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FSCT 8310 - Questioned Document Examination

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course details the requirements needed to perform a handwriting/hand printing examination and to assist investigators with the collection of handwriting evidence.

Prerequisite(s)

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

Credits

3.0

Cost

$718.01

Spring/Summer 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2018 term.

CRN 60324

Sun Apr 08 - Sun Jun 24 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 08 - Jun 17 Online
Jun 23 - Jun 24 Sat/Sun 09:00 - 16:00 BBY

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$718.01

Notes

  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. A hybrid course; online: April 8 - June 17; in-class: 2 days, Jun 23 and 24 (Sat and Sun). For details on the textbook required, please check: www.bcitbookstore.ca/bcit/ For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics/

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Cancelled

Learning Outcomes

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

Handwriting/Hand Printing Comparison

  • Describe the basis by which handwriting identifications are possible.
  • Describe the difference between a handwriting comparison and graphology.
  • Explain the significance of the difference between class and individual characteristics of handwriting (i.e., system, heredity and national influences and physical and visual perception).
  • Explain evidence of genuine handwriting and evidence of non-genuine handwriting (e.g. features of genuine handwriting influenced by age, illness, guided hand, and other outside influences as well as evidence of a spurious or simulated signature and the basic forms of disguise).
  • Explain the necessity for proper standards for comparison.
  • Distinguish between "requested" and "collected" specimen, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Explain the methods of obtaining proper specimen and submission of specimen handwriting.
  • Explain the significance of the conclusions expressed by a Questioned Document Examiner.

Means, Media and Materials Used in the Production of Documents

  • Describe types of forensic examinations which can be conducted with respect to the means, media and material used in the production of a document.
  • Explain the significance of identifying the make and model of a machine used in the production of a document.
  • Explain the basis for identification of a specific instrument in the production of a document.
  • Identify features of documents produced by various methods of production, i.e. typewriter, computer printers, photocopiers, laser printers, graphic arts, rubber stamps, etc.
  • Describe methods of taking standards from various machines.

Occurrences to Documents After Their Production

  • Identify the major areas of examination.
  • Describe the examination of documents for the presence of latent indented impressions.
  • Describe the process of ink examinations and limitations.
  • Erasures
  • Obliteration and Decipherment: Non-destructive and destructive techniques
  • Describe sequence of Strokes examination.
  • Describe physical matches of paper, matches, foil and tape.
  • Water soaked and charred documents.

Effective as of Fall 2007

Related Programs

FSCT 8310 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  2. Forensic Investigation (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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