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plays in the process. This course focuses on the five critical areas essential to understanding criminal investigations: background and contextual issues, criminal evidence, legal procedures, evidence collection procedures, and forensic science. This course includes a multitude of case examples to illustrate key points and as a basis for discussion about the proper conduct of criminal investigations and goes beyond a simple how-to in investigative procedures, drawing from fascinating modern research and its importance in the real world of criminal justice. GCRIM 507 Criminal Law of Evidence 3 credits Criminal Law provides students with an integrated framework for understanding the U.S. criminal justice system with a diverse and inclusive interdisciplinary approach and thematic focus. This course looks at the law and decisions in court cases and considers and integrates issues of race, gender, and socio-economic status with their discussion of criminal law. Material from the social sciences is incorporated to highlight the intersection between criminal law and key social issues. Case excerpts and detailed case summaries, used to highlight important principles of criminal law, and are featured throughout the course. The coverage is conceptual and practical, showing students how the criminal law applies in a “real world� environment. GCRIM 508 Courtroom Procedures 3 credits In this course, you will reviews ways in which the law, particularly the law of evidence, affects the work of the law enforcement professionals. This course outlines the various roles of courtroom participants, paying particular attention to preparing individuals to become expert witnesses in the courtroom. This course works through the legal process up through trial and including appeals and motions for a new trial. Covers, at each stage, legal doctrines of interest such as chain of custody, work product privileges, laying the proper foundation, exhibits, and the standards necessary to obtain a new trial. This course will cover the various roles in the courtroom, trial preparation, preparing witnesses, differences in grand juries and trials. GCRIM 509 Crime Mapping and Analysis 3 credits This course will provide students with the knowledge and use of GIS in crime prevention and crime analysis. Students will learn through crime mapping exercises the various uses of GIS (Geographic Information System) in criminal investigation, prosecution and correctional management. Students will develop crime mapping project using online data and will learn skills how to make and analyze maps. GCRIM 601 Criminalistics 3 credits In this course, you will learn many of the cardinal and techniques of forensic science, criminalistics and laboratory analysis. The necessity of a rigorous scientific approach will be stressed. The

course is designed to acquaint the student with a comprehensive understanding of today’s crime laboratories and investigative techniques involving the proper collection, preservation, and analysis of evidence. The student will be introduced to scientific, technological, and experientially-based procedures as they are applied in the criminal justice system. GCRIM 602 Psychology and Law 3 credits This is a course in the study of Psychology and Law. The course offers the definitive perspective on the practical application of psychological research to the law. Insight is offered into the application of psychology in criminal and non-criminal matters. Topics such as family law, insanity, police interrogation, jury selection and decision making, involuntary civil commitment, and various civil capacities are included. The course emphasizes the major contributions psychological research has made to the law, and encourages critical analysis through examples of court cases, highprofile current events, and research leadership and the organizational improvement process. GCRIM 611 Digital Evidence 3 credits Computer and communication technologies have become key components to support critical infrastructure services in various sectors of our society. In an effort to share information and streamline operations, organizations are creating complex network systems and opening their networks to customers, suppliers, and other business partners. Increasing network complexity, greater access, and a growing emphasis on the Internet have made information and network security a major concern for organizations. This course focuses on computer and cyber forensics. Students will learn different aspects of computer and cybercrime and ways in which to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence. Students will be exposed to different types of tools (both software and hardware), techniques and procedure, and will be able to use them to perform rudimentary forensic investigations. GCRIM 612 Interviewing and Dispute Resolution 3 credits This course is working through the legal and practical aspects of interviewing and interrogation. The course offers perspectives from hands-on to legal considerations as well as ethics. Interrogation and interviewing are the cornerstones of any investigation and can make or break a case in court. It is imperative that one recognizes the legalities involved, the ethics of appropriate conduct and the proven methods and procedures for successful interviewing and interrogation. This course will utilize technologies such as Skype and Adobe Connect to allow students to practice interviewing techniques. GCRIM 621 Physical and Pattern Evidence: Investigative Methods 3 credits In this course, you will learn various techniques utilized in data

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