CJ312 Criminalistics

for F2F 2006

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


F2F 2006 QU


A. J. Peters, CPP, Network+, MCP, MCSE, CISSP,CISM


Senior Instructor


MA, Criminal Justice, George Washington University
BS, University of West Florida
AS. Pensacola Junior College

Office Location

Quantico, VA

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

October 16 - December 17, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM


CJ100 and CJ105

Credit Hours



Criminalistics, 8th Edition, Richard Saferstein, ISBN#0-13-111852-8

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

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Ø      FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin , Published Monthly, Available at the Fort Myer Library.

Ø      Police Chief Magazine, Published Monthly, Available at the Fort Myer Library.

Ø      http://www.policechiefmagazine.org, Website sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police

Ø      FBI. Uniform Crime Report.  Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Most Current Year.

Ø      Metropolitan District of Washington Park Site http://www.park.edu/virginia

Ø      Quantico Marine Corps Base Family Library http://www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/quanticolibrary.htm

Ø      Fort Myer Post Library http://www.fmmcmwr.com/librarymyer.htm


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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:

Lecture, demonstration, videos, field trips, student presentations, research assignments and class discussion will be used to stimulate learning.  I encourage students to bring their work and life experiences into the classroom 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.

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:

Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following percentages to compute your final grade:

1.  The mid-term examination will count a maximum 40%

2.  The final examination count a maximum 40%

3.  The term project will count   a maximum 10%

4.  Class participation will count a maximum 10%


The class project will involve selecting a topic and developing a 3 to 5 page paper.  Students will be required to present the results of their paper to the class.  Class participation will assess the discussions of assigned readings and other course related materials.  Students will be given library reading assignments.  Additional handout material will be provided by the instructor.


The final course grade will be determined by the following measurements:

1.  The mid-term examination will count a maximum 40%

2.  The final examination a maximum 40%.

3.  The term project will count   a maximum 10%.

4.  Class participation will count a maximum 10%


Final course grading scale:

A . . . . . . . . . 93% or over

B . . . . . . . . . 83% to 92.99%

C . . . . . . . . . 73% to 82.99%

D . . . . . . . . . 63% to 72.99%

F . . . . . . . . . 62% and below or more than 15 course hours missed

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments and papers are required to be submitted on time. Late submissions will result in an adjustment to the student final grade (See course assessment).  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 class dates of the due date without prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Ø      Class participation is expected and will form a factor of the final grade.

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

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

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

Ø      Computers are now an integral part of our educational experience.

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

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

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

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


Class Number



Chapter Assignment



Introduction to Forensic Science

1 and 2



Physical Evidence

3 and 4



Analytical Tools used in Forensic Science

5 and 6



Specialized Microscopes. Review for Mid-Term Examination

7 and 8



Drugs and Forensic Toxicology. Mid-Term Examination

9 and 10



Arson and Bomb Crimes

11 and 12



Serology and DNA

12 and 13



Fingerprint Evidence.  Review for Final Examination

13 and 14



Firearms, and Tool Mark Evidence.  Final Examination






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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