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BAcHeLor of tecHnoLoGY And AdVAnced sPeciALtY certificAte
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FORENSIC SCIENCE STUDIES BACHELOR OF TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCED SPECIALTY CERTIFICATE
Overview Careers in Forensics Study Options Program Structure Admission Requirements Bachelor of Technology Bridging Course Requirements Program Matrix Course Descriptions Contact Information Application Steps Tuition Fees Forensic Science Studies Option Map 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 10 10 10 11
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Forensic science, the application of science to legal matters, has always captivated individuals with an interest and aptitude for investigation. Seen in popular culture through television shows such as CSI, it is easy to see how forensic science has captured the attention and interest of society. BCIT’s Centre for Forensic and Security Technology Studies utilizes internationally recognized forensic experts to deliver a highly relevant and realistic curriculum — the real CSI. The goal of the forensic science program is to provide a strong scientific approach to an applied discipline by exploring both the theoretical and practical aspects involved with forensics. The curriculum covers key areas required by forensic investigators, including, but not limited to: Canadian legal aspects, evidence and expert witness training, crime scene processing, case management, death investigation, biological aspects (DNA, anthropology, entomology, odontology, etc.), chemical aspects (fingerprinting, firearms/toolmarks, photography/video/imaging, etc.), physical aspects, and a variety of elective topics. forensic investigations. Students gain a clear understanding of the scientific principles, procedures, technologies and the legal ramifications of an investigator’s work. Often the courses completed within the ASC program can be used within the Bachelor of Technology degree (upon a successful application to the degree program). BAcHeLor of tecHnoLoGY in forensic inVestiGAtion 60 credits including a graduation project. equivalent to 20 course modules. The Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation program allows student to choose their desired area of study in which to specialize. These options, along with a variety of electives, selected topics courses and a directed-studies graduation project, provide students the flexibility needed to meet their educational goals and personal interests.
Bachelor of technology degree: components 1. Core Courses 1.1 Liberal Studies 1.2 Applied Management 1.3 Legal Framework 1.4 Investigative Framework 2. Specialty Courses 3. Graduation Project/Internship total credits 33.0 12.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 18.0 9.0 60.0
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Graduates from the Forensic Science option may be employed in a range of investigative positions depending on the student’s academic background, training and work experience. Places of employment may include: > Forensic laboratories > Law enforcement agencies > Public and private sector organizations with video securities > Coroner offices > Forensic health science institutes Job titles may include: > Forensic identification specialist > Technologist > Analyst > Scientist > Coroner > Private investigator
In addition, students must complete a minimum of three months relevant work experience prior to program completion. The work experience must be reviewed and approved by the program coordinator. Contact the program coordinator for further details
Forensic investigation is a multidisciplinary profession. To reflect this, the Centre for Forensic and Security Technology Studies welcomes applicants from most academic areas. The Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation offers the equivalent of two years of upper-level coursework and, like others of its kind at BCIT, is a degree-completion program. Applicants are required to complete one of the options described below prior to admission: 1. A two-year diploma (minimum of 60 credits) or associate or bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; OR
Students in this study option can pursue either the Advanced Specialty Certificate or the Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation. AdVAnced sPeciALtY certificAte 24 credits, equivalent to 8 course modules. The objective of the Advanced Specialty Certificate (ASC) is to provide individuals who already possess a bachelor’s degree (or who may not wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree) to take a more condensed program while still enhancing their theoretical knowledge base and investigative capabilities in
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2. A minimum of 60 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 (eg. BA, B.Sc., B.Comm, B.A.Sc., etc.); OR 3. A minimum of 60 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18 credits at second-year or higher level); OR 4. Certification as a police constable AND completion of 30 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution; OR 5. Meeting of alternate entry/exception policy (please consult program coordinator for particulars). Additional requirements to be met by all applicants: > English 12 or equivalent > Provision of an acceptable criminal record check, or of a certified reference letter of security clearance from a current employer > Completion of any pre-admission bridging courses not included in 1–5 above (contact program coordinator for further details and refer to the listings below.) Group A — Biological Aspects FSCT 8110 Forensic Anthropology 1: Rural Crime Scene FSCT 8120 Forensic Odontology FSCT 8130 Forensic Pathology FSCT 8140 Forensic Entomology FSCT 8150 