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Introduction to Commercial Crimes in Canada FSCT 7210

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course provides an introduction to commercial crimes in Canada. Three main issues are considered: theory (the criminal code section and the fundamental legal principles underlying the offence); practical criteria (identifying the priority elements of proof that are required from a practical point of view) and satisfying the criteria (reviewing the usual types of evidence required to prove the offence). Primary commercial crimes considered include: fraud, theft, counterfeit currency, credit and debit card offences, internet based frauds, conspiracy and money laundering. Others, briefly introduced topics include: stock market manipulation and other securities related offences, criminal breach of trust, custom and excise offences, secret commissions, planned bankruptcy and possession of goods obtained by crime. Reference is made to various industry issues such as banking regulations as they impact on the offences being studied. In addition, 21st century issues such as the global economy, telemarketing, the cable industry and gaming are also discussed.


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





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of FSCT 7210 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 33207


Tue Sep 06 - Fri Dec 02 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 33207
  • $832.50
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 06 - Dec 02 N/A N/A Online

Terence Yung

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. Students may sign into the course any time after 6:00 am on September 6th. This current offering is online 24/7 and there is no required textbook. 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:

In Progress

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Outline and discuss the theoretical aspects of enumerated Criminal Code offences, including the fundamental underlying legal principles.
  • Outline the practical criteria required to prove all elements of the offences as set out in legislation.
  • Apply the theoretical knowledge in case-study and practical problem situations.
  • Given a specified fact situation, prepare an investigative plan, setting out the investigative objective to be attained by each step in the plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct effective fraud related research from appropriate websites/course materials.

Effective as of Winter 2018

Related Programs

Introduction to Commercial Crimes in Canada (FSCT 7210) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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


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