FRS507 - Geographic Profiling I

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Subject Title
Geographic Profiling I

Subject Description
This credit course introduces participants to the theory, methodology and mathematical concepts in support of geographic profiling.  Crime-pattern theory, mental maps, crime hunting area concepts and supporting technology are also covered

Credit Status
This is a Seneca credit subject.

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

  • Explain the theoretical foundations, definitions, concepts and principles of profiling
  • Apply crime-pattern theory, statistics and mathematical concepts behind geographic profiling to investigative work
  • Conduct reconstruction and interpretation of offender's mental map
  • Conduct time/speed/distance analysis and drive-time analysis
  • Plan and complete geographic profile reports
  • Assess and adopt emerging technology in geographic profiling

Cheating and Plagiarism
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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.

Topic Outline

  1. Crime pattern theory
  2. Geographic profiling
  3. Geographic profiles from actual case work
  4. Mental map exercise
  5. Time/speed/distance analysis
  6. Drive time analysis
  7. Geographic profiling technology
  8. Mathematical concepts
  9. Case presentations
  10. Geographic profiling reports
  11. Profile interpretation

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures, practical exercises.

Prescribed Texts
Geographic  Profiling Analysis: The Geography  of Crime

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.

Modes of Evaluation

In-class exercises 60%
Final Exam 40%

This subject requires  a minimum passing grade of "C"
Note:   Writing  missed tests and assignments will be at the discretion of your professor. Late assignment penalties will be at the discretion of your professor.
There are no rewrites for failed tests or assignments.

Approved by: Sandra Noble