CJ311 Criminal Investigation

for S2H 2007

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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation


S2H 2007 BU


Smart, Stephanie J.


Senior Professor


Juris Doctor

Office Location

1905 Duke St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Office Hours

M-F 9-5

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

March 19, 2007 - May  13, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours


Criminal Investigation Wayne W. Bennett and Karen M. Hess Eighth Edition 2007

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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: CJ100, CJ105, and CJ200. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage debate 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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate document and report writing.
  2. Discuss identifying and arresting suspects of crimes.
  3. Differentiate types of searches.
  4. Examine different types of crimes.
Core Assessment:

  • Class participation

  • Short answer-essay exams

  • Research paper(s) &/or project(s)

  • Presentation on paper or project

Class Assessment:
Your achievement in this class will be assessed by your performance on examinations, research paper and presentations, and class participation.

There will be two (2) examinations. Each student may obtain a maximum of 100 points per examiniation. Each student will be required to write a research paper and orally present that paper to the class. Each student may obtain a maximum of 75 points for the research paper and 25 points for their presentation. These grades will be averaged together for the students final grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course material will result in a 10 point reduction (per class) on the final grade received for that material.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Each student is expected to attend class without any unexcused absences. Students are expected to participate in class discussions. Students are expected to be respectful of the opinions of others and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Chapter 1 CI An Overview March 20
Chapters 2 & 3 Documenting and Report Writing March 22
Chapter 4 Searches March 27
Chapters 5 & 6 Forensics & Obtaining information March 29
Chapter 7 Identifying and Arresting Suspects April 4
Chapter 8 Death Investigation April 5
Chapter 9 Crimes against Persons April 10
Midterm Exam April 12
Chapter 10 Sex Offenses April 17
Chapters 11-15 Crimes against Children and Property Crimes April 19
Chapter 16 Arson, Bombs, & Explosives April 24
Chapter 17 Computer Crimes (Vortisch) April 26
Chapter 17 - 19 Other Crimes May 1
Chapter 20-21 Terrorism & Trial preparation May 3
Research Paper and Presentations May 8
Final Exam May 10

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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

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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