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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Graves, Scott W.,, Sr.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 312 Criminalistics

Semester

S2B 2007 BLZ

Faculty

Graves, Scott W.,, Sr.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MA & BS

Office Location

By Appointment Only

Daytime Phone

915-564-5803 ext 645

E-Mail

scott.graves@park.edu

desertfox_84@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

March 19-May 13, 2007

Class Days

------S

Class Time

1:10 - 2:40 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Sciences, Eighth Edition, 2004

Richard Saferstein, ISBN 0-13-111852-8

Additional Resources:
Handed out by instructor.

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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:
Students should put forth their best effort and take responsibility for getting the most out of their education.  Students must read all chapters and complete class work in a timely manner. 

All humans should engage in a life-long pursuit of learning and obtain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of your chosen discipline.  To that end, I work intensively to present you with the thinkers of our discipline and challenge you to absorb their academic views and develop your own, unique view.  I emphasize that students engage in critical thinking and dare to challenge the status quo of conventional wisdom.  Students should be prepared to engage in lively debate and a passionate pursuit of knowledge and personal academic development. Park University, Fort Bliss Campus is non-traditional college format that requires the same effort as a traditional setting.  Consequently, students should expect to perform similar amounts of academic work to ensure they receive a thorough and quality education.


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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the proper approach to crime scenes
  2. Recognize that your perception can alter you success ina crime scene
  3. Prioritize actions in a crime scene
  4. Anticipate the future of forensic scienec and potential developments
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
1.  Oral Student Chapter Reviews to Instructor 50%
2.  Semester Project Consisting of a Written Forensic Plan for approaching a crime scene. 25%
in APA format (sample will be provided) consisting of: 1.  Cover page 2.  Five pages of text:    a. Introduction to crime scene approach    b. Analysis of crime scenes using effective best practices.    c. Concluding remarks, assessment of project value. d.  Reference page
3.  Effective presentation of forensic plan.

Grading:
90-100  A
80-89    B
70-79    C
60-69    D

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work is not accepted,

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should arrive for class on time and stay the entire length of class.  Students arriving thirty minutes after class commences will be marked absent.  Students leaving before the class ends will be marked absent. Students
 must treat all in class with respect and dignity.  Abusive conduct will not be tolerated.  Students are expected to read the assigned textbook chapters and to be familiar with their chapter content before each class session.  Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated.  Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing.  Absences should be kept to a minimum.  If an absence is necessary then students will receive a letter grade deduction from the final score whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  Leveling work for absences may include detailed written summaries of chapters or completion of review questions or definitions at the end of chapters, or any other class-related assigned task as determined by the instructor.  Late class work will not be accepted.  Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence.  Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
March 19 Meet with student and conduct chapter reviews, class expectations 

Class Administration. Introduction, Course expectations and student responsibilities. Chapter 1 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

March 25 Meet with student and conduct chapters review, assign semester project

Class Administration. Chapter 1 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

March 26 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 2 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

April 1 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 3 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.  Review of forensic film with accompanying analysis of case outcome.

April 2 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 4 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

April 8 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 5 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

April 9 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 6 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

April15 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 7 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

April16 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 8 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

April 22 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 9 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.  Review of a "false conviction case" and discussion of errors common to investigations that result in wrongful conviction.

April 23 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 10 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

April 29 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 11-12 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

April 30 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 13-14 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

May 6 Meet with student and conduct chapter review, Semester project due. 

Class Administration. Chapter 15-16 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

May 7 Meet with student and conduct chapter review. 

Class Administration. Chapter 17-18 Lecture and Discussion.

Read chapter prior to class.

May 13 Meet with student and conduct chapter review, Class recap.

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:
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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Last Updated:3/18/2007 10:53:41 PM