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JACKSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM SYLLABUS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION CRJ 102.01 INSTRUCTOR: DAVID M. STADELMAN TELEPHONE: 517. 206.0816 EMAIL: [email protected] WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. – 8:54 P.M. MAIN CAMPUS, ROOM JM 218 FALL 2009COURSE DESCRIPTION Instruction will include theory of investigation, crime scene conduct, collection and preservation of evidence, and methods used in scientific interpretation of evidence. Emphasis will be placed upon investigation concepts, ethical and legal obligations of the investigator, and reconstructing the criminal act. COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. To be able to discuss the evolution of criminal investigation and criminalistics. 2. To be able to state the relationship of crime to other social problems. 3. To understand the definition of crime and how to conduct a preliminary and follow- up investigation. 4. To define “crime scene” and the practical application of conducting a crime scene investigation. 5. To distinguish between class and individual characteristic evidence. 6. To be knowledgeable of the difference between interview and interrogation and how to properly document them. 7. To have an understanding of how to conduct an investigation of circumstances surrounding various types of crimes. 8. To be able to explain the rules of evidence. ASSOCIATE DEGREE OUTCOMES (ADO’s) The course goals and objectives incorporate specific Associate Degree Outcomes (ADOs) established by the JCC Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty. These goals are in concert with four-year colleges, universities, and reflect input from the professional communities we serve. ADOs guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit, transferability, and professional skills needed in many certification programs. The ADOs and course objectives addressed in this class include the following: ADO 7 Critical thinking. Identification of the elements of crimes, determining criminal liability and responsibility and constitutional limitations; understanding the social, political, and economic considerations as they impact criminal investigation; debating issues surrounding current events in criminal justice criminal investigation and other related issues.ADO 7 Understanding & Using Emotion. Identifies the impact of human emotion from the criminal investigation through the courtroom. ADO 7 Evaluating Evidence & Assumptions. Identifies techniques appropriate to specific crimes with emphasis on determining fact or opinion. ADO 7 Understands Conclusions, Implications & Consequences. Examine the consequences and implications of problems and issues related to criminal investigation. ADO 7 Problem Solving. Work as a team member to complete a task, solve a problem and evaluate the input from other team members. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION This course will be based on the lecture format, class discussion, and group activities. A strong emphasis will be placed on student participation in class discussion concerning reading material, current criminal justice issues and in class practicum where students problem solve critical situations faced by a police officer, a prosecutor, a judge, and a warden. All students will be expected to do the required readings prior to class. Field experiences of the instructor will supplement the textbook readings. Examinations will cover lecture, textbook material, handout material, and video presentations. REQUIRED READING Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science. (2005). Michael D. Lyman. Prentice Hall Publishing Co., New Jersey. 5th Ed. Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science. (2003). Richard Platt. DK Publishing Co., London. 1st. Ed. Reading assignments are to be completed on the dates outlined in the syllabus. EXAMINATIONS Two (2) written examinations will be given during the course. There will also be two (2) written project papers completed during the semester. Students will be graded equally on each test/project as they will count for one-fourth of the final grade. The exams will contain approximately forty (40) questions. The written projects will consist of a minimum of three typed pages, double spaced with bibliography. Dates of the exams and project papers are listed on the syllabus. Make up exams will be given only in cases of documented emergencies.GRADING Examinations, attendance, and class assignments will account for 100% of your final grade. Grading: 90%- 100% = 4.0 85% = 3.5 80% = 3.0 75% = 2.5 70% = 2.0 65% = 1.5 60% = 1.0 59% and below = 0.0 A 2.0 or "C" is a passing grade. Only courses with passing grades count toward graduation. Other colleges transfer in only courses with passing grades. Many financial aid sources, including most employers, require passing grades. Additionally, earning less than a 2.0 in a class results in not being able to participate in the next level of courses in a discipline which requires this course as a pre-requisite. If you attempt to register for the next course sequence and have not passed the pre-requisite course, you will be dropped from that class. Extra credit will be given to students who attend Project Success Day. ATTENDANCE Attendance at all classes is expected! Students who are absent from three (3) or more classes will have one point deducted from their final grade for each absence. FOR EXAMPLE: a student who averages a 77% in the class and who is absent three (3) times will receive a grade of 76%. Students who have perfect attendance will have two (2) points added to their final semester grade. Students who miss six (6) or more classes may be withdrawn from the class by the instructor. WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASS You must initiate a withdrawal in person at the main campus or one of the extension centers. If the withdrawal from class is instructor-initiated, the student will be notified by letter by the registrar’s office after the withdrawal has been processed to allow an opportunity for the student to appeal the withdrawal from class. If the withdrawal from class is student-initiated, it is necessary for an advisor or


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