CJ312 Criminalistics

for F2H 2007

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


F2H 2007 BU


Campbell, Thomasine "Trasi"


Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice


B.A, English, Meredith College
Juris Doctor, Campbell University

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Semester Dates

October 22, 2007 to December 16, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM



Credit Hours


Saferstein, Richard  Criminalistics--An Introduction to Forensic Science.  9th Edition.  Pearson Prentice Hall 2007.

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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:
This instructor's educational philosophy is one of interaction with and education of students based on lectures, reading, dialogues, exams, internet use for supplemental information, videos, and CD ROM presentations.

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. Enable students to understand the relationship between the information accessed during class and the real use of this information in the courtroom setting
  2. Enable students to gain the knowledge and perspective of forensic science and apply it to real situations from current events occuring in our own community
  3. Encourage students to attend criminal trials in our community and witness the use of forensic science in the courtroom
  4. Develop a respect for and understanding of the role that forensic science plays in the courtroom and its effect on a jury--both positively and negatively
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Student progress will be assessed by the use of quizzes, examinations, and projects.


The Grading Policy for this class is as follows:  
Six Weekly Quizzes--60% of total grade
Project and Presentation to include 5 page paper focused on assessing the student's understanding of and participation in the Instructor Added Learning Outcomes--10% of total grade
Final Examination--25% of final grade
Class Participation-- 5% of final grade
90--100=A, 80--89=B, 70--79=C, 60--69=D, Below 59=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
You are expected to submit your class assignments on the date that it is due. If your course material is submitted late, your final grade on that assignment will be reduce by 10 points for each class period that it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
You are expected to behave in a professional manner. You must refrain from inappropriate behavior that will interrupt the learning environment. You are expected to debate issues in a manner which will faciliate learning. This will exclude loud, boisterous, disrespectful, or profane communication. Be respectful to your classmates at all times. Only one person will address the professor at a time. You are expected to be in class at the scheduled time. If you must arrive or depart late, please sit where your departure/arrival will not disrupt the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

October 22--Chapter 1 Introduction & 2 The Crime Scene
October 24--Quiz on Chapter 1&2, Lecture Chapter 3 Physical Evidence & 4 Physical Properties/Glass & Soil
October 29--Lecture Chapter 5 Organic Analysis & 6 Inorganic Analysis
October 31--Quiz on Chapter 3&4, Lecture Chapter 7 The Microscope & 8 Hairs, Fibers, and Paint
November 5--Lecture Chapter 9 Drugs & 10 Forensic Toxicology
November 7--Quiz on Chapter 5&6
November 12--Lecture Chapter 11 Arson/Explosives & 12 Forensic Serology 
November 14--Quiz on Chapter 7,8,9&10
November 19--Lecture on Chapter 13 DNA & 14 Fingerprints
November 21--Quiz on Chapter 11, 12, 13, &14
November 26--Lecture Chapter 15 Firearms & 16 Document/Voice Examination
November 28--Quiz on Chapter 15&16
December 3--Project Due and Presentations
December 5--Project Due and Presentations
December 10--Final Exam Review
December 12--Final Exam

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

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