SRJC Course Outlines

12/5/2023 11:04:27 PMAJ 51A Course Outline as of Fall 2008

Changed Course

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
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Basic principles of criminal investigation and evidence as they apply to the justice system.  

Completion of AJ 50, 54 and 55.

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Basic principles of criminal investigation and evidence as they apply to the justice system.  
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of AJ 50, 54 and 55.
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 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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Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1.  Describe the basic steps in conducting a preliminary
2.  Evaluate the legal aspects of admissions and confession
and give examples of when a statement is legally obtained.
3.  Formulate the basic steps in preparing for an interview or an
interrogation in conducting a criminal investigation.
4.  Identify and list the evidentiary and legal aspects of an infield
showup, photographic lineup, physical lineup, and other non-witness
methods of identification.
5.  Compile a list of investigative resources available on the local,
state and federal level.
6.  Illustrate examples of the theory of transfer involving
physical evidence at a crime scene.
7.  Analyze the role of various expert witnesses that can assist
in a criminal investigation.
8.  Define basic investigative vocabulary as prescribed by Learning Domain
#30 (Preliminary Investigation) prescribed by the California Commission
on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
9.  Analyze the legal steps in conducting a crime scene search.
10. Determine the investigative aspects of search and seizure.
11. Determine the investigative aspects of corpus delicti.  

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction to preliminary investigation
   a. Proceed to the scene promptly but safety
   b. Render aid to the injured
   c. Effect arrest of the suspect
   d. Locate and identify witnesses
   e. Interview witnesses
   f. Maintain the crime scene
   g. Interrogate the suspect
   h. Note all crime scene conditions and events
   i. Arrange for the collection of evidence
   j. Report writing
   k. Yield to follow-up investigators
2.  Investigative aspects of search and seizure
   a. Emergency searches of crime scenes
   b. Crime scene search warrants
   c. Administrative, probation and parole searches
   d. Legal aspects in the physical seizure of evidence
3.  Investigative aspects of admissions and confessions
   a. Miranda Rule
   b. Admonition and waiver of rights
   c. Counsel issues
   d. Questioning after assertion of rights
   e. When Miranda doesn't apply?
   f. Miranda and minors
   g. Attenuation and impeachment
4.  Investigative aspects of lineups, showups, and other methods of
   a. Infield showup
   b. Photographic lineup
   c. Physical lineup
   d. Other non-witness methods of identifications
5.  Investigative aspects of corpus delicti - common crimes
   a. Murder and manslaughter
   b. Robbery
   c. Rape and sex crimes
   d. Aggravated assault
   e. Cohabitation abuse
   f. Burglary
   g. Theft
   h. Review of Evidence Code provisions relating to criminal
6.  Investigative resources
   a. California Department of Justice
   b. Criminalistics - Bureau of Forensic Services
   c. Federal resources
   d. Local resources - task force operations
   e. Expert witnesses  

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1.  Two mid-term examinations consisting of 50-75 multiple-choice
2.  Twelve written assignments on the corpus delicti of crimes, laws of
arrest, case law pertaining to search and seizure and Miranda, and
relevant provisions of the California Evidence Code which apply in a
criminal investigation.
3.  Four written assignments covering internet research on resources
applicable to a criminal investigation.
4.  Final Examination - group oral from prepared questions evaluated by an
oral board comprised of experienced investigators.
5.  Completion of a course workbook on investigative areas of Search and
Seizure, Miranda, and Methods of Identification.  

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
20 - 40%
Written homework, Internet research assignment.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 30%
Homework problems
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
35 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Short essay; Oral Board examination
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Workbook exercises.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION, Basic Course Student Workbook, LD#30,
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, State of
California, current edition.
CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL EVIDENCE GUIDE, 6th or 7th Edition, Raymond Hill,
Halleck Creek Publishing, 2003.
CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL EVIDENCE GUIDE, Student Workbook, Ray Bowling, Halleck
Creek Publishing, 2003.
CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE, current edition.  

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