CJ311 Criminal Investigation

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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation


F1F 2006 QU


Peters, Anthony


Senior Instructor


Masters, Criminal Justice, George Washington Univ., Wash, DC
BS, Criminal Justice, Univ. of W. Florida, Pensacola, FL
AS, Law Enforcement, Pensacola Jr. College, Pensacola, FL

Office Location

Quantico, VA

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

August 7 - October 8, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM


CJ 100 and CJ 105

Credit Hours



Bennett, Wayne W., Hess, Karen (2004).  Criminal Investigation (7th ed.) Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth/Thomas Learning, wadsworth.com.


Students are also required to have a reference book with APA or MLA style guidelines.

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Police Chief Magazine, International Association of Chief of Police, Monthly – Available at Ft. Myer Library.


FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, Monthly – Available at Ft. Myer Library.


http://www.ncjrs.org/ - Justice Information Center (National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS).                                                      

Law and Order Magazine,  Published Monthly – Available at Ft. Myer.


Law Enforcement Technology, Publisher Monthly.


Schwartau, Winn.  Information Warfare. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1995.

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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:

It is this faculty's educational philosophy to create and foster a fun and active learning environment where students can explore learning concepts, theories, and applied concepts. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively through the learning process and to respect each student's contributions to the learning environment.  Additionally, lectures, demonstrations, videos, field trips, student presentations, research assignments and class discussions will be used to stimulate learning.  I encourage students to bring their work experiences into the classroom. 

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:

Student final grades will be assessed as follows:

1.      The mid-term examination will count 35%. 

2.      The final examination will count 40%.

3.      Class participation will count 5%   

4.      Research Paper and Presentations will count 20%

      A topic is to be chosen, research material gathered, and a paper formulated. Research material should be information gathered from, but not limited to, professional criminal justice journals.  A minimum of 3 references must be used and cited. Select a topic that is related to Criminal Justice. You may use your book as a reference to choose an appropriate topic. Your topic must be approved by the instructor.

The body of the paper should be a 6-8 pages in length.  You must use APA 5th edition or the current version of MLA for your formatting. Margins should be 1" and the entire paper should be double-spaced. You should use the first paragraph to introduce the topic to the reader and to introduce the main points of the paper. The main points of the paper will include the main topics of the research articles you have chosen. Then you will move through to analyze and summarize each of the 3 references.  A final concluding paragraph should be included at the end. You should avoid personal pronouns in writing. Also, you should not site someone that the author of the article you are reading cited, unless you read that source personally. The paper is due by the eighth class.

The paper will be graded to include: grammar, flow of thought, transitions, content, and format. Other factors may be considered in the grading of this paper. If you have any questions while completing this assignment, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor to have the question answered. Students will present their paper to the class.



The final course grade will be determined by the following measurements:
. Mid-Term Examination 35% of total grade

2. Research Paper 20% of total grade

3. Final Examination 40% of total grade

4. Class participation and attendance 5% of total grade


Final course grading scale:

93-100% = A

83-92%   = B

73-82%  = C

63-72%  = D

62% and below or more than 15 hours of course time missed  = F


Late Submission of Course Materials:

If an assignment is due on a night that the student is not present, it is the student's responsibility to get the assignment to the instructor on the due date. Five points will be deducted each day an assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted after three dates of the due date without prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

·        Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.

·        Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.

·        Students are required to read all material assigned prior to class and apply the material during class discussions, activities, and exercises.

·        The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence, either prior to or immediately after the absence.

·        Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.

·        Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

·        Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values.

·        There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Meeting Schedule



Exams and Assignments Due

Meeting 1

10 Aug

1. Overview of criminal investigation.

2. Investigative photography and

Crime Scene Sketches

3. Investigative Notes and reports

Video: Criminal Evidence

Meeting 2


4. Searches

5. Physical Evidence

6. Obtaining Information

Video: To Catch a Killer-Homicide Detectives

Criminal Investigation Research Paper Topic Due

Meeting 3

24 Aug

7. Identifying and Arresting Suspects

8. Presenting Cases in Court

9. Robbery

Video: Why O.J. Simpson Won

Meeting 4

31 Aug

10. Assault

11. Sex Offenses

12. Crimes Against Children

Review for Midterm

Meeting 5

7 Sep

13. Homicide

14. Burglary

Video: Detectives of Death

Midterm Exam

Meeting 6

14 Sep

15. larceny/Theft, Fraud, White-Collar and environmental crimes

16.Motor Vehicle Theft

17. Arson

Meeting 7

21 Sep

18. Computer Crimes

Bomb Scenes


The New Bomb Makers

Meeting 8

28 Sep

19. Organized Crime

20. Drug Buyers and Sellers

Research Paper Presentations Review for Final

Research Papers Due

Meeting 9

5 Oct

The Future of Criminal Investigation

Final Exam

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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