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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Glover, Kimberley


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Course

CJ 312 Criminalistics

Semester

S2T 2007 DL

Faculty

Glover, Kimberley

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA Criminology, University of South Florida
MBA w/ concentration in Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University
Ph.D. ABD Criminal Justice, Northcentral University

Daytime Phone

813-310-4392

E-Mail

kimberley.glover@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 8th ed. (2007), by Richard Saferstein

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Course Description:
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 the testing of  physical evidence. Prerequisites CJ100 and CJ105 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the eCollege course delivery system. Students are expected to devote a minimum of four hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system-the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. Written papers should be completed and successfully submitted so that they are in my hands on the due date.  If you ever have problems transmitting your assignments to me, telephone me immediately, and we'll get the problem solved.

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.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the eCollege course delivery system. Students are expected to devote a minimum of four hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system-the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. Written papers should be completed and successfully submitted so that they are in my hands on the due date.  If you ever have problems transmitting your assignments to me, telephone me immediately, and we'll get the problem solved.

Grading:
The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. The final exam will count 20% of your total grade, with each paper and participation worth 10%.  One comment on the papers: you will note that I do not indicate how long they are to be.  You are now upper class level, and it should not be necessary to tell you how much to write to adequately cover a topic.  If you have covered all material, you will have written enough.  I have provided my expectations of papers in week 1, but I feel that you should challenge yourself to ask if you have fully covered a topic.  My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better writer and thinker. Each student is responsible for: Completing weekly Reading assignments. Completing Weekly Discussion Questions. Completing six writing assignments, referred to as Papers. Completing a proctored Final Examination Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item should be included.

Discussion = 180 points possible
Homework = 180 points possible
Final Exam = 100 points
Maximum Points Possible = 460

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work should be submitted to the instructor by the last day of each assigned week.  Students experiencing a problem should contact the instructor to advise the reason work may be submitted late.  Unless authorized, late work will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
An introduction to Criminalistics and Crime Scenes
Read chapters 1 & 2
Discussion Participation
Written Assignment
Optional Quiz
Week 2
Physical Evidence and Properties of Glass and Soil
Read chapters 3 & 4
Discussion Participation
Written Assignment
Optional Quiz
Week 3
Organic and Inorganic Analysis and Microsopy
Read chapters 5, 6 & 7
Discussion Participation
Written Assignment
Optional Quiz
Week 4
Hair, Fiber & Paint Evidence. Drugs.
Read chapters 8 & 9
Discussion Participation
Written Assignment
Optional Quiz
Week 5
Toxicology and Arson/Explosives Evidence
Read chapters 10 & 11
Discussion Participation
Written Assignment
Optional Quiz
Week 6
Forensic Serology & DNA
Read chapters 12 & 13
Discussion Participation
Written Assignment
Optional Quiz
Week 7
Fingerprints, Firearms, and Toolmarks. Document & Voice Examination.
Read chapters 14, 15, & 16
Discussion Participation
Optional Quiz
Week 8
Computers, the Internet, and the Forensic Future
Read chapters 17 & 18
Discussion Participation
Proctored Final Exam

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 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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Last Updated:3/2/2007 10:49:07 AM