CJ 230 Criminal Investigations

CJ 230 IS Sec 1, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson

Instructor name:
Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson

Dr. Jeffery Johnson has taught with UM-IS since 2012 and has been a member of the UM faculty since 2005. He is a certified as an Expert Gang Specialist by the National Gang Crime Research Center and is a former police officer with the Kansas Highway Patrol-Capitol Police.

Dr. Johnson coordinates the criminal justice offerings at the DeSoto Center in Southaven. Dr. Johnson received both his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and his Masters of Criminal Justice from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Johnson received a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from Texas A&M and his Doctorate of Professional Studies from Delta State University.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826
E-mail: istudy@olemiss.edu

Course Description

This 16-lesson independent study course covers criminal investigation procedures, including theory of investigation, case preparation, specific techniques for selected offenses, questioning of suspects and witnesses, and problems in criminal investigations.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Learning objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify, define, describe, or discuss:

  1. The criminal investigative process
  2. Documenting the crime scene
  3. Writing effective reports
  4. Crime scene searches
  5. Forensics and physical evidence
  6. Obtaining information and intelligence
  7. Identifying and arresting suspects
  8. Assault, domestic violence, stalking and elder abuse
  9. Robbery investigations
  10. Burglary investigations
  11. Larceny/Theft, Fraud, and White-Collar Crime
  12. Preparing for and presenting cases in court

Course Outline:

This course consists of 16 instructional modules (or lessons) and 3 examinations.  

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz


Chapter 1

Essay question, quiz


Chapters 2 and 3

Essay question, quiz


Chapters 4 and 7

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 6

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 5

Essay question, quiz

Course Exam 1

Chapters 1-7: proctored exam to be scheduled after all chapter 1-7 assignments submitted

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Chapter 8

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 9

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 10

Essay question, quiz


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.
The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


Chapter 11

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 12

Essay question, quiz

Course Exam 2

Chapters 8-12: proctored exam to be scheduled after all chapter 8-12 assignments submitted

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Chapter 13

Essay question, quiz
& essay


Chapters 14 and 15

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 16

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 17

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 18, 19, & 20

Essay question, quiz


Chapter 21

Essay question, quiz

Final Exam

Chapters 13-16: proctored exam to be scheduled after all chapter 13-21 assignments submitted. All course work must be graded to be eligible to sit for the Final Exam.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit


The grading format is as follows:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.