Criminal Investigation

Course Number: CRIMLJUS 3130
Course Name: Criminal Investigation (Online)
Course Description:    An introduction to the principles and procedures of criminal investigation, including the identification of physical and testimonial evidence, creation of hypotheses for the development of leads and documentation of findings.
Prerequisites:    CRIMLJUS 2130 with a "C-" or better and junior standing and a Forensic Investigation Major
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and apply specific legal concepts in relation to criminal investigations.
  • Identify the logical steps of crime scene processing.
  • Describe methods of appropriate evidence preservation for specific forensic analysis.
  • Summarize methods of obtaining information from witnesses and databases.
  • Detail the logical steps utilized to obtain a confession during an interrogation.
  • Describe the logical process of conducting a criminal investigation within the confines of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Identify and explain specific criminal activities, with major emphasis on violent crimes.

Unit Descriptions
Lesson 1: Criminal Investigations: An Overview; Documenting the Crime Scene: Note Taking, Photography,...
Lesson 2: Writing Effective Reports; Searches
Lesson 3: Forensics/Physical Evidence
Lesson 4: Obtaining Information
Lesson 5: Identifying and Arresting Suspects
Lesson 6: Death Investigations
Lesson 7: Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Elder Abuse
Lesson 8: Sex Offenses;  Crimes against Children and Youths
Lesson 9: Robbery;  Burglary
Lesson 10: Larceny, Theft, Fraud, and White-Collar Crime
Lesson 11: Motor Vehicle Theft; Arson, Bombs, and Explosives
Lesson 12: Computer Crime and Its Evolution into Cybercrime;  A Dual Threat: Drug-Related Crime and Organized Crime
Lesson 13: Criminal Activities of Gangs and Other Dangerous Groups
Lesson 14: Terrorism and Homeland Security;  Preparing for and Presenting Cases in Court

Grading Information

Grades will be determined based on total accumulated points. Grades are NOT based on percentages, and therefore, will not be rounded at the end of the semester. Your grade will reflect the points that you earn. The breakdown of points is as follows:

Description Points Possible
Written Assignments (11 @ 10 pts. each) 110 points
Discussions: Initial Post (28 @ 4 pts. each) 112 points
Discussions: Response to Others' Posts ( 28 @ 1 pt. each) 28 points
Research Paper 200 points
Weekly Quizzes (15 @ 10 pts. each) 150 points
Total: 600 points
Possible Extra Credit 10 points


Grading Scale
A 540 - 600 points
B 480 - 539 points
C 420 - 479 points
D 360 - 419 points
F 359 points or less


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