- Name: Criminal Evidence
- Division: Career & Technical Education
- Discipline: Criminal Justice
- Units (Credits): 3.00
I. Catalog Course Description
Examines the origin, development, philosophy, and constitutional basis of evidence. Covers constitutional and procedural considerations which affect arrest, search, and seizure.
II: Course Objectives
- Discuss the burden of proof
- Assess the history and development of Rules of Evidence
- Identify sources of evidence law
- Explain how legal research in done
- Discuss the criminal complaint
- Define arraignment
- Analyze the preliminary hearing
- Assess the grand jury
- Distinguish substitutes for evidence
- Summarize testimonial and real evidence
- List relevant evidence
- Discuss direct and circumstantial evidence
- Predict need for rehabilitation of witnesses
- Discuss corroboration
- Assess memory failure
- Debate the opinion rule
- Analyze crime scene evidence
- Discuss authentication
- Define questioned documents
- Discuss hearsay rule
- Explain exceptions to the hearsay rule
III: Course Linkage
The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:
- Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
- Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
- Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
- Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
- Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
- Develop and improve their creative abilities.
- Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.