Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Option Full-time/Part-time Bachelor of Technology 845jbtech

Investigate It

Note: The full-time September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting November 1, 2019. Applications for the part-time option may be submitted at any time.

Computers are increasingly being used in criminal activity. From fraud to violent crime, computers are often found to play a significant role as a tool for planning and conducting a crime, and may contain relevant evidence pertaining to an offense. As indispensable tools in our everyday life, computers and mobile devices are key targets for criminals wishing to steal personal or corporate information, money, and more. There is therefore a growing need for specialists trained in the field of digital forensics and cybersecurity. Specialists in these fields rely on an essential combination of technical expertise, investigative skills, legal knowledge and communication skills.

Program goals include:

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of digital forensics and cybersecurity.
  • Gather, analyze and secure digital evidence for forensic investigative purposes.
  • Apply digital forensics techniques and tools on wired and mobile devices to investigate cyber-related crime.
  • Investigate and ensure security, privacy and availability in networked computing.
  • Protect information in storage and network communication.
  • Analyze, detect, and prevent network attacks.
  • Assess the security of various computer software architectures.
  • Investigate cyber attacks.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in digital and cyber-related investigations.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with all stakeholders at all levels.
  • Fulfill professional and ethical obligations.
  • Apply legal principles and applications of the Criminal Code of Canada in criminal investigations.
  • Develop lifelong learning skills to keep up to date with changing technologies.

Training in computer forensics is extremely important in order to understand how to handle the delicate information in storage devices. Technical people may think they know how to extract data; however, they may inadvertently alter or delete important information. Computer forensics practitioners know how to handle information extraction, as well as how to identify information that is useful in a legal case and how to explain and present it in court.

Program Entry

Application processing

Full-time: Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Part-time: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Most courses may be taken for professional development purposes on an individual course basis without formally applying to the program. To request approval to take a course for professional development, email the Program Assistant identifying which course you'd like to take and attach your current resume along with a brief explanation of how it pertains to your occupation or area of studies.

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.

Step 1: Pre-entry assessment

Contact the Program Coordinator for a pre-entry assessment.

You must upload an approved pre-entry assessment from the program area to your online application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Completion of one of the following options:

    • Option 1: A two-year diploma (minimum 60.0 credits), an associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a computing or IT field, such as Computer Information Technology (CIT), Computer Systems Technology (CST), Full-Stack Web Development (FSWD), Business Information Technology Management (BITMAN), or Computer Information Systems Administration (CISA).

    • Option 2: A minimum of 60.0 credits of courses fulfilling the requirements of the first two years of study towards the completion of a defined undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a computing or IT field.

    • Option 3: A minimum of 60.0 credits, including 18.0 second year or higher level credits, of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions in a computing or IT field.

    • Option 4: Certification as a police constable and working within a Technological Crime Unit and completion of 30.0 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution in an appropriate computing or IT field.

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
    • Contact your local police department to obtain the appropriate forms - Letter for police department [PDF]
    • Must be issued within one year of your application date
    • The outcome of the CRC may influence your acceptability for this program

  • Completed and signed applicant waiver form from the program area

  • Resume

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Attend an information session prior to applying for this program. For more information and to register for an information session visit the Forensics website.

International applicants

Full-time: This option is available for international applicants.

Part-time: Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada. If you are currently outside of Canada, please apply to a full-time program or ISEP.

Apply to program

Note: The full-time September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting November 1, 2019. Applications for the part-time option may be submitted at any time.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Full-time: September each year.

Part-time: January, April, and September.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) allows students to use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs to gain exemption for particular courses in the program. Contact the program coordinator for details.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Full-time: Tuition payment is due 60 days prior to the program start for ALL students taking the full-time program. For students who are unable to pay their tuition at 60 days prior, please contact BCIT's Financial Aid department for a fee deferral.

Domestic tuition: $3,679.92 per term*
International tuition: $11,905.92 per term*
*not including mandatory UPass fees. Subject to change.

Part-time: Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Part-time option

Students completing this program on a part-time basis should select and register for courses from the Part-time Program Matrix [PDF].

The courses within the matrix shown below have been split into terms for students in the full-time option.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Full-time option:

Term 1 (15 weeks)
Credits
  FSCT 7001 Forensic Applications of Criminal Law 1: Legal Procedures 2.5
  FSCT 7509 Introduction to Forensic Evidence Imaging and Acquisition 3.0
  FSCT 7511 Cybersecurity Foundations 3.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
 
Term 2 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 7200 Report Writing and Workplace Communication for Forensic Investigation 3.0
  FSCT 7002 Criminal Law 2: Legal Evidence 2.5
  FSCT 7510 Digital Forensics Foundations 3.0
  FSCT 7910 Research Methodology and Measurement Models 3.0
  FSCT 8540 Network Security 1 3.0
 
Term 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  FSCT 7131 Principles of Incident Response and Disaster Recovery 3.0
  FSCT 8500 Mobile Forensics 3.0
  FSCT 8513 Digital Forensics 1 3.0
  FSCT 8560 Network Security 2 3.0
  FSCT 8611 Graduation Project 1 3.0
 
Term 4A (15 weeks) Credits
  FSCT 8523 Digital Forensics 2 3.0
  FSCT 8561 Security Applications 3.0
  FSCT 8581 Cryptography 3.0
  FSCT 8590 Network Exploits and Vulnerabilities 3.0
  FSCT 8621 Graduation Project 2 4.0
 
Term 4B (4 weeks) Credits
  FSCT 8631 Graduation Project 3 2.0
 
Total Credits: 62.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Full-time: Two years.

Part-time: Up to seven years.

The Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation must be completed within seven years.

Grading

Depending on the course learning outcomes, students will be graded on a combination of the following:

  • Participation in in-class exercises
  • Participation in and completion of case studies
  • Participation in discussion forums
  • Submission of completed projects
  • Submission of completed assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Mid-term and final examinations

The minimum passing grade for each course is 60%.

Additional program options

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Program structure

Part-time Studies:

Components Credits
1. Core Courses 32.0
 
1.1 General Education 9.0
1.2 Legal Framework 5.0
1.3 Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity 18.0
 
2. Specialty Courses 12.0
3. Electives 6.0
4. Graduation Project/Internship 12.0
5. Practicum Placement 0
Total 62.0

Students must complete a minimum of three months relevant work experience prior to graduation. The work experience must be reviewed and approved by the program coordinator. Contact the program coordinator for further details.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

The Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Option is intended to provide the additional skills and knowledge that professionals require to work successfully in the prevention and investigation of commercial crime and computer crime. There is a growing requirement for professionals in both the private and public sectors. Some position titles include:

  • Computer Forensics Investigator/Examiner
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Computer & Information Systems Security Manager
  • IT Security Consultant
  • Corporate Security Officer
  • Network/Internet Security Specialist
  • Vulnerability Security Research

Graduates will be able to function both as professionals in their own right and as members of multidisciplinary teams composed of financial and investigative professionals.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dana Adams - Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Lynn Gifford - Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb - President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators
  • Jared Jung - Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Lisa Lapointe - Forensic Science and Identification Services, Province of BC
  • Stefano Mazzega - General Manager, Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Services Laboratory, Vancouver
  • Kevin McQuiggin - Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Aaron Oliynyk - Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Jess Ram - Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services
  • Jagjit Sumra - Director, Investigative Services, Canada Post

Contact Us

Raymond Yu, Program Coordinator
604.453.4092

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