CJ312 Criminalistics

for S1E 2010

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


S1E 2010 PE


Boggs, Bill


Adjunct Faculty


MPH University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BS University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Office Location

On campus. Before and after class.

Office Hours

Before or after class, JEC Bldg 1331

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

Jan 11 to Mar 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 10:00 PM


CJ100, CJ105

Credit Hours


Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science, 10th Edition, Richard Saferstein, ISBN#0-13-221655-8,  Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Additional Resources:
Additional learning resources will be provided the first night of class.

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Course Description:
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 the testing of physical evidence. PREREQUISITES: CJ 100 and CJ 105. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Class will be exposed to lecture, videos, presentations by subject matter experts,case studies and class room critique of television shows such as CSI,History Channel, Court TV and MSNBC forensic documentaries.
Criminal Justice requires two skill sets above all else,  honesty and integrity and critical thinking skills. This is especially true in forensics. This class will focus upon the honest management of field evidence and the critical thinking skills required to evaluation this evidence in light of the case demands and crime scene scenario.You may find it is exactly what you want to do in term of specialization, or not as a career. Either way the critical thinking and problem solving skills will be useful at any level of law enforcement. Given the gravity of doing work with complete integrity, we will look  closely at forensic fraud.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Knowlege of how to properly enter and leave a crime scence
  2. Managing evidence to ensure integrity of the evidence
  3. Testifying in court
  4. Diagraming the crime scene
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students will be expected to pass a mid-term and final examination. Examinations will be essay in type and will have five to seven questions. Examinations will be administered at mid-point and the last evening of class.  A review will be provided prior to each examination.  All written work is to be turned in the last evening of class. All test are to be taken utilizing a examination booklet or something similar. Please no loose leafs of paper!!
You be required to watch at least two episodes of CSI or a similar show on TV and present a critique to the class. This critique compares what you learned in class versus what you saw on TV.


Mid-Term 35
Points Final  35 Points
Critique 10 Points
Term Paper 20 Points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Not acceptable. Late submission will result in a drop in your grade. It is your responisibility to notify the instructor if your work will be late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Professional conduct is expected. Respect of peers and alternative points of view is to be expected and accepted. Debate of different perspectives is encouraged in a professional and academic manner.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Reading Requirements:
Jan 15 Chapters 1-3 Introduction, History, Crime Scene, Physical Evidence
Jan 22 Chapters 4-6 Physical Properties, Glass, Soil, Organic Analysis
Jan 29 Chapters 7-9 Lab Tools, Hairs, Fibers, Drugs, Paint Review
Feb 5 Mid-Term Chapters 10-12 Toxicology, Arson, Explosives, Serology
Feb 12 Chapters 13-15 DNA, Fingerprints,Firearms, Tool Marks
Feb 19 Chapters 16-18 Tire Prints,  Documents, Cyber Crime, Use of the Internet
Feb 26  Chapter 19 Future and Forensic Fraud
Mar 5 Final Exam and turn in all written work.
Writing assignment: Ten to twelve page term paper. Please have your topic approved by the instructor. Topic of course must be related to the course subject, but can cover any facet of forensic science. Your paper is to be type written, double- spaced and done in APA or MLA style. You must have eight to ten sources in you bibliography. Your term paper must be bound (simple binding) and turned in on the last day of class.
Topic: The topic must be approved by the instructor by the second week of class. Your topic is to be directly related to the class subject matter. Choose a topic you are interested in , but want to learn more about. Some areas  like fingerprint technology is well know and used, so choose something else. New or innovative technology or any new technique to a discipline is always welcome. Look over the text and bring your topics and area of interest to me to be refined and finalized.
Your term paper will be graded on spelling, structure, research competency, presentation and content. Use either APA or MLA consistently. As stated above all work must be type written, a cover page and soft bound with no loose pages. If you have any problems I am here to help you.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
In a simple phrase...Don't do it!! I scan term papers.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .


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