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CMRJ306 - Criminal Investigation

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ306 Course ID: 2538 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an analytical examination of crime detection and solution, including such topics as crime scene procedures, physical evidence, interviews, field notes and reporting, follow-up investigation, interrogation, and rules of evidence. Specific detail is given to investigations involving homicide, sex-related offenses, and crimes against children, robbery, larceny, vehicle thefts, computer crime, environmental crime, arson, and drug abuse. There is an in depth analysis of investigation methodologies addressing inductive and deductive reasoning to assess the decision making process to solve crimes.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course of study, the student will:

CO1: Identify key terms associated with criminal investigations.

CO2: Analyze the procedures for conducting a criminal investigation.

CO3: Explain the evolution of criminal investigation and criminalistics.

CO4: Define the term crime scene.

CO5: Analyzes interrogation and interview techniques.

CO6: Explain the role of evidence and the crime lab in the investigation process.

CO7: Analyze specific crime investigations techniques and practices (example: homicide, rape, child related incident, etc.).

C08: Discuss the role of the investigator in the trial process and preparing for trial.


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Forums 44.00 %
Week 1 Forum 7.33 %
Week 2 Forum 7.33 %
Week 3 Forum 7.33 %
Week 5 Forum 7.33 %
Week 6 Forum 7.33 %
Week 7 Forum 7.33 %
Research Paper 15.00 %
Research Paper 15.00 %
Exams 40.00 %
midterm exam CMRJ306 20.00 %
Final exam CMRJ306 20.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.