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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
Rickrich, Carl W.


CJ 311
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
Term II, Fall 2005, F2DD05 Bill Rickrich, Adjunct Senior Professor
Telephone numbers work 1-740-670-5425 home 1-740-366-6175
Email address: rickx2@adelphia.net
24 OCT 05 – 18 DEC 05
Thursdays 1700 -2200 hrs.
DSCC, Columbus, Ohio
Prerequisites: CJ 100, CJ105 and CJ 200
Credit hours: 3

I. 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.

II. VISION STATEMENT
Park University will be a renewed international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

III. COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.

IV. FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on readings, lecture, dialogue, case-studies and examinations.

V. COURSE OBJECTIVES

A. GOALS OF THE COURSE

* To give students an understanding of the goals of criminal investigation and the function performed by investigators.

* To examine the legal issues related to all aspects of criminal investigation.

* To familiarize students into the fundamental aspects of investigating violent crimes and property-related crimes.

* To afford students an understanding of the skills needed to successfully prepare reports and to present cases in court.

B. LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The student will be able to identify and describe the role and function of investigators in violent crimes and property-related crimes. The student will have a working knowledge of the principle legal issues related to all aspects of criminal investigation. The student will be proficient in note taking and in writing reports of criminal investigations. The student will be familiar with the various aspects of preparing and presenting an investigation in court. This course is intended to embody the critical, civic and value literacies in the curriculum. A student with critical literacy will be able to gather, evaluate and communicate information effectively and to recognize varieties of problem solving strategies. A student with civic literacy will be able to see the complexity of social, political and economic systems and problems on a national scale and will be able to develop ways that would contribute to the solution of such problems through effective citizenship participation. A student with value literacy will be sensitive to value questions and will possess tools for analyzing value questions and testing these questions and the answers generated throughout his or her life.

VI. COURSE TEXTBOOK

Bennett, Wayne, et al., Criminal Investigation, seventh edition, Wadsworth, 2004.

Additional material will be handed out in class by the instructor as required.

Students will make use of periodicals available in local, off-base libraries in order to find and read articles pertaining to current topics on the issues covered in this course. Among the best sources of such material are The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and local newspapers. Relevant articles will be discussed in class on a regular basis. Students will also be encouraged to utilize the Internet to locate additional information and articles of interest.


VII. ACADEMIC HONESTY

Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

VIII. PLAGIARISM

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.

IX. 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 absences for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

X. LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIAL

Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a reduced grade unless prior acceptable arrangements are made by the student with the instructor.

XI. CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT

Class participation is expected and will form a portion of the final grade. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time for class. Roll will be checked at each class meeting. Students are expected to make up missed work. Students are expected to be prepared for classes and for examinations.

XII. DISABILITY GUIDELINES

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students who 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 Disability 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 may be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability.

XIII. COURSE TOPICS / DATES / ASSIGNMENTS

Week 1 * Criminal Investigation: An Overview
* Documenting the Scene: Note Taking, Photography and Sketching
* Chapters 1 and 2

Week 2 * Searches
* Forensics/Physical Evidence

* Obtaining Information
* Chapters 3, 4 and 5

Week 3 * Identifying and Arresting Suspects

* Writing Reports, Preparing for and Presenting Cases in Court.

* Chapters 6 and 20

Week 4 * MIDTERM EXAMINATION

Week 5 * Investigating Violent Crimes
* Chapters 7 through 11

Week 6 * Investigating Crimes against Property
* Chapters 12 through 15

Week 7 * Other Challenges to the Criminal Investigator
* Chapters 16 through 19

Week 8 * FINAL EXAMINATION

XIV. GRADING PLAN

Midterm Examination

Essay 15%
Test 30%
Multiple Choice/True-False


Final Examination

Essay 15%
Test 30%
Multiple Choice/True-False

Class Participation and Attendance 10%



GRADING SCALE

90 – 100 A

80 - 89 B

70 – 79 C

60 – 69 D

Below 60 F


XV. WITHDRAWAL

Park University reserves that right to withdraw a student from a class(es) if the student does not meet his/her financial obligations or fails to attend class. Any student failing to attend a class(es) for two consecutive weeks without approved excuses will be administratively withdrawn and notified by mail that a grade of “F” will be recorded. Excused absences may be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school-sponsored activities and employment-related demands including temporary duty assignments. There are two types of withdrawals, official and administrative. An official withdrawal begins when a student initiates the withdrawal process. Refunds are based on this date. If a student fails to initiate the withdrawal process and is withdrawn for nonattendance, this is an administrative withdrawal. In this case, refunds will be based on the two (2) week policy. Students enrolled in an accelerated 8 or 9-week program must initiate their withdrawal with the appropriate site administrator. Students continuing enrollment but wishing to withdraw from an individual class must do so at their home site. Withdrawals by telephone will not be accepted.