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CJ 311 Criminal Investigation
Petersen, Jennifer Michelle


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 311 Criminal Investigation

Semester

U1C 2013 BC

Faculty

Petersen, Jennifer Michelle

Title

Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.S in Criminal Justice
M.S. in Criminal Justice

Office Hours

By Appointment Only, available daily by email, text and phone

Daytime Phone

676-895-8005

E-Mail

Jennifer.Petersen02@park.edu

Jennym_Petersen@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

June 5-July 24

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Prerequisites

CJ 100 and CJ 105

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  • Criminal Investigation, 10th Edition
  • Christine Hess Orthmann
  • Kären M. Hess
  • ISBN-10: 1133018920  
  • ISBN-13: 9781133018926 

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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:
My educational philosophy is one of interaction based on comprehensive classroom discussions, lectures and activities. I believe that class should be engaging and that materials presented should prepare students for real word situations and future educational endeavors.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate types of investigative techniques used in courts.
  2. Examine specific methods for investigation of major crimes.


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. Students will complete 3 exams and a comprehensive final .


2. There will be a core assessment paper

**I reserve the right to add homework or pop quizzes to this course. If an extra credit assignment is made available, it will be available to all students at one time. Extra credit will never be given on an individual basis. 

Grading:
Exam 1 100 points

Exam 2 100 points
Exam 3 100 points
Final Exam 100 points
Core Assessment 200 points

Point Range             Grade 
540-600                      A                
480-539                      B                  
420-479                      C                     
360-419                     D                
418 and below            F                

Late Submission of Course Materials:
You must attend class regularly to be successful in this course. Repeated absences may result in an Academic Withdrawal from the course. If you must be absent, it is your responsibility to get any missed notes or assignments. As a rule, late assignments are not accepted. If there are extenuating circumstances, I may make an exception based on my own discretion. A missed test must be made up the class immediately following the missed date and bonus points will not apply. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students will treat others with respect. Classroom expectations include turning cellphones to vibrate or off. Texting is not allowed in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1- June 5

Course Overview, Syllabus Review, Class Introductions
Part 1: An Overview of Investigations
Part 2: Documenting the Crime Scene: Note taking, Photographing and Sketching

Week 2- June 12
Part 3: Writing Effective Reports
Part 4: Searches
Part 5: Physical Evidence
Review for Exam 1

Week 3- June 19
Exam 1
Part 6: Obtaining Information and Intelligence
Part 7: Identifying and Arresting Suspects

Week 4- June 26
Part 8: Death Investigations
Part 9: Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking
Part 10: Sex Offenses
Review Exam 2

Week 5-July 3
Exam 2
Part 11:Crimes Against Children
Part 12:Robbery

Week 6- July 10
Part 13: Burglary
Part 14: Larceny/Theft and White Collar Crime
Part 15: Motor Vehicle Theft

Week 7- July 17
Part 16: Arson, Bombs and Explosives
Part 17: Computer Crime
Part 18: Drug Related Crime and Organized Crime
Part 19: Gangs

Week 8-  July 24
Final Exam

**This schedule is subject to change based on class discussions and my discretion. 

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .

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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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