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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. 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;
    2. 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
    3. examine the differences between various types of evidence including presumptions, stipulations, and inferences.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. historical development of the rules of evidence
    2. continuing evolution of evidentiary rules
    3. the burden of proof
    4. judicial notice of law and of fact
    5. relevancy and materiality: admissibility
    6. direct examination
    7. cross examination
    8. re-direct
    9. exclusionary rules
    10. rules governing the admissibility of tests and documents
    11. substitutes for evidence: presumptions, stipulations, inferences
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. 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