Crime Scene Management – CJUS 362

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/09/2021

Course Description

This course will address critical thinking, resource management, supervision, and investigative failures in criminal investigations. A detailed explanation of how to effectively manage a forensics investigation and how to preserve and present evidence will be covered.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course will serve as a bridge between crime scene investigation and criminalistics. It will concern the proper collection of evidence at the crime scene, as well as the forensic evidence aspect of criminal investigation, identifying evidence, collecting it, preserving it, recording it, processing it, and analyzing it in the laboratory context. Modules: Weeks will give the student some insight into proper evidence collection, interpretation, and presentation in a legal setting with a foundation built upon God’s unique complexities.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 3 Discussions. The student will use their essay conclusion and bullet points in addition to at least 400 words in response to the prompt. The essay conclusion and bullet points do NOT count towards the 400 words. The student must then reply to 2 or more peers’ threads in at least 200 words. The thread and reply posts will each include at least two scholarly references. The student will also address why and how competent crime scene processing is consistent with justice and a Christian worldview.

Essay Assignments (3)

The student will write 3 essays and follow the current APA format of Title page, Abstract page, Content pages, and Reference page. Each essay will include at least 2 scholarly references. The essay will be at least 600 words, paying specific attention to assigned topic elements. The essay conclusion section must include at least 10 bullet points. Also address why and how competent crime scene processing is consistent with justice and a Christian worldview.

Quizzes (7)

There are 5 short quizzes (20 points each) in this course. Quizzes are open-book/open-notes, but may not be discussed with any person. The questions are in multiple-choice and true/false format. The student must think, reflect upon, and choose the best answer based on the readings. Each quiz must be completed in 30 minutes. Allows 3 attempts  and the highest attempt will count towards the grade. 

 

Quiz: Midterm and Quiz: Final

The Quiz: Midterm and Quiz: Final are open-book/open-notes, but should not be discussed with any person. Even though the questions are in multiple-choice and true/false format, they cannot be answered by simply looking up the answer in the readings. The student must think, reflect upon, and choose the best answer based on the readings. Each of these two quizzes must be completed in 90 minutes.