This course requires several hands-on labs done at home with materials purchased from MBS. All of these practical exercises can be conducted safely if the proper measures have been taken. In order to be sure that everyone is aware of the safety precautions and procedures, you must complete the “Safety Contract” in the Quizzes area by 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday. While this quiz does not earn you points in the course, you must complete the quiz with a score of 100% before you will be allowed to complete any other quizzes or exams.
You will need to complete your weekly reading assignments before engaging in discussions, dropbox assignments, or quizzes. The textbook takes the place of classroom lecture. In order to receive a satisfactory grade, I must see evidence that you have read and understood the material. 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 dropbox assignments 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 dropbox assignments received by the scheduled due date.
All assignments must be original work for this course. Do not submit assignments 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 if cited correctly. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You are required to take the plagiarism quiz, which you can access through the link on the Content area of your course.
Each week you will be assigned a topic to discuss in the Discussions area. You are expected to thoroughly research the assigned topic before posting your comments; you must include your references with your posting (including your textbook as a reference). You are encouraged to use other research references but you are always to use your textbook as one of your sources. Research references may come from the Internet, library, or other textbooks but your reference must be specific as to where you obtained the information. Any web resources that are utilized must be reliable and have some method of vetting the information posted on the site. Wikipedia and other unreliable sites will not be accepted as a valid resource. You have until 11:59 pm on Wednesday Central Time (CT) to post.
You are also expected to respond to three other students’ initial (not in response to you or someone else) postings, but only after you have posted your discussion. You must read postings and comments made by your classmates and instructor to get full credit for that discussion. You have until 11:59 pm on Saturday (CT) to respond to at least three other students’ initial postings for each discussion. Your response must be well-thought out and articulate. A one- or two-sentence response will likely not be sufficient to receive full credit for that particular response.
There may be multiple practical assignments to complete within each week. The equipment required for the practical exercises will be contained in the lab kit. Your workbook may refer to items not in the kit; please disregard these. If, while completing your assignments, you are unsure of what is being asked of you or what fingerprint items you are to use, please be sure to contact me. For instance, throughout the workbook they refer to “study cards.” There will be no study cards; however, the information needed for your assignments will be provided to you through the textbook and Content area of the course.
You are to fully identify each assignment as yours using the required identification in the top right corner of your document.
place your name
left thumb print
It must obviously be your own original work. Some of the assignments include taking fingerprints, comparing fingerprints, and marking fingerprints appropriately. Many of these assignments will be from your Fingerprint and Impression Identification Workbook.
These workbook assignments are to be digitally captured (either by scanning, photograph, or video), inserted into a word document and then uploaded to the appropriate dropbox. The images must be clear and portray your completed work as if I were seeing it in person. If multiple images are required to adequately display your work, then be sure to upload each image and clearly identify what is portrayed in each photograph. Additional explanation of the assignment/digital image is to be included in the word document with the corresponding digital images. Remember, the instructor only sees what you submit, so make sure it is an adequate depiction of your finished product. Your files should be no larger than 50 MB. Any web resources that are utilized must be reliable and have some valid method of vetting the information posted on the site. Wikipedia and other unreliable sites will not be accepted as a valid resource.
Also, for weeks in which you have a written assignment, the assignment is to be written in APA format. You are expected to thoroughly research the assigned topic and; you must include your references in your works cited page (including your textbook as a reference). You are encouraged to use other research references but you are always to use your textbook as one of your sources. Research references may come from the Internet, library, or other textbooks but your reference must be specific as to where you obtained the information. Any web resources that are utilized must be reliable and have some method of vetting the information posted on the site. Wikipedia and other unreliable sites will not be accepted as a valid resource. Written assignments will automatically be submitted to Turnitin.com to check that your assignment is your original work (for more information, see Course Policies - Plagiarism at the end of this syllabus.)
Quizzes will cover the reading assignments covered since the last quiz. There will be a combination of 15 multiple choice questions on each quiz. Do not exit the quiz until you have completed it. You are encouraged to save after each question. Quizzes close at 11:59 pm CT each Sunday and cannot be made up.
There will be a final examination covering all chapters. The format will be a combination of multiple choice, true/false, short answer, fill in the blank, and matching. The exam will only be available during Week 8 and will close at 11:59 pm CT on Saturday of Week 8.
It is highly recommended that you use latex gloves for all assignments, except when purposely applying ink to obtain your own fingerprints. Not only is it a safety factor, in the criminal field, there is nothing more embarrassing than collecting prints or DNA of an “unknown” individual only to learn it was the investigator, technician, or someone else in the crime scene/laboratory that contributed the evidence. Though it can be dealt with in court, it is an unnecessary obstacle. In an effort to keep the costs as low as possible, the lab kit has basic items you will need to complete your assignments. For items too costly or too dangerous, video demonstrations will be provided in the Content area.
Another piece of advice, if you do get fingerprint ink on your skin, use a product with ammonia, such as window cleaner, to remove it. Also, you will be provided a set of safety goggles and a mask in your kit. Be sure to use them any time you are doing your assignments, especially when you “dust” for prints in your latent print assignments.
Problems with uploading assignments
If you have difficulty posting assignments, please contact me prior to the deadline. We will work together to find a solution. Always keep me advised of any issues with the online course so the issues can be identified and resolved as soon as possible.