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FSCT 8155 - Forensic Biology: Evidence Recovery

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course provides instruction in evidence search and collection for the purposes of submitting samples for forensic DNA typing within an accredited laboratory environment. Evidence searching (including alternate light sources) is followed by screening of evidence with presumptive and/or confirmatory tests to identify the source of biological evidence including blood, semen, saliva, and urine. Students will also learn about microscopy principles and techniques to search for and identify biological and trace chemical evidence. Practical laboratory exercises teach the decision-making process for initiating complex searches with the proper methods for collecting and preserving wet and dry biological evidence, proper evidence storage, and maintenance of the chain of custody and evidence tracking. In addition, biological hazards and best safety procedures are covered.

Prerequisite(s)

FSCT 8150

Credits

3.0

Cost

$792.08

Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 87305

Thu Jan 09 - Thu Apr 02 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Apr 02 Thu 18:00 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 4015
Jan 09 - Apr 02 Thu 18:00 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 2010

Instructor

Christine Martin

Course Outline

Cost

$792.08

Notes

  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is currently for students in the UBC/BCIT Honours Program only. For more information, please contact one of the Program Assistants at BCIT_Forensics@BCIT.ca or the Forensic Science & Technology website at bcit.ca/forensics.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the difference between biological evidence and non-biological evidence.
  • Outline common locations and source of biological evidence.
  • Use UV and alternate light sources to locate biological evidence.
  • Describe the underlying process of how presumptive and confirmatory tests work in identifying biological fluids.
  • Use presumptive and/or confirmatory tests and correctly interpret the results to identify various types of biological fluids (blood, semen, saliva, urine).
  • Search a variety of types of evidence including mapping of large pieces of evidence.
  • Explain the underlying principles of microscopy including Kohler illumination, phase contrast microscopy, other techniques and limitations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively search for biological evidence using microscopy.
  • Practice proper safety procedures to handle potential health hazards when dealing with biological evidence.
  • Demonstrate proper techniques to package and store wet and dry evidence in order to preserve DNA.
  • Identify proper methods for storing various types of biological evidence.
  • Describe the components and importance of chain of custody and evidence tracking while working in an accredited forensic laboratory.

Effective as of Fall 2018

Related Programs

FSCT 8155 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   Bachelor of Technology

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