LAJ 331.41 Investigations
Department of Law and Justice
Phone: 963-3667 @ Ellensburg Phone: 963-3720 @ YVCC
Office: Psychology 458 Office hour: M-W 11:00 - 12:00
Office: DHEC (@ YVCC) Office hour: MTWTH 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Bennett, Wayne K., Hess, Karen M.
(7th edition, 2005). Criminal Investigation.
APA. (2001). Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Ed).
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction into the investigative aspect of police work. The course is designed to provide a broad base of information rather than in depth on only several issues or cases. Course material will be from both the text as well as other sources provided by the instructor. Class meetings will consist of lecture, discussions, guest speakers, and some surprises.
Students are to be able to identify the major goals in a criminal investigation and understand the basic function of the first investigator to arrive at the scene. The students will also be responsible for learning the importance of scene sketches and scene photography, recording scene information in their notes and later taking the notes and turning them into a narrative that can be used to prosecute the suspect. We will also be covering some search and seizure rules as well as the exclusionary rule. The student will be taught how to identify, collect, and process physical evidence. Furthermore, how to conduct interviews, about the rights of the accused, the preparation of a case that will go to trial and the elements for some of the more commonly investigated crimes.
Students are expected to attend every class session and to be prepared. Minimum preparation includes reading the material scheduled to be covered in the textbook. All assignments are to be turned in to the instructor via email to the following email address:
Students are required to attend every class session and laboratory session, even when attendance is not taken. Students are to be prepared for class by doing the assigned readings.
Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to; Non constructive and/or inappropriate comments and/or behavior, arriving late or leaving early and failing to turn off audible pagers and/or cell phones.
A GroupWise email account and class text books. Barb, Melanie or Vanna can help you activate your account during their working hours 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students must turn in their written assignments to instructor via email to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Attendance and participation:
1. Attendance and participation are required for the full benefit of the education experience. Students are expected to come to class and be prepared to join in discussion of the material. It is highly recommended that you complete and review the daily exercises at the end of each chapter.
2. Each excused or unexcused absence will result in a loss of 10 attendance points and up to the maximum of 5% (50 Points) of your final grade.
3. Class begins promptly at 12:00 or 5:10 p.m. every session. Failing to attend and participate in class will severely impact your grade.
4. Be prepared to express your viewpoint and defend it – allow others to express their point of view, as well. These important exchanges of ideas, that will be debated, are an important element in the learning process. If students give the appearance of not being prepared, unannounced quizzes may be given.
5. Writing assignments shall be turned in on the days assigned. Assignments must comply with the format requirements as set forth in the syllabus and as provided by the Instructor. Failure to comply with the requirements will result in the assignment being returned to the student and treated as late until the requirements are fulfilled.
- Attend Class. If you must miss a class you should contact a class member for assignments and materials missed.
- Work in groups. Contribute to your groups work within your assigned role.
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- Ask questions. If you don’t ask questions I won’t know if I have explained the material sufficiently. I welcome questions; this gives me valuable insight in how well my teaching is going.
Access and Monitor your GroupWise email. When you finish reading this you should
log onto your university provided GroupWise email. Send me a message that you have finished
reading the syllabus. My email
address is email@example.com. I can then create a class email list to
send you material, notices, assignments, etc. If you don’t know how to do this
or have trouble with it contact the department secretary Vanna Ritchie at RitchieV@cwu.edu or 963-3715, in the
The students will be graded on three examinations given throughout the quarter; Moreover, the students will complete a 10-12-page paper on a topic of choice yet related to the student’s criminal justice track and or in the investigation of a crime (Must be written in American Psychological Association (APA) format). A one-page proposal will be due on February 8, 2006. Attendance is mandatory and will be used in the calculation of the final grade! If there are quizzes, the scores will be compiled at the end of the quarter, and then curved to assign an exam grade. No quizzes can be made up regardless of the circumstances involved for the absence. Finally, students will be assigned the task of presenting, before the class, on the initiation or progress of a current investigation. The student MUST be well versed in the subject matter and be prepared to answer questions from their peers. The presentation must be at least five minutes in length.
4 Tests = 70% Final Paper = 20% Attendance = 5% contribution = 5%
NOTE: NO MAKE-UP OR LATE EXAMS!!!! EXCEPTIONS WILL ONLY BE MADE FOR EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH WILL BE, DETERMINED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR.
Students are to read according to the chapters assigned. If the class lags behind, the students should continue to read according to schedule because we may not spend as much time in some areas as others (Subject to Change):
January 28, 2006 Test 1
February 13, 2006 Chpt. 7-11 Proposal for paper is due: February 8, 2006
February 22, 2006 Chpt. 12-15
March 8th Chpt. 16-20
Test 4 Paper is due.
The study of law and justice is the study of a particular branch of ethics. The hallmark of any serious academic study of ethics is a commitment to the truth. Students' choosing law and justice related careers are expected to meet rigorous standards of honesty. Students are on their honor to avoid "proscribed conduct" as defined by the " Student Judicial Code" (See appendix B, CWU catalog.) Violations of this section will result in a failing grade in the course in addition to further possible university sanctions.
University-level education is about broadening horizons and looking at academic issues from a variety of perspectives. With this in mind, the participants in this class are encouraged to bring their own life experiences and viewpoints to bear on classroom discussions and assignments. Along with the freedom to express one's own view comes the responsibility of being sensitive to race, ethnicity, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, martial-status, or political ideology.
Students who have special needs or disabilities that may effect their ability to access information or material presented in this course are encouraged to contact me or the ADA Compliance Officer and Director on the Ellensburg campus at 509-963-2171 for additional disability related educational accommodations.
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