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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
Drewry, Donald G.


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

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation

Semester

F2Y 2008 MN

Faculty

Drewry, Donald G.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MBA - Management
BBA - Business

Daytime Phone

901-489-0675

E-Mail

Donald.drewry@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 20, 2008 to December 14, 2008

Class Days

Tuesday-Thurday

Class Time

4:45 pm to 7:00 pm

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Investigations 8th Ed. {2007}
ISBN 0-495-09340-8
Authors - Bennett and Hess
Thomson Wadsworth Publishing Company
 
Study Guide for  Bennett and Hess's Criminal Investigations 8th Ed. {2006}
ISBN 0-495-17013-5
Author - Hal Nees
Thomson Wadsworth Publishing Company
 

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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

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is based on the concept of integrating several learning approaches in order for the student to develop a full understanding of the subject matter. These approaches include lecture, tests, class discussion, homework assignments, writing and presentation of papers and readings from the textbook as well as outside sources. My goal  is for each learning methodology to compliment the others in a disputatious approach that enhances the learning process via critical analysis. I feel that critical analysis is a high priority academic skill  needed for the student's success. Therefore I strive to develop and enhance this skill in my students.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate types of investigative techniques used in courts.
  2. Examine specific methods for investigation of major crimes.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop an understanding of the role of criminal investigation within the criminal justice system.
  2. Develop a knowledge of basic criminal investigative techniques that are applicable to investigation of all crimes.
  3. Develop an understanding of specific investigative techniques used for specific crimes.
  4. Develop an understanding of the specific methods for investigation of major crimes.
  5. Develop an understanding of how investigations are used in courts.
  6. Develop an understanding of how the criminal investigative techniques are interdependent upon each other.
  7. Develop an understanding of how the various investigative techniques of the justice system in America interact and are interdependent upon each other.
  8. Develop an understanding of the importance of documenting a criminal event properly via report writing.
  9. Develop an understanding of how a crime scene is processed.
  10. Develop an understanding of how search and seizure law is used in an investigation.
  11. Develop an understanding of evidence collection procedures.
  12. Develop an understanding of interrogation and interview techniques.
Core Assessment:

For CJ311, all students will complete an essay, not less than 4 pages (1,000 words) in length (excluding the cover sheet, title, and bibliography pages) as follows:

            It can be argued that the foundation for community support for law enforcement is in the trust built by faith that the police follow the law and adhere to the U.S. Constitution. For example, criminal investigative questioning must be guided by Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections. Harsh or questionable investigative methods may be unethical and illegal. 

            Discuss whether the concern for homeland security has redefined acceptable or ethical criminal investigative tactics used by law enforcement. Explain what impact changes in criminal investigative techniques and methods may have on police-community relations, criminal prosecutions, and the ability of police to investigate major crimes.

            The essay should be typed, double-spaced, be written in APA format, including in-text source citations, and use a minimum of 4 course-external sources.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

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 - 48%
There will be 3 tests each counting 16% of the overall grade. The test will be a combination of true/false and multiple-choice and discussion.

Essay Questions - 14%
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 will be sent to the instructor via the E-Companion. This procedure will be explained in class.  Varied viewpoints are encouraged as this stimulates effective discussion. Be prepared to defend your position.

Quizes - 8%
There will be weekly quizes taken in the ecollege companion fopr the course.  

Individual Project - 20%
See Core Assignments for details.  

Grading:

Grade Scale

 

A  1000-900

B   890-800

C   790-700

D    690-600

F    Below 600

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments  are due when scheduled and no material will be accepted after the due date.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

 

Chapter

Topic

Essays

    Quiz

Tests

Project

Participation

Week 1

Oct 21

1 & 2

Intro & CrimeScene

 

Oct 23

3

Report Writing

    20

10

12.5

Week 2 

Oct 28

4 & 5

Searches & Evidence

 

Oct 30

6

Information

20

10

12.5

Week 3 

Nov 4

7

Suspect Id & Arrest

   

 

Nov 6 

8 & 9

Death & Assault

20

10

 Ch 1-7

12.5

160 points

Week 4 

  Nov 11

10 &11

Sex & Child Abuse 

 

Nov 13

12

Robbery

     20

10

12.5

Week 5 

Nov 18

13 & 14

Burglary & Theft

    20        10

 

12.5

Nov 20

 

Holiday

 

 

 

 

Week 6 

 

 Nov 25

15 &16

MVT & Arson

        

Ch 8-14

 

Nov 27

 17

Computer Crime

20

10

160 points

12.5

Week 7

   Dec 2    18 & 19

Org. Crime/Gangs 

Dec 4

  20

Terrorism

20

10

    200

12.5

Week 8 

Dec  9

21

Case Presentation

     10

Ch 15-21

12.5

Dec 11

 

Final {Test Three}

 

  160 points

 

TOTAL

Points

 

140

80

480

200

100

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking. Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions. Evaluation is weak. Evaluation is not present. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Combines researched material into a consistent whole; extends research well beyond minimum requirements. Combines researched material into a consistent whole. Researched material is presented but not into a consistent whole. No evidence of combining researched material into a consistent whole. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Analyzes key elements using 4 or more course-external sources. Analyzes key elements using at least 3 sources. Analyzes key elements using less than 3 sources. Analysis is not supported by any source material or no evidence of analysis is present. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The essay shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay shows minimal use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Essay conveys complete and exceptional information on investigative techniques used in courts and specific methods for investigating major crimes. Essay conveys sufficient information on investigative techniques used in courts and specific methods for investigating major crimes. Essay conveys minimal information on investigative techniques used in courts and/or specific methods for investigating major crimes. Essay conveys no information on investigative techniques used in courts or specific methods for investigating major crimes. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Essay contains all required technical components: 4 pages in length (excluding required cover sheet, title page, and bibliography), typed, double-spaced.   Written in APA Style, including in-text source citations.  Contains fewer than five grammatical or spelling errors. Essay contains most required technical components.  Contains more than five grammatical or spelling errors but errors do not detract from understanding. Written in APA Style, but may have a few formatting errors. Essay contains few required technical components.  Contains more than five grammatical or spelling errors that detract from understanding. APA Style usage is barely evident. Essay contains no required technical components. There are so many errors in the APA writing convention, in the paper presentation, or in grammar and/or spelling that it is difficult to read. 

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