Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Detailed examination of the procedures utilized in the criminal justice system as they relate to criminal law and the administration of justice. Emphasis is placed on court decisions involving the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
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.
The instructor may also want to consider directing the student to websites containing Criminal Codes and Criminal Cases, such as http://www.findlaw.com or other legal sites maintained by governmental or not-for-profit entities.
By Acker and Brody (Aspen Publishing) Recommended
Criminal Procedure, Law and Practice
By del Carmen, Rolando (Wadsworth Publishing) Recommended
Contemporary Criminal Procedure: Court Decisions for Law Enforcement
By Holz, Larry (Gould Publications) Recommended
By Kaci, Judy (Copperhouse Publishing) Recommended
Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society
By Zalman, Marvin (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the competing values, theories and concepts involved with criminal procedure.
Explain the process of constitutional decision making at the Supreme Court.
Articulate the significance of important Supreme Court decisions involving the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Explain common legal terminology and methods used by professionals in the criminal justice system.
Articulate the constitutional limitations upon police conduct.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Sources of Law
Structure of the Court system
The Supreme Court
The Fourth Amendment: the basic considerations
The exclusionary rule
The Fourth Amendment: search warrants, probable cause and electronic eavesdropping
The Fourth Amendment: exigency exceptions to the warrant requirement
Arrest, stop, and detention
The Fifth Amendment: interrogation and the law of confessions
The Sixth Amendment: the right to assistance of counsel
Identification of suspects: lineups and show ups
The pretrial process
The adjudication process
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
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.