Describe several surface features which may be indicative of the presence of a forensic burial.
Processing of a scene with human remains/ recovering scattered remains and buried remains.
Effective as of Fall 2012
FSCT 8110 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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