The Bachelor of Forensic Identification is offered exclusively to Forensic Identification Officers. Courses are offered by e-learning and practicums.
*The Bachelor of Forensic Identification is offered exclusively to Forensic Identification Officers. Courses are offered by e-learning and practicums.
2017 Bachelor of Forensic Identification graduate students The BFI degree is exclusively for Canadian police officers who investigate crime scenes and is the only program of its kind in North America. There are approximately 130 officers enrolled from coast to coast. The degree combines an e-learning curriculum with intense one week periods of study at the Ontario Police College or the Calgary and Edmonton Police Services.
Practicums are modelled on the advanced instructions Forensic Identification officers receive in the intense, one week, 40-hour courses. In our degree, we call these “Practicums” and, since they equal the number of hours of instruction that normally takes place over a full term [e.g. September to December], they are worth 3 credits.
Practicums are optional, however, they are designed to provide the officer with a hands-on application of the knowledge that is acquired in an e-learning course. Laurentian University now offers 5 practicums that are directly linked to the e-learning courses; with two (2) more practicums slated for development by the end of 2016 [as sequels to: Fire Scene Investigation and Pattern Evidence].
By leaving course selection to the discretion of the officer, the degree maximizes the educational value that can be delivered as each officer can tailor the degree to the specific needs of their service and individual intellectual interests.
The Laurentian course calendar lists practicums in the term in which they are offered. This can be misleading as each term runs for several months, but the practicum is only one week. Practicum registrations occur at the beginning of a term, even if it takes place later on during the term. For example, if there is an April practicum at OPC, registration must take place in January.
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The BFI degree is exclusively for Canadian police officers who investigate crime scenes and is the only program of its kind in North America.
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