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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Graves, Scott W.

SYLLABUS Course Number: CJ 312
Course Title: Criminalistics
Instructor: Scott Graves, M.A.
Term Dates: Fall II
Meeting Time: Mon/Wed

Resident Center: FTBL

This course is a discussion of the discovery, recognition, observation, identification, collection, and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in testing of physical evidence.

To increase familiarity with state of the art crime scene techniques and current methods of obtaining useful evidence in the aftermath of a crime. Conduct an examination of certain aspects of modern crime scene evidence gathering trends and review current issues regarding forensic testing of evidentiary items and the effect of testing on the criminal justice system and the perception of the public at large.

1) Students will be familiar with the processes used to discover and recognize evidence. 2) Students will be familiar with the processes and purposes behind the identification, collection and testing of physical evidence discovered at crime scenes. 3) Students will be able to make an oral presentation regarding the importance of modern forensic testing regarding DNA. 4) Students will be able to prepare effective aids to accompany their presentations. 5) Students will have a good working knowledge of the emergence and importance of criminalistics in the world of law enforcement and criminal justice.

The course will be primarily lecture driven and contain spirited class discussion, handouts, six journal/literature reviews, an oral presentation, mid-term and final examinations.

All indicated reading assignments should be completed prior to class. Students should be prepared to engage in thoughtful and provoking discussions. Mid-term examination and final examination, as well as 6 journal/literature reviews on relevant class topics, to be assigned (APA style). Oral presentation with at least one visual aid, that will be conducted by each student regarding a subject relevant to the course and approved by the instructor. Journals will be turned in every Wednesday starting the second week of class and concluding on the seventh Wednesday.

Saferstein, Richard, Criminalistics

Articles and reference materials that are relevant to the subject of study will be handed out in class.


Week 1 Class administration, Chapter 1, introduction to
criminalistics, lecture and class discussion.

Class administration, Chapter 2, the crime scene,
lecture and class discussion. Case Study

Week 2 Class administration, Chapter 3, physical evidence,
lecture and class discussion. Selection of oral
presentation subject. Case Study

Class administration, Chapter 4,5, physical properties
and organic analysis, lecture and class discussion.
Selection of oral presentation subject. Case Study

Week 3 Class administration, Chapter 6,7, inorganic analysis
and use of the microscope, lecture and class

Class administration, Chapter 8, hair, fibers, and
paint, lecture and class discussion. Review for mid-

Week 4 Class administration, Chapter 9, drugs, lecture and
class discussion. Mid-term examination.

Class administration, Chapter 12, and forensic
serology, lecture and class discussion.

Week 5 Class administration, Chapter 13, DNA lecture and
class discussion. Discussion on progress of oral

Class administration, Chapter 14, fingerprints,
lecture and class discussion.

Week 6 Class administration, Chapter 15, firearms, tool
marks, and other impressions, lecture and class

Class administration, Chapter 16, 17, Document and
voice examination and Forensic issues on the Internet,
lecture and class discussion.

Week 7 Class administration. Oral presentations.

Class administration. Oral presentations. Review for
final exam.

Week 8 Class administration, Final Exam.

Class administration. Review of Final Examination,
Chapter10, forensic toxicology.

Students are responsible for reading the assigned textbook chapters and to be familiar with their chapter content before each class session. All material is subject to examination. Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated. Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing. Absences should be kept to a minimum. If an absence is necessary then students will receive a grade letter reduction for the missed class, unless make up work, to be determined by the instructor, is completed. Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence. Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action.  Students that fail to notify the intructor of an absence on a major test date will not be allowed to take a make-up test.  Classwork turned in one meeting late will receive a 50% point deduction in grade.  Assignments turned in later than one meeting will not be accepted.<br>

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D

Mid-Term Exam 35%
Final Exam 35%
Oral Presentation 10%
6 Literature Reviews 20%
Total points 100%