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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
Black, Peter T.


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.

Course

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation

Semester

S2T 2006 DLA

Faculty

Black, Peter T.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA Criminal Justice Administration
MA Management and Supervision Concentration in Public Administration

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 7-10 PM (EST)   Friday 5-7 PM (EST)   Saturday and Sunday 8-11 AM (EST)

Other Phone

703-302-5212

E-Mail

Peter.Black@pirate.park.edu

petergtblack@usa.net

Semester Dates

March 13-May 7, 2006

Class Days

Asynchronous

Class Time

Asynchronous

Prerequisites

Pre-requisites: <a href='index.aspx?Class=CJ100'>CJ100</a>, <a href='index.aspx?Class=CJ105'>CJ105</a>, and <a href='index.aspx?Class=CJ200'>CJ200</a>. 3:0:3

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Investigation, Seventh ed., by Bennett and Hess



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http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/series_search.asp
http://www.afip.org/
http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/oig/fbilab1/fbil1toc.htm
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/09/0923_040923_csi.html
http://www.dcfl.gov/
http://www.fincen.gov/

Course Description:
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: <a href='index.aspx?Class=CJ100'>CJ100</a>, <a href='index.aspx?Class=CJ105'>CJ105</a>, and <a href='index.aspx?Class=CJ200'>CJ200</a>. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate types of investigative techniques used in courts.
  2. Examine specific methods for investigation of major crimes.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Class assessment is based on participation in our discussions, weekly papers, and a proctored final examination.

Grading:
1. Each week's discussion is worth 50 points.

2. Each week's paper is worth 100 points.

3. The proctored final is worth 200 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I expect work to be submitted on time. I subtract 10% for each day that material is late. I do not accept any material that is five days late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect vigorous and substantive debates. I also expect us to respect one another. I expect civil behavior from each student.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week #1 Mar 13-19

The Requirements for Criminal Investigation

Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions.
This week, you have no paper assigned.  



Week #2 Mar 20-26

During Week 2, we'll examine the legality and mechanics of searches, including searches of property and persons.  We will conclude this week with a study of physical evidence.  This will include the basic types, their nature, importance to an investigation and methods of safeguarding.  One item we will discuss will be a report of the official investigation of improper handling of evidence by the FBI laboratory.


Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions.

Week 2 Paper

After having examined the main points of the Dept. of Justice Inspector General's report of the allegations of improper evidence handling at the FBI lab, provide your own opinion.  Do you agree with the IG, or do you feel differently?  Provide reasons supporting your opinion.



Week #3 Mar 27-Apr 2


Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions.

Offer your opinion regarding the gradual dilution of the court mandates of the 1960's such as Miranda.  Each year the courts seem to find more circumstances and cases in which these rules are set aside.  Is this a good or bad trend for investigators?


Week #4 Apr 3-9

Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions.

Read the Application scenario A on page 231 of your text and provide answers to the two questions.  In addition, provide a list of what physical evidence you would search for in this incident.


Week #5 Apr 10-16

Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions.

Examine the unique aspects of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy and discuss them.  Provide information of how you would investigate this type crime.


Week #6 Apr 17-23

Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions.

Using the concept of White Collar Crime as found in the text, what do you consider the most dangerous form and why?  Provide supportive reasoning for your choice.


Week #7 Apr 24-30

Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions.

What do you see as the future of computer crime?  What types do you believe will increase or decrease?  Provide supportive reasons for your statements.


Week #8 May 1-7

Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions.


Work through Application B, the LET Challenge, starting on page 510 (page 517 in the 6th edition), providing answers to the questions posed.  E-mail your instructor your answers along with explanations of why you chose as you did.

Take the proctored 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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 "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.
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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:5/17/2006 4:32:32 PM