Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Provides the student with a working knowledge of criminal investigation principles, techniques, law, and procedure. The investigation process is studied from basic theoretical concepts to the application of the basic elements for prosecution of criminal cases. Included is a study of crime scene investigation, interrogation, burglary, assault, sex crimes, death cases, homicide and murder, organized crime and terrorism. Prerequisite: CJAD 101. Offered Fall.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting Course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.
By Berg, B. L. and J. J. Horgan (Glencoe-McGraw Hill) Recommended
Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science
By Lyman, Michael D. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Swanson, C., R., N. Chamelin, and L. Territo
By Criminal Investigation (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the history, evolution and the theoretical foundation of criminal investigation
Explain common terminology and methods used by professionals involved with criminal investigation
Articulate the steps of the criminal investigative process
Identify and describe the constitutional limitations upon criminal investigators.
Describe and apply best practices to current problems and procedures in criminal investigation
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Overview of the criminal investigation process
The myth and reality of crime solving
The preliminary investigation
Documenting the crime scene
Search and seizure
Identification of criminal suspects
The criminal intelligence function
Interviews and interrogations
Testifying in court
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.