Career & Technical Education > Criminal Justice

General Information

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.

Scheduled CRJ-225 classes:

Fall 2019