House Bill 2504 Fall 2011 Course Syllabus CRIJ-2314-01 - Criminal Investigation
Fall 2011 Course Syllabus
CRIJ-2314-01 - Criminal Investigation
|Instructor||Turkel, Richard Ellis|
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|Course Description||Investigation theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation.|
|Course Prerequisites||Basic Skills competency in reading required|
|Required Textbooks||An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011|
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students who miss more than 3 class hours are subject to being dropped by the instructor. The student is required to meet with the instructor at this time to discuss attendance and class progress. Students who are more than 10 minutes tardy will be marked with 1/2 hours absence for that class period. Students who are more than 20 minutes late will be marked with 1 hour absent for that class period. Students with more than 3 hours absence will loss 1 point on their final grade for each class-hour absent.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Exams 40%; Lab Reports 20% Final Exam 20%|
|Final Exam Date||December 13, 2011 - 11:00 AM|
Week 1: Course introduction, syllabus review, read to page 22
Week 2: Read to page 60
Week 3: Read to page 98
Week 4: Read to page 136
Week 5: First Exam (Ch. 1-6) and Read to page150
Week 6: Read to page 178
Week 7: Read to page 206
Week 8: Read to page 234
Week 9: Read to page 262
Week 10:Second Exam (Ch. 7-12) and Read to page 310
Week 11:Read to page 356
Week 12:Read to page 402
Week 13:Read to page 448
Week 14:Third Exam (Ch. 13-18) and Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 15:Work in Lab
Week 16:Work in Lab
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Introduction to crime scene investigation
Week 2: The CSI effect and Ethics in crime scene investigation
Week 3: Duties of the first responder to the crime scene
Week 4: Specialized personnel, safety, and processing the scene
Week 5: The forensic laboratory
Week 6: Fingerprint evidence
Week 7: Trace evidence
Week 8: Blood and biological evidence
Week 9: Impression evidence
Week 10:Firearms and ballistic evidence
Week 11:Arson, and explosive evidence and Drug evidence
Week 12:Digital evidence and death investigation
Week 13:Death investigation and special scene consideration
Week 14:Exam and holiday
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.
A. Demonstrates thesis clarity
B. Organizes information
C. Uses support
D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression
2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.
A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values,
perspectives, or practices)
B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context
C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others
3. Uses critical thinking skills
A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent
of information needed)
B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to
C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences
D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion
4. Demonstrates technology literacy
A. Locates needed information using the appropriate
technological tool or device
B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology
C. Presents information using the appropriate technological
tool or device
5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program
A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA
B. Number of AA majors who graduate
C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to other
6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles
A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to
B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to
C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific
principles needed to complete task
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will demonstrate:
1. The ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.
2. The ability to produce clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.
3. The ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion and audience.
4. The ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken communication.
5. Methods for applying both qualitative and quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter in order to evaluate argument and to construct alternative strategies.
6. The ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information.
Exemplary Education Objectives
1. The ability to employ appropriate methods, technologies and data that social behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
2. The ability to examine social institutions and processes.
3. The ability to use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
4. The ability to differentiate and analyze historical evidence and differing point of view.
5. The ability to analyze. Critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.
6. The ability to recognize and assume one=s responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.
7. The ability to identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.
1. The ability to maintain broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he or she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diverse world.
2. A capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
3. The ability to recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
4. The ability to understand the role of personal values in ethical behavior.
5. The ability to make aesthetic judgments.
6. The ability to use logical reasoning in problem solving
7. The ability to integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
1. Make-up Policy:
Tests: Anyone absent the day of a test must provide, on the next class period following that test, a written doctor=s medical excuse to be allowed to take a make-up. If you are unable to provide a medical excuse, you will receive a "0" for the test and not be allowed to take a make-up. Non-medical emergencies may take place on test dates. If you are unable to attend class on the day of a test, you must call the instructor before the test is given and explain the reason you will not be able to take the test. It will be left to the professor's discretion as to whether or not you will be allowed to take a make-up test. If you are given permission to take a make-up, you must do so within one week. If not a grade of "0" will be assigned. If you miss the final examination a grade of "F" will be assigned for the course. Medical excuses or other reasonable justifications of missing the final exam may be taken into consideration.
Class assignments, term projects, class projects, etc.
Class assignments, term projects, and any other work assigned must be turned in or presented on the announced due date. Failure to turn in or present a project on the due date will result in a deduction of 5 points if not turned in by the next day and 10 points if not turned in within 3 days. An additional 1 point per day will be deducted for each additional day late. If the work is late due to a medical or other emergency and lesser deduction may be taken at the discretion of the instructor only if the work has been turned in the next day after the emergency is over.
2. Syllabus Content:
The instructor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus, if deemed necessary. All changes will be provided to the students orally or in writing before the implementation of the change.
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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