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CJ 312 Criminalistics
DeAngelis, George A.


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.

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CourseCJ 312 Criminalistics
SemesterS1N2005
FacultyDeAngelis, George A.
Daytime Phone240.7694
E-Mailgeorge.deangelis@pirate.park.edu
geoangel2000@yahoo.com
Semester DatesJanuary 6-February 22,2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time2:00 - 5:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Criminalistics: Introduction to Forensic Science, 8th Edition, Saferstein, Richard Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-111852-8

Course Description:
A discussion of discovery, recognition, observation, identification, collection and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in the testing of physical evidence. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactivness based on lectures, readings, current issues in criminal justice, quizzes, examinations, writings, and videos. Open communication between students and instructor encourages lively exploriation of ideas and course material.

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should have an understanding of the role science plays in solving crime, increased awareness and knowledge of scientific methods used to process crime scenes and at crime labs, ability to think crticially about scientific material especially in the context of evidence and crime scenes, and the skills to properly preserve, collect evidence recovered at a crime scene and introduce it into a court of law.

Course Assessment:
Course work will include required Chapter readings, mid term and final examinations, and a criminalistics briefing paper. In addition, quizzes may be administered at the discretion of the instructor. Attendance and participation will factor into final grade.

Grading:
Mid Term       35%                 A  90-100
Final Exam     35%                 B  80-89
Research Brief 20%                 C  70-79
Class Particp & Attend 10%         D  60-69
                                  F  59 & below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late course material will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Dishonesty will not be tolerated and all such rules are in accordance with Park University Policy and Procedures.
Regarding absences, instructor retains discretion in determining whether an absence is excused or unexcused. Bottom line is that attendance is important and student should make every attempt to be in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Jan. 06       Course Intro & Chapter 1

Jan. 11       Chapter 2
Jan. 13       Chapter 3 & 4

Jan. 18       Chapters 5 & 6
Jan. 20       Chapters 8  Review for Mid-Term Exam

Jan. 25       Mid Term Exam Chapters 1-6 & 8
Jan. 27       Chapters 9 & 10

Feb. 01       Chapter 11
Feb. 03       Chapter 12

Feb. 08       Chapter 13
Feb. 10       Chapter 14

Feb. 15       Chapter 15 BRIEFING PAPER DUE
Feb. 17       Chapter 16 Review for Final Exam
             Chapters 9-16

Feb. 22       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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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