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									    STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
       COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
          CANTON, NEW YORK




           COURSE OUTLINE
         CRIMINAL JUSTICE 406
         Crime Scene Investigation




              PREPARED BY:
       William J. FassingerMSEd/CAS




SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUB LIC SERVICE
  CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION PROGRAM
              FALL 2005
                           COURSE SYLLABUS
                          CRIMINAL JUSTICE 406
                          Crime Scene Investigation


State University of New York
College of Technology
School of Business and Public Service
Canton, New York
Fall 2005

Instructor: Assistant Professor William J. Fassinger
Office Hours: TBA
Phone: 386-7917
Email: fassinger@canton.edu

TITLE: Crime Scene Investigation

COURSE NUMBER: JUST 406

SHORT TITLE: Crime Scene Investigation

CREDIT HOURS: 3

WRITING INTENSIVE COURSE: No

COURSE LENGTH: Three weeks of lecture/practical

SEMESTER(S) OFFERED: Fall

HOURS OF LECTURE, LABORATORY, RECITATION, TUTORIAL,
ACTIVITY: 10 hrs lecture, 10 hrs lab per week for three weeks

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to strengthen student
skills and performance learned in lower division offerings in regard to crime
scene processing and investigation. This course will emphasize crime scene
search, photography, descriptive writing, recognition of physical evidence,
methods for collection and preservation of evidence, sketching techniques and
methods of transportation or submission of evidence for laboratory analysis.
Courtroom presentation of the investigator's actions at the crime scene will be
also be discussed during the course presentation
PRE-REQUISITES/CO-COURSE: All first and second year criminal justice
courses including JUST 300 and JUST 301 or permission of instructor
STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

    Upon completion the student will be able to demonstrate competency of the
following:

          The crime scene processing procedure which includes.

              The preservation of a crime scene through demonstrated
               proficiency in photography, videotaping and sketching.

              Planning and demonstration of the methods of thoroughly
               searching a crime scene.

              Demonstration of the methods of physical evidence recognition,
               preservation, and collection for laboratory examination.

               Employing the use of required documents to prepare evidence for
               transmission to the forensic laboratory for examination.

              Prepare courtroom testimony regarding the investigator’s actions
               at the crime scene.

TEXT:
        Crime Scene Processing Workbook by William J. Fassinger.
(Workbook will be available on CD ROM)

REFERENCES: Instructor's notes.

EQUIPMENT: Pens, pencils, rulers, measuring devices, graph paper, plain
paper, clip boards, index cards, and erasers

GRADING METHOD: Standard A - F
EVALUATION CRITERIA/METHODS:

        Regularly scheduled quizzes given at the end of each
         section.(approximately weekly)

        Unannounced quizzes as appropriate

        Class discussion

        Hourly examinations

        Final practical examination

CORE COMPETENCY EVALUATION: See attached
         CORE COMPETENCY COURSE EVALUATION FORM

COURSE NO. JUST 406

COURSE NAME: Crime Scene Investigation

EVALUATOR: Assistant Professor W. J. Fassinger

DATE: Septembe r 15, 2003: Original May 11, 2006

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to strengthen student skills
and performance learned in lower division offerings in regard to crime scene
processing and investigation. This course will emphasize crime scene search,
photography, descriptive writing, recognition of physical evidence, methods for
collection and preservation of evidence, sketching techniques and methods of
transportation or submission of evidence for laboratory analysis. Courtroom
presentation of the investigator's actions at the crime scene will be also be
discussed during the course presentation

THIS COURSE MEETS THE FOLLOWING CORE COMPETENCIES:
(CEHCK ALL THAT APPLY AND NOTE EXCEPTIONS)

__X___I               Mathe matics                         (except
_____3,_________)
__X___II              Communication                         (except
________________)
__X___III             Problem Solving                       (except
________________)
__X___IV              Critical Thinking                     (except
________________)
______V              Information Literacy           (except
________________)
__X__ VI              Individual & Social Responsibility      (except
________________)
______VII            Science                               (except
________________)
__X___VIII            Technology                           (except
________________)

The method of measure ment is: (check all that apply)

       _X__ class participation                     _X__ written exams
       ____ speeches                               ____ research pape rs
       _X__ projects                            __X_ quizzes
       ____ compre hensive final                __X__ oral reports
       _____ portfolio                          __X__ laboratory
practicums
       _____ standardized test                  __X__ laboratory reports
       _X___ P/F laboratory competency           _____ laboratory reports
       _____ other (please specify) __________________________________

Comments:
                GENERAL TOPIC OUTLINE

       JUST 406 - CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

                             TOPICS

   The nineteen step crime scene processing procedure.

