CJ312 Criminalistics

for F2B 2011

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CJ 312 Criminalistics


F2B 2011 BL


DeAngelis, George A.


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Science  Administration of Criminal Justice
Master of Science Administration of Justice and Security
Master of Arts Management

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Semester Dates

17October-December 11, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Criminalistics: Introduction to Forensic Science by Saferstein, Richard
10th Edition (2010) Prentice Hall, Inc
ISBN-10  0-13-504520-7
ISBN-13  978-0-13-504520-6

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Course Description:
CJ312 Criminalistics: This intermediate course covers topics such as the discovery, recognition, observation,identification and collection and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in testing of physical evidence. Prerequisite: CJ100 and CJ105. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Your instructor's educational philosophy is based upon lectures, examinations, research from web sites, writings from outside sources, and dialog with students. Assignments are intended to encourage thoughtful exploration of ideas and application of information provided during the course. Contradictory thoughts are encouraged as part of the learning process. Students are expected to ask questions about something they do not know.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish different types of evidence used in criminal prosecutions.
  2. Critique the admissibility of evidence.
  3. Recognize and develop evidence.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the legal foundation for the admissibility of evidence
  2. Understand the ethical & moral implications of dishonest and illegal actions by CJ participants
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

For CJ312, the student will be responsible for completing four valued collectively at 20% of the total grade. In addition, students must complete a proctored mid-term and final examination with a value of 25% each. A research paper (core assessment) focusing on a cold-case that was resolved with the arrest of the suspect(s) must be also be submitted. The paper is valued at 20% of the total grade, and will be discussed in greater detail during class. Participation will factor the remaining 10% of the total grade. Additional class work may be assigned during the term as per the discretion of the facilitator. Example: Students who are absent will be required to submit to submit an outline and a 300 word summary for each of the chapters covered in covered. The make-up work must be sent via drop-box by the beginning of the next scheduled class meeting. Failure to submit the makeup work will result in two point deduction. (Note: attendance is a component of participation)

The grading scale is as follows: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59

Mid Term Exam                          25%

Final Exam                                  25%

Core Assessment                         20%

Four Quizzes                               20%

Participation                               10%

Total                                           100%

Each Student is responsible for:

Completing weekly reading assignments

Completing core assessment (research paper)

Completing four quizzes

Completing a proctored mid-term & final examination

Attending class on time and for entire assigned period

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be penalized as follows:

Research papers will be penalized five points for each class it is late.

Students can, however, request extensions in advance if they cannot meet the assignment deadlines. If the request is approved, a new deadline will be agreed upon by student & facilitator.

Examination or quiz missed as a result of excused absence can be rescheduled within one week after the regularly scheduled exam date or at the earliest date circumstances allow.

Examination or quiz missed as a result of unexcused absence or tardiness will be recorded as an "F". There will be no examination retakes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

First and foremost, this is not an on-line class. Therefore, students who cannot commit to attending this class as scheduled should not enroll. Students are expected to attend class on time and to remain for the entire period. Continuous tardiness will impact participation grade. Leaving class early must be approved by the facilitator in order to receive attendance credit. Students must realize that due to the compressed schedule, class time is critical. Continued tardiness of 30 minutes or more will be cause for marking the student absent for that class period. Students missing class must personally notify the instructor via phone or email as soon as possible (do not text message). Asking a student to relay messages to the instructor will not be considered proper notification. Determination of what is an excused or unexcused absence remains with the discretion of the facilitator as per Park University policies. (See below) Students who miss the first day of class will miss important information about the class format, syllabus, text, exams, and core assessment assignment. This information will not be repeated due to limited class time. However, it will be your responsibility to become familiar with this information. Students who are disruptive, abusive, rude, or unruly towards any student, guest, or faculty will be removed from the class. Rude conducts towards the instructor includes disruptive chattering, doing homework, reading a book (other than the text) or newspaper, sleeping, or continuously leaving class to answer cell phone. Prohibited conduct is also cause for dismissal from the class. Such conduct includes plagiarism and dishonesty (in any manner or degree). Both will not be tolerated. Submitting the same work (presumably your work) for two different assignments is not plagiarism but it is considered unethical, even if the two assignments were completed for different classes. If it is discovered that a paper or other assignment was previously prepared for another course, or learning institution, it is an academic impropriety and will result in a "0" grade. Coursework must uphold the high standards of academic integrity. Nonacademic information resources, such as Wikipedia.org, Ask.com, Encarta.msn.com, Infoplease.com, etc are not allowed because they are not credible, accurate, or peer reviewed. Computer technologies make writing and revising easier. However, students must recognize that technology can also cause problems. Problems can occur such as printers running out of ink and hard drives crashing. Nevertheless students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of these issues. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Assignments will be delivered via E-companion drop-box in a compatible file.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Oct.18            Class Orientation, Chapter 1 Introduction
Oct.20            Finish Chapter 1, Chapter 2 The Crime Scene, Video: First 48
Oct.25            Chapter 3 Physical Evidence, Chapter 4 Glass & Soil, Discuss
                       Enrique Camarena Case Study
Oct.27            Chapter 5 Organic Analysis, Chapter 6 Inorganic Analysis, Quiz #1
                       Discuss Wayne Williams Case Study
Nov.01           Chapter 8 Hair, Fibers, & Paint Video: Green River Killer
                       Discuss Green River Case Study
Nov.03           Chapter 9 Drugs, Quiz #2, Review for MT Exam
Nov.08            Mid-Term Exam Chapters 1-6 & 8-9
Nov.10            Chapter 10 Forensic Technology
Nov.15            Chapter 11 Arson & Explosives, Chapter 12 Forensic Serology
Nov.17            Chapter 13 DNA, Chapter 14 Fingerprints Quiz #3
Nov.22            Chapter 15 Firearms & Tool Marks
Nov.29            Chapter 16 Document & Voice Identification, Chapter 17 Computer Forensics
                        Research Papers Due Video: BTK Killer Speaks
Dec.01            Chapter 18 Forensic Science & Internet
Dec.06             Chapter 19 The Future, Quiz #4, Review for Final Exam
Dec.08             Final Class & Final Exam Chapters 10-19

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .

Additional Information:
Core Assessment 

For CJ312, all students will complete a research paper examining the resolution (by arrest) of a cold-case involving a crime of violence. The paper will examine the following topical issues:

1. What is a cold case? What are possible legal implications for investigators before and after solving a cold case?

2. What can cause a criminal investigation to “go cold and dormant” and remain unsolved for a period of time? Has there been an increase or decrease in cold cases? Explain your reasoning

3. Identify a cold case and discuss the investigative issues involved as they relate to criminalistics and topics we have discussed in class. In addition, provide a brief background of the case describing the type of crime, and a summarization of the evidence police recovered during their investigation.

4. Explain why you think the crime was not initially solved.

5. Identify what happened that caused the crime to be “re-opened.”

6. Describe the investigative procedures leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect(s)

7. What role, if any, does science have in all this?

8. Explain, in your opinion, if  the “new evidence” could/should have been found during the initial investigation years earlier.

9. What is your opinion of the entire case? (Explain)

10. What happened to the suspect(s)? Were they found guilty, innocent, etc.

The issues and researched material should be integrated to provide a consolidated examination of your selected cold case investigation. The paper should contain the following technical components:

1. A cover or title page

2. A body of text, 7-8 typed, double-spaced pages (1,700 to 2,500 words) in length

3. A reference page containing a minimum of eight course-external resources

4. Written in APA

Note: Page count does not include cover and reference pages



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