ADJ 215 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                              Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:     ADJ 215, Report Writing


Credit Hours:   3          Hours/Wk Lecture:  3       Hours/Wk Lab:     Lec/Lab:



I.              Catalog Description:  Introduces the basic mechanics and procedures of report writing; emphasizes clear, concise and accurate writing of communications as they relate to law enforcement records,     investigations, and research.  Lecture:  3 hours per week.

II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

ADJ 215 is a second semester course and is a required course in order to fulfill all requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree in  Administration of Justice.  ADJ 215 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.

III.           Required Background:

ENG 111 eligibility


VI.        Course Content:

A.   The Why and How of Report Writing

B.   Starting to Write

C.   The Face Page

D.   The Narrative, The Continuation Page and Follow-Up Report

E.   Habits That Make for Speedy Writing

F.    Other Types of Writing

G.   Reading and Correcting Reports

H.   Simplified Study Grammar

I.      Avoiding Errors in Sentence Structure

J.    Making Pronunciation Work

K.   Breaking the Spelling Jinx

L.    Using or Abusing Words

M.   Abbreviating and Capitalization

N.   Innovations and Predictions in Criminal Justice

O.   Book Report Assignment


V.   Learner Outcomes


The student

VI.    Evaluation

A.               will learn to write brief, accurate and complete reports

B.               will understand the operational and administrative uses of reports

C.               will demonstrate note taking skills for use in report writing

D.               will learn the wide variety of report forms used by law enforcement, corrections and private security officers

E.               will learn techniques of writing investigative reports that are accurate, brief and complete using headings and subheadings

F.                will understand the purpose of memos, letters, and records of meetings

G.               will understand common grammatical constructions

H.               will demonstrate correct spelling and effective vocabulary usage


Students will be evaluated by quizzes, examinations and papers on special projects as determined by faculty.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments beyond examinations as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.         This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives: 


Critical Thinking