CJ 312 Criminalistics
S1N 2008 SM
DeAngelis, George A.
Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
8 January-February 21, 2008
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science, 9th Edition
Author: Richard Saferstein
Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-221655-8
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Educational Philosophy: Your instructor's educational philosophy is based upon lectures, examinations, information from web sites provided, writings from outside sources and dialog with myself and fellow students. Assignments are intended to encourage a thoughtful exploration of ideas and application of information provided during the course. Contradictory thoughts are encouraged as part of the learning process.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
There will be a Mid-Term and Final Examination, each valued at 25% of your total grade.In addition, you will be required to complete a course project worth 20 points of the final grade. This project is required course work. There will be 5 case studies worth 20 points total.
Grading: The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59.The mid term exam will count 25% of your total grade. The final exam will count 25% of your total grade, course project will count 20% of your total grade and the five case studies are 20% collectively.
Each student is responsible for:
Completing weekly Reading assignments.
Completing a Course Project.
Completing 5 Case Study assignments.
Completing a proctored Mid Term and Final Examination
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be penalized 5 points. ( lowered one letter grade for each class session it is late)
Examination missed as a result of an excused absence can be rescheduled within one week after the regularly scheduled exam date.
Examination missed as a result of an unexcused absence will be recorded as an "F".
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
First and foremost, 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. Students must realize that due to the compressed schedule, class time is critically important. Continued tardiness of thirty minutes or more will be cause for marking the student absence for that class period. 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 miss the first day of class are advised that important information about the course format, syllabus, text, exams, and project will not be repeated. It be their responsibility to become familiar with this information. As a class, we do not have the luxury of time for un-necessary repetition. Students who are disruptive, abusive, rude, or unruly towards any student, guest, or faculty will be removed from the class. Rude conduct towards facilitator includes doing homework, reading a book or newspaper, sleeping, or continuously leaving class to answer cell phone. Prohibited conduct is also cause for dismissal from the class. Such conduct includes plagiarism and dishonesty (in any manner or degree). Both will not be tolerated.
Jan. 08 Course Introduction and Chapter 1 Introduction
Jan. 10 Chapter 2 The Crime Scene
Jan. 15 Chapter 3 Physical Evidence Case Study #1 Atlanta Child Murders due
Jan. 17 Chapter 4 Physical Properties: Glass & Soil
Jan. 22 Chapter 5 Autoerotic Deaths Case Study #2 Enrique Camarena due
Jan. 24 Chapter 6 Violent Death Scenes
Jan. 29 Chapter 7 Forensic Study #3 Battered Child Syndrome due Review
for MT Review
Jan. 31 MT Exam Chapters 1-7
Feb. 05 Chapter 8 Hairs, Fibers & Paint & Chapter 9 Drugs
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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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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