Syllabus for CJ 312

Criminal Investigation

Spring Semester 2008 



Instructor:  Dicky Parker
Phone: (304) 696-4357
FAX:  (304) 696-2397
Home: (304)  (691-8150)
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Text:   Swanson. Chamelin. & Territo  (2006). Criminal investigation.9th Ed. McGraw Hill.

Course Description: A basic course dealing with Criminal Investigations styles and techniques.

Course Objectives:  The student will be able to communicate effectively in oral and written formats the basic areas of the criminal investigations. 


Evaluation of Learner Objectives :  A student's test will consist of true and false, multiple choice, short answer, essay questions.  All papers will be graded on style and content. 


Tenets of Attendance/Attendance Policy

1.  A student should recognize that one of the most important aspects of a college education is classroom attendance and participation.. The value of this academic experience cannot be fully measured by testing procedures.
2.  Absences such as those resulting from illness, death in the family or institutional activities (those approved by the academic deans such as debate, artistic performances and athletics) are to be excused when a student reports and verifies them to the instructor.  For such excused absences, the student will not be penalized.
3.  When students attend class they are in a position to make significant contributions to their learning experiences and to other students by asking questions, making observations and sharing information.  When a student cuts classes they not only keep themselves from learning but also keep other students from learning all they could learn.  Students should participate in a class and not just occupy a seat.
4.  Students will be held accountable for all requirements and information covered in classes, whether or not they attend.  If it becomes necessary to give additional quizzes to spur attendance or learning, quizzes and their results applied to any test scores, or included in any test scores for a class.
5.  Grade reductions for missed or late assignments will begin one minute after the class ends and will attach thereafter at the same time each day after the assignment is due.
6.  All exams must be taken when assigned.  If exams are missed a zero(0) will be given for the exam.  However, the instructor may reschedule exams if he is given prior notice or excuse as specified in class, the catalog and the above tenets.
7.  Ant quiz which is missed by a student will result in a zero(0) for that quiz.  An in class quiz may only be taken in class on that day and may not be made up.

Paper Guidelines:
1  The papers must be turned in on time.  Any deviations will result in a reduction of twenty five  

     percent per day late.  Failure to turn in a paper will result in a zero.
2.  The papers must be written to APA guidelines.
3.  All papers must be typed and written in a professional manner.
4.  The paper must be Five pages of text.
5.  The paper topic will be assigned in class.

6. The paper will contain 7 professional sources and only 2 can come from the internet.

Grading Criteria

Grade Points

Test I                        100 points
Test II                       100 points

Final Exam                100 points
Paper                        100 points

A = 360-400

B = 320-359
C = 280-319
D = 240-279
F = Below 240

Course Schedule:*

Week 1 Jan 14



Week 2 Jan 21

No Class MLK Holiday

Week 3 Jan 28


Ch 2 3

 Read Ch 4


Week 4 Feb 4


Ch 5,6

 Review for Test I


Week 5 Feb 11


Test I



Week 6 Feb 18


Ch 7

 Read Ch 8


Week 7 Feb 25


Ch 9



Week 8 Mar 3


Ch 10

 Read Ch 11

Paper Due


Week 9 Mar 10


Ch  12, 13

 Review for Test II



Week 10  Mar 17


 Test II



Week 11 Mar 24


No Class  Spring Break



Week 12 Mar 31


 Ch  14



Week 13 Apr 7


Ch 15


Week 14 Apr 14


Ch 17



Week 15 Apr 21


Ch 18,19



Week 16 Apr 28


Dead Week

Review for Final Exam
Make-up Assignments

Week 17 May 5


 Final Exam

*Class presentations may vary from schedule due to student interest or comprehension.