College of the Siskiyous

ADJ 1505 - Criminal Investigation

Course Information

Fall 2019 (Section #7043)

Course Description:This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime, including organization of the investigative process, crime scene searches, interviewing and interrogating, surveillance, source of information, utility of evidence, scientific analysis of evidence and the role of the investigator in the trial process. (AA, CSU)

Additional Information: Students must have access to reliable internet service to access course material online.

Required Textbook: Criminal Investigation, Hess, 11th ed. Delmar Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-285-86261-3.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's)

  • Identify and explain the role of documentation in the criminal investigative process.
  • Recognize, identify and explain the implications of a given piece of evidence in a criminal process.
  • Identify critical ethical issues relating to criminal investigation.
  • Describe the duties related to the basic functions of crime scene management (first responders, management control, evidence search and processing, general area investigation).
  • Understand the role of the investigator in the criminal trial process, including testimony, evidence collection, preservation and presentation, and the relationship of the investigator with witnesses and professionals within the courtroom working group.

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