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: This course will consist of class discussions related to the reading material and individual experiences, class participation, guest speakers, a seven to ten page research paper, exercises associated with the examination of evidence, a mid-term examination, and a final examination.
Learning Outcomes:Upon completion of this three-hour course, the student will develop a practical knowledge of the need for physical evidence in criminal investigations as it relates to the study of the Criminal Justice System. The student will focus on the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes and make logical decisions affecting the determination of what is physical evidence and develop a conceptual basis for understanding evidence and necessary testimony required in successful prosecutions.
Course Assessment: Participation in discussion of the reading assignments will be an influential component of the student's grade. The quality and quantity of the student's participation will be evaluated regularly in the determination of the final grade. The student will also be required to write a seven to ten page research paper based upon a specific interest associated with criminalistics and provide a short in-class presentation. The research paper will be due the seventh (7th) week of class.
Grading: 90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B Research Paper 30%
70 - 79 = C Midterm Examination 30%
60 - 69 = D Final Examination 30%
0 - 59 = F Class Participation 10%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission of the research paper will result in a one letter grade reduction.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to arrive before the scheduled start time for each class and remain for the duration of the class. Opinions expressed by the instructor and other students will be given and received with respect.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: The schedule below is subject to some change due to the new edition of the textbook being published and distributed and the scheduling of events outside of the classroom.
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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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