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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Infinito, Vincent


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Course

CJ 312 Criminalistics

Semester

F2M 2008 CH

Faculty

Infinito, Vincent

Title

Senior Professor, Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A., St. Francis College, Loretto, Pennsylvania
J.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Office Location

Training Building, MCAS, Cherry Point

Office Hours

Mon/Wed 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Daytime Phone

252-638-4980

E-Mail

Vincent.Infinito@park.edu

infinetics@earthlink.net

Semester Dates

Fall II - October 20 - December 14, 2008

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM

Prerequisites

CJ 311

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
CRIMINALISTICS, Ninth Ed., Richard Saferstein, Prentice Hall, 2008

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Additional Resources:

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

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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

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:

Class Participation
Exams (2) Midterm , Final
Term paper
 

Grading:

 Class Participation:                   10%

 Mid- Term Examination:           35%

 Term Paper:                             20%

 Final Examination:                    35%

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% 

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.

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

COURSE NUMBER:           CJ312                                                   

COURSE TITLE: CRIMINALISTICS

PROFESSOR:                     V.J. INFINITO, ESQ.

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

 

20 OCT      INTRODUCTION & THE CRIME SCENE                CHAP 1 & 2

22 OCT           PHYSICAL EVIDENCE                                            CHAP 3

27 OCT           PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: GLASS & SOIL

                         ORGANIC ANALYSIS                                              CHAP 4 & 5
                           Term Paper Topics Due

29 OCT           INORGANIC ANALYSIS                                        CHAP 6

03 NOV          THE MICROSCOPE                                                CHAP 7

05 NOV          HAIRS, FIBERS & PAINT                                      CHAP 8

10 NOV          REVIEW

12 NOV          MIDTERM EXAMINATION

 

17 NOV          DRUGS 

FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY                                     CHAP 9 & 10

19 NOV          FORENSIC ASPECTS OF ARSON                         CHAP 11

24 NOV          FORENSIC SEROLOGY

                        DNA                                                                           CHAP 12 & 13 26 NOV          FINGERPRINTS                                                      CHAP 14 01 DEC           FIREARMS, TOOLMARKS, ETC.                        CHAP 15

03 DEC           DOCUMENTS & VOICE

                        Forensic Science/Internet THE FUTURE                                                             CHAP 16 , 17 & 18
08 DEC           REVIEW
                        Term Papers Due

10 DEC           FINAL EXAMINATION

 

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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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