Course Description: A discussion of discovery, recognition, observation, identification, collection and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in the testing of physical evidence.
Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, current issues in criminal justice, quizzes, examinations, writings, and video presentations. Open communication is encouraged between students and instructor in a lively exploration of ideas and course material.
Learning Outcomes:At the conclusion of this course, the students should have an understanding of the role science plays in solving crime, increased awareness and knowledge of scientific methods used to process crime scenes and at crime labs, ability to think crticially about scientific material especially in the context of evidence and crime scenes, and the skills to properly preserve, collect evidence recovered at a crime scene and introduce it into a court of law.
Course Assessment: Course work will include required chapter readings, mid term and final examinations and five quizzes. Attendance and participation will factor into final grade.
Grading: Mid Term Exam 35%
Final Exam 35%
Five Quizzes 20%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late course work will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with instructor. Students who miss a quizz due to unexcussed absence will not be allowed makeup.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Dishonesty will not be tolerated and is non-negotiable. Any and all such rules are in accordance with Park University Policy.
Regarding absences, instructor retains discretion in determining whether an absence is excused or unexcused. Botton line is that attendance is important and each student should make every attempt to be in class.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: May 24 Intro & Chapter 1
May 26 Chapter 2
May 31 Chapter 3 & 4
June 02 Chapters 5&6 Quiz #1
June 07 Chapter 8
June 09 Chapter 9 Quiz #2 Mid-Term Review
June 14 Mid-Term Exam Chapters 1-6,8&9
June 16 Chapter 10
June 21 Chapter 11
June 23 Chapter 12 Quiz #3
June 28 Chapter 13 Quiz #4
June 30 Chapter 14
July 05 Chapter 15&16 Quiz #5 Review Final Exam
July 07 Final Exam Chapters 10-16
Subject to Change With Notice
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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