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Cj 230 v1 IS, Criminal Investigation

University of Mississippi
Department of Legal Studies
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Matt Reysen

Instructor: Dr. 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:

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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:

PSY 394TEXTBOOK

 

Criminal Investigation, 9th edition, Hess, K.M., Orthmann, C.H. (2010).


© 2010 Delmar, Cengage Learning
ISBN-10: 1-4354-6994-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-4354-6994-5

It is your responsibility to order the course textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

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).  

LESSON
Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
1

Chapter 1

Essay question, quiz
2

Chapters 2 and 3

Essay question, quiz
3

Chapters 4 and 7

Essay question, quiz
4

Chapter 6

Essay question, quiz
5
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
6

Chapter 8

Essay question, quiz
7

Chapter 9

Essay question, quiz
8
Chapter 10
Essay question, quiz
9

Chapter 11

Essay question, quiz
10

Chapter 12

Essay question, quiz
Course Exam 1
Chapters 8-12: proctored exam to be scheduled after all chapter 8-12 assignments submitted
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
11
Chapter 13
Essay question, quiz
& essay
12

Chapters 14 and 15

Essay question, quiz
13
Chapter 16
Essay question, quiz
14
Chapter 17
Essay question, quiz
15
Chapter 18, 19, & 20
Essay question, quiz
16
Chapter 21
Essay question, quiz
Course Exam 1
Chapters 13-16: proctored exam to be scheduled after all chapter 13-21 assignments submitted
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Grading:

GRADING SCALE

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

GRADING INFORMATION:

The grading format is as follows:

Each lesson submitted will be read and given a numerical grade. If you make below a 60 on 5 lessons you will fail the course. Also, if receive a grade below 60 on a lesson, you will be expected to re-do that lesson and resubmit it to the instructor. As for your Mid-Course test and Final exam, you will be graded using a letter scale of A, B, C, D, F. The final grade will be calculated as follows:

  • 16 Quizzes 10 points each 160 points
  • 16 Discussion Essays 10 points each 160 points
  • Course Examination 1 100 points 100 points
  • Course Examination 2 100 points 100 points
  • Final Examination 100 points 100 points

TOTAL: 620 POINTS

FAILURE TO PASS THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

 

 

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