CJ312 Criminalistics

for F2H 2006

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


F2H 2006 BU


Smart, Stephanie J.


Senior Professor

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Semester Dates

23 Oct - 17 Dec. 2006

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours


Eighth Edition
Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science
Richard Seferstein

Additional Resources:
Current event articles relating to forensic science

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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

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

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:
You will be assesed by your performance on two evaluations, oral presentations and a research paper.

Your grade will consists of two examinations 100 points each; research paper and oral presentation 50 points each and class participation 10%.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
You are expected to submit your class assignments on the date that it is due. If you course material is submitted late, your final grade on that assignment will be reduce by 10 points for each class period that it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
You are expected to behave in a professional manner. You must refrain from inappropriate behavior that will interrupt the learning environment. You are expected to debate issues in a manner which will faciliate learning. This will exclude loud, boisterous, disrespectful, or profane communication. Be respectful to your classmates at all times. Only one person will address the professor at a time. You are expected to be in class at the scheduled time. If you must arrive or depart late, please sit where your departure/arrival will not disrupt the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Day Date Chapters

Mon. Oct. 23 1 & 2 Introduction/Crime Scene
Wed. Oct. 25 3 & 4 Physical Evidence

Mon. Oct. 30 5 & 6 Organic/Inorganic Analysis
Wed. Nov. 1 7 & 8 Microscope/ Hairs, Fibers
Mon. Nov. 6 9& 10 Drugs/Forensic Toxicology
Wed. Nov. 8 Exam One
Mon. Nov. 13 11 Arson and Explosion Invest.
Wed. Nov. 15 12 Forensic Serology
Mon. Nov. 20 13 DNA
Wed. Nov. 22 14 Fingerprint
Mon. Nov. 27 15 -17 Firearms, Document Exam.
Wed. Nov. 29 18 The future
Mon. Dec. 4 - Research Papers –
Wed. Dec. 6 - Research Papers
Mon. Dec. 11 - Review –

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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.

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