Forensic Biology: DNA Typing FSCT 8160 Forensic Biology: Advanced Molecular Techniques Group B — chemical Aspects FSCT 8210 Explosive and Fire Accelerants FSCT 8220 Trace Chemical Evidence FSCT 8230 The Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol FSCT 8240 Forensic Toxicology 1 FSCT 8250 Drug Analysis Group c — Physical Aspects FSCT 8303 Geographic Profiling 1 FSCT 8304 Geographic Profiling 2 FSCT 8310 Questioned Document Examination FSCT 8320 Principles and Methods in Fingerprint Identification FSCT 8330 Principles and Methods of Firearms and Toolmark Examination FSCT 8340 Forensic Photography FSCT 8350 Forensic Video Technologies FSCT 8351 CCTV and Forensic Examination FSCT 8352 Forensic Video Examinations FSCT 8353 Forensic Video Analysis: Advanced Tools & Techniques FSCT 8354 Forensic Video Analysis: Photographic/Video Comparison FSCT 8360 Forensic Imaging Techniques electives: FSCT 7610 FSCT 8010 FSCT 8101 FSCT 8102 FSCT 8103 FSCT 8170 Work Project 1 Forensic Behavioural Science Forensic Anthropology 2: Urban Crime Scene Selected Topics in Forensic Investigation Forensic Nursing 1 Human Osteology 1.3 Legal framework: (6.0 credits) FSCT 7001 Forensic Applications of Criminal Law 1: Legal Procedures FSCT 7002 Criminal Law 2: Legal Evidence FSCT 7003 Science, Technology and the Law 1.4 investigative framework: (8.0 credits) FSCT 7230 Forensic Interviewing 1 FSCT 7310 Crime Scene Investigation FSCT 7320 Introduction to Forensic Science credits 2.0 2.0 2.0 credits 2.0 3.0 3.0
2. specialty courses: (19.0 credits) credits Students must complete a minimum of 12.0 credits from Group A, B, or C and the remaining credits from the electives, for a total of 19.0 credits.
3.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 credits 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Bachelor of technology Bridging course requirements
In order to qualify for the Forensic Science Studies option, applicants should have three credits each in first year biology, chemistry and math/statistics.
1. core courses 1.1 Liberal studies (12.0 credits) mandatory courses: (6.0 credits) LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics credits 3.0 3.0
elective courses: (6.0 credits) All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements. Information regarding topic areas and/or eligibility for transfer credits may be obtained from the Advanced Placement and Degree Programs office at 604.432.8230. 1.2 Applied management (6.0 credits) BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications and FSCT 7110 or FSCT 7120 Project Management for Investigations 3.0 Case Management for Major Crime Investigation 3.0 credits 3.0
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FSCT 8201 Environmental Forensic Investigations FSCT 8301 Forensic Art FSCT 8302 Advanced Digital Imaging Techniques 2.0 1.0 2.0 case management for major crime investigation fsct 7110 This course is designed to provide the forensic investigator the concepts of case management and the application of case management methods in organizing investigative teams, planning investigative actions and analyzing evidence and intelligence. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Project management for investigations fsct 7120 There are two management concepts that when applied to any endeavor — including conducting complex criminal or civil investigations — historically tend to produce very successful outcomes. These concepts, using the strength of teams and project management, each have followers on an individual basis. The focus of this course will be to expose the student to both concepts to enable them to develop and experience an organized approach of any type of investigation. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. forensic interviewing 1 fsct 7230 The outcome of most investigations usually depends on the information supplied by victims, witnesses and suspects to an investigator. The amount and veracity of this information is of utmost importance. In this course, investigators learn methods and techniques available for interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects to obtain proper, informative and legal statements that will both aid in the investigation and be acceptable to the court. Prerequisite: 60 percent in FSCT 7002 crime scene investigation fsct 7310 The course covers the major areas of crime scene examination, in order to give an in-depth understanding in theories of searching and in dealing with the entire range of physical evidence located during the various types of crime scene searches. Prerequisite: 60 percent in FSCT 7002 introduction to forensic science fsct 7320 Part I (Biological Evidence) provides an overview of the biological and life sciences and their roles in civil and criminal trials. The relationship between the crime scene investigators and the laboratory examiners of biological types of evidence are discussed. The scientific and legal aspects of current concepts and issues are also examined. Part II (Chemical Evidence) provides an overview of the principles of forensic chemistry, toxicology and street drugs, alcohol and poisons. Both scientific principles and legal implications are examined. Part III (Physical Evidence) provides an overview to the examination of physical evidence. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. Work Project 1 fsct 7610 This practical experience opportunity focuses on the application and integration of forensic science concepts and principles in a forensic science laboratory situation. Students will enhance their skills in critical thinking, problem solving,
3. Graduation Project/internship (9.0 credits) credits In order to graduate, all students are required to complete a graduation project comprised of three capstone courses. FSCT 8610 Graduation Project/Internship 1 FSCT 8620 Graduation Project/Internship 2 FSCT 8630 Graduation Project/Internship 3 total credits: 2.0 5.0 2.0 60.0
