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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 201
Course Title: Criminal Investigation
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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): CJAD 101.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): 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.

Criminal Investigation
By Berg, B. L. and J. J. Horgan (Glencoe-McGraw Hill)
Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science
By Lyman, Michael D. (Prentice Hall)
Swanson, C., R., N. Chamelin, and L. Territo
By Criminal Investigation (McGraw-Hill)
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
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Overview of the criminal investigation process
  • Legal considerations
  • 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
  • Undercover operations
  • Arrests
  • Interviews and interrogations
  • Informant management
  • Covert investigations
  • Physical evidence
  • Testifying in court

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: April 5, 2016
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.

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