SRJC Course Outlines

11/28/2023 12:02:37 PMAJ 51A Course Outline as of Fall 1981

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Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 51ATitle:  BASIC CRIMNL INVEST  
Full Title:  Basic Criminal Investigation
Last Reviewed:12/13/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Study of basic principles of all types of investigations utilized in the justice system. Coverage includes human aspects in dealing with the public, specific knowledge necessary for handling crime scenes, interviews, evidence, surveillance, follow-up, technical resources, and case preparation.

Completion of AJ 50, 54 and 55.

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100A or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

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Basic principles of criminal investigation & evidence, as it applies to the justice system.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of AJ 50, 54 and 55.
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100A or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: AJ 140 Criminal Investigation SRJC Equivalent Course(s): AJ57

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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  1.  When presented with the basic techniques of note taking, the
     student will be able to satisfactorily analyze and compile data
     for use in formal reporting of investigations.
 2.  Given case studies and role play situations, the student will
     demonstrate basic investigative proficiencies, to the
     satisfaction of the instructor, by synthesizing a situation
     and reducing the crime to reportable elements.
 3.  The student will demonstrate the basic steps of interviewing
     using non-verbal observation and communication; write a
     satisfactory interview.
 4.  In assigned exercises, the student will satisfactorily apply
     basic English rules to good reporting structures; to describe
     property and other evidentiary items in a proper format.

Topics and Scope
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  1.  Orientation.
 2.  Investigations and New Technology.
 3.  The Human Being as an Investigator.
 4.  Interviewing and Interrogation.
 5.  The Crime Scene.
 6.  Scientific Analysis of Evidence.
 7.  Sources of Information.
 8.  Surveillance and Undercover.
 9.  Investigative Concepts for Specialized Investigations.
10.  Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Hostage Incidents.
11.  Case Preparation.
12.  Role Playing.

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  1.  Assess and analyze human behavior and actions in investigative
     situations by studying a college level text and supplemental
 2.  Apply proper inferential actions based upon the legal relevancy
     of evidence in an investigation as applied through discussion
     and role playing.
 3.  Ability to identify the logical structure of brief and extended
     communications by writing exercises in essay form weekly.
 4.  Recognition and application of general principles of legal and
     ethical procedures derived from field trips and lectures.
 5.  Test for assumptions and implications in the evaluation of
     investigative results by using objective and essay tests for
     mid-term and final examinations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 75%
Written homework, Essay exams, TERM NOTEBOOK
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Homework problems, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 75%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, SHORT ESSAY
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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