Criminal Justice-COAS | Foundations of Criminal Investigation
P320 | 15123 | Cohen
This course exposes students to the fundamentals of criminal
investigation. Students will become familiar with the agencies
involved in the investigation of crime, best practices in criminal
investigation, and the criminal justice system as it relates to the
investigator. This will be accomplished through textbook reading
assignments, classroom lecture, and case study. The weekly course
lectures will compliment, but not duplicate the reading.
Throughout the course, there will be guest presenters who are
actively involved in real-life criminal investigations and have
specialized experience and expertise in specific fields. An
investigation case study will be a focal point of the course. In
this case study, the students will be exposed to, and examine, an
actual death investigation. Each student will then write a paper
using the case study and the information gleaned throughout the
course as reference.
Course topics include:
The investigative process, search and seizure, investigative
agencies, interview and interrogation, crime scene management,
evidence collection, narcotics investigation, white collar crime,
cyber crime, intelligence gathering, sex crimes, violent crimes,
property crimes, terrorism, and case and court preparation.
Required Text/Readings may include:
Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science, Fourth Edition, by
Michael D. Lyman, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0131198777.
Methods of Evaluation:
Two unannounced quizzes 20%
Case Study Paper 25%
Final Exam 30%
Grades will be computed on total points earned and curved according
to the following standards or a class curve whichever is lower:
(pluses and minuses will also be used)
A+ = over 100% A = 92-97% A- = 90-91%
B+ = 88-89% B = 82-87% B- = 80-81%
C+ = 78-79% C = 72-77% C- = 70-71%
D+ = 68-69% D = 62-67% D- = 60-61%
No make up, early or late examinations are given except in the
direst of circumstances. If you are going to miss an exam, I must
have prior notice. Insofar as possible examinations are objective
in nature i.e., true false and short answer. Missed exams are
scored as zero.
Students are expected to attend every class. There will be two
unannounced quizzes during the semester. Together, the quizzes
count for 20% of the total course grade. One purpose of these
quizzes is to assure that students are attending class. Material
for the quizzes will primarily come from previous and current
Class meeting: Mondays, 5:45-8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Chuck Cohen, department of criminal justice