course descriptions (in alphanumeric order)
management skills and Applications BusA 7250 The course provides an overview of the basic skills of a manager and applies these skills through a series of projects and case studies. It examines the evolution of management and the organizational culture and environment. It also teaches the decision-making skills and the skills involved in planning, organizing, leading and controlling, including planning and facilitating change, teamwork, applying motivational techniques and effective communication. forensic Applications of criminal Law 1: Legal Procedures fsct 7001 The adversarial trial process follows a well defined series of procedural steps from the opening address to the jury to sentencing. This course provides a detailed examination of the legal procedures which govern the tendering of evidence by both the prosecution and the defense with an emphasis on forensic issues. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. criminal Law 2: Legal evidence fsct 7002 Forensic evidence is subject to all the general rules related to the admissibility of evidence in the criminal trial process and is also subject to certain unique rules of scrutiny. This course examines the fundamental laws of evidence within the adversarial process and provides a context for the expert in their role as witness. Prerequisites: Admission to the program and FSCT 7001 (or equivalent). science, technology and the Law fsct 7003 This course deals with the usefulness as well as the limitations of forensic evidence, the basis of its admissibility, and the importance that the scientific analysis be effectively communicated to the trier of fact. Each student participates in a particular role in developing, examining or cross-examining Crown or defense expert witnesses during the trial of an accused charged with First Degree Murder. Prerequisites: FSCT 7001 and FSCT 7002
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decision making, communication and interpersonal relations. Records of the work project and final reports will be submitted to the program coordinator for assessment. Students are expected to work the hours specified by the sponsor to which they are assigned. The total work hours may be applied toward the fulfillment of the work experience requirement (not the academic requirement) for B.Tech. graduation. forensic Behavioural science fsct 8010 This course introduces the students the various theories and the assessment of risk for criminal and deviant behaviours. This course also covers the factors which are correlated to prediction of violent and criminal behaviour, such as genetic, physiological, psychiatric, personality, developmental history, and substances abuse. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic Anthropology 2: urban crime scene fsct 8101 This course is designed to meet the needs of crime scene examiners working in primarily urban settings. This course covers a variety of types of scenes encountered by urban investigators and includes a considerable emphasis on examining a variety of fire scenes for physical evidence. Participants in this course become part of small crime scene teams with others on several problem-based scenarios. This course heavily emphasizes hands-on practice. Most of the class time is spent in the field. Prerequisite: 60 percent in FSCT 8110. selected topics in forensic investigation fsct 8102 This course is designed for persons interested in death scene investigations. Participants will learn about the identification and appearance of corpses in violent and natural death. Relationship to the scene of death is emphasized, as are features of wounds on external examination. Some of the material on external examination will apply to the living (e.g., assault victims). This course outlines the interdisciplinary approach to death investigation by highlighting the roles of the coroner (medical examiner), pathologist, and forensic scientists. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic nursing 1 fsct 8103 Forensic nursing involves the application of clinical and scientific knowledge to questions of law for civil and criminal investigation of survivors of traumatic injury and patient treatment involving court related issues. Students develop in depth knowledge of the role of sexual assault nurse examiners, death investigators, forensic psychiatric nurses, and legal nurse consultants. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. forensic Anthropology 1: rural crime scene fsct 8110 This course demonstrates principles of forensic anthropology, showing how these principles are used in the positive identification of human beings. The theories and methodologies employed in the examination of human
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skeletal remains to determine such identifying traits as racial affinity, sexual morphology, stature, chronological age at time of death, elapsed time since death, socio-economic status, etc., are examined both during lectures and in the lab. In the field component of the course, working groups are required to process a crime scene from start to finish, including: initial scene analysis; gridding; measuring; recording; screening; excavation and; recovery of the remains, concluding with a de-briefing session. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic odontology fsct 8120 This course demonstrates the ways Forensic Odontology may assist in the resolution of criminal cases involving dental evidence. It provides an opportunity for technologists to learn the principles of handling dental evidence and the physical comparison and analysis of dental exhibits. A combination of lecture and laboratory format is used to demonstrate the various aspects of forensic dental science and to allow experience in using various materials to collect the physical, biological and photographic evidence used by the forensic odontologist. