CJ312 Criminalistics

for S1N 2009

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


S1N 2009 SM


DeAngelis, George A.


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice Administration
Master of Science Administration of Justice and Security
Master of Arts Management

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Semester Dates

6 January-February 19, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

2:00 - 4:50 PM

Credit Hours


 Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science, 9th Edition
Author: Richard Saferstein

 Prentice Hall      ISBN  0-13-221655-8

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Course Description:
CJ312 Criminalistics: This intermediate course covers topics such as the discovery, recognition, observation,identification and collection and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in testing of physical evidence. Prerequisite: CJ100 and CJ105. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Your instructor's educational philosophy is based upon lectures, examinations, research from web sites, writings from outside sources and dialog with students. Assignments are intended to encourage a thoughtful exploration of ideas and application of information provided during the course. Contradictory thoughts are encouraged as part of the learning process. Students are expected to ask questions about something they do not know.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish different types of evidence used in criminal prosecutions.
  2. Critique the admissibility of evidence.
  3. Recognize and develop evidence.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the goal of physical evidence in the criminal justice system
  2. Complete a crime scene diagram
  3. Recognize the inner-relationships between criminalistics and criminal investigation
  4. Explain the necessity of ethics in criminal investigations
  5. Identify the capabilities of crime laboratories with regard to the comparison/analysis of various types of physical evidence
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
 There will be a Mid-Term and Final Examination, each valued at 25% of your total grade. In  addition, you will be required to complete a core assessment project worth 20 points of the final grade. Lastly, there are 4 case studies worth 20 points total.


 The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59.
 The mid term and final exam will count 25% each of your total grade (collectively 50%). The core assessment  project will count 20% of your total grade and the four case studies are 20% collectively. Participation and attendance will makeup the remaining 10%. 

Each student is responsible for:
Completing weekly reading assignments. 
Completing a Course Project.
Completing 4 Case Study assignments.
Completing a proctored Mid Term and Final Examination

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will be penalized 5 points. ( lowered one letter grade for each class session it is late)

Examination missed as a result of an excused absence can be rescheduled within one week after the regularly scheduled exam date.

Examination missed as a result of an unexcused absence will be recorded as an "F".

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

First and foremost, this is not an on-line class. Therefore, students who cannot commit to attending this class as scheduled should not enroll. Students are expected to attend class on time and to remain for the entire period. Continuous tardiness will impact attendance grade. Leaving class early must be approved by the facilitator in order to receive attendance credit. Students must realize that due to the compressed schedule, class time is critical. Continued tardiness of 30 minutes or more will be cause for marking the student absent for that class period. Determination of what is an excused or unexcused absence remains with the discretion of the facilitator as per Park University policies. (See below) Students who miss the first day of class will miss important information about the class format, syllabus, text, exams, and project. This information will not be repeated due to limited class time. However, it will be their responsibility to become familiar with this information. Students who are disruptive, abusive, rude, or unruly towards any student, guest, or faculty will be removed from the class. Rude conducts towards the instructor includes doing homework, reading a book (other than the text) or newspaper, sleeping, or continuously leaving class to answer cell phone. Prohibited conduct is also cause for dismissal from the class. Such conduct includes plagiarism and dishonesty (in any manner or degree). Both will not be tolerated. Submitting the same work (presumably your work) for two different assignments is not plagiarism but it is considered unethical, even if the two assignments were completed for different classes. If it is discovered that a paper or other assignment was previously prepared for another course, or learning institution, it is an academic impropriety and will result in a "0" grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Jan.06       Course Introduction and Chapter 1 Introduction  Reading Assignment: The CSI
                 Effect: Exposing the Media Myth (due Jan 15)

Jan.08       Chapter 2 The Crime Scene

Jan.13       Chapter 3 Physical Evidence Case Study #1 Atlanta Child Murders due

Jan.15       Chapter 4 Physical Properties: Glass & Soil  Reading Assignment Due

Jan.20       Chapter 5 Autoerotic Deaths Case Study #2 Enrique Camarena due

Jan.22       Chapter 6 Violent Death Scenes

Jan.27       Chapter 7 Forensic Anthropology, Battered Child Syndrome  

Jan.29       MT Exam Chapters 1-7

Feb.03      Chapter 8 Hairs, Fibers & Paint & Chapter 9 Drugs

Feb.05      Chapter 10 Forensic Toxicology & Chapter 12 Forensic Serology
                 Case Study #3 Green River due

Feb.10      Chapter 12 Forensic Serology & Chapter 13 DNA Video: Footpath Murders
                 Case Study #4 BTK due    Course Project due                 
Feb.12      Chapter 14 Fingerprints

Feb.17      Chapter 15 Firearms, Tools, and Other Impressions               

Feb.21      Final Exam Chapters 8-10 & 12-15

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 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 .


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