CJ312 Criminalistics

for S1B 2007

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


S1B 2007 BL


DeAngelis, George A.


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5:00 - 7:30 PM

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Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science

9th Edition, Saferstein, Richard

Prentice Hall, ISBN  0-13-221655-8

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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, outside readings, case studies, research, videos, quizzes, discussions, and examinations. The facilitator strives to encourage each student to explore new ideas and viewpoints in a friendly, relaxed environment conducive to communication and participation.

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:

Lectures supplemented with additional readings, video presentations, class discussions, and case studies. Additional assignments and work may be assigned as necessary by the facilitator in order to evaluate student comprehension of course material. There will be four quizzes, a mid-term and a final examination. Attendance will be a factor when assessing final course grade.



Mid-Term Exam               30%

Final Exam                      30%

Quizzes                          20 %

Case Study                    10%

Attendance & Particip    10%


100-90                            A

89-80                              B

79-70                              C

69-60                              D

59 & below                     F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Quizzes missed can not be made up, regardless of excused or unexcused absence.

Examinations missed as a result of an excused absence can be rescheduled within one week.

Late-work will be penalized. Case studies turned in late will be lowered one letter grade unless prior arrangements have been made with facilitator.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This is not an on-line course. Therefore students who cannot commit to attending this class as scheduled should not enroll. Students are expected to attend class on time and to remain for the entire period. Continious tardiness will impact attendance. Leaving class early must be approved by the facilitator in order to recieve attendance credit. Determination of what is an excused or unexcused absence remains with the discretion of the facilitator as per Park University policies. (see below) Students who are disruptive, disrespectful, abusive, rude, or unruly towards any student, guest, or faculty member will be removed from class. Prohibited conduct is also cause for dismissal from the class. Plagerism and dishonesty (in any manner or degree) will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Jan.09 Intro & Chapter 1

Jan.11 Chapter 2

Jan.16 Chapter 3 & 4

Jan.18 Chapter 5 Quiz#1

Jan.23 Chapter 6

Jan.25 Chapter 8

Jan.30 Chapter 9

Feb. 01 Video Quiz #2 Review MT Exam

Feb.06 MT Exam Chapters 1-9

Feb.08 Chapter 10

Feb.13 Chapter 11

Feb. 15 Chapter 12 &13 Quiz #3

Feb. 20 Chapter 14

Feb. 22 Chapter 15 CASE STUDIES DUE

Feb. 27 Chapter 16 Quiz #4 Review Final Exam

March.01 Final Exam Chapters 10-16

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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