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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

CJAD 201: Criminal Investigation

Course Description

Provides the student with a practical working knowledge of criminal investigation principles, techniques, law and procedures. The investigative process is studied from basic theoretical concepts to the application of the basic elements for prosecution of criminal offenses. Includes a study of crime-scene investigation, interrogation, burglary, assault, sex crimes, death cases, homicide and murder, organized crime and terrorism.

Prerequisite: CJAD 101

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Lyman, M. D. (2017). Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science (8th ed.). Pearson.
    • [ISBN-978-0-13-411527-6]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

This course examines the fundamentals of criminal investigation as practiced by police officers on the job. It recognizes that both the uniformed officer and the criminal investigator play important roles in the field of criminal investigation. The student should, upon course completion, understand how police conduct criminal investigations within the framework of the Constitution and the practices of a democratic society.

Each week we will focus on different situations, issues, court cases, and problems encountered in criminal investigations. Through the discussions, quizzes, and assignments, you will examine investigative issues, procedures, and court decisions that have changed police investigative techniques. These are reinforced and expanded in the readings from the text.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the history, evolution and the theoretical foundation of criminal investigation.
  2. Explain common terminology and methods used by professionals involved with criminal investigation.
  3. Articulate the steps of the criminal investigative process.
  4. Identify and describe the constitutional limitations upon criminal investigators.
  5. Describe and apply best practices to current problems and procedures in criminal investigation.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (18) 180 18%
Papers (2) 240 24%
Quizzes (6) 180 18%
Midterm Exam 200 20%
Final Exam 200 20%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 1 10
Discussion 2 10
Syllabus Quiz -- Sunday
Quiz 1 30
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4 10
Quiz 2 30 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6 10
Quiz 3 30 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8 10
Paper 1: Investigation Procedures of Evidence Gathering and Chain of Custody 120 Sunday
Midterm Exam 200
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10 10
Quiz 4 30 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12 10
Discussion 13 10
Quiz 5 30 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 14 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 15 10
Paper 2: Forensic and Physical Evidence Gathering Application 120 Sunday
Quiz 6 30
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 16 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 17 10
Final Exam 200 Saturday
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Reading Assignments

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.


Graded Assignments

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.


Research References

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.


Discussions

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.


Papers

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. 


Quizzes

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.


Exams

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.  



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Getting Started; Getting Acquainted; Foundations of Criminal Investigation
Reading

Chapter 1

Resources for Study
  • Syllabus
  • Please begin working on Paper 1
Introductions

Introduce yourself and tell the class what you would like to be doing career-wise in five years. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 1

Is forensic science only a recent trend? Why or why not? Support your stance with direct evidence from the text. Support your response with your text and outside sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 2

Edward Glaser (1941) defined critical thinking as “a persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports it and the further conclusions to which it tends.” In light of this definition, how does inductive and deductive reasoning play a role in critical thinking and crime scene exploration, investigation and resolution? Is one more effective than the other?  Why or why not? Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Syllabus Quiz

The Syllabus Quiz needs to be completed at 80% proficiency for Quiz 1 to open. You will have unlimited attempts to achieve 80% proficiency on the Syllabus Quiz. This assignment is due 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Quiz 1

This quiz will only open when the Syllabus Quiz is completed at 100%. The quiz consists of 30 questions over the assigned readings. This assignment is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Week 2: The Crime Scene: Field Notes, Documenting and Reporting
Reading

Chapter 3

Resources for Study
  • Article: “Police Notes Bolster Prosecution of Duke Lacrosse Case.” Pay attention to the information included in individual officer field notes and the filing of criminal charges.

Discussion 3

Compare and contrast the role of field notes vs reports in a criminal investigation.  Which is the most important for a conviction?  Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 4

What are the modalities of documenting a crime scene?  Discuss this in terms of materiality, prejudicial images, distortion, and credibility.  In your opinion which of these would be subject to the most rigorous cross-examination and why? Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Quiz 2

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Week 2. This assignment is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Week 3: Identification of Criminal Suspects: Field and Laboratory Processes
Reading

Chapters 2 and 4

Resources for Study
  • Article: “What are Latent Fingerprints?” Incorporate information into the Dropbox assignment regarding identifying and recovering non-visible fingerprints.
Discussion 5

Compare and contrast the different kinds of forensic evidence in terms of reliability and admissibility in court.  Which is more important and why? Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 6

The handling of the landmark OJ Simpson case inspired change regarding the practice of collection, preservation, and use of forensic evidence by the police and prosecution.  Compare and contrast how evidence gathering is handled differently in present day, in comparison to the case?  Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Quiz 3

