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FSCT 8432 - Approaches to Analysis and Reasoning for Crime Studies

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course introduces students to the range of thinking skills and reasoning abilities that are essential to crime and intelligence analysis. Students will examine the nature of knowledge and develop their abilities to think reflectively, critically and logically. This course also covers many approaches to the task of discovering truth. A variety of structured analysis models will be used in conjunction with critical thinking to explore the basis of analysis.


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





Winter 2020

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

CRN 78238

Thu Jan 09 - Thu Apr 02 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Apr 02 Thu 18:00 - 21:30 DTC Rm. 475



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. 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

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

  • Explain the use of inductive and deductive reasoning as it applies to crime and intelligence analysis.
  • Logically evaluate the process of analysis.
  • Conduct a critical evaluation of information and intelligence.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the intelligence cycle in association with inferential analysis.
  • Examine the epistemology of knowledge as applied to crime and intelligence analysis.
  • Explain the impact of cultural, political and philosophical differences on crime and intelligence analysis.
  • Analyze the decision making process in tactical and strategic settings in terms of critical thinking skills.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2006

Related Programs

FSCT 8432 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  2. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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