Aug 13, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in their freshman or sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

CRJ5420 - Criminal Investigation II (3hrs)

The technical procedures required to investigate specific criminal offenses including advanced application of criminal investigative techniques with emphasis upon statutory elements of each crime will be addressed in this class. The special investigative techniques for each selected crime will be studied and applied.


Student must have completed CRJ5415 Criminal Investigation.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge concerning the technical procedurals to investigate specific criminal offenses in a manner that includes establishing all the elements of the crime.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to determine the differing techniques used in specific criminal cases and if an investigation fulfilled the statutory elements of the crimes.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1: Sex Offenses

Outcome:  The student will be familiar with the characteristics of sexual offenders and their crimes.

  • Define the statutory definitions of given sexual offenses.
  • Apply the proper sexual terminology to given case situations.
  • Describe the basic sexual offender characteristics.
  • Discuss the proper methods of investigative handling of a rape victim.
  • Explain the common characteristics shared by many serial rapists.

UNIT 2: Legal Aspects of Homicide

Outcome:  The student will determine and apply the legal aspects to homicide cases.

  • List state code provisions for charging a person with an unlawful death.
  • Identify the elements of the various classifications of homicide under state law.
  • Correctly apply the terminology associated with homicide investigations.
  • Discuss the effectiveness of developing serial killer profiles in an investigation.
  • Compare and contrast the actions of infamous serial killers in America.

UNIT 3: Medico-Legal Death Investigations

Outcome:  The student will know medico-legal terminology as it relates to bodily changes and cause of death.

  • Identify the situations where an autopsy is required under state law.
  • List the various methods of gaining the identification of the deceased.
  • Explain the primary ways in which the responding officer determines death.
  • List and explain the bodily changes that occur following death.
  • Discuss what occurs during the state of decomposition under normal conditions.
  • Recognize the ways that bodily trauma might indicate cause of death.
  • Identify the information that might be gained from wound examinations.

Projects Required:



Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:


Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.