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic Pathology fsct 8130 This course provides the basic legal and scientific factors relevant to forensic pathology. The medical examiner and coroner systems are examined. The course determination and the presentation of pathological findings as evidence in court. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic entomology fsct 8140 Forensic entomology is the study of insects associated with a human corpse, usually a homicide victim, to determine elapsed time since death. It can also be used to determine whether the body has been moved, disturbed after death, used drugs prior to death, etc.. It is the most accurate and frequently the only method of determining elapsed time since death after 72 hours. The course provides the students with an overall understanding of entomology and its applications to criminal investigations, collecting insect evidence at a crime scene in a manner defensible in court, and the value of insect evidence and the results which can be expected from an entomologist. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head.
forensic Biology: dnA typing fsct 8150 This course provides instruction in forensic biology including the identification of biological materials as well as historical and present-day techniques used in DNA typing. Focus is on evidence gathering and preservation; identification and comparison of body fluids and hair; historical aspects of DNA typing; various DNA typing techniques used in forensic science; population genetics; databases; legal issues. Population genetics are discussed as well as current and possible future DNA legislation. A portion of the time is spent hands-on with casework examples and the interpretation of results and laboratory reports. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic Biology: Advanced molecular techniques fsct 8160 With the advent of new molecular techniques, DNA is the material of choice for forensic analysis. The current technology of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) makes it possible to identify an individual with a high degree of accuracy. A series of lectures and laboratory exercises will show students the strength of this powerful technique and how it applies to law enforcement. Prerequisites: FSCT 8150 and bridging courses. NOTE: Registration is limited to students who have been admitted into a Forensics credential program or who have received permission of the program head. Human osteology fsct 8170 This course involves condensed, but comprehensive investigation of human skeletal anatomy. The emphasis is placed upon the practical identification of skeletal elements, and student participation in laboratory sessions is expected. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. environmental forensic investigations fsct 8201 Environmental Forensics involves systematic examinations of environmental information to determine sources of chemical contamination, timing of releases to the environment, spatial distribution of contamination, cost recovery actions, liability claims, and potentially responsible parties to allocate remedial costs. Environmental Forensics developed approximately twenty years ago as a result of an effort to distinguish different petroleum hydrocarbon products in the environment. During the past five to ten years, environmental forensic investigations have evolved beyond analyses of petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents and environmental fate and transport modelling, to include a wide range of scientific investigative tools and techniques. The techniques are applicable to any contaminant source, i.e. inorganic, organic, metals, surface or subsurface water based contamination, etc. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. explosive and fire Accelerants fsct 8210 This course covers the role of the forensic laboratory in the investigation of explosives and incendiaries (including fireworks) and fire accelerants involved in arson. The forensic chemist’s role is examined through discussion of the potential and proper handling of exhibit materials, laboratory examination and analysis, identification and interpretation of the results and understanding of laboratory reports for investigative and court purposes. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. trace chemical evidence fsct 8220 This course covers the role of the forensic laboratory in the investigation of fibres (which includes textiles and cordages) and glass involved in cases such as break and enter and theft, hit and run, assault, sexual assault, attempted murder and murder; paint that involves vehicles; and other less common types of chemical trace evidence. The forensic chemist’s role in discussion of the potential and the proper handling of exhibit materials, laboratory examination and analysis, identification and interpretation of results, and understanding of laboratory reports for investigation and court purposes. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. the medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol fsct 8230 This course examines the pharmacological and physiological effects of alcohol consumption on the human body. The theoretical basis and practical applications of various technologies, both laboratory based and field use based, that are currently utilized to determine blood alcohol concentration in the body will be thoroughly reviewed. Students will be given practical training in the usage of Approved Screening Devices and Evidentiary Breath Testing Instruments. Actual application and interpretation of the obtained blood alcohol concentrations results within a courtroom setting will also be discussed and further reinforced by use of sample case studies. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic toxicology 1 fsct 8240 This course serves as an introduction to the analytical techniques, scientific instruments and common drugs that are encountered by a practicing forensic toxicologist. Other topics that are explored include quality assurance in the lab, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of drugs, impairment versus intoxication and how the interpretation of drug effect is utilized in the criminal court setting. The Science of Marijuana, along with some other interesting new drugs, will also be discussed. Directed reading, practical assignments and participatory discussions will introduce you to the science of forensic toxicology. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head.
