CJ311 Criminal Investigation

for S2B 2007

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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation


S2B 2007 BL


DeAngelis, George A.


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

contact 915-240-7694

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

20 March-May 10, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



by Bennett, Wayne W., & Hess, Karen
7th Edition 2007
Wadsworth-Thomas Learning
ISBN 0534615244

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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:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, case studies, research, videos, quizzes, discussions, and examinations. The facilitator strives to encourage each student to explore new ideas in a friendly, relaxed environment conducive to communication and participation.

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 participation

  • Short answer-essay exams

  • Research paper(s) &/or project(s)

  • Presentation on paper or project

Class Assessment:

Lectures supplemented with additional readings, video presentations, class discussions, and case studies. Additionally, the student will be required to complete a course project related to criminal investigation. Detail information concerning the project will be discussed in class. Quizzes are optional at the facilitator's discretion, as well as the assignment of additional class work during the term. Attendance will be a factor when assessing final course grade.


Mid-Term Exam                      30%
Final Exam                              30%
Course Project                        30%
Quizzes,Participat & Attend    10%
A                                            100-90%
B                                             89-80%
C                                             79-70%
D                                             69-60%
F                                             59% & Below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Quizzes missed cannot 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. ( lowered one letter grade)

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. Continuous tardiness will impact attendance grade. Leaving class early must be approved by the facilitator in order to receive 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 the class. Prohibited conduct is also cause for dismissal from the class. Plagiarism and dishonesty (in any manner or degree) will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

March 20 Intro & Chapter 1
March 22 Chapter 2
March 27 Chapter 3
March 29 Chapter 4
April 03 Chapter 5
April 05 Chapter 6
April 10 Chapter 7
April 12 Chapter 7 Review For MT Exam
April 17 MT Exam Chapters 1-7
April 19 Chapter 8
April 24 Chapter 9
April 26 Chapter 10
May 01 Chapter 12 & 13
May 03 Chapter 14 & 18
May 08 Chapter 21 Review for Final Exam
May 10 Final Exam Chapters 8-10,12-14, 18, &21

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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