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Criminal Investigation CRIJ 2314

Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation. 


Recommended Prerequisite: CRIJ-1310

Pedagogical Approach

What is problem-based learning?

In problem-based learning, students acquire knowledge by devising a solution to a real-world problem. As they do, they acquire knowledge, as well as communication and collaboration skills.

An example of problem-based learning: Concept mapping is an engaging activity that helps students tackle complex course concepts. Divide the class into teams and present them with a course-related problem. One team member writes down a solution and passes the sheets of paper along to the next team member, who builds upon that idea and then passes it along to the rest of the team. In the end, a spokesperson can present their ultimate solution. 

2.5 What is collaborative pedagogy?

Collaborative pedagogy rejects the notion that students can think, learn and write effectively in isolation. Collaborative pedagogy is a learner-centered strategy that strives to maximize critical thinking, learning and writing skills through peer-to-peer interaction and interpersonal engagement.

An example of collaborative pedagogy: Set up stations or posters in a few locations around the classroom and get students to participate in a gallery walk. Divide students into small groups and have them rotate between each station together sorting their observations into categories. Finally, ask them to write down a list of questions about the source material they are viewing.

2.6. What is integrative pedagogy?

Integrative learning is the process of making connections between concepts and experiences so that information and skills can be applied to novel and complex issues or challenges.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of field notes bya. defining the term field notes;b. identifying field note uses;c. identifying investigative field note information;d. listing field note types of information;e. identifying field note order of material;f. identifying field note questions;g. identifying two field note taking systems;h. identifying field note taking techniques;i. listing field note taking advantages;j. listing complete note taking rules.

Demonstrate an understanding of basic criminal investigation principles bya. defining the term criminal investigation;b. identifying criminal investigation;c. listing criminal investigator tools;d. identifying preliminary investigation tools;e. identifying follow up investigation elements.

Demonstrate an understanding of criminal investigation definitions bya. defining the term corpus delicti;b. defining the term crime;c. defining the term offense elements;d. defining the term evidence;e. defining reasonable doubt;f. defining the term autopsy;g. defining homicide investigation terms

Demonstrate an understanding of case preparation and case folders bya. listing case preparation reasons;b. listing properly prepared case reasons;c. identifying case folder and prosecution summary types of information.


Exams, student engagement learning workshops, "Flip" assignments.

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