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CRJS 360: Criminal Justice Statistics Statistics are used (and misused) in the criminal justice system on a regular basis. This course is designed to familiarize students how data is collected and analyzed in the criminal justice field so that students are comfortable with performing the quantitative tasks that will be required of them as practitioners in the criminal justice system. This course is open to all majors/minors. No specific prerequisite is required, but an understanding of basic mathematical functions is expected. 3 credits CRJS 361: Crime Scene Forensic Techniques This course is designed to help you collect and process physical evidence correctly, analyze it thoroughly, and understand its relevance in a criminal case. There is a strong focus on a systematic approach that uses proven, reliable methods for field applications in the investigation of criminal cases and evidence collection. Traditional and new technologies will be discussed in the framework of actual cases. This is an essential hands-on course for everyone involved with physical evidence, from the first responding officers, to crime scene processors, laboratory technicians, investigators, and attorneys trying a criminal case. The students will be exposed to the newest chemical and instrumental techniques, and covers new areas such as forensic analysis of computers and advanced shooting scene reconstruction methods. Prerequisite: CRJS 110 or CRJS 210 3 credits CRJS 362: Expert Witnessing This course incorporates the court’s concern with reliability, relevance, and the admissibility of expert testimony along with the proper court room demeanor. It will also define the avenues of attack used by opposing attorneys regarding expert qualifications and examine the significance of the expert’s use of sophisticated technologies to present demonstrative evidence in the courtroom. The student will explore the increased importance of deposition testimony by experts in the light of the recent trend to mediate and settle cases, rather than go to jail. Case studies are provided for the student’s critique and analysis. Actual courtroom testimony for forensic scientists and crime scene investigators will be studied and critiqued. In-class mock crime scene investigations will be conducted resulting in scientific findings. These findings will be thoroughly discussed and the student will have an opportunity to present his/her findings in ‘court’. Prerequisite: CRJS 210 or (CRJS 310 and CHEM 170) 3 credits CRJS 363: Digital Evidence/Computer Crime This course is designed to introduce the student to what investigators do to collect, preserve, and authenticate digital evidence. How the legal admissibility of digital evidence can be assured and how digital evidence can be used to reconstruct crimes and generate leads. This course is important to train criminal justice students, police, lawyers, programmers or System administrators, and forensic scientists involved in the investigation or prosecution of Computer-related crimes. The course will provide step-by-step instructions for dealing with an assortment of evidentiary problems and will also illustrate how these details fit within the broader contexts of forensic science, crime, and society in general. The difficult balancing act between a secure computing environment and individual privacy will also be evaluated. Prerequisites: CIS 170, 171, 172, 173 or CIS 150 3 credits CRJS 364: Investigation Internet Crime The objective of this course is to teach students about technical aspects of the Internet and how the Internet can be used as an investigative tool. As detailed in the syllabus, this is a demanding technical course, requiring participants to submit weekly assignments to demonstrate their understanding of the materials. Topics covered include advanced Internet searching, locating the origin of e-mail messages, tracking criminals who operate on chat networks, investigating computer fraud and intrusions, and dealing with personal computers as an extension of the crime scene. Articles and case examples are used to give a sense of current crimes and law enforcement efforts on the Internet. The course ends with a final investigative assignment those ties together many of the lessons and techniques taught throughout the course. 3 credits

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