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FSCT 8350 - Forensic Video Technologies

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 provides students with an in-depth analysis of the uses and evidentiary value of both digital and analogue video. It analyzes the proliferation of video cameras in today's society and demonstrates to investigators how they can take advantage of this accurate and powerful source of evidence. Through site surveys, students will gain an increased awareness and understanding of the use of video surveillance technologies and techniques. Students interpret recent Supreme Court decisions. Investigators are challenged to look for video at every crime scene; learn how to use it, and how to apply proper rules of evidence in order to protect it for court. Students are shown how to optimize a video surveillance system so the full evidentiary potential is obtained.


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





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 33206

Mon Oct 25 - Fri Oct 29 5 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 25 - Oct 29 Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00 DTC DTC Rm. 475


Brett Hallgren

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This offering will be taught F2F (face to face) for the Fall 202130 term. There is no textbook required and the instructor will distribute any course material in class. 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:

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast the major features and functionalities of numerous specified video security systems.
  • Describe proper procedures for seizing, copying and storing video evidence.
  • Compare and contrast the technical features of analogue and digital video recordings.
  • Explain the technology of how analogue and digital video images are created.
  • Execute proper procedures when acquiring, preparing, and presenting video evidence in legal matters.
  • Employ appropriate camera placement strategies to maximize the identification and storytelling elements of visual evidence.

Effective as of Fall 2008

Related Programs

FSCT 8350 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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