CJ311 Criminal Investigation

for F1LL 2006

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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation


F1LL 2006 LR


Larkins, Douglas R.



Other Phone




:  dandtlarkins1@alltel.net

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM


CJ100 AND CJ105

Credit Hours



Criminal Investigation, Wayne Bennett and Karen Hess;  Thomson Publishing, 8TH Edition;

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Course Description:
This intermediate course includes 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. PREREQUISITES: CJ 100 and  CJ 105.   3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This facilitators educational philosohy is one of interaction with the student.  With lectures, reading assignments, 3 section quizzes, dialogue between students and instructor, videos and a research paper.  this facilitator will engage in discussions and exchange 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:
Three section examinations.  Each exam will cover approximately 5 or 6 chapters.  A research paper will be due at the end of the term. This paper will be a minimum of 10 pages and cover topics to be announced by the instructor on the first night of class.


:    Students are required to meet the minimal standards set for a formal class of this standing.  I.e. the minimal score of 70% on a 100 point scale.  The following is a breakdown on grading procedures:


Section 1 Examination                           20% of your final grade

Section 2 Examination                           20 % of your final grade

Section 3 Examination                           20% of your final grade

Term Paper                                                      40% of your final grade


90 - 100%       =          A

80 - 89%         =          B

70 – 79%         =          C

60 – 69%         =          D

Below 60%      =          F (or e or more unexcused absences)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments must be submitted on time.  Any assignment turned late will have a one letter grade reduction.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to attend class and be on time.  Student – Instructor interaction is key in the process of learning.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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 2005-2006 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 "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

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:7/16/2006 3:23:13 PM