CJ 312 Criminalistics
U1T 2011 DL
Scheffner, Douglas W.
Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
MPA, University of MissouriBA, Park University
Monday-Friday, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
June 6, 2011 - July 14, 2011
CJ100 and CJ200.
Textbook: Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science, Ninth Edition
Author: Richard Saferstein
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Educational Philosophy: Your instructor's educational philosophy is based upon virtual lectures, examinations, information from web sites provided, writings from outside sources and dialogue with myself and fellow students. Assignments are intended to encourage a thoughtful exploration of ideas and application of information provided during the course. Contradictory thoughts are encouraged as part of the learning process.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: Each week, students are required to
engage in discussion among themselves by answering and commenting upon
questions posed for that week. Each week's discussion is worth 20 points,
with 1-10 provided for content and 1-10 points provided for timeliness and
substantive quality and quantity of replies to other students' postings. Spelling,
grammar and punctuation is counted as part of this grade. As a general rule, simple replies like
"good comment" or "I agree" do not count as
substantive. Instead, you will be expected to provide personal viewpoints
or pose significant questions to other students. As a minimum, at least four substantive
discussion postings should be submitted each week.
Weeks 1-6 require a paper which provides the students opportunities to apply material learned from reading, virtual lecture and discussions. Each paper carries a maximum of 100 points.
In Week 7 students are to submit a CORE paper which counts 30% of the overall grade, scored on a basis of 100 points
During the eighth week, a proctored final exam will be taken by the student which will combine multiple choice with short answer questions.
Grading: The grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59. The final exam will count 20% of your total grade, weekly discussion presentations will count 20% of your total grade. Each of the first six weeks' papers are worth 5% of the overall course grade with the CORE paper counting 30%.
Each student is responsible for:
Completing weekly Reading assignments.
Completing Weekly Discussion Questions.
Completing seven writing assignments, referred to as Papers.
Completing a proctored Final Examination
Late Submission of Course Materials: Work should be submitted to the instructor by the last day of each assigned week. Students experiencing a problem should contact the instructor to advise the reason work may be submitted late. Unless authorized, late work will be subject to a penalty of 10 points reduction for each week late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Policy #1: Submission of Work:
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.
Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation
General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy: I will check my email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?). If you don't see your question there, then please contact me.
Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.
If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.
If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact me immediately.
Week 1: June 6 - June 12, 2011: An Introduction to Criminalistics and Crime Scenes
Overview, Objectives, and Weekly Activities
During Week 1, we will discuss the basic and advanced forensic procedures available to investigators. During this week we'll examine the early history and development of this science and study the overall range of its subject material. Some emphasis will be placed this week on a systematic, organized plan for the forensic handling of a crime scene.
Week 2: June 13 - June 19, 2011: Physical Evidence and Properties of Glass and Soil
During Week 2, we will begin a general examination of the nature and basic types of physical evidence. Some emphasis will be placed upon legal aspects, with this segment concluding in a discussion of the forensic evidence in the Wayne Williams homicide case. The week will end with an examination of the text chapter on the specific physical properties found in glass and soil.
Week 3: June 20 - June 26, 2011: Organic and Inorganic Analysis and Microscopy
During Week 3, we will examine the physical aspects of and differences between organic and inorganic analysis, also learning the primary instruments used in the examination of these substances. During this week we will also study the field of microscopy in forensic studies. We will conclude the week with an examination of forensic entomology, anthropology and odontology in their criminal investigative uses.
Week 4: June 27 - July 3, 2011: Hairs, Fibers and Paint; Drugs
During Week 4, we will begin by examining the physical and forensic aspects of hairs, fibers and paints, drawing back on some of the discussions of the crime scene presented in Week 2. We will also examine the means of collecting and preserving these types of evidence. During Week 4 we will additionally discuss the forensic aspects of drugs along with a brief history of their influence on our culture. Particular emphasis will be placed upon recognition of both legal and physiologic classifications of common drugs and the proper methods of collecting and preserving them for evidentiary use.
Week 5: July 4 - July 10, 2011: Toxicology and Arson/Explosives Evidence
Week 6: July 11 - July 17, 2011: Forensic Serology and DNA
During Week 6, we begin with an examination of forensic serology, with special emphasis on blood stains and spatter patterns. Discussion on semenal evidence will lead into the second half of the week's material involving DNA. We will briefly note its historical use but will emphasize the current techniques, uses and misuses of this dynamic field of forensic evidence.
At the conclusion of this week, the student should
Week 7: July 18 - July 24, 2011: Fingerprints, Firearms and Toolmarks; Document and Voice Examination
During Week 7, we will discuss fingerprinting, examining the fundamentals, brief history of their fornesic uses and the traditional as well as emerging means of detecting and preserving them as evidence. We will finish the week with studying firearms/toolmarks and document and voice analysis. You will also submit your CORE paper during this week.
CORE Paper: For your CORE assessment, provide an essay of
not less than four pages or 1000 words in length (excluding the cover
sheet, title sheet, Abstract and References pages) which addresses the
issues below. The essay should be typed, written in APA format to
include in-text source citations and use a minimum of four sources of
material from outside the class. These papers are due by the end of
Criminalistics and forensic science has grown both in scope and
importance to the criminal justice system. There is no question that it
compliments and aids in traditional investigations. However, as it has
become more advanced and technical, has it come to have more importance
than the traditional methods of investigating such as questioning
eyewitnesses, interrogating suspects and determining information from
street informants? In your answer, specifically address the following
· Explain how
the use of forensic investigative techniques enables both prosecutors
and defense attorneys to recognize and develop evidence in the
prosecution of criminal cases and in the defense of the accused.
· Discuss how forensic science is or is not better than these traditional methods and why.
· Discuss whether courts and juries now place more trust in forensic science than other forms of information.
· Provide your
arguments that juries should or should not place more emphasis and
trust in forensic science and your reasons for the argument.
answers to these issues, indicate specific types of forensic evidence
that would apply and use trustworthy supportive examples wherever
possible such as case law or case examples.
Week 8: July 25 - July 31, 2011: Computers, the Internet and Forensic Future
During Week 8, we will conclude the course with an examination of the internet in investigations and discussion of the future in forensic science and criminology. During this week you will also complete the final examination for this course.
At the conclusion of this week, the student should
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