CJ312 Criminalistics

for U1H 2009

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


U1H 2009 BU


Rivers, Thomasine C.


Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice


B.A. Meredith College
J.D Campbell University

Office Location

1905 Duke Street, Beaufort SC 29901

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone





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Semester Dates

June 1, 2009 to July 26, 2009

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:
CJ312 Criminalistics: 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.

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:  
Five Weekly Quizzes--50% of total grade
Project and Presentation to include 5 page paper focused on assessing the student's understanding of and participation in the course of study--10%
Final Examination--30% of final grade
Class Participation-- 10% of final grade
90--100=A, 80--89=B, 70--79=C, 60--69=D, Below 59=F


The Grading Policy for this class is as follows:  
Five Weekly Quizzes--50% of total grade
Project and Presentation to include 5 page paper focused on assessing the student's understanding of and participation in the course of study--10%
Final Examination--30% of final grade
Class Participation-- 10% 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:

June 1--Lecture Chapter 1 Introduction & Chapter 2 The Crime Scene
June 3--Lecture Chapter 3 Physical Evidence & Chapter 4 Physical Properties/Glass & Soil
June 8--Quiz on Chapter 1&2&3&4  then Lecture Chapter 5 Organic Analysis
June 10--Lecture Chapter 6 Inorganic Analysis and Chapter 7 The Microscope & 8 Hairs, Fibers, and Paint
June 15--Quiz on Chapter 5&6&7&8 then Lecture Chapter 9 Drugs 
June 17--Lecture Chapter 10 Forensic Toxicology and Chapter 11 Arson/Explosives
June 22--Quiz on Chapter 9&10&11 then Lecture Chapter 12 Forensic Serology 
June 24--Lecture on Chapter 13 DNA
June 29--Lecture on Chapter 14 Fingerprints
July 1--Lecture Chapter 15 Firearms & 16 Document/Voice Examination
July 6--Quiz on Chapter 12 &13&14
July 8--Quiz on Chapter 15&16
July 13--Project Due and Presentations
July 15--Project Due and Presentations
July 20--Final Exam Review
July 22--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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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