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Principles and Concepts of
and Police Report Writing
Lieutenant Raymond E.
Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30
Office Hours: Tuesday
and Thursday, 10:00
Office Location: TBA
Office Telephone: (909) 599-7530
This course will introduce the student to multiple aspects
of criminal investigations and the investigative activity practiced by police,
courts and correctional subsystems. It will examine the reporting procedures and
requirements, crime scene management, technology, interviewing and interrogation
skills, and other aspects of criminal investigations. This class meets the
classroom portion of upper-division writing requirement for Criminal Justice
majors, or as an elective in the concentration curriculum.
As a result of this course the student will:
1. increase their critical thinking skills,
increase their writing skills and understand the differences between writing in
the academic field and criminal justice field,
3. gain an understanding of various investigative
methods and components,
expand their understanding of the criminal justice system and especially the
importance of solid police investigations,
5. increase their information literacy skills; and,
6. increase their technology skills.
following texts are available at the Titan Bookstore)
Gilbert, James M. (2004) Criminal Investigations,
6/E, ISBN: 0-13-112288-6, Prentice Hall
Biggs, Michael (2004), Just the Facts: Investigative
Report Writing, 2/E, ISBN: 0-13-112383-1, Prentice Hall
The following responsibilities apply to all students:
Attend class and take notes.
Read and prepare to discuss the assigned reading by the dates identified
in the course syllabus.
Complete ten exercises as defined by the instructor.
Complete a mid-term paper.
Complete the final examination.
Method of Evaluation:
50% (5% each)
Mid Term Paper 25%
Semester Total 100% (105 with extra credit)
In accordance with University Policy Statement (UPS)
300.020 the +/- system of grading will be used in this course:
Extra Credit One of the primary functions of
criminal justice is accurate record keeping. For Extra Credit, students may
download from the course website a Participation Log. The Participation Log
is designed like a police officers daily field activities report. In order to
gain extra credit, the student must keep the log, recording brief information
about class such as Main Topic, their own participation and/or interesting or
helpful comments made by their peers. Additionally, the instructor will
periodically review these logs to ensure daily log maintenance. At the final
examination, the students will submit the logs for review.
Attendance - Within the university setting, students
are expected to attend class on a regular basis and participate in topic
discussion to enhance the overall learning experience. As participation is
directly related to attendance, students missing four
(4) class sessions will not receive any credit for attendance/participation.
Attendance will be recorded by a class roster that will be passed among the
students during each class. It is the students responsibility to sign the
Exercises Throughout the course the student will
be expected to complete ten exercises that are associated with the class
readings. Specific information regarding the exercises is available at the
course website. Late exercise will lose one grade
level per week late.
Mid Term Paper The student will complete a 4-6
page analysis of a true crime novel. At the course website, the 10 true crime
novels are identified. The student should select and obtain a copy of one of
the novels. Details concerning the expectations of the students analysis are
available at the course website. Late papers will
lose one grade level per week late.
Final Examination - The final examination will
consist of two essay questions and will be cumulative.
Shortly after the Mid-Term, and as a means of preparing for the final, the
instructor will provide the students with five essay questions, two of which
will be the final examination. Although this is not an open book test,
students may use any notes they took during class or while studying for the
final examination. They must be the students notes refer to the syllabus
section on ethical conduct for further information.
Ethical Conduct - Students should be aware that
there are severe consequences for violations of academic ethical conduct.
Primarily, we are concerned with cheating and plagiarism. Students who are
determined to have cheated or committed plagiarism will face disciplinary action
as identified within CSUF regulations. For additional clarification of cheating
and/or plagiarism, refer to the CSUF website or the instructor.
Website - The course has one companion website. At
that website the students will find hyperlinks to the readings, important course
downloads (such as the syllabus, practice exercises, mid term instructions,
final questions, participation log and other documents) and hyperlinks to other
course related multimedia presentations (such as PowerPoint presentations, short
Blackboard - The course will make use of Blackboard
as provided by the university. At Blackboard, most website documents are
available and grades will be posted shortly after review. Additionally, many of
the exercises require the student to post to the threaded discussion.