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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Beamer, Steven E.


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.
CourseCJ 312 Criminalistics PV
SemesterS2J2005
FacultyBeamer, Steven E.
Daytime Phone816-274-6013
E-MailSteven.Beamer@park.edu
sebeamer@nkc.org
Semester Dates03-14-05 to 05-08-05
Class Days----R--
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Saferstein, Richard, Criminalistics:  An Introduction to Forensic Science, 8th ed.,
Upper Saddle River, NJ., Prentice Hall, 2004.  


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.

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1
03-17-05
Introduction, Discuss Requirements, Discuss Chapters 1&2Read Chapters 1 and 2 
Meeting - 2
03-24-05
Discuss Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 6Read Chapters 3 thru 6 
Meeting - 3
03-31-05
Field Trip to NKCPD, CSI Tour  
Meeting - 4
04-07-05
Discuss Chapters 7&8, Mid Term ExamRead Chapters 7 and 8Mid-term exam
Meeting - 5
04-14-05
Discuss Chapters 9, 10, and 11Read Chapters 9 thru 11 
Meeting - 6
04-21-05
Discuss Chapters 12, 13, and 14Read Chapters 12 thru 14 
Meeting - 7
04-28-05
Field Trip for Practical ApplicationsRead Chapter 15Research Paper due
Meeting - 8
05-05-05
Discuss Chapter 16, Final ExamRead Chapter 16Final 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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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
 
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