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Instrumental Analysis for Forensic Chemistry FSCT 8156

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course provides practical instruction in the area of forensic analysis with a strong emphasis on the instrumental analysis of samples to aid in forensic investigations including homicide, arson analysis, driving impairment cases, and death investigation. The course focuses on the theory and practice of instrumental methods commonly used in the chemical analysis of samples by forensic scientists. Chromatographic techniques such as GC and HPLC will be reviewed prior to discussion on their use as components of hyphenated techniques such as GC-MS, LC-MS and LC-MS/MS. The related technique of ICP-MS/MS will also be discussed. Specific emphasis will be given to application of these techniques for forensic science. Correct operation and troubleshooting of all instruments used will also be emphasized. In addition to their practical sessions, students will give a group presentation on a topic related to the use of instrumental methods for forensic analysis.






Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of FSCT 8156 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 48200


Thu Sep 08 - Thu Dec 08 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 48200
  • $828.35
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 08 - Dec 08 Thu 13:30 - 17:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4725
Sep 08 - Dec 08 Thu 13:30 - 17:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4635

Kevin Soulsbury

Course outline




Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Hsin Kuo is also co-instructing in this in-person (F2F) offering. There is no class on Nov 10, 2022. 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 and Full

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the principle of operation of instruments being used for chemical analysis in forensic science.
  • Assess the advantages and the limitations of selected instruments used for chemical analysis in forensic science.
  • pply the principles of analysis to instrumental analytical methodology through proper standard and sample preparation.
  • Perform analysis using the following instrumentation: GC, HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS/MS and ICP-MS/MS
  • Demonstrate proper evidence handling techniques and maintenance of the chain of custody
  • Demonstrate the ability to set up and perform routine analysis of forensic samples in a variety of areas including arson analysis, drug analysis, homicide and blood alcohol determination
  • Conduct data interpretation of instrumental results for evidence and quality control samples.
  • Present an oral critique of a recent article based on the application of analytical chemistry to forensic science.
  • Present the results from routine forensics analyses in a report and presentation.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2019

Related Programs

Instrumental Analysis for Forensic Chemistry (FSCT 8156) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science
    Bachelor of Science Full-time
  2. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Bachelor of Technology Part-time


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