CJ311 Criminal Investigation

for S2H 2010

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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation


S2H 2010 BU


Payne, William Bradley


Adjunct Instructor


M.A. Management
M.A. Human Resources Development
B.S. Criminal Justice Administration

Office Location

Laurel Bay, SC Elliott Elementary School, RM# 103

Office Hours

1900-1930 Monday-Thursday

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

March 22, 2010 to May 16, 2010

Class Days

Monday & Wednesday

Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours


Hess & Orthmann. Criminal Investigation, 9th edition. Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2010.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
News articles, Criminal Justice/American Bar Association, section of Criminal Justice, Labor Law Journal, Law Enforcement News, Police and American Police Beat.

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Course Description:
CJ311 Criminal Investigation: 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. Prerequisites: CJ100 and CJ105. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on class discussions, group activity projects, lectures, videos, readings, writings and examinations. The emphasis will be to challenge the adult learner to engage and explore a myriad of ideas and issues confronting the modern criminal justice system.

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. Discuss the Exclusionary Rule
  2. Discuss the Sequence of a Criminal Trial
  3. Discuss the 4th Amendment and How it Applies to Criminal Investigations
  4. Explain Direct Evidence and Indirect Evidence
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:

Each student is responsible for reading all chapter assignments prior to class in which the topic will be discussed. Chapter assignments are indicated on the schedule below.
Each student is required to bring one current news article to class, each session, relating to the scheduled class topic.
The Core Assessment Essay will be orally presented by each student.
Unannounced group activities with written assignments will be part of some classes. Group activities will be based on scheduled class topics.
The presentation of the Essay, discussion of news articles, class discussions and group activities will form the basis for the class participation grade.


Mid-Term Examination 30%  (Class Assessment)
Final Exam 30% (Class Assessment)
Essay paper 30% (Core Assessment)
Class Participation 10%
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 0-59

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Only with  the prior approval of the instructor. Essays submitted beyond the due date will be lowered one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g., illness, TAD, etc.) are excusable. However, the student will make up the missed classes through an appropriate assignment.
Students are expected to participate in class discussions and that class participation will comprise a portion of the final grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

3/22  Chap 1  Criminal Investigation: An Overview
3/24  Chap 2  Documenting the Crime Scene
3/24  Chap 3  Writing Effective Reports
3/29  Chap 4  Searches
3/29  Chap 5  Forensics/Physical Evidence
3/31  Chap 6  Obtaining Information
3/31  Chap 7  Identifying and Arresting Suspects
4/05  Chap 8  Death Investigation
4/07  Chap 9  Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Elder Abuse
4/12  Chap 10  Sex Crimes
4/14  Chap 11  Crimes Against Children & Youths
4/14  Chap 17  Computer Crime and its Evolution into Cybercrime
4/21  Chap 12  Robbery
4/21  Chap 13  Burglary
4/26  Chap 14  Larceny/Theft, Fraud, and White-Collar Crime
4/26  Chap 15  Motor Vehicle Theft
4/28  Chap 16  Arson, Bombs, and Explosives
5/03  Chap 18  A Dual Threat: Drug-Related Crime and Organized Crime
5/03  Chap 19  Criminal Activities of Gangs and Other Dangerous Groups
5/05  Chap 20  Terrorism and Homeland Security
5/05  Chap 21  Preparing for and Presenting Cases in 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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

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 .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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. 
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. 
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. 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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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