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CJ 312 Criminalistics
Graves, Scott Wakefield


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CJ 312 Criminalistics

Semester

S1B 2012 BL

Faculty

Graves, Scott W., Sr.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

BS, MA, MBA-Concentration in Criminal Justice

Office Location

By Appointment Only-E-Mail anytime

Daytime Phone

915-562-8450

E-Mail

sgraves@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 17, 2012-March 10, 2012

Class Days

Monday and Wednesday

Class Time

1700-1930

Prerequisites

CJ100 and CJ105

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Sciences, Tenth Edition, 2010
Author: Richard Saferstein
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 10 edition (January 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135045207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135045206

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Additional Resources:

1. All class work will be submitted in the class module at MyPark in your classroom for CJ312
2. Login with student ID and PIN
3. Locate class entitled CJ312 and click link
4. Complete assignments as indicated by week.
Campus Center(s) Fort Bliss
Semester/term Spring I
Section Code BL
Session S1B
Year 2012
First Date of Classes Monday, January 16, 2012
Last Date of Classes Sunday, March 11, 2012
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First Date to Register Saturday, January 01, 2011
Last Date to Register through PirateNet/OPEN Monday, January 09, 2012
Last Date to Drop Monday, January 23, 2012
Last Date to Withdraw Sunday, February 19, 2012

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http://www.parkonline.org/
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/lab/handbook/forensics.pdf
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/leb/leb.htm
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/lab/labhome.htm
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/criminal_law_enforcement/crime_laboratory/index.htm
http://www.elpasotexas.gov/police/default.asp

Course Description:
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 the testing of physical evidence. PREREQUISITES: CJ 100 and CJ 105. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Educational Philosophy:  Students should put forth their best effort and take responsibility for getting the most out of their education.  Students must read all chapters and complete class work in a timely manner. Please read the chapters before class so you can be conversant in the material. 

All humans should engage in a life-long pursuit of learning and obtain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of your chosen discipline.  To that end, I work intensively to present you with the thinkers of our discipline and challenge you to absorb their academic views and develop your own, unique view.  I emphasize that students engage in critical thinking and dare to challenge the status-quo of conventional wisdom.  Students should be prepared to engage in lively debate and a passionate pursuit of knowledge and personal academic development. Park University, Fort Bliss Campus is non-traditional college format that requires the same effort as a traditional setting.  Consequently, students should expect to perform similar amounts of academic work to ensure they receive a thorough and quality education.

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 proper approach to crime scenes
  2. Recognize that your perception can alter you success in a crime scene
  3. Prioritize actions in a crime scene
  4. Anticipate the future of forensic science and potential developments
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

1.  CORE ASSESSMENT:

The core assessment is a three part exercise consisting of:
Part (1) Submission of case study information sheet fully identifying case to be studied (20 points)
Part (2) Case Study Term Paper, (200 points)
Part (3) Power Point presentation of your term paper facts as derived during your case study. (100 points)

Part One: Research real criminal cases involving the allegation of murder and sexual assault combined.  Select a case to study and submit case you have chosen to analyze after briefing the case in the case study information sheet located in document sharing.

Submission of false conviction case information using the form located in the document sharing tab, which includes:
a. Type of crime
b. Date of crime
c. State/City where crime committed
d. Victim name
e. Convicts' name
f.  General details of the crime
g. General circumstances of a rendering of a judgment of false conviction

Part Two: Case Study Term Paper
Complete a five-page term paper consisting of a case study of a false criminal conviction.  The false conviction must cover a conviction of murder and sexual assault combination crime and each student will choose his/her own case, subject to approval by the instructor.  Each students case will be unique. No duplicate cases are allowed so we can keep the material fresh and interesting for all involved.  The paper will be written in APA (6) and the page count does not include the cover page, abstract,or bibliography. 

A sample of an APA (6) paper can be found in your eCompanion for your convenience.  Each student will utilize 2 original citations for each page of text, not including your textbook or Wikipedia.  Your citations MUST come from Journal Sources located using Park University's online library.

As a note:  Students may purchase a very inexpensive APA formatting software located at     http://www.perrla.com/
IT IS NOT mandatory to purchase this software but the software is very inexpensive and helps you create APA papers easily and formats them automatically to include in-text citations and your reference page.  This is useful in nearly all Park University classes.

Part Three: Power Point Presentation
The next part of the core assessment is the presentation of the paper regarding your false conviction case study which must be presented in Power Point and address the below points:

Slide 1. Introduction and summary of the case at hand including dates, times, and specific details of the crime.
Slide 2. A listing of the evidence that caused the conviction of the suspect.
Slide 3. A listing of the evidence and circumstances that caused the exoneration of the suspect.
Slide 4. A discussion of the differences in quality and kind of evidence surrounding the conviction and following exoneration.

