CJ 312 Criminalistics
F2B 2010 BL
Graves, Scott W., Sr.
MA-HRDVBS-MNGT/HRDNCU Doctoral Candidate Pending Dissertation, 18 Hour Concentration in Criminal Justice
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October 18-December 12, 2010
Tuesday and Thursday
CJ100 and CJ105
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
DUE: Week 8, Monday
5. Participation: 5 points per class session missed is deducted regardless of excused or unexcused absence. Students not present in class and not participating in a compensatory activity via the eCompanion system will be deemed to not have participated and will receive the appropriate deduction (total 80 points).
Total possible course points: 630
Grading: 567 to 630 points = A
504 to 566 points = B
441 to 503 points = C
378 to 440 points = D
Below 378 points = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work is not accepted. Missed quizzes and examinations are not allowed and no make-up exams will be given.
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Students should arrive for class on time and stay the entire length of class. Students arriving thirty minutes after class commences without instructor approval will be marked unexcused/absent. Students leaving before the class ends without instructor approval will be marked unexcused/absent. Students must treat classmates with respect and dignity. Abusive conduct will not be tolerated. Students are expected to read the assigned textbook chapters and to be familiar with their chapter content before each class session. Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated. Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing. Absences should be kept to a minimum. Students that are absent cannot participate and will be given the indicated grade point reduction for each absence whether excused or unexcused. Leveling work for absences may include detailed written summaries of chapters or completion of review questions or definitions at the end of chapters, or any other class-related assigned task as determined by the instructor. Late class work will not be accepted. Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence. Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action.
Oct 19 Tuesday - Class administration. Introduction, Course expectations and student responsibilities. Chapter 1, Introduction to Criminalistics and the theoretical basis and foundations of crime scene approach. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class. Explanation of synthesis papers and course work that will be due.
Oct 21 Thursday - Class Administration. Chapter 1, Introduction to Criminalistics and the theoretical basis and foundations of crime scene approach, Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class. Explanation of synthesis papers (sample in eCompanion).
Oct 26 Tuesday -Class Administration. Chapter 2, the crime scene construct, expectations and organization vs. disorganizations as well as implications, Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.
Oct 28 Thursday - Class Administration. Chapter 3, Physical evidence: Seeing what is in front of you for what it is. Types of evidence, direct and circumstantial and implications for criminal cases. Generalized rules for handling evidence. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.
Nov 2 Tuesday - Class Administration. Chapter 4, Physical properties and the value of glass and soil as it relates to crime scene. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.
Nov 4 Thursday - Class Administration. Chapter 5, Organic analysis and related principles. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.
Nov 9 Tuesday - Class Administration. Chapter 6, Inorganic analysis and related principles. Lecture and Discussion.
Nov 11 Thursday - Meet with students and conduct chapter review. Class Administration. Chapter 7, the microscope, types, and value to forensic processing. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.
Nov 16 Tuesday - Meet with students and conduct chapter review. Class Administration. Chapter 8, Hairs, fibers and paint. Lecture and Discussion regarding the value and relevance of this type of evidence and how to collect and interpret the evidence. Read chapter prior to class.
Nov 18 Thursday - Meet with students and conduct chapter review. Class Administration. Chapter 9, Drugs and their majority impact on crimes and evidence currently held by LE agencies. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class. Review of a "false conviction case" and discussion of errors common to investigations that result in wrongful conviction.
Nov 23 Tuesday - Meet with students and conduct chapter review. Class Administration. Chapter 10, Forensic technology in existence and trends in the field. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.
Nov 25 Thursday - Meet with students and conduct chapter review. Class Administration. Chapter 11-12, Forensic arson and forensic serology. The importance of serology to violent crime investigation. New trends and discoveries in the field. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.
Nov 30 Tuesday - Meet with students and conduct chapter review. Class Administration. Chapter 13-14, DNA and fingerprints, reliability and location within crime scenes. Origins of DNA testing and usefulness. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.
Dec 2 Thursday - Meet with students and conduct chapter review. Class Administration. Chapter 15-16, Firearms and tool marks, terms and testing. Document and voice examination and reliability coupled with admissibility. Lecture and Discussion.Read chapter prior to class. Review for Final.
Dec 7 Tuesday - Meet with students and conduct chapter review. Class Administration. Chapter 17-18, The ever growing field of computer forensics and gleaning evidence from Internet sources and records. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class. Final Examination.
Dec 9 Thursday - Chapter 19, the future of forensic applications to criminal justice. Where is it all going? Meet with students and conduct chapter review, Class recap.
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Please think about your topics and use original thought during your work.
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