The textbook is the basis for this course and takes the place of class lecture. Mastering material found in the textbook will greatly enhance your knowledge of criminal investigation procedures. Complete your weekly reading assignments before engaging in Discussions, Papers, or Quizzes. To receive a good grade, I must see evidence that you have read and understood the material in the textbook. A brief summary of a topic tells me very little and is a strong indicator that the material was skimmed and not read in detail. The more detail—the higher the grade.
Discussion and Papers submitted prior to the scheduled due date may be graded, after which they cannot be updated or revised for additional credit. This also applies to Discussion and Papers received after the scheduled due date. All assignments must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course. Do not cut and paste paragraphs of information into your paper. All source material should be paraphrased in your own words. Short quotations are allowed. You are required to answer assignments in paragraph form unless otherwise designated. A paragraph is a distinct division of written matter, a single idea, containing one or more sentences with the first line indented. Five points are deducted when paragraph form is not used.
In addition to the assigned textbook, a minimum of two research references are required (additional research references may be required for some assignments) for each Discussion. The phrase —but not limited to—means, In addition to the topics listed in the Course Outline and any information that I may include in the course, important information from the textbook and two research references must be included in all Discussions. Research references may come from the internet, other textbooks, individuals currently employed or retired from the criminal justice system, and other peer reviewed resources. All research references must be listed with each assignment. Research references must identify the specific website from which information was obtained using APA style. Ten points are deducted when research references are not listed. Listing a generic website is not acceptable such as google.com, Wikipedia.com or any general website as a research reference. Dictionaries are useful for learning the meaning of words, but not as a valid research reference. A word used as a topic will need further explanation from the textbook to identify its relevance to criminal justice.
Each week you will be assigned a topic to discuss. Discussion topics may or may not be rooted in the textbook. You are expected to thoroughly research the assigned topic outside of the textbook before posting your comments. Outside research should be academic in nature and come from reputable peer-reviewed sources. You must include your references with your posting cited in APA style.
Your initial posting addressing the topic must be submitted in paragraph form (rules of grammar do apply) by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of each week. You are also expected to respond to at least two classmates’ postings by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of each week. Once posted, your initial response to the discussion topic cannot be edited or changed. You will be unable to view your classmates' posts until you have made an initial response. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Read what others have posted: You must read the vast majority of comments made by others in the class to get full credit for that discussion. This is part of the learning process.
Paper 1: Investigation Procedures of Evidence Gathering and Chain of Custody
Select a type of forensic evidence and describe the investigation procedures of evidence gathering in regards to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution’s 4, 5, and 6th amendment as they apply. This paper integrates information from Weeks 1-4. You utilize 5 or more Peer Reviewed resources, not counting the text. The paper must be double-spaced, 5-6 pages in length. You must use 1" margins and 12 point font with the typeface Cambria. You must use APA citation style. This paper is due by Sunday of Week 4 by 11:59 pm CT. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Paper 2: Forensic and Physical Evidence Gathering Application
Take what you know about Forensic and Physical Evidence gathering and crime scene documentation and apply it to a specific type of crime (murder, sexual assault, domestic violence etc…). What are the concerns and protocols inherent in each to obtain a conviction in terms of respecting constitutional rights? This paper integrates information from Weeks 1-8. You utilize 5 or more Peer Reviewed resources, not counting the text. The paper must be double-spaced, 5-6 pages in length. You must use 1" margins and 12 point font with the typeface Cambria. You must use APA citation style. This paper is due by Sunday of Week 7 by 11:59 pm CT. Late submissions will not be accepted.
For information on APA formatting see: https://web.ccis.edu/offices/academicresources/writingcenter.aspx. Late submissions are not accepted. Submissions not properly submitted (uploaded) will not be accepted. Submissions posted and graded prior to the designated due day and time cannot be edited or changed. Editing and changes can be made if the paper has not been graded.
Use your knowledge gained from assigned reading to create very specific, detailed responses. Examples: It is insufficient to list only the names of different types of search warrants without explaining requirements for each search warrant. Another example would be listing names of different strategies used to combat illegal drugs without explaining each strategy.
Note: Before you submit your first paper, you are strongly encouraged to complete the Plagiarism Tutorial and non-graded Plagiarism Quiz.
You will complete two kinds of quizzes in the course: A Syllabus Quiz and Weekly Quizzes.
The Syllabus Quiz will consist of 6 questions covering the syllabus. You must complete the quiz at 80% proficiency to open the first weekly quiz in Week 1. You will have unlimited attempts to complete the Syllabus Quiz.
A Weekly Quiz consists of 30 questions. There are 10 multiple-choice questions, 10 true and false questions, and 10 matching questions over the assigned chapter each week. There is a 35-minute time limit, and once the quiz is started it cannot be stopped. Should the quiz be exited, the quiz cannot be retaken and points will be lost for each unanswered question. Because of this, students are encouraged to click “save” after responding to each question. Quizzes must be taken within the week the quiz is assigned. Quizzes close 11:59 pm CT Sunday and will be unavailable thereafter. The Week 8 Quiz closes 11:59 pm CT Saturday. If a quiz is not taken by the deadline, it cannot be made up. Quizzes cannot extend beyond the 35-minute time limit.
There will be both a Midterm and Final Exam. The Midterm Exam consists of T/F questions, Multiple-choice questions, and Matching questions. The Midterm Exam covers material in Weeks 1-4. The Final Exam consists of T/F questions, Multiple-choice questions, and Matching questions. The Final Exam covers weeks 5-8. Exams must be taken within the week the exam is assigned (Weeks 4 and 8 respectively). Each exam will have 100 items worth 2 points a each. Students have 120 minutes to successfully complete the Midterm and Final Exam.