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drug Analysis fsct 8250 This laboratory course introduces the chemistry and analytical requirements for the testing of illicit and controlled drugs. The student will conduct experiments in the characterization of drugs in typical street form including cannabis, cocaine and crack, heroin, designer drugs and hallucinogens and others. The student will learn how to use various chemical tests, isolation and purification techniques, chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques and will also conduct experiments in drug synthesis. Other experiments will include topics related to clandestine laboratories and toxicological screening in body fluids. Prerequisites: FSCT 8240 and bridging courses. forensic Art fsct 8301 This course introduces the various types of forensic art and applicability in a criminal investigation. Topics include: use of composite drawings of suspects; post-mortem drawings of deceased persons for identification; use of computers doing image modification (altering photos to provide a better image) and age-enhancement. Various forms of facial reconstruction of skeletal remains are also demonstrated. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. Advanced digital imaging techniques fsct 8302 This course provides the students with advanced forensic digital imaging concepts, imaging handling policies and procedures for the purposes of preserving and maintaining the chain of custody during the investigative process. Various techniques of image enhancement, video surveillance, multiple snapshots for comparison and image formatting for internet and intranet communication are covered. Prerequisite: 60 percent in FSCT 8360. Geographic Profiling 1 fsct 8303 The course introduces the students to the theory, methodology and mathematical concepts in support of geographic profiling. Crime pattern theory, mental maps, crime hunting area concepts and supporting technology are also covered. Prerequisite: 60 percent in FSCT 8010. Geographic Profiling 2 fsct 8304 This course builds on FSCT 8303 Geographic Profiling 1. This is a computer lab based course that focuses on using geographic profiling techniques applied to actual cases in property crime investigation. Emphasis is on analysis, jeopardy surface, peak geoprofile, scenario and strategy development and final report preparation. Prerequisite: 60 percent in FSCT 8303. Questioned document examination fsct 8310 This course details the requirements needed to perform a handwriting/hand printing examination and to assist investigators with the collection of handwriting evidence. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head.
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Principles and methods in fingerprint identification fsct 8320 This course covers the history of fingerprints as it relates to individualization; friction skin development; how to obtain a proper set of known fingerprint impressions; the Henry Classification System and the Auto-Class Classification System; fingerprint individualization with emphasis on Ridgeology; palm print individualization including the use of palmar flexion creases; procedures utilized in crime scene examination and recovery of fingerprints; chemical techniques for fingerprint detection; the Identification of Criminals Act; and the expert witness in the Canadian Court System. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. Principles and methods of firearms and toolmark examination fsct 8330 This course covers firearms and ammunition, serial number restoration, physical matching and comparison, range determination, gunshot wounds and exhibit handling. Emphasis is placed on firearm and tool mark identification to increase understanding of the uniqueness of tool marks as an aid in investigating and solving crimes. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic Photography fsct 8340 The multi-faceted field of Forensic Photography is used in diverse disciplines as Forensic Odontology, Dactyloscopy, Document Examination, Forensic Pathology and Forensic Tool Mark Examination. Forensic photography’s role as well as its limitations are emphasized in this course. Students will be thoroughly immersed in the theory of photography, providing them with an understanding of the techniques which will be used in the practical exercise. Topics include crime scene photography, alternate light source photography, unltraviolet and infrared photography, photomicrography, macro photography, theory of light and photographic evidence in the courtroom. Prerequisite: Admission to the a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic Video technologies fsct 8350 This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of the uses and evidentiary value of videotape. 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 discover contemporary 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. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head.
