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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Rickrich, Carl W.,, II


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 312 Criminalistics

Semester

S1DD 2006 DC

Faculty

Rickrich, Carl W. (Bill)

Title

Adjunct Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Arts, 1976, The Ohio State University.
Juris Doctor, University of Toledo.

Office Location

Not Applicable.

Office Hours

Not Applicable.

Daytime Phone

1-740-670-5425.

Other Phone

1-740-366-6175.

E-Mail

Carl.Rickrich@park.edu

rickx2@adelphia.net

Web Page

http://  Not Applicable

Semester Dates

January 9, 2006, to March 6, 2006.

Class Days

U----FS (January 20-22, 2006, and  March 3-5, 2006).

Class Time

8:00 - 10:45 PM

Prerequisites

CJ 100 and CJ 105.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Saferstein, Richard, Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, eighth edition, 2004, Pearson Prentice Hall.

Additional Resources:
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Course Description:
A discussion of discovery, recognition, observation, identification, collection and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in the testing of physical evidence. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on readings, lectures, dialogue, case studies and examinations.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to properly process crime scenes.
  2. Demonstrate ability to properly conduct evidence searches.
  3. Identify and classify types of physical evidence.
  4. Explain physical properties of glass and soil.
  5. Explain and discuss organic and inorganic analyses.
  6. Identify and contrast methods of analysis of hair, fibers and paints.
  7. Identify and explain general effects of drugs of abuse.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of toxicology of alcohol and drugs in human body.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of forensic aspects of arson and explosion investigations.
  10. Demonstrate basic knowledge of forensic serology.
  11. Explain basic terms related to DNA in relation to forensics.
  12. Identify principles of fingerprinting and effective use of such evidence.
  13. Identify principles of evidene related to firearms, tool markings and other impressions.
  14. Identify principles in analyzing documents and voice recordings.
  15. Demonstrate knowledge of use of the Internet in forensic investigations.
Class Assessment:
A midterm examination and a final examination comprised of essay, mutiple choice and true-false components.  Classes will include case-study discussions.

Grading:
Midterm examination: essay, 20%; true-false/multiple choice, 30%; final examination: essay, 20%; true-false/multiple choice, 30%. A, 90-100; B, 80-89; C, 70-79; D, 60-69; F, below 60.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a reduced grade unless prior acceptable arrangements are made in writing signed and agreed to by the student and the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected.  Students are expected to attend all classes, to be timely and to be prepared.  Roll will be checked at each class meeting. Students are expected to make up all missed work.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
January 20, 21 and 22: Introduction; The Crime Scene; Physical Evidence; Physical Properties: Glass and Soil; Organic Analysis; Inorganic Analysis; Hair, Fibers and Paint; Drugs. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.

March 3,4 and 5: Forensic Toxicology; Forensic Aspects of Arson and Explosion Investigations; Forensic Serology; DNA; Fingerprints; Firearms and Tools; Document and Voice Examination; Forensic Science and the Internet. Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 "WH".
  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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Not Applicable.

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