CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
F1T 2007 DLA
Black, Peter T.
BA Criminal Justice AdministrationMA Management and Supervision Concentration in Public Administration
Monday-Thursday 7-10 PM (EST) Friday 5-7 PM (EST) Saturday and Sunday 8-11 AM (EST)
August 20-October 14, 2007
Pre-requisites: CJ 100 and CJ 105.
Textbook: Criminal Investigation, Seventh ed., 2004, by Bennett and Hess http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm
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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
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 RubricClass Assessment: Class assessment is based on participation in our discussions, weekly papers, and a proctored final examination.
Grading: 1. Each week's discussion is worth 50 points. 2. Each week's paper is worth 100 points. 3. The proctored final is worth 200 points. 4. The course paper (CORE ASSESSMENT) is worth 500 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.
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 08/20 The Requirements for Criminal Investigation Post your comments on this thread to this week's discussion questions. This week, you have no paper assigned. Week #2 08/27 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. Week #3 09/03 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? Week #4 09/10 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. Week #5 09/17 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. Week #6 09/24 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. Week #7 10/1 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. Week #8 10/8 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.
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