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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Infinito, Vincent


MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock, NC Fall I 2004
COURSE NUMBER: CJ312
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
COURSE TITLE: CRIMINALISTICS
PROFESSOR: VINCENT J. INFINITO, ESQ.
FACULTY TITLE: SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
OFFICE HOURS: MON & WED 1615-1645
TERM & DATES: FALL I , 2004; 09 AUGUST – 03 OCTOBER 2004
MEETING: MON/WED 1930 - 2200
PHONE: 252-638-4980
PARK EMAIL: Vincent.Infinito@park.edu
CREDIT HOURS: 3 CREDIT HOURS
PREREQUISITE: NONE
SITE: MCAS CHERRY POINT

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

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.

SYLLABUS FOR CRIMINALISTICS

I. 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.

II. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The course will require the students to understand the techniques and methods of good police work in the production of evidence and the scientific basis for analysis of the evidence. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of crime laboratories and their limitations.

III. TEXTBOOK: CRIMINALISTICS, Seventh Ed., Richard Saferstein, Prentice Hall, 2001.

IV. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST: Techniques Of Crime Scene Investigation; Fourth Ed.; Fisher, Svensson & Wendel; Elsevier, 1987; Eyewitness Testimony; Buckhiut,R.; Scientific American, 231(6):2, 1974. Crime Scene Investigation; Goddard, K. W.; Reston Publishing Company, 1977; Identification of Materials; Benedetti-Pichler, AA.; Academic Press, 1964

V. ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park

VI. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

VII. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absences for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

VIII. LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.” All tests must be taken on the dates the class is given the test. Extreme situations may be handled by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. A determination of an “extreme situation” is solely the instructor’s.

IX. COURSE ASSESSMENT: The final course grade for the student will be determined by class participation, two examinations (midterm and final) and assigned projects or term papers.

XI. CLASSROOM RULES: Cell phones, beepers and other communication devices are not to be used, or on, during class. Disruptive behavior (as determined by the instructor) is unfair to the other students and will not be tolerated. Loud talking, snoring, sleeping, coming late to class or leaving early, except in emergencies, will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over a term will lead to the withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor. The instructor may announce other rules from time to time.
Disabilities: 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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: www.park.edu/disability.

XII. GRADING POLICY: The final course grade will be determined using the following measurement:
Class Participation: 10%
Mid- Term Examination: 40%
Term Paper: 10%
Final Examination: 40%
Students will be prepared to discuss all scheduled assignments in class.
The grade scale is as follows:
A -93% or above
B -85% to 92.99%
C -77% to 84.99%
D -70% to 76.99%
F -below 70%

XIII IMPORTANT DATES

Beginning of Term: 09 AUG 2004
Last Day of Add/Drop: 16 AUG 2004
Last Day of Partial Refund for Withdrawal: 10 SEPT 2004
Last Day of Withdrawal: 17 SEPT 2004
End of Term: 03 OCT 2004

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

09 AUG INTRODUCTION & THE CRIME SCENE CHAP 1 & 2
11 AUG PHYSICAL EVIDENCE CHAP 3
16 AUG PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: GLASS & SOIL ORGANIC ANALYSIS CHAP 4 & 5
18 AUG INORGANIC ANALYSIS CHAP 6
23 AUG THE MICROSCOPE CHAP 7
25 AUG HAIRS, FIBERS & PAINT CHAP 8
30 AUG REVIEW
01 SEPT MIDTERM EXAMINATION
06 SEPT DRUGS, FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY CHAP 9 & 10
08 SEPT FORENSIC ASPECTS OF ARSON CHAP 11
13 SEPT FORENSIC SEROLOGY DNA CHAP 12 & 13
15 SEPT FINGERPRINTS CHAP 14
20 SEPT FIREARMS, TOOLMARKS, ETC. CHAP 15
22 SEPT DOCUMENTS & VOICE Forensic Science/Internet THE FUTURE CHAP 16 , 17 & 18
27 SEPT REVIEW
29 SEPT FINAL EXAMINATION