The quiz consists of 30 questions covering Week 3. This assignment is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Week 4: Legal Issues in Criminal Investigations
Reading

Chapter 5

Resources for Study
  • Article: “What is Probable Cause?” Pay attention to information in the article that clarifies the important role probable cause plays in all police legal contacts.
Discussion 7

The exclusionary rule states the courts will exclude any evidence that was illegally obtained, even though it may be relevant and material.  Why was the exclusionary rule enacted?  Does it benefit or hurt society? Why or why not? Should there be exceptions? If so, what exceptions? Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 8

There are two types of warrants: a traditional search warrant that allows for searches of a particular location and a search warrant that allows for a search of records held by cloud providers.  If appropriately obtained, what are the rules and limitations of a search warrant?  In what situations is it constitutionally appropriate to search someone without a search warrant?  What are some exceptions to warrantless searches?  Can and should a warrantless search be stopped?  Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by midnight Sunday.

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.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam consists of T/F questions, Multiple-choice questions, and Matching questions. The Midterm Exam covers material in Weeks 1-4.  This exam will have 100 items worth 2 points each. You have 120 minutes to complete the exam. This exam must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Week 5: Interviews and Interrogations
Reading

Chapter 6

Resources for Study
  • Article: “Good Cop, Bad Cop.” Expands discussion from textbook analyzing different interrogation styles used to obtain statements and confessions.  
  • ​Please begin working on Paper 2  
Discussion 9

Distinguish between interviews and interrogations.  What are the steps to conducting an interview? Which one is the most important to master as an investigating officer and why?  Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 10

What are the different types of interrogation styles? As an interrogating officer, should you choose the interrogation style that best fits the suspect or your personal style?  What are the benefits or pitfalls of either? Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Quiz 4

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Week 5. This assignment is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Week 6: Death Investigation, Sexual Assault, Domestic Dispute, and Stalking
Reading

Chapter 9 and 11

Resources for Study
  • Article: “Common Means of Suicide.” Pay attention to different types of evidence that confirm cause of death by suicide.
Discussion 11

What are the different types of wrongful death? Which are perceived to be the most threatening to the community and why? Compare and contrast the different legal characteristics of homicide in term of first and second degree murder and involuntary and voluntary manslaughter? Is homicide ever justifiable?  If so, when?  Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 12

Compare and contrast the different types of sexual assault in terms of evidence gathering, profiling, methods of control, and actual vs. false reports. Should one type of sexual assault be taken more seriously than the other? Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 13

What are the basic elements of a valid Order of Protection? “Are these orders effective? Why or why not?” Support your answer with direct evidence from the text. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Quiz 5

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Week 6. This assignment is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Investigation of Burglary and Terrorism
Reading

Chapter 14 and 15

Discussion 14

Describe and summarize the trends in burglary and larceny.  How do their investigations differ?  Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 15

The book defines terrorism as a policy intended to intimidate or cause terror, while the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”

What is the difference between terrorism and hate crimes? How are terrorist investigations conducted? How are hate crimes investigated?

Additionally, look up the following incidents:  KKK Resurgence, London Bombing, Aurora, Colorado Shooting, Boston Marathon Bombing, Orlando Florida Nightclub Shooting, Oklahoma City Bombing, and September 11th Attacks. Which ones are acts of terrorism and which ones are hate crimes?  Why or why not? Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

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.

Quiz 6

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Week 7. This assignment is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Week 8: Gangs, Organized Crime, and Drugs; Pharmaceutical Diversion
Reading

Chapter 8 and 16

Resources for Study
  • Article: “Drug Courier Profile.” Adds to information from the textbook addressing characteristics typical of persons carrying illicit drugs.
Discussion 16

What is the most critical strategy used in undercover drug operations?  What factors does this depend upon? Which is the most influential and why?  Support your answer with direct evidence from the text. Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other sources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11;59 pm CT Saturday.

Discussion 17

Identify the goals of a drug investigation. Which one would be the most difficult to accomplish? Why? Support your answer with direct evidence from the text and other resources. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT Wednesday and responses to classmates’ posts by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.

Final Exam

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). This exam will have 100 items worth 2 points each. Students have 120 minutes to successfully complete the Final Exam. This exam must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

No late Quizzes and Dropbox Assignments accepted, except with prior instructor approval. Quizzes and Dropbox Assignments must be posted by the Sunday 11:59 pm CT deadline. You can (and are encouraged to) submit them any time during the week, but they will not be accepted after the deadline. The Week 8 Exam must be posted by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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