Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: News articles, Criminal Justice/American Bar Association, Section of Criminal Justice, Labor Law Journal, Law Enforcement News, Police Magazine, and American Police Beat.
http://www.policeone.comCourse Description: This intermediate course includes a discussion of the nature and purpose of criminal investigation, historical background, tools employed, skills development, and techniques useful in the reconstruction of criminal activity. Pre-requisites: CJ100,CJ105, CJ200
Educational Philosophy: The facilitators educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on class discussions, group activity projects, lectures, videos, readings, writings and examinations. The emphasis will be to challenge the adult learner to engage and explore a myriad of ideas and issues confronting the investigator in a modern criminal justice system, and to provide the learner with a thorough understanding of the role the criminal investigator has in the law enforcement community.
Learning Outcomes:Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to,
1.Discuss the role of a criminal investigator.
2.Know the theories and laws of evidence.
3.Recognize the types of criminal evidence.
4.Know the different methodologies of collecting evidence.
5.Recognize and understand crimes of property and persons.
6.Understand incident/criminal documentation.
7.Understanding report writing and preparation of criminal testimony.
Course Assessment: Each student is responsible for reading all chapter assignments and to be prepared to discuss end of chapter questions for each class session. Each student is required to bring one current news article to class, each session, relating to the scheduled class topic. A research paper that is typewritten, double-spaced will be orally presented by each student on an approved subject matter relating to the course. All research papers will be appropriately documented. The presentation of the research, discussion of news articles and class discussions/projects will form the basis for the class participation grade.
Grading: 30% Mid-Term Exam
30% Final Exam
30% Research Paper
10% Attendance/Class Participation
Late Submission of Course Materials: Only with prior approval of the instructor. Papers or class assignments submitted beyond the due date will be lowered one letter grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g., illness, TAD, etc.) are excusable. However, the student will make up the missed classes through an appropriate assignment. Two unexcused absences are considered excessive.Students are expected to participate in class discussions and that class participation will comprise a portion of the final grade.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: 6/06 Chap 1 Criminal Investigation: An Overview
6/08 Chap 2 Documenting the Scene, Note Taking/Sketching
6/13 Chap 3 Searches
6/13 Chap 4 Forensics/Physical Evidence
6/15 Chap 5 Obtaining Information
6/15 Chap 6 Identifying and Arresting Suspects
6/20 Chap 7 Death Investigations
6/22 Chap 8 Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking
6/27 Chap 9 Sex Offenses
6/27 Chap 10 Crimes against Children
6/29 MID-TERM EXAMINATION CHAPTERS 1-10
7/04 STUDENT FIELD ASSIGNMENTS
7/06 Chap 11 Robbery
7/06 Chap 12 Burglary
7/06 Chap 13 Larceny/Theft, Fraud, White-Collar Crime
7/11 Chap 14 Motor Vehicle Theft
7/11 Chap 15 Arson, Bombs and Explosives
7/13 Chap 16 Computer Crime
7/18 Chap 17 Organized Crime, Bias/Hate Crime,
7/18 Chap 18 Gang-Related Crime
7/18 Chap 19 Illegal Drugs and Terrorism
7/20 Chap 20 Writing Reports, Preparing Cases for Court
7/25 RESEARCH PAPERS DUE & ORAL PRESENTATIONS
7/27 FINAL EXAMINATION CHAPTERS 11-20
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 101Academic honesty is required of all students. Neither Park University nor the instructor tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, research papers, or other course assignments. Any such activity will result in a failing grade for the course and possible expulsion from the University
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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