CJ311 Criminal Investigation

for S2M 2010

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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation


S2M 2010 CH


Infinito, Vincent


Senior Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice Administration


B.A., St. Francis College, Loretto, PA.
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Office Location

MCAS Cherry Point, Training Bldg.

Office Hours

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.(1500hrs - 1630 hrs) Mon/Wed

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

March 15 - May 9, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:00 PM


CJ100, CJ105

Credit Hours



Criminal Investigation, Ninth Edition, Hess & Orthmann; Delmar Cengage Learning, 2010
ISBN-10: 1-4354-6993-3

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

http://http://://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr95prs.htm (FBI-UCR Reports)
http://http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook (Sourcebook of CJ Statistics)
http://http://http://www.theatlantic.com/atlantic/election/connection/crime/crime.htmAtlantic Monthly's Criminology Collection:
http://http://://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor (Megalinks In Criminal Justice)

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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

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

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:

Mid-term Examination
Final Examination
Class participation
Core Assessment


Midterm                           25%
Final                                 25%
Core Assessment              25%
Class Participation            10%
Projects                            15%

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%

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:

15 March   Chapter 1        Overview                                                pp 4-38
                  Chapter 2         Documentation/Notes/Photos/Sketches   pp 38-69
17 March   Chapter 3         Writing reports                                       pp 70-91
                  Chapter 4         Searches                                                  pp 92-119 
22 March   Chapter 5         Forensics/Physical Evidence                     pp120-169
                  Chapter 6         Obtaining Information                               pp 170-205
                                    Project 1 Crime scene investigation
24 March   Chapter 7         Id/Arresting Suspects                                 pp 206-251
                  Chapter 8        Death Investigations                                     pp 252-291
29 March   Chapter 9        Assault/Domestic Violence/etc                     pp292-315
                  Chapter 10      Sex Offenses                                               pp316-339
05 April      Chapter 11      Crimes Against Children                               pp340-375
                   Chapter 12      Robbery                                                      pp376-399
07 April       Chapter 13      Burglary                                                      pp400-417
                    Chapter 14     Larceny/Fraud/White-Collar Crime               pp418-453
12 April       Chapter 15      Motor Vehicle Theft                                      pp454-473
                    Chapter 16    Arson/Bombs/Explosives                              pp474-499
14 April       Chapter 17      Computer Crime                                          pp 500-535                                                       19 April        Chapter 18     Dual Threat                                                   pp 536-577
21 April        Chapter 19     Gangs/etc                                                     pp578-611
26 April        Chapter 20     Terrorism/Homeland Security                       pp612-643
28 April        Chapter 21      Preparing for and Presenting Cases              pp 644-655
03 May                 Project #2   Crime Investigation
05 May            FINAL EXAMINATION

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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