   Crime scene note taking.

   Types of crime scene photography.

   Types of crime scene sketches

   Evidence identification, description, collection and preservation.

   Crime scene security

   Laws and rules of search and seizure of objects.

   Courtroom testimony of crime scene processing procedures,
    collection/preservation of evidence
                       DETAILED OUTLINE

        JUST 406 - CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

                                TOPICS

   The crime scene processing procedure:

    Section One
        In itial Notification
        Arrival at the Scene
            Sub task:
                Methods of crime scene security
        In itial Observation
                Sub task:
                    Methods/priciples to effect ively take crime scene notes.
    Section Two
        Drawing of Rough Sketch to Dep ict Camera Positions and Distances
            Sub task:
                     Initiat ion of Photo Log
                    Types of crime scene sketches
                     Rough Sketch Dep icting Photo Position and Distances
                    Mandatory entries of Sketches
                          Title
                           Direction arrow
                           Legend w/symbols
                           Not to Scale
                          Title Block
    Section Three:
           Overall Observation
           Sub task:
                  o Methods/priciples to effectively take crime scene notes.


    Section Four:
            Drawing of Rough Sketch to Depict Evidence Measurements and
            Ev idence Triangulation
            1st Recheck of Crime Scene
                 Sub Task:
                         Mandatory entries of Sketches
                         Title
                         Direction arrow
                         Legend w/symbols
                         Not to Scale
                         Title Block
    Section Five:
            Collection and Preservation of Ev idence
                Sub task:
                     Ev idence identification, description, collection and
                      preservation.
                     Identificat ion of potential evidence at a crime scene.
                     Description of evidence on Evidence Custody Documents
                     Methods of evidence collection.
                     Methods of evidence preservation.
                     Laws and rules of search and seizure of objects.


Section Six:
        2nd Recheck of Crime Scene
        Drawing of Rough Sketch to Depict Evidence Measurements and
        Ev idence Triangulation obtained fro m 2nd Recheck of Crime Scene
        3rd Recheck of Crime Scene
        Drawing of Rough Sketch to Depict Evidence Measurements and
        Ev idence Triangulation obtained fro m 3rd Recheck of Crime Scene
            Sub task:
                     Mandatory entries of Sketches
                     Title
                     Direction arrow
                     Legend w/symbols
                     Not to Scale
                     Title Block


Section Seven:
    Release of Crime Scene Security Personnel
    Conduct search beyond immediate crime scene.
         Sub task:
             Crime scene security.
          Methods of crime scene security
            Crime scene searching techniques


Section Eight:
    Release of collected evidence to evidence custodian.
    Preparation of docu ments to send evidence to laboratory for analysis.
    Send evidence to laboratory for analysis.
         Sub Task
             Ev idence identification, description, collection and preservation.
          Identificat ion of potential evidence at a crime scene.
            Description of evidence on Evidence Custody Documents
            Methods of evidence collection.
            Methods of evidence preservation.


Section Nine:
    Courtroo m testimony of crime scene processing procedures,
    collection/preservation of evidence.
         Sub task:
             Procedures for presentation of crime scene notes, sketches,
             photographs, seized/evaluated evidence.
                           COURSE SYLLABUS
                          CRIMINAL JUSTICE 406
                          Crime Scene Investigation

Instructor: Assistant Professor William J. Fassinger
Office Hours: TBA
Phone: 386-7917
Email: fassinger@canton.edu

TITLE: Crime Scene Investigation

COURSE NUMBER: JUST 406

Course Overvie w/Description: : This course is designed to strengthen student
skills and performance learned in lower division offerings in regard to crime
scene processing and investigation. This course will emphasize crime scene
search, photography, descriptive writing, recognition of physical evidence,
methods for collection and preservation of evidence, sketching techniques and
methods of transportation or submission of evidence for laboratory analysis.
Courtroom presentation of the investigator's actions at the crime scene will be
also be discussed during the course presentation

Student Learning Objectives

    Upon completion the student will be able to demonstrate a basic competency
of the following:

          The nineteen step crime scene processing procedure which includes.

              The preservation of a crime scene through demonstrated
               proficiency in photography, videotaping and sketching.

              Planning and demonstration of the methods of thoroughly
               searching a crime scene.

              Demonstration of the methods of physical evidence recognition,
               preservation, and collection for laboratory examination.

               Employing the use of required documents to prepare evidence for
               transmission to the forensic laboratory for examination.