The student will be graded according to the grading rubric located in document sharing.  As a note, students should know the details of their case easily and should not simply read from their PP presentation slides.  The slides should be used as a guide to help you form your explanation of the case.

CORE ASSESSMENT DUE DATES:
Case information submission is due by Wednesday of week three.
Term Paper is due by Wednesday of week six.
Presentation will run starting Monday of Week Five through Week Seven.

3. Four Quizzes must be taken online at MyPark in your CJ312 Class link. All quizzes must be taken during the dates indicated on eCompanion. Students missing quizzes will not be allowed to make them up. Quizzes due as indicated on eCompanion and consist of ten questions worth 10 points each for a total of 100 points per quiz. 

Quiz #1 due on Monday of Week Two
Quiz #2 due on Monday of Week Three
Quiz #3 due on Monday of Week Five
Quiz #4 due on Monday of Week Six

4.  Final Examination (comprehensive, in-class) worth (150 points) due week eight on Monday.

Examinations/Quizzes cover assigned chapters and class discussion and lecture. It is the student’s responsibility to keep pace with the reading assignments and attend lectures.  Students are responsible for lecture material whether they are present for the lecture or not.

Reading the textbook is the responsibility of the student.  It is not the instructors responsibility to read the textbook to students during class time.  Your reading should proceed according to the chapters listed on the class schedule. Some of the chapter material will be discussed in class and some won't; however, all material is subject to being tested. It is ALWAYS the students responsibility to conduct the assigned readings!

5. Participation: Each student will receive 5 participation points for every full class attended.  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 not receive participation points.  (total participation 80 points).  Due each session.

Grading:
Course points plan:

CORE ASSESSMENT
The core assessment is a three part exercise consisting of:
Part (1) Submission of case study information sheet fully identifying case to be studied (20 points)
Part (2) Case Study Term Paper, (200 points)
Part (3) Power Point presentation of your term paper facts as derived during your case study. (100 points)
TOTAL CORE ASSESSMENT POINTS:  320

QUIZZES
Four Quizzes must be taken online at MyPark in your CJ312 Class link. All quizzes must be taken during the dates indicated on eCompanion. Students missing quizzes will not be allowed to make them up. Quizzes due as indicated on eCompanion and consist of ten questions worth 10 points each for a total of 100 points per quiz. 
TOTAL POSSIBLE QUIZ POINTS: 400

FINAL EXAMINATION
Final Examination (comprehensive, in-class) worth (150 points) due week eight on Monday.
TOTAL POSSIBLE FINAL EXAMINATION POINTS: 150

PARTICIPATION
Each student will receive 5 participation points for every full class attended.
TOTAL POSSIBLE PARTICIPATION POINTS:  80

TOTAL POSSIBLE COURSE POINTS:  950

950 to 855 points = A
854 to 760 points = B
759 to 665 points = C
664 to 570 points = D
569 or lower = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work is generally not accepted. Make up work must be approved by the instructor and will be given an automatic 10% deduction from the student score. 

Missed assignments will receive the following deductions if make up work is allowed:
1 class meeting late minus 10%
2 class meetings late minus 25%
3 class meetings late minus 50%
4 class meetings late minus 90%
Later than 4 class meetings late:  No Credit

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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.  Term papers are subject to being checked through a plagiarism checker.  Plagiarism will receive either a point deduction or no credit for the assignment.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Jan 16th Monday - 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.

Jan 18th Wednesday - 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).

Jan 23 Monday -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.

Jan 25 Wednesday - 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.

Jan 30 Monday - 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.

Feb 1 Wednesday - Class Administration. Chapter 5, Organic analysis and related principles. Lecture and Discussion. Read chapter prior to class.

Feb 6 Monday - Class Administration. Chapter 6, Inorganic analysis and related principles. Lecture and Discussion.

Feb 8 Wednesday - 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.

Feb 13 Monday - 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.

Feb 15 Wednesday - 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.

Feb 20 Monday - 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.

Feb 22 Wednesday - 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.

Feb 20 Monday - 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.

Feb 22 Wednesday - 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.

Feb 27 Monday - 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.

Feb 29 Wednesday - Chapter 19, the future of forensic applications to criminal justice. Where is it all going? Meet with students and conduct chapter review, Class recap.

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:
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
Plagiarism includes using another person's work, wholesale, without citation or the overuse of another persons work. Further, it is plagiarism to copy another person's work identically and submit it as your own. In any written work the majority of the writing should come from the mind of the student and not from the written work of another. Papers that exceed 10% of another persons work will be given at least a 50% reduction in grade or depending on the severity of the plagiarism, an F. You can check your work's originality for free at plagiarismchecker.com

Please think about your topics and use original thought and opinion based on your research and facts discovered during your work.

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
Four absences are considered excessive and the student may be given a failing course grade for more than four absences.

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:
The textbook is mandatory for the class.


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