House Bill 2504 Spring 2013 Course Syllabus CRIJ-2314-01 - Criminal Investigation
Spring 2013 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||Criminal Investigation 4th Edition, Berg McGraw-Hill Higher Education ISB978-0-07-340124-9|
|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 60%; Lab Reports 20% Final Exam 20%|
|Final Exam Date||May 7, 2013 - 11:00 AM|
15 1st Day
14 EXAM 1
12 Spring Break
14 Spring Break
19 EXAM 2
16 EXAM 3
7 Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
15 1st Day
14 EXAM 1
12 Spring Break
14 Spring Break
19 EXAM 2
16 EXAM 3
7 Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills – Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Course Learning Outcomes:
1. Gathering and organizing information through investigation. (PSLO 1, 2, 5 Alpha)measured by embedded test questions, project, pre-test/post test.
2. Investigating crimes against people and property, (PSLO 1, 2, 5 Alpha measured by embedded test questions and project and pre-test/post/test for alpha.
3. Formulate laboratory experiments and analyze and record data obtained through those experiments. (PSLO 3, 2) Measeured by embedded test questions.
|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:
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. Classroom Etiquette:
Students will not use cell phones, nor pagers, nor allow such equipment to make noise during class. Students will not engage in any disruptive behavior. Students violating this policy will be asked to leave the classroom and will be marked absent for that class period.
Black's Law Dictionary defines defamation as the "holding up of a person to ridicule, scorn, or contempt... a communication is defamation if it tends to harm the reputation of another." The First Amendment rarely protects either written or spoken remarks of a defamatory nature. Courtesy and respect are best suited to an educational setting. Therefore, defamation will NOT be tolerated. The Professor also honors multi-cultural goals.
6. Academic Honesty:
The instructor will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism (plagiarism is defined as "taking and using as one's own the writings or ideas of another.")
Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing, or aiding another student in cheating or plagiarizing on a quiz, test, individual; assignment, research project, paper, class project or assignment, or examination will receive a zero on the assignment and if the student persists in that activity he/she may be dropped with a grade of "F" or given a grade of "F" for the class.
Use of electronic equipment (cell phone, ipods, mp4 players, etc.) during tests: All electronic equipment will be turned off and placed in a bag or other container and removed from the desktop (table top, etc) upon which the student is taking the test. Failure to comply with this directive will result in the test being taken up by the instructor. The student will not be allowed to continue the test. The student will receive a grade of zero for that test. However, since we are all human and mistakes do happen, if the instructor believes that said failure was inadvertent then the instructor may grade and the student will receive credit for any work completed before the test was taken up.
8. 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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