CJ311 Criminal Investigation

for F2Y 2005

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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
Drewry, Donald G.

Park University
NSA Millington Tn

Course Number CJ311
Course Title Criminal Investigations
Credit 3 Hours
Instructor Donald Drewry 901-489-0675
Term dates Oct. 4, 2004 -Dec.18, 2005
Meeting Time Tuesday/Thursday 1545–1900 Hrs.
Meeting Site NSA Millington–Park University
E-Mail Donald.Drewry@park.edu

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.

Course Description
This intermediate course includes a discussion of the nature and purpose of criminal investigation, historical background, tools employed, skills development, and techniques useful in the reconstruction of criminal activity. Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 105 3:0:3

Objectives of the Course

Develop an understanding of the role of criminal investigation within the criminal justice system.

Develop a knowledge of basic criminal investigative techniques that are applicable to investigation of all crimes.

Develop an understanding of specific investigative techniques used for specific crimes.

Develop an understanding of the specific methods for investigation of major crimes.

Develop an understanding of how investigations are used in courts.

Develop an understanding of how the criminal investigative techniques are interdependent upon each other.

Develop an understanding of how the various investigative techniques of the justice system in America interact and are interdependent upon each other.

Develop an understanding of the importance of documenting a criminal event property via report writing.

Develop an understanding of how a crime scene is processed

Develop an understanding of how search and seizure law is used in an investigation.

Develop an understanding of evidence collection procedures.

Develop an understanding of interrogation and interview techniques.

Develop an understanding of how interview techniques are a critical part of an investigation.

Course Structure
The course will require the student to develop an understanding of the material via
class lecture, tests, class discussion, homework assignments and reading from the textbook.

Criminal Investigations 7th Ed.
Bennett and Hess
Thomson Wadsworth Publishing Company

Academic Honesty
Academic honesty is expected and required. Each student is expected to adhere to the highest level of ethics. They are not to cheat on exams or present another’s work as their own. Failure to adhere to this rule will constitute failure of the course and possible further disciplinary action from Park University.

Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

Attendance Policy
Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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: www.park.edu/disability.


Class Participation – 10%
The student is expected to be familiar with the material presented during each class. In order to accomplish this goal the student is expected to have read the assigned material prior to class. While this class relies heavily on lecture, there will be class discussions concerning the material. The student is expected to participate in the form of providing relevant information and viewpoints with regard to the topic being discussed. Be prepared to offer and defend your viewpoints.

Tests 80 %
There will be 4 tests each counting 20% of the overall grade. The test will be a combination of true/false and multiple choice.

Essay Questions 10%
At the end of each chapter there are essay questions. The student will be assigned one or more of the questions per chapter. The student is expected to write a concise response {2-4 paragraphs} explaining each question. The response can be either handwritten or typed. The student is expected to bring this work to class and be ready to discuss the topic. Varied viewpoints are encouraged as this stimulates effective discussion. Be prepared to defend your position.

Summary of Grades
Class participation------- 10 %
Tests-------------------------- 80 %
Essay Questions----------10 %
Total --------------------------100 %

Grade Scale
100-90 A
89-80 B
79-70 C
69-60 D
Below 60 F

Class Schedule
October 24, 2005 - Sunday to December 18, 2005

11/01------- 3
11/03------- 4
11/08 -------5------------ {Test 1-4}
11/10------- 6
11/17------- 8
11/22------- 9 & 10 -----{Test 5-8}
11/24-------Thanksgiving NO CLASS
11/29-------11 & 12
12/06------ 14 {Test 9-13}
12/13------ 16 & 17
12/15------- Final Test 14-17

Syllabus subject to change without notice