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FSCT 8433 - Crime Analysis

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 focuses on the application of crime analysis tools, techniques and methods to support crime reduction initiatives, criminal investigations, and effective deployment of police resources. Students will learn how to prepare crime statistics and crime maps, identify crime patterns, develop concise and effective written products, and attain a thorough understanding of the current state of the Crime Analysis field in Canada.


60% in FSCT 8431 and 60% in FSCT 8432





Fall 2021

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

CRN 34453

Sat Nov 06 - Sat Dec 04 5 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 06 - Dec 04 Sat 08:00 - 17:00 Online


Trevor Schmidt

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This course will be offered ONLINE for the 202130 Fall term and will involve self-guided lesson modules, lecture notes, online discussion boards, and weekly assignments. There is no required textbook for this offering. For information on Forensic Science programs and courses, please visit: . 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, the student will be able to:

  • Define tactical, strategic and administrative crime analysis, and discuss crime reduction strategies (i.e., CompStat)
  • Identify the various data sources used in crime analysis, examine the strengths and weaknesses of Records Management Systems (RMS), and review the products of analysis.
  • Interpret police data and prepare statistics for tactical crime analysis.
  • Design and prepare tactical crime analysis bulletins and offender profiles.
  • Critique analysis products for clarity and effectiveness in law enforcement.
  • Use ArcGIS to prepare crime maps and articulate map contents.
  • Use i2 Analyst’s Notebook to present investigative material in a chart format.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess the value of data and reliability of data sources.
  • Retain familiarity with acronyms, jargon, terms and concepts in law enforcement in Canada.

Effective as of Winter 2017

Related Programs

FSCT 8433 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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