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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Larkins, Douglas R.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseCJ 312 Criminalistics LR
SemesterF2LL2005
FacultyLarkins, Douglas R.
TitleInstructor
Daytime Phone501-940-1474
Other Phone501-556-4745
E-Mailp244987@pirate.park.edu
dandtlarkins1@alltel.net
Semester Dates17 October – 11 December 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time6:00 - 9:00 PM
PerquisitesCJ100 and CJ105
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Criminalistics, an Introduction to forensic Science, 8th Edition, by Richard Saferstein

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore


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. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This instructors philosophy is one of interactiveness.  It will have a basis in lecture and supplemented by readings, tests, interaction discussions, section examinations, videos, research, and individual class presentations.

This instrustor will encourage the learner to explore ideas, issues and contradictions, within the Criminalistics field and from without.

Learning Outcomes:

1.  Distinguish different types of evidence used in criminal prosecutions.  Critique the admissibility of evidence.

2.  Recognize and develop evidence

3.  Identify types of trace evidence and recommend types of analyzation to be accomplished by the crime lab.

4.  Identify types of crime lab equipment, their intended usage, and the types of evidence that could be analyzed with thos pieces of equipment.

Course Assessment:
The student will be expected to read all assignments prior to meeting with the instructor and be prepared to discuss what he has read.  In addition, the student is responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absence.  This course will consist of a research paper, tests, lecturs and presentations.

Grading:
Students are required to meet the minimal standards set for a formal class of this standing.  I.e. the minimal score of 70% on a 100 point scale.  The following is a breakdown on grading procedures:

Section 1 Examination 20% of your final grade
Section 2 Examination 20 % of final grade
Section 3 Examination 20% of  final grade
Class Presentations 40% of final grade

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
Below 60% = F (or e or more unexcused absences

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments must be submitted on time.
Late submission of any course materials may be graded down in letter grade or may not be accepted.  This will be decision of the instructor and the circumstances surrounding the late submission.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class and be on time.  Student – Instructor interaction is key in the process of learning

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
All class assignments for future class dates will be handed out at least one class night before they are due.  Also, a research paper will be due on the last day of class.  This paper will be a minimum of 10 pages, not including the cover, outline, introduction, figure page, exhibit page, surveys, interviews, or reference page.  The paper will be done in the MLA format which will be explained by the instructor in detail

18 OCTOBER INTRODUCTION-SYLLABUS
20 OCTOBER CHAPTER 1
25 OCTOBER CHAPTERS 2 AND 3
27 OCTOBER CHAPTER 4
01 NOVEMBER CHAPTERS 5 AND 6
03 NOVEMBER SECTION # 1 EXAMINATION

08 NOVEMBER CHAPTERS 7 AND 8
10 NOVEMBER CHAPTER 9
15 NOVEMBER CHAPTERS 10 AND 11
17 NOVEMBER SECTION # 2 EXAMINATION

22 NOVEMBER CHAPTER 12 AND 13
29 NOVEMBER CHAPTER 14
01 DECEMBER CHAPTERS 15
06 DECEMBER CHAPTERS 16
08 DECEMBER SECTION 3 EXAMINATION

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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