Career & Technical Education > Criminal Justice

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Surveys the forensic sciences to show their role in the use of physical evidence in matters of criminal and/or civil law. Focuses on the value of modern scientific investigations.


II: Course Objectives

  • Recognize crime scene evidence
  • Identify scientific evidence
  • Diagram the crime scene
  • Authenticate documents
  • Analyze questioned documents
  • Identify photographic evidence
  • Evaluate the best evidence rule
  • Define the hearsay rule
  • Evaluate the exceptions to the hearsay rule
  • Categorize inconsistent statements and prior consistent statements
  • Differentiate between:
  • 1. Attorney-client
  • 2. Husband-wife
  • 3. Physician-patient
  • 4. Clergy-penitent
  • 5. Official information
  • 6. Media-reporter
  • Describe the different types of searches
  • Summarize plain view search and open field searches
  • Evaluate contacts with lawyers, witnesses, and jurors

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-265 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no CRJ-265 classes scheduled for this term.