CIA230 - Investigation and Evidence

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Subject Title
Investigation and Evidence

Subject Description
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop their investigative knowledge and skills. The investigative process and the rules surrounding the admissibility of evidence that are guided by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, statue law and case law are covered. Students analyze the investigative process to determine the elements of a good investigation, and examine statue and case law surrounding the rules of evidence and determine how the rules apply to the collection and presentation of evidence in court.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


  1. Apply the rules of evidence as they relate to the investigative process and safety considerations.
  2. Distinguish between physical, trace, and impression evidence to determine the methodological approach in processing a crime scene.
  3. Discuss the duties of first responders to a crime scene and how those duties differ from other specialized personnel at the incident.
  4. Explain privacy and ethical issues in the collection of evidence during the investigative process.
  5. Analyze the investigative process of a crime scene for the purposes of developing a historical timeline.

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