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CJ 205
Principles of Investigation and Evidence


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Survey of fundamental techniques as they apply to specific criminal investigations. Examines the basic principles of the law of criminal evidence with emphasis on the role of the investigator in collecting, preserving, and introducing evidence in court. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CJ& 101. Recommended: READ 088.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Research, identify, and demonstrate the European historical origins of American criminal investigation methods.
  • Define and classify basic aspects of criminal investigations.
  • Identify and explain investigative methods/techniques which are accepted and effective in criminal court proceedings.
  • Provide definitions for, and show the differences between, the following investigative techniques: physical exchange principle, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and investigative intuition.
  • Research and provide definitions for: investigative specific terminology, legal expressions, and rules of evidence.
  • Identify technological advancements in modern forensic science disciplines.
  • Research and debate various ethical challenges in modern criminal investigations.

  • Course Topics
  • Historical origins of criminal investigations
  • Basic concepts
  • Investigative methods
  • Report writing
  • Crime scene focus, interviewing
  • Sources of information
  • Court room testimony
  • Investigative and criminalistic concepts of the future

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    CJ 205
    Winter 2009
    0813
    Jim Hartford
    CJ 205
    Winter 2004
    0813
    John Spiva


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
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    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
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    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.