CJ312 Criminalistics

for U1T 2006

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


U1T 2006 DLB


Nuttall, Dennis L.


Senior Instructor


Masters of Science in Administration
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice Administration

Other Phone





Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 8th ed., by Richard Saferstein

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Course Description:
This intermediate course covers topics such as the discovery, recognition,  observation, identification, and collection and comparison of physical  evidence, including a review of various current techniques in the testing of  physical evidence. Prerequisites CJ100 and CJ105 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish different types of evidence used in criminal prosecutions.
  2. Critique the admissibility of evidence.
  3. Recognize and develop evidence.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize and understand the basic areas and disciplines of criminalistics;
  2. Understand a systematic approach to crime scene and physical evidence analysis;
  3. Conduct online research necessary to augment text and discussion material on criminalistics;
  4. Apply techniques of analysis and decision-making necessary for effective recognition of correct criminalistics application;
  5. Understand techniques of evidence collection, preservation and analysis for effective court use.
Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. The final exam will count 20% of your total grade, with each paper worth 10% and participation worth 20%.  One comment on the papers: you will note that I do not indicate how long they are to be.  You are now upper class level, and it should not be necessary to tell you how much to write to adequately cover a topic.  If you have covered all material, you will have written enough.  I have provided my expectations of papers in week 1, but I feel that you should challenge yourself to ask if you have fully covered a topic.  My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better writer and thinker. Each student is responsible for:
· Completing weekly Reading assignments.
· Completing Weekly Discussion Questions.
· Completing six writing assignments, referred to as Papers.
· Completing a proctored Final Examination
· Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item should be included.
Each paper will be assigned a grade in points which will be added at the conclusion of the course and divided by its weight in the overall grading.  The following is the point totals for letter grades.  
A = 90- 100 points
B = 80-89 points
C =   70-79% points
D = 60-69% points
F = < 60% points
· Submission of Late Work: Work should be submitted to the instructor by the last day of each assigned week.  Students experiencing a problem should contact the instructor to advise the reason work may be submitted late.  Unless authorized, late work will not be accepted and will be a zero for that assignment. NOTE: For discussion question credit (participation), you must post BEFORE the end of the class week.  Pay attention to extra topics and other instructions posted on the course home page for instructions regarding the weekly discussion--check the course home for new announcements each time you log on.
· Proctored final examination/Project
o A final proctored examination must be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location, following proctor guidelines.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  
o Other Information on proctored exams:
§ It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
§ Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
§ A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
§ Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Assignment  % of Grade Due Date
Paper #1 10% Week 2
Paper #2 10% Week 3
Paper #3 10% Week 4
Paper #4 10% Week 5
Paper #5 10% Week 6
Paper #6 10% Week 7
Class Part. 10% Continually
Quizzes        10% Week 1-8
Proctored Exam 20% Week 8
Total  100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Work received after the end of the week will not be accepted without prior coordination with the instructor. Discussion responses will be scored as a zero if not posted by the end of the class week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Computer literacy - Students are expected to have frequent access to a personal computer with a modem and web browser, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account. Computer literacy is expected (e.g. setting up files, familiarity with browsing and downloading Internet files, etc.).
Reading assignments - Students will be expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook, the lectures and articles displayed for each week, and assigned material on the Internet. The Discussions and Assignments and Proctored Examination assume you have read the assigned readings.
Class participation (Discussions) - Students should visit the DIscussion area for each week at least three times each week. Each week, students will participate and discuss the questions posted there, since this is such an important aspect of the course. At the beginning of each week some starting questions will be posted in a new Discussion thread. After students respond, the instructor will post more questions, and students may respond to answers posted by other students. The Discussion area is designed to function like a traditional classroom with class discussion. NOTE: Discussion responses posted after the end of the week will receive a zero.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
(See weekly activity sections for due dates)

Assignment % of Grade Due Date
Paper #1 10% Week 2
Paper #2 10% Week 3
Paper #3 10% Week 4
Paper #4 10% Week 5
Paper #5 10% Week 6
Paper #6 10% Week 7
Class Part. 10% Continually
Quizzes        10% Week 1-8
Proctored Exam 20% Week 8
Total  100%

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
Academic honesty is required of all members of the learning community.  Neither the college nor I will tolerate cheating or plagiarism on examinations, papers, or other course assignments.  Park University policies are in effect. All your work must be your own, unless I authorize collaboration, in which case you must, in writing, acknowledge the help you have received. Presenting as one's own the words, ideas, or expressions of another in any form is cheating through plagiarism, and will not be tolerated. The claim of ignorance is no excuse.

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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