CRIJ120 Criminal Evidence
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
- I. Course Number and Title
- CRIJ120 Criminal Evidence
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- CRIJ100 or
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course introduces students to the laws of evidence at the operational level of law enforcement officers and other criminal justice professionals. The major topics of study include the federal rules of evidence, arrest, force, search, and seizure.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the federal rules governing the assemblage, control and preservation of evidentiary materials in support of a criminal prosecution;
- demonstrate an understanding of the rules of law in the criminal justice system, including the burden of proof, judicial notice, and federal rules relating to trial; and
- examine the differences between various types of evidence including presumptions, stipulations, and inferences.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- historical development of the rules of evidence
- continuing evolution of evidentiary rules
- the burden of proof
- judicial notice of law and of fact
- relevancy and materiality: admissibility
- direct examination
- cross examination
- exclusionary rules
- rules governing the admissibility of tests and documents
- substitutes for evidence: presumptions, stipulations, inferences
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015