CJ311 Criminal Investigation

for F1KK 2006

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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation


F1KK 2006 HA


White, Harry O.,, Jr.


Associate Professor


Ph.D. Urban Studies (Administration of Justice)
MPA., Organizational Behavior; M.Ed., CJ Education
BS., Administration of Justice

Office Location

59 Grenier St., Bldg 1507, Room 102, Hanscom AFB, MA 0173

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 1600 - 1700, Other times by appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

August 21 - October 15, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Credit Hours


Bennett, Wayne W. and Karen M. Hess. 2007. Criminal Investigation 8th ed. Wadsworth Pub.

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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:
Student-oriented discussions will be used as often as possible, with lectures provided only when necessary to present information that is not contained in assigned readings.  Students are expected to come to class prepared to contribute to the substance of the course.  Out-of-class assignments are designed to evaluate the student's achievement of the performance objectives.  Tests are not for the purpose of grade assignment. Rather, to ascertain the level of understanding of the basic concepts.    The material contained in the textbook is the responsibility of the student whether discussed in class or not.


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:

Each student is expected to attend class reglarly, read all assigned material, participate in class discussions, perform satisfactorily  on examinations, and complete assignments in a timely manner. In addition the folllowing tasks will be included in the overall course assessment:
1.  Write a brief two (2) page summary of one (1) journal article concerning a criminal investigations/forensic issue of interest to you. The article must be approved, in writing, using email, or it will not be accepted. Information that must be provided for approval is: title, author, and name of journal (including the date of publication). The review must be summarized in written form and presented in a two (2) page paper. Each paper must have a cover page appropriately identifying the course name and number, date, semester, and my name. Papers are to be collated in the following manner: cover page, copy of email request and approval, the paper, citation. This means that there will be at least 5 pages to the project (6) if the email request and approval are on different pages) Papers are to be stapled in the upper left corner – no paper clips or other devices are accepted. This is not a repeat of the computer exercise but a separate written task. Each paper will identify the major concepts related to the investigative issue. Approval of paper topic is due not later than 1730, September 28, 2006. PAPERS MUST BE TURNED-IN ON OR BEFORE the due date.
2.  There will be quizzes following each section as indicated in the proposed outline
3.  There will be a final examination that will be comprehensive and include all previous material.  


Student evaluation will be based on individual performance of the following areas. Total point accumulation for this course is 400 and final grades will be assigned based on the following criteria:
Article review........................................100 points
Quizzes...................................................100 points
Final examination..................................200 points

A = 360 - 400; B = 320 - 359; C = 280 - 319; D = 240 - 279; F = < 240

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Proposed Outline

Week 1 and 2, Aug 22 - 31, 2006

Methods of investigation
Nature of investigation
Phases of investigation
Corpus Delicti
Elements of the offense
Representative approach

Legal and ethical precepts
Legal precepts governing investigation
Ethical considerations

Week 3, September 5 and 7, 2006

Care of evidence
Evidence kit/Marking of evidence
Describing evidence
Known standards
Completion of an evidence voucher

Preliminary investigation
Searching the crime scene

Week 4, September 12 and 14, 2006

Processing the crime scene
Crime scene sketching

Dealing with suspects/subjects
Lie detection

Week 5 and 6, September 19 - 28, 2006

Forensic introduction
Hairs and fibers

Week 7, October 3 and 5, 2006

Issues related to person crimes

Week 8, October 10 and 12, 2006

Issues related to property crimes

This outlined is subject to change at the discretion of Dr. White.

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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