Criminal Investigation

CRIJ 2314

Updated August 30, 2011

  • State Approval Code: 4301045500
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation. Lecture Hrs = 3, Lab Hrs = 0


(Suggested – CRIJ 1301)

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Natural Sciences

  • To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news 4 media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1. Identify the goals and objectives of criminal investigation.
2. Demonstrate ability to conduct proper crime scene investigations (may be accomplished with a written test over proper procedures).
3. Organize the criminal case including field notes, reports, and crime scene activities.

Specific Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to accomplish the following tasks:
1. Explain and discuss the investigative theory. (listens, speaks)
2. Describe and discuss the collection and preservation of evidence. (listens, reads, organizes and maintains information)
3. Identify and describe the sources of information. (acquires and evaluates information)
4. Explain and discuss techniques of interview and interrogation. (problem solving)
5. Describe and discuss the uses of forensic sciences. (acquires and evaluates information)
6. Define and discuss case and trial preparation. (listens, reads, organizes and maintains information)

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

See General Course Objectives

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The course is primarily PowerPoint lecture on theory and practice within the confines of the classroom, and when possible, practical application of a “mock” crime scene.


Students will be graded on a series written objective tests for their grade. A subjective portion will be derived from class participation, class attendance, and preparedness for the class material.
Your grade will be determined from a series written objective tests and a comprehensive final exam for their grade. A subjective portion of the grade will be derived by the instructor from class participation, class attendance, and preparedness for the class material.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

1. Crime Scene Investigation, The Forensic Technician’s Manual, Young/Ortmeier, Pearson/Prentice-Hall

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