cctV and forensic examination fsct 8351 This course provides the students a thorough understanding of CCTV security technology for both analog and digital applications. Using Avid Xpress DV, students will be able to explore the differences between common CCTV equipment and process the resulting video to clarify the information for investigative purposes. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. forensic Video examinations fsct 8352 This course provides the students the understanding of the problems faces by Law Enforcement Professionals with video evidence and addresses how Avid Xpress DV can address these problems. From the receipt of the evidence to the results of the examination, students will gain hands-on experience as a Forensic Video Examiner. Prerequisite: FSCT 8351 or equivalent. Contact department to determine equivalency. forensic Video Analysis: Advanced tools & techniques fsct 8353 This course provides the students a review of the latest trends and technologies in CCTV security and forensic video examinations. Students will complete an in-class forensic video examination project using Avid Xpress DV video processing techniques. Prerequisite: FSCT 8352 or equivalent. Contact department to determine equivalency. forensic Video Analysis: Photographic/Video comparison fsct 8354 Focuses on the technologies of comparing questioned and known objects, clothing and humans with videotaped images. The process of cataloguing class characteristics and unique characteristics in evidence will be examined. Using specialized computer software systems in a forensic lab environment, students develop a scientific work flow involving the analysis of video evidence, criminal case report writing and courtroom presentation. Prerequisite: FSCT 8350 or FSCT 8351 or equivalent. Contact department to determine equivalency. forensic imaging techniques fsct 8360 This course provides students with knowledge and handson experience with digital imaging enhancement. Through a series of lectures and computer lab sessions, students will learn how to take photographs, film, videotapes and other evidentiary material through the digital process. The main focus will be the capture of images from various sources into the digital environment, image enhancement and the production of quality images for presentation. Computer lab sessions are designed to complement and integrate lecture material. Prerequisite: Admission to a Forensics credential program or permission of the program head. Graduation Project/internship 1 fsct 8610 The student is encouraged to complete this portion of the graduation requirement in a workplace setting. The student will conduct a literature review, choose, prepare and present a proposal for an industry related project. An advisory team consists of mentor(s) from the industry, instructor(s) in the relevant area, and/or the program head. The project/internship product should be innovative, experimental or explanatory in nature to demonstrate the practical application of knowledge and skills. A detailed project proposal will be prepared. The Graduation Project Panel will assess the feasibility and merits of the proposal. Prerequisite: Completion of framework courses. Corequisite: Enrolment in specialized courses that will bring the total of such courses to a minimum of 19 credits in specified areas. Graduation Project/internship 2 fsct 8620 In the second of the capstone courses the student will carry out the work specified in the project proposal, reporting progress orally and in writing to the faculty mentor at mutually agreed intervals. The student must complete this phase of the project to a satisfactory level, as determined by the faculty mentor in consultation with the internship employer and the Graduation Project Panel, before completing the third and final course — FSCT 8630. The student is encouraged to complete this portion of the graduation requirement in a workplace setting. Under the supervision of the advisory team, the student further develop, conduct and complete the project/internship as proposed in FSCT 8610. Prerequisites: Completion of all framework and specialized courses and FSCT 8610. Graduation Project/internship 3 fsct 8630 The student will conclude the project/internship proposed and conducted in FSCT 8610 and FSCT 8620 respectively. A written final report will be submitted and presented orally to the advisory team. Prerequisite: FSCT 8620. Liberal studies critical reading and Writing LiBs 7001 Develops advanced skills in critical analysis, close reading and composition through lectures, discussion and group activities in which students analyse and evaluate materials from various disciplines. Readings might come from professional journals, reports, newspapers, magazines and literature. Multimedia such as video, music and the Internet may also be included. Prerequisite: equivalent of three credits of university/college composition or six credits BCIT Communication.