              Prepare courtroom testimony regarding the investigator’s actions
               at the crime scene.
Course Requirements.

   Instructional Method/Strategy. It is my belief that students absorb
    knowledge in numerous fashions. While some may learn better in a lecture
    based setting, others may learn faster in a hands on environment. This course
    of instruction will be presented in a lecture, discussion and laboratory fashion
    in order to facilitate all learners.

   Attendance and Participation.

       Students are to accept full responsibility for meeting all of the academic
        responsibilities for every course in which they have enrolled. Attendance
        regulations are determined by the faculty of each department based upon
        their academic requirements for each curriculum an/or course. Each
        department will clearly its attendance policy in writing to the students at
        the beginning of each semester. Therefore, AN UNEXCUSED
        ABSENCE FOR ANY REASON IS HANDLED BETWEEN THE
        STUDENT AND THE INSTRUCTOR.
       DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE MNATERIAL BEING
        PRESENTED AND THE SHORT DURATION OF THE COURSE
        NO MORE THEN ONE UNEXCUSEDABSENSE WILL BE
        ALLOWED.
       Students will be excused from classes (including quizzes and hourly
        examinations) by the Dean of Students.
       When a student will be absent for more then two days, Health Services
        must be contacted.
        Excused/unexcused absence will not exceed three sessions. Failure to
        comply may result in termination/failure.
        Each student is expected to attend, be on time, actively participate and
        contribute to and share current research, knowledge and ideas about the
        issues covered in class. Students are expected to be prepared for each
        class by having completed related readings and assignments due for each
        class. Participation includes involvement in large/small group
        discussions, class presentations, and laboratory practicum. Need for
        extended or frequent absences should be promptly discussed with the
        instructor. Two absences may result in asking for your withdrawal from
        the class. It is expected that students will notify the instructor of any
        absences prior to missing class.
        Refer to Student Handbook 2003-2004 for further guidance.
   Text. Required text for this course of instruction is:


            Crime Scene Processing Workbook by William J. Fassinger.
       (Workbook will be available on CD ROM)

    * Text is available at the SUNY CANTON Book Store)

   Costs. There are no additional costs expected for this course of instruction.

    Fieldtrips. It is the belief of the instructor that exposure to current industry
    standard enhances student learning. Time constrictions will limit field trips
    however a visit with professionals in the field may be arranged. If a field trip
    is planned prior notice will be provided and maximum participation is
    encouraged.

   Grading.

    This grading for this course of instruction is presented as follows:

       -    Attendance: 5% of total grade

       -    Participation: 10% of total grade

       -    Midterm Examination: 40% of total grade

       -    Final Examination: 45% of total grade

The following is a breakdown of the grading scale to be used during this course
of instruction:

       A:    90-100
       B:    80-89
       C:    70-79
       D:     60-69
       F:     Below 60
All writings, if required, will consist of a topic of student choice relating to
material presented during class discussion. All writings will be presented in
APA format in accordance with the "Publications Manual of the American
Psychological Association, Fifth Edition". It is expected that papers will be
written in a scholarly style and will reflect the level of writing competence for
students/professionals in the Criminal Justice Program. Papers should have 1"
margins, 12 font (no right justification); be double spaced, and include a title
page (title page does not count toward length of paper) Grades for papers will be
based on the following criteria:

      a. Adherence to APA 5th Edition guidelines and format.
      b. Adherence to purpose of paper and component requirements as
          delineated.
      c. Organization, synthesis and integration of research, information and
          personal comment.
      d. Depth of thought.
      e. Grammar.
      f. Spelling.
      g. Style: presentation quality of paper (neatness, use of headings, etc.)
          tone, professionalism.
          It is advised that you proofread your papers. If you have difficulty,
          seek assistance.
      h. All pape rs will have a title page and be stapled. NO PAPER
CLIPS. NO FANCY COVERS or PLASTIC PAGE PROTECTORS.
Papers submitted with clips or fancy covers/plastic page protectors WILL
NOT be accepted.

Academic Integrity and Honesty.

        Students are expected to read the policy on plagiarism and academic
integrity for SUNY Canton students. Students are expected to adhere to
academic integrity.

        Plagiarism is a serious offense and violates not only academic integrity
but also personal integrity. It is the contention of the instructor that actions of
this nature will not be tolerated and will result in immediate failure/termination
from the course.

        It is in the best interest of the student to discuss this issue with the
instructor prior to possible infractions.

        There is NO negotiation regarding this issue

								
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