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Courses - January 2024

Level 1

Course details

Technical Writing and Communications
COMM8281

Description: This course will focus on the creation of professional technical reports. Students will learn how to communicate scientific and technical information concisely and accurately using appropriate formats and graphical support. Students will apply technical communication theory and practice to create, critique, and present technical documents. An oral project presentation will emphasize clear and concise communication of technical details and the use of appropriate visual support for technical information.
  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Conflict Management and Resolution
COMM8520

Description:

This course focuses on different types of conflicts and strategies to effectively deal with aggressive behaviour. Students will become proficient in de-escalating and resolving conflict related to investigations. Real-life scenarios are introduced where students will apply the skills they learned and reflect on the success of their decisions.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Criminology and Ethics
CRIM8000

Description:

This course provides an understanding of criminal behaviour as an essential component of an effective fraud investigation. This course will introduce theories of criminal causation and ethical dilemmas. Students will evaluate situational cases involving conflicts of interest and breach of fiduciary duties. The course will also address non-technical professional issues faced by fraud investigators in the discharge of their professional responsibilities.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Fraud Investigation, Auditing and Reporting
CRIM8010

Description:

Students will learn how to conduct a successful investigation as related to a fraud allegation. The focus will be on the process of investigation, and topics may include: steps in conducting an investigation, different investigative techniques, data collection, identifying credible sources, auditing techniques, presentation and reporting of findings. The course also introduces other professional roles who may assist in fraud investigation.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Computer Investigative Techniques
INFO8895

Description:

In this course students analyze and apply investigative techniques to find and collect evidence on computer systems and networks, including the Internet and social media.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Investigative Interviewing and Analysis
LAW8300

Description:

Students will apply knowledge of interviewing techniques as it relates to investigation scenarios. They will complete practical interview scenario training by interviewing alleged suspects and potential witnesses, examine related federal and provincial laws and analyze the findings.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Business Law in Fraud Investigation
LAW8310

Description:

This course introduces students to legal considerations in fraud investigations. Students gain the basic legal literacy needed to locate, interpret, and apply case law to fraudulent activity and investigations. Topics covered included: structure and application of criminal law pertaining to fraudulent activity, collection, preservation and assessment of evidence, legal investigation processes and when to involve higher authorities in fraud investigations.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course details

Credit Card and Insurance Fraud
CRIM8020

Description:

This course will equip students to spot signs of credit card and insurance fraud. Student will learn the process of investigation specific to these kinds of fraud and strategies in prevention to educate consumers.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Money Laundering and Asset Tracing
CRIM8030

Description:

Money laundering is at the very heart of financial aspects of crime and is a common method of financing terrorist and other illegal activity. This course will look at all aspects of money laundering, the international scene and the increased regulatory intervention designed to suppress such illegal activities. As well, the students will focus on the concept of asset tracing.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Spear Phishing, Ransomware and Extortion
CRIM8040

Description:

Spear phishing is one of the most common and most dangerous attack methods organizations face. Students will learn to recognize these attacks, as well as study ransomware and extortion fraud. Topics include common characteristics of an attack, known ransomware, phishing and extortion variants, commonly exploited vulnerabilities and preventative measures.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Merchandise, Service and Vendor Fraud
CRIM8050

Description:

This course focuses on how an organization can prevent fraud when purchasing products or services from new and unknown suppliers. Students learn how to validate new vendors and determine legitimacy of a seller's information, as well as detect when suspicious activity is present.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Privacy and Identity Theft Management
CRIM8060

Description:

In this course, students study the fundamentals of privacy laws in Canada. Curriculum topics include learning about the role of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, PIPEDA fair information principles, the Privacy Act legislation and regulations and the various methods in place used to safeguard industry from identity theft and associated fraudulent activities.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Fraud Prevention and Risk Management
CRIM8070

Description:

Previous fraud cases will be examined to identify how fraud could have been prevented. Students will develop fraud analysis models and prevention frameworks to manage the risk of fraud in an organization.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Capstone (Fraud Investigation)
CRIM8080

Description:

Students analyze and discuss past fraud cases to gain knowledge of case pitfalls and benchmarks that led to the successful investigation. Students work in groups to investigate a fraud investigation scenario; they prepare a written report to present their findings. The reports are based on a mock trial of a court case featuring the application of interviewing techniques.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
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Program outcomes

  1. Analyze situations and synthesize the various policies, procedures, legislation, social issues and community resources applicable to make appropriate decisions.
  2. Integrate legislative, professional, organizational and ethical standards to develop a personal code of conduct.
  3. Communicate professionally to foster relationships with various stakeholders involved in fraud investigations.
  4. Utilize technology to perform multi-layered link analysis of fraudulent accounts and trends tosupport investigations.
  5. Navigate complex situations using critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and multitasking skills to address existing, new and emerging risks.
  6. Collaborate with and lead diverse teams to promote harmonious workplaces, build community relations and meet organizational objectives.
  7. Secure, search, record, collect, preserve and evaluate evidence for enforcement and prosecution of offences to generate reports and legal documentation.
  8. Use conflict and crisis management techniques to navigate disputes and potentially dangerous situations.
  9. Develop fraud analysis models and preventative measures to manage risk for organizations.
  10. Monitor, detect and analyze fraud indicators to identify the factors that increase opportunities for criminal activity.