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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
Black, Peter T.


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.

Course

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation

Semester

U1T 2009 DLA

Faculty

Black, Peter T.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA Criminal Justice Administration
MA Management and Supervision Concentration in Public Administration

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 7-10 PM (EST)   Friday 5-7 PM (EST)   Saturday and Sunday 8-11 AM (EST)

Other Phone

410-394-6357

E-Mail

Peter.Black@pirate.park.edu

petergtblack@usa.net

Semester Dates

March 16-May 10, 2009

Class Days

Asynchronous

Class Time

Asynchronous

Prerequisites

Pre-requisites: CJ 100 and CJ 105.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Investigation, Eighth ed., 2007, by Bennett and Hess http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm

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Course Description:

This intermediate course includes a discussion of the nature and purpose of criminal investigation, historical background, tools employed, skills development, and techniques useful in the reconstruction of criminal activity.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate types of investigative techniques used in courts.
  2. Examine specific methods for investigation of major crimes.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The student will apply the processes for writing notes and reports, as well as compose good field notes and incident reports.
  2. The student will synthesize what he/she has assimilated in this and prior courses to conduct follow-up investigations.
Core Assessment:

For CJ311, all students will complete an essay, not less than 4 pages (1,000 words) in length (excluding the cover sheet, title, and bibliography pages) as follows:

            It can be argued that the foundation for community support for law enforcement is in the trust built by faith that the police follow the law and adhere to the U.S. Constitution. For example, criminal investigative questioning must be guided by Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections. Harsh or questionable investigative methods may be unethical and illegal. 

            Discuss whether the concern for homeland security has redefined acceptable or ethical criminal investigative tactics used by law enforcement. Explain what impact changes in criminal investigative techniques and methods may have on police-community relations, criminal prosecutions, and the ability of police to investigate major crimes.

            The essay should be typed, double-spaced, be written in APA format, including in-text source citations, and use a minimum of 4 course-external sources.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Class assessment is based on participation in our discussions, weekly papers, and a proctored final examination. Additionally, Park University requires and I heartily support a core assessment paper. This core assessment requires the use of critical analysis to produce a paper that draws on everything learned in the course. Additional information on the core assessment may be found elsewhere in this syllabus.

Grading:

1. Each week's discussion is worth 50 points for a total of 400 points. 2. Each weekly paper is worth 25 points for a total of 200 points. 3. The proctored final is worth 200 points. 4. The Core Assessment is worth 200 points. The grand total of points is 1000 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I expect work to be submitted on time. I subtract 10% for each day that material is late. I do not accept any material that is five days late. I do not accept any late work the last week of the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect vigorous and substantive debates. I also expect us to respect one another. I expect civil behavior from each student.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week #1 June 1 - The Requirements for Criminal Investigation Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. During this week we will look at criminal investigations as a whole, the crime scene, and the writing of effective reports.

 
Week #2 June 8 - During Week 2, we'll examine the legality and mechanics of searches, including searches of property and persons. We will conclude this week with a study of physical evidence. This will include the basic types, their nature, importance to an investigation and methods of safeguarding. One item we will discuss will be a report of the official investigation of improper handling of evidence by the FBI laboratory. Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. Week 2 Paper After having examined the main points of the Dept. of Justice Inspector General's report of the allegations of improper evidence handling at the FBI lab, provide your own opinion. Do you agree with the IG, or do you feel differently? Provide reasons supporting your opinion. During this week we will look at searches, forensics, and physical evidence.
 
Week #3 June 15 - Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. Offer your opinion regarding the gradual dilution of the court mandates of the 1960's such as Miranda. Each year the courts seem to find more circumstances and cases in which these rules are set aside. Is this a good or bad trend for investigators?  Begin to work on your Core Assessment. During this week we will look at the process of obtaining information and the identification and arrest of suspects.
 
Week #4 June 22 - Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. Read the Application scenario A on page 231 of your text and provide answers to the two questions. In addition, provide a list of what physical evidence you would search for in this incident. During this week we will look at death investigations, various types of assaults, and sex offenses.
 
Week #5 June 29 - Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. Examine the unique aspects of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy and discuss them. Provide information of how you would investigate this type crime. During this week we will look at crimes against juveniles, robbery, and burglary.
 
Week #6 July 6 - Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. Using the concept of White Collar Crime as found in the text, what do you consider the most dangerous form and why? Provide supportive reasoning for your choice. During this week we will look at white collar crimes, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson/bombs/explosives.
 
Week #7 July 13 - Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. What do you see as the future of computer crime? What types do you believe will increase or decrease? Provide supportive reasons for your statements. This week we will look at computers and cybercrime, drug-related crimes, organized crime, and the activities of gangs.
 
Week #8 July 20 - Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. Work through Application B, the LET Challenge, starting on page 510 (page 517 in the 6th edition), providing answers to the questions posed. E-mail your instructor your answers along with explanations of why you chose as you did. Take the proctored final examination. Submit your final paper via Pirate email to your instructor. The Core Assessment is due on October 10.. This week we will look at terrorism/homeland security and preparation for court.

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:
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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking. Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions. Evaluation is weak. Evaluation is not present. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Combines researched material into a consistent whole; extends research well beyond minimum requirements. Combines researched material into a consistent whole. Researched material is presented but not into a consistent whole. No evidence of combining researched material into a consistent whole. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Analyzes key elements using 4 or more course-external sources. Analyzes key elements using at least 3 sources. Analyzes key elements using less than 3 sources. Analysis is not supported by any source material or no evidence of analysis is present. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The essay shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay shows minimal use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Essay conveys complete and exceptional information on investigative techniques used in courts and specific methods for investigating major crimes. Essay conveys sufficient information on investigative techniques used in courts and specific methods for investigating major crimes. Essay conveys minimal information on investigative techniques used in courts and/or specific methods for investigating major crimes. Essay conveys no information on investigative techniques used in courts or specific methods for investigating major crimes. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1 & 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Essay contains all required technical components: 4 pages in length (excluding required cover sheet, title page, and bibliography), typed, double-spaced.   Written in APA Style, including in-text source citations.  Contains fewer than five grammatical or spelling errors. Essay contains most required technical components.  Contains more than five grammatical or spelling errors but errors do not detract from understanding. Written in APA Style, but may have a few formatting errors. Essay contains few required technical components.  Contains more than five grammatical or spelling errors that detract from understanding. APA Style usage is barely evident. Essay contains no required technical components. There are so many errors in the APA writing convention, in the paper presentation, or in grammar and/or spelling that it is difficult to read. 

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