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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
Boggs, Bill


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation

Semester

F1E 2010 PE

Faculty

Boggs, Bill

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

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

Office Location

On Campus

Office Hours

Before or After Class

Daytime Phone

760-724-7978

E-Mail

bboggs@park.edu

bboggsprof@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

08/16/2010 to 10/10/2010

Class Days

-----F-

Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

As per University Catalog

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Investigation, Wayne W. Bennett and Karen M. Hess, Eight Edition, Thomson Wadsworth,  ISBN 13:978-0-495-09340-4,  Publication Date 2007

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We will utilize Internet resources for research and CJ video case studies.

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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:
This course will utilize, lectures, videos, case studies, guest speakers and  practical problems. Students will be given the opportunity to view an autopsy at the San Diego Medical Examiners Office at Kearney Mesa.  Students are expected to utilize their analytical problem solving skills in the course.

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. 1. Differentiate types of investigative techniques used in courts.
  2. 2. Examine specific methods for investigation of major crimes.
  3. 3. Develop improved communications skills through interactive discourse and preparation of written reports or constructing papers in specific formats.
  4. 4. Recognize significant contributors and movements within the field of criminal investigations
  5. 5. Analyze pros and cons of differing investigative techniques by comparing against Constitutional and criminal law as well as societal expectations of moral actions.
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:

Students will be given a mid-term on Sept 11 and final  examination on Oct 9 and as well as a term paper. Two practical problems (Sept 4 and 25) will also be presented to the class to be solved and discussed in class. Problems will be taken fronm the material in the text.  The term paper is the Core Assessment for this course. Term paper is due the last day of class or Oct 9th. 

Grading:

Term Paper 200 Points    Due Oct 9
Mid -Term 200 Points     Due Sept 11
Final 200 Points              Due Oct 9
Two Practical Problems 50 points each Problem. Due Dates:  First Problem Sept 4, Second Sept 25
 
Total 700 Points
 

Course Grading:       

 

            A         100-90             B       89-80                 C       79-70                 D       69-60   F below 60

          

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All written material is due the last day of class. Any work turned in after the last day of class will be penalized in terms of grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will maintain professional level conduct in class and respect divergent opinions expressed as part of the academic process. Cell phones, Blackberries and all other electronic devices will be turned off. If you are sleepy please stand up.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

August 20 Chapters 1-4 Topics covered are: Overview of Investigations, Documenting the Crime Scene,  Report Writing,  Legal Foundation for Searches
August 27 Chapters 5-7 Topics covered are: Subject for term paper due. Forensic and Physical Evidence, How to Obtain Information, Identifying and Arresting Suspects
Sept 3 Chapters 8-10 Practical Problem in class. Topics covered are: Death Investigations, Assaults, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Elder Abuse, Sex Crimes and  Mid-Term Review
Sept 10 Mid Term Chapter 11 Topic to be covered: Crimes Against Children
Sept 17 Chapters 12-14 Topics to be covered: Robbery, Burglary and Larceny
Sept 24 Chapters 15-17 Practical Problem in class. Topics to be covered are: Motor Vehicle Theft, Arson, Bombs and Explosives 
Oct 1 Chapters 17-21 Computer Crime.
Oct 8 Final Examination and turn in Term Paper. Topics to be Covered are:  Evolution to Cybercrime,  Drug related and Organized Crime, Criminal Gangs and Dangerous Groups, Terrorism and Homeland Security and Preparing and Presenting Your Case 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
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. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
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. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
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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