CJ312 Criminalistics

for F1M 2006

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


F1M 2006 CH


Infinito, Vincent


B.A.; J.D.

Office Location

Training Bldg. Cherry Point MCAS

Office Hours

3:00 - 4:45 pm, Mon & Wed during term.

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

21 August - 14 October, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours





                CRIMINALISTICS, Seventh Ed., Richard Saferstein, Prentice Hall, 2001.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:




Techniques Of Crime Scene Investigation; Fourth Ed.; Fisher, Svensson & Wendel; Elsevier, 1987; Eyewitness Testimony; Buckhiut,R.; Scientific American, 231(6):2, 1974. Crime Scene Investigation; Goddard, K. W.; Reston Publishing Company, 1977; Identification of Materials; Benedetti-Pichler, AA.; Academic Press, 1964

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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: CJ 100 and CJ 105. 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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:



                 Two examinations, Midterm & Final

                 Term Paper

                 Class Participation





              Midterm Examination     -     35 %

              Final Examination          -     35 %

              Term Paper                    -     15 %

               Class Participation        -     15 %



Late Submission of Course Materials:



The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.” All tests must be taken on the dates the class is given the test. Extreme situations may be handled by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. A determination of an “extreme situation” is solely the instructor's.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:



Cell phones, beepers and other communication devices are not to be used, or on, during class. Disruptive behavior (as determined by the instructor) is unfair to the other students and will not be tolerated. Loud talking, snoring, sleeping, coming late to class or leaving early, except in emergencies, will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over a term will lead to the withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor. The instructor may announce other rules from time to time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





21 AUG      INTRODUCTION & THE CRIME SCENE                CHAP 1 & 2

23 AUG           PHYSICAL EVIDENCE                                            CHAP 3


                        ORGANIC ANALYSIS                                             CHAP 4 & 5

30 AUG           INORGANIC ANALYSIS                                        CHAP 6

4   SEPT          THE MICROSCOPE                                                CHAP 7

6   SEPT          HAIRS, FIBERS & PAINT                                      CHAP 8

11 SEPT          REVIEW


18 SEPT          DRUGS 

            FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY                                     CHAP 9 & 10

20 SEPT          FORENSIC ASPECTS OF ARSON                         CHAP 11


                        DNA                                                                           CHAP 12 & 13

27 SEPT          FINGERPRINTS                                                      CHAP 14

2  OCT            FIREARMS, TOOLMARKS, ETC.                        CHAP 15

4  OCT            DOCUMENTS & VOICE

                        Forensic Science/Internet

THE FUTURE                                                             CHAP 16 , 17 & 18

9  OCT            REVIEW



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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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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