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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Smart, Stephanie J.


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.

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CourseCJ 312 Criminalistics
SemesterF2H2004
FacultySmart, Stephanie J.
Daytime Phone843-470-4525
E-Mailstephanies@park.edu
stephanies@bcgov.net
Semester DatesOctober 25, 2004- December 19, 2004
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time7:35 - 10:05 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Eighth Edition
Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science
Richard Seferstein

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:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, reading, dialogues, examinations, videos, current event articles and writings.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will evaluate the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system.
Students will identify the latest technologies available to crime laboratory personnel.
Students will explain the nature of physical evidence.
Students will identify the methodology used in collection and testing of physical evidence.
Students will discuss the collection and preservation of physical evidence.  
 

Course Assessment:
Examinations, presentations, papers and current events articles relating to criminal justice.

Grading:
Examinations Two 30 percent each 60 percent
Research paper and presentation 30 percent
Class Participation 10 percent Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D Below 60 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course material will result in a reduction of grade by 10 points per class period.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are required to participate in class discussions in an orderly and respectful manner. Students are not to disrupt the class under any circumstances. Any problems or concerns should be addressed individually to the professor.r

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Day Date Chapters Mon.      Oct. 25          1 & 2 Introduction/Crime Scene
Wed.      Oct. 27   3 & 4 Physical Evidence   Mon.  Nov. 1   5 & 6 Organic/Inorganic Analysis
Wed.  Nov. 3   7 & 8 Microscope/ Hairs, Fibers
Mon.  Nov. 8   9& 10 Drugs/Forensic Toxicology
Wed.  Nov. 10   Exam One
Mon.  Nov. 15   11 Arson and Explosion Invest.
Wed.  Nov. 17   12 Forensic Serology
Mon.  Nov. 22   13 DNA
Wed.  Nov. 24   14 Fingerprint
Mon.  Nov. 29   15 -17 Firearms, Document Exam.
Wed. Dec. 1   18  The future
Mon. Dec. 6   - Research Papers –
Wed. Dec. 8   - Research Papers
Mon. Dec. 13   - Review –
Wed. Dec. 15 - FINAL EXAMINATION

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.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
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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