CJ 312 Criminalistics
F1T 2006 DLA
Callahan, Kelli K.
Adjunct Criminal Justice Faculty
M.F.S. Master of Forensic SciencesB.S. PsychologyB.A. Anthropology
Daily via Park Email, Personal Email, Cell Phone, Instant Message, and Fax
602-743-4985 (cell phone)
Fax: 206-202-0535 (plus voice-to-email messaging service)
Yahoo IM - "InstructorKelli"
08/21/06 - 10/15/06
"Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science" by Richard Saferstein (8th ed.)
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: Class assessment will be based on a combination of six (6) homework assignments, eight (8) weekly discussion forums, and one (1) cumulative final exam.
Grading: Six homework assignments at 10 points per assignment (60% of total grade), eight weekly discussion forums at 4 points per forum (20% of total grade), and one final exam at 100 points (20% of total grade).
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late Assignments will receive a 10 point deduction for each day past the scheduled due date [see syllabus for due dates] of an assignment and/or task up to seven days. After seven days past the due date a score of zero (0) shall be given for the assignment/task.
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Week 1 (08/21/06 - 08/27/06): An Introduction to Criminalistics and Crime Scenes. Read Chapters 1 and 2. Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction & discussion of syllabus/assignment and course overview. Overview of criminalistics and history, discussion on crime scene development and submitting first paper based upon information from the web-sites. Take online Quiz # 1 (covers chapters 1 and 2). Participate in weekly online Discussion Topics/Questions. Complete Homework Assignment # 1.
Week 2 (08/28/06 - 09/03/06): Physical Evidence and Properties of Glass and Soil. Read Chapters 3 and 4. Class Activities: Examination of the nature of physical evidence and the major types encountered at crime scenes. Study of two case histories with on-line discussion on one, and a paper on the other. Take online Quiz # 2 (covers chapters 3 and 4). Participate in weekly online Discussion Topics/Questions. Complete Homework Assignment # 2.
Week 3 (09/04/06 - 09/10/06): Organic and Inorganic Analysis and Microscopy. Read Chapters 5, 6, and 7. Class Activities: Discussion of chapters on organic and inorganic analysis and microscopy with additional studies on forensic entomology and anthropology. Take online Quiz # 3 (covers chapters 5, 6, and 7). Participate in weekly online Discussion Topics/Questions. Complete Homework Assignment # 3.
Week 4 (09/11/06 - 09/17/06): Hairs, Fibers, Paint, and Drugs. Read Chapters 8 and 9. Class Activities: Students will examine the aspects of hair, fiber and paint evidence, and drugs and discuss its prevalence at crime scenes. Take online Quiz # 4 (covers chapters 8 and 9). Participate in weekly online Discussion Topics/Questions. Complete Homework Assignment # 4.
Week 5 (09/18/06 - 09/24/06): Toxicology and Arson/Explosives Evidence. Read Chapters 10 and 11. Class Activities: Study of toxicology as well as arson and explosives evidence will be conducted this week. Text material will be augmented with web-site materials. Take online Quiz # 5. Participate in weekly online Discussion Topics/Questions. Complete Homework Assignment # 5.
Week 6 (09/25/06 - 10/01/06): Forensic Serology and DNA. Read chapters 12 and 13. Class Activities: Students will engage in an examination of serology which will lead to the emphasis of the week, DNA evidence. Students will augment text readings with web-site information. Take online Quiz # 6. Participate in weekly online Discussion Topics/Questions. Complete Homework Assignment # 6.
Week 7 (10/02/06 - 10/08/06): Fingerprints, Firearms and Toolmarks, and Document and Voice Examination. Read Chapters 14, 15, and 16. Class Activities: Fingerprints, toolmarks (which includes firearms) and document & voice examination will be studied. Some web-site information may be recommended during the discussion. Take online Quiz # 7. Participate in weekly online Discussion Topics/Questions. Complete Homework Assignment # 7.
Week 8 (10/09/06 - 10/15/06): Computers, the Internet, and the future of Forensic Science. Read Chapters 17 and 18. Class Activities: Discussion of computer evidence, use of the internet in investigation and the future trends expected in forensic studies. Take online Quiz # 8. Participate in weekly online Discussion Topics/Questions. Complete Homework Assignment # 8. Complete Final Exam.
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