Course Number & Name:  CJI 203 Principles of Investigation

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in CJI 101
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description: This course explores the fundamentals of investigation, crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of evidence, scientific aid, interviews and interrogation, follow-up, and case preparation.  This course is designed to provide students with the basic theoretical and philosophical understanding of the investigatory process.  Analysis of problems encountered in interviewing, interrogating, evidence collection, and admissibility will be examined.  Application of investigation theories to the administration of justice will also be developed.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. explain the history, source and development of criminal laws;
  2. evaluate what constitutes appropriate and admissible evidence in criminal investigation;
  3. categorize the various types of evidence usually found at the scene of a crime and describe generally accepted methods of collection;
  4. explain the methods employed in a thorough preliminary investigation;
  5. describe the information gathering process;
  6. explain how crimes against persons are investigated;
  7. explain how crimes against property are investigated;
  8. describe search and seizure cases that relate to criminal investigations;
  9. demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of investigation issues; and
  10. communicate effectively with accurate ‘criminal justice’ terminology in written and/or oral form.


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