FRS503 - Forensic Interviewing I

Outline info
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Subject Title
Forensic Interviewing I

Subject Description
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.

Credit Status
This is a Forensic Investigative Studies credit subject.  This is an equivalent subject for British Columbia Institute of Technology FSCT 7230, Forensic Interviewing I.

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

  1. Understand an appropriate interview room describing furnishings.
  2. Explain the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication.
  3. Interpret non-verbal cues and their meanings.
  4. Utilize different interview techniques and approaches including: effective listening; ethics; relating to different personalities.
  5. Employ legal and procedural methods in the taking of statements.
  6. Construct and ask more complex and effective questions.
  7. Learn how to conduct a cognitive interview and evaluate the information obtained.
  8. Describe statement analysis, including the “VIEW” questionnaire.
  9. Learn how to conduct a forensic interview (interrogation) and evaluate the information obtained.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prescribed Texts
Investigative Interviewing, 2nd edition,
By Gordon P. MacKinnon, Old Village, ISBN# 978-0-9681699-1-9

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Approved by: Sandra Noble