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

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Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon 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
Course Organization and Assignment Descriptions

Lesson 1: Introducation to Criminal Investigation
Lesson 2: Report Writing and Legal Searches
Lesson 3: Modern Forensic Science
Lesson 4: Obtaining Information through Investigation
Lesson 5: Suspect Identification through Investigation
Lesson 6: Various Classifications of Death
Lesson 7: Introduction to Investigating Assault
Lesson 8: Investigating Sex Crimes
Lesson 9: Robbery Investigation
Lesson 10: Introducation to Burglary
Lesson 11: Challenging Investigations (Motor Vehicle, Arson, Bombing)
Lesson 12: Introduction to Computer Crimes
Lesson 13: Introduction to Drug Enforcement and Organized Crime
Lesson 14: Dangerous Groups
Lesson 15: Terrorism

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Possible Points
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 0 - 359 points


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