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Applied ethics LiBs 7002 Fosters abilities and values required for ethical decision making at work. Develops skills in logical analysis, a working knowledge of moral principles and theories, and the ability to diagnose and resolve moral disagreements commonly found at work. Examines and applies moral principles to historically famous cases in manufacturing, human resources, management, engineering, health care, and computing. Prerequisite: Equivalent of three credits of university/college composition or six credits of BCIT Communication. 5. A criminal record check is required for admission to the program. This may be arranged through your local police. Please request that the report be directed to the program office. 6. Once all documents are received, the program coordinator will give a final review of the application and sign off before submitting to the Admissions department of BCIT for official acceptance to the program. note: While not required as part of the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to meet with a program coordinator prior to submitting their applications, for the purpose of ensuring that the application package is correct and complete, and for the purpose of ensuring that their selection of courses will be appropriate to their academic and work background, and to their career objective.
Program office Centre for Forensic and Security Technology Studies British Columbia Institute of Technology 3700 Willingdon Avenue Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2 t 604.412.7436 f 604.431.4516 e Forensic@bcit.ca Associate dean Edwin Chan, M.Sc. Program Head t 604.451.7178 e Edwin_Chan@bcit.ca Program Head/Program coordinator Dean Hildebrand Forensic Science Studies Option t 604.451.7027 e Dean_Hildebrand@bcit.ca
Please see the fees, payment and refunds section of the BCIT website at bcit.ca/fees for more information.
1. Ensure you meet entrance requirements. 2. Meet with a program coordinator for a pre-entrance interview and recommendation to the program. 3. Upon completion of the interview, assemble your application package (all required forms will be provided at the interview): a. Complete the Bachelor of Technology Application for Admission form (or Advanced Specialty Certificate Application form. b. Enclose your $60 non-refundable application fee via cheque or credit card. c. Complete the Course Selection form. d. Enclose official (unopened) copies of your postsecondary transcripts (one from each institute). e. Enclose a current copy of your resumé or curriculum vitae. f. Enclose two reference letters from post secondary instructors or employers. g. Complete the applicant waiver form. 4. Send the completed application package to the program office. The address is listed in the contact Information section above.
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nature of study
Designed for professionals who utilize or work within a forensic laboratory service and must understand its activities. Strong scientific approach and skills in managing investigations will be developed. Will provide general training and knowledge for those intending to work as future qualified examiners of evidence. Covers many aspects of forensics science; allows students to gain general or more focused understanding, depending on course selection. Courses are in-class lecture and laboratory-based instruction.
Diploma, diploma or degree in: > Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology etc) > Criminology* > Law* > Anthropology* > Archaeology* * Requires bridging courses: > fsct 5102 Biology 1 for Forensic Science (or equivalent) > fsct 5101 Chemistry 1 for Forensic Science (or equivalent) Statistics Note: These academic entrance requirements may not always reflect the academic requirements of the job you seek.
> Forensic technician > Identification technician > Forensic examiner > Crime analyst > Loss prevention officer > Video analyst > Coroner > Private investigator This is just a partial list. The extent of opportunities available to you is highly dependant on your background of education and work experience.
Law enforcement agencies: > RCMP > Municipal police > CSIS > Forensic laboratories > BC Coroner Service Public and private sector organizations with video securities: > Great Canadian Casinos > BC Translink > 7-11 Stores > Scotia Bank, Royal Bank etc. This list is not exhaustive.
relevant Work experience (req’d for B.tech.)
> Volunteer or paid work in law enforcement > Work in laboratory setting > Field research > Work in security, loss prevention or private investigation For detailed program information, visit bcitforensics.ca, or visit the following links: ASC in Forensic Science Technology — Forensic Health Sciences Option bcit.ca/525hascert Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation — Forensic Science Studies Option bcit.ca/845bbtech In every case, we will review your current resume to determine if any experience applies.
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