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FSCT 8520 - Internet for Investigation

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

To support you and your education, BCIT is adapting applied learning in formats appropriate to the unfolding global situation. Spring and Summer PTS classes are being delivered in an online format unless you are notified otherwise.

Course Details

This course will provide students with the latest techniques used to effectively gather online information for investigative purposes relating to persons, companies, and other assets. Students will be introduced to the methods of gathering online intelligence through social media platforms, search engines, and dark web searches. In addition, students will learn how to assess potential counter-intelligence concerns. Particular emphasis will be placed on heightened awareness and the "paper trail" investigators may leave behind when using internet investigation tools. Approaches to maintain privacy and security when carrying out online investigations will also be explored and students will be introduced to a variety of online search methodologies.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$860.96

Spring/Summer 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2020 term.

CRN 63404

Sat May 23 - Sat Jun 20 5 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
May 23 - Jun 20 Sat 09:00 - 18:00 DTC

Instructor

Martin Hurst

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$860.96

Notes

  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Due to the current COVID situation, this course will run ONLINE for the Spring/Summer term. *Please note: courses in Spring/Summer will still have ‘time’ / ‘location’ indicated on the course pages (system can’t change these). Unless the courses are cancelled or indicated otherwise by the PA or instructors, most will plan to run ONLINE this term. There is no textbook required. 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 BCIT_Forensics@bcit.ca. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: https://www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics. Please note, in order to successfully participate in this course you will require either a laptop or desktop computer with internet access so that you can access remotely the software required for this course. Please advise us if this will be a problem for you.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Outline the basis of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Social Media Intelligence (SMINT).
  • Apply advanced internet searching tools and techniques to conduct online investigations.
  • Apply advanced web browser usage, and apply techniques for searching the surface, deep, and dark web surfaces.
  • Develop an internet search plan for operational use.
  • Assess operational challenges that face the user when using online information.
  • Propose and implement the covert usage of social media.
  • Propose and implement the covert usage of social media.

Effective as of Winter 2018

Related Programs

FSCT 8520 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 (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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