ADJ 236 Syllabus


Division:      Arts and Sciences                                                                                                  Date:  February 2014   


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:   Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title: ADJ 236, Principles of Criminal Investigation


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

I.              Catalog Description:  Surveys the fundamentals of criminal investigation procedures and techniques.  Examines crime scene search, collecting, handling and preserving of evidence.  Lecture:  3 hours per week.


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

ADJ 236 is a first or second semester course and is a required course for those pursuing the law enforcement specialization within DCC’s Administration of Justice program.  ADJ 236 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.


III.           Required Background:

 ENG 111 eligibility

IV.          Course Content:


A.               What is Crime?

B.               The Investigator

C.               Physical Evidence

D.               People as a Source of Information

E.               Interviews

F.                Informants

G.               Eyewitness Identification

H.               Interrogation

I.                  Homicide

J.                Robbery

K.               Rape

L.                Burglary

M.               Arson

N.               Terrorism

O.               The Computer and Communications

P.               The Automobile and Crime

Q.               Managing Criminal Investigations

R.               Control Over Investigations Through Constitutional Law

S.               S.  Evidence and Effective Testimony

V.           Learner Outcomes


The student

VI.          Evaluation

A.               will understand the history and principles of investigations

B.               will understand the investigator’s role in law enforcement

C.               will understand terms and applications involving physical evidence

D.               will know how to identify sources of information

E.               will know and apply follow-up methods in investigations

F.                will understand how to apply the principles of criminal investigation

G.               will know computer crime terminology and about terrorist  investigations

H.               will know the legal definition of crime

I.                  will understand the technique of organizing and managing a criminal investigation

J.                will understand terms associated with constitutional law

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

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy