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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Larkins, Douglas R.


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.
CourseCJ 312 Criminalistics
SemesterF2LL2004
FacultyLarkins, Douglas R.
TitleSenior Instructor, Adjunct Faculty
Daytime Phone(501) 556-4745
E-Mailp244987@pirate.park.edu
dandtlarkins@alltel.net
Semester DatesOctober 11 - December 5, 2004
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time6:00 - 9:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science, 8th Edition by Richard Saferstein

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Course Description:
A discussion of discovery, recognition, observation, identification, collection and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in the testing of physical evidence. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
Distinguish different types of evidence used in criminal prosecutions. Critique the admissibility of evidence. Recognize and develop evidence.

Course Assessment:
The student will be expected to read all assignments prior to meeting with the instructor and be prepared to discuss what he has read. In addition, the student is responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absence.

Grading:
Students are required to meet the minimal standards set for a formal class of this standing:  i.e., the minimal score of 70% on a 100-point scale. The following is a breakdown on grading procedures.

Section 1 Examination = 20% of final grade
Section 2 Examination = 20% of final grade
Section 3 Examination = 20% of final grade
Term Paper = 40% of final grade

90 - 100% = A, 80 - 89% = B, 70 - 79% = C, 60 - 69% = D, Below 60% = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments must be submitted on time.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class and be on time. Student-instructor interaction is key in the process of learning.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
All class assignments for future class dates will be handed out at least one class night before they are due. Also, a research paper will be due on the last day of class. This paper will be a minimum of 10 pages, not including the cover, outline, introduction, figure page, exhibit page, surveys, interviews, or reference page. The paper will be done in the MLA format which will be explained by the instructor in detail.

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1
October 12
Introduction - Syllabus  
Meeting - 2
October 14
Chapter 1

  
Meeting - 3
October 19
Chapters 2 and 3  
Meeting - 4
October 21
Chapter 4  
Meeting - 5
October 26
Chapters 5 and 6  
Meeting - 6
October 28
SECTION 1 EXAMINATION  
Meeting - 7
November 2
Chapters 7 and 8  
Meeting - 8
November 4
Chapter 9  
Meeting - 9
November 9
Chapters 10 and 11  
Meeting - 10
November 11
SECTION 2 EXAMINATION  
Meeting - 11
November 16
Chapter 12  
Meeting - 12
November 18
Chapter 13  
Meeting - 13
November 23
Chapter 14  
Meeting - 14
November 25
Chapter 15  
Meeting - 15
November 30
Chapter 16  
Meeting - 16
December 2
SECTION 3 EXAMINATION (PAPER DUE)  

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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