Syllabus Entrance
Printer Friendly
Email Syllabus

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
Girvin, Ralph


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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 311 Criminal Investigation

Semester

S2B 2011 BL

Faculty

Girvin, Ralph

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. English and American Literature
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Office Location

Fort Bliss, Texas

Office Hours

7:00 - 7:30 p.m.  or as needed

Daytime Phone

915-356-8114

Other Phone

915-564-5803

E-Mail

ralph.girvin@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Semester Dates

March 21 - May 15, 2011

Class Days

--T R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Hess, Criminal Investigation , 9th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-4354-6993-8

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:

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 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based upon lectures, readings, examinations.

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. Explain the role of ethics in criminal investigations
  2. Express factually based opinions about controversial criminal justice issues.
  3. Discuss and defend applicable criminal justice issues relevant to the student's research
  4. Evaluate and analyze pertinent and legal issues in the Criminal Justice system
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:

1. Class discussions and attendance.

2. One four page essay.  See Core Assessment for paper requirement.

3. Oral presentation

4. One midterm examination

5. One final examination.


 

Grading:

Class discussions and attendance. 10%

One four page essay. See Core Assessment for paper requirement. 25%

Oral presentation 10%

One midterm examination 25%

One final examination. 30%

TOTAL 100%

Grade Scale

A = 90% to 100%

B = 80% to 89% 

C = 70% to 79% 

D = 60% to 69% 

F = below 60%         
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The submission of late course work will only be accepted under extenuating circumstances. In all circumstances late course work must be submitted to the professor for approval and acceptance.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is required.  Students are responsible for completing all reading assignments prior to class.  The Park University policy concerning class attendance will be strictly enforced.  ACADEMIC HONESTY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE 
   
1. Tue  3/22                              Chapter 1                           Introduction and Overview  
  
2. Thur 3/24                             Chapter 2                           Documenting Scene

3. Tue 3/19                              Chapter 3                           Reports 

4. Thur  3/31                            Chapter 4                           Search and Seizure

5. Tue 4/5                                Chapters 5 & 6                 Physical Evidence and Information  

6. Thur 4/7                               Chapter 7                          Suspects   and review for midterm

7. Tue  4/12                              Midterm                            Chapters 1-7    

8. Thur 4/14                              Chapter 8                          Death and Assault

9. Tue 4/19                               Chapter 9                         Domestic Violence

10. Thur  4/21                          Chapter 10  & 11              Sex Crimes  Crimes against Children

11. Tue 4/26                            Chapters 12 - 14              Property Crimes         

12. Thur 4/28                            Chapters 15 -17              Property Crimes   

13. Tue  5/3                              Chapter 18 -19                 Organized Crimes    Essay Due     
 
14. Thur 5/5                              Chapter   20                     Terrorism, Presentations by students and Review for the final exam

15. Tue 5/10                             Final Exam                       Chapters 8-20

16. Thur  5/12                           Overview of the class and the final exam.                              

 

 

 

 

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. 

Copyright:

This material is protected by copyright
                               and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:2/12/2011 5:40:27 PM