CJ312 Criminalistics

for S1N 2008

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


S1N 2008 SM


DeAngelis, George A.


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Office Location


Office Hours

contact 915-240-7694

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

8 January-February 21, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Credit Hours



Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science, 9th Edition
Author: Richard Saferstein

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 testing of physical evidence. Prerequisite: CJ100 and CJ105. 3:0:3

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

  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. Explain the goal of physical evidence in the criminal justice system
  2. Complete a crime scene diagram
  3. Explain the necessity of ethics in criminal investigations
  4. Recognize the inner-relationships between criminalistics and criminal investigation
  5. Identify the capabilities of crime laboratories with regard to the comparison/analysis of various types of physical evidence
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

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.

 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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

Feb. 07      Chapter 10 Forensic Toxicology & Chapter 12 Forensic Serology
                  Case STudy #4 Green River Due
Feb. 12      Chapter 12 Forensic Serology & Chapter 13 DNA
                  Video: Footpath Murders
                  Case Study #5 BTK Due
                  Course Project Due
Feb. 14      Chapter 14 Fingerprints
Feb. 19      Chapter 15 Firearms, Tools, and Other Impressions
                  Review for Final Exam
Feb. 21       Final Exam Chapters 8-10 & 12-15


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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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.

  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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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