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CMRJ329 - Criminal Profiling

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ329 Course ID: 2553 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course explores criminal behavior, its motivation, and the environmental influences and patterns of offending. Other topics examined are the approaches to profiling and how these investigative techniques are applied to helping solve crimes. This course will address aspects of behavior, taking into consideration the definition of criminal profiling as the inference of offender traits from physical and/or behavioral evidence. Evaluations will be made of the history, theories, and investigative techniques regarding profiling crime offenders, using a unique blend of both social science, as well as psychological and legal research. It includes legal case excerpts to demonstrate the role of the profiler (investigator). This provides the student a solid knowledge foundation of the integral relationship between the profiling techniques and theories of criminal behavior and the court system. It is recommended students take either CMRJ101 or CMRJ306 prior to enrolling in this course.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Explain the theories of deductive and inductive criminal profiling.

CO2: Differentiate the relationship between Locard's Exchange Principle, Crime Reconstruction, Evidence Dynamics and their implications to forensic examinations in assisting the investigation of a possible criminal act.

CO3: Summarize investigative indicators associated with accurately recognizing and reconstructing staged crime scenes.

CO4: Compare and contrast the meaning of offender signature and modus operandi.

CO5: Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of a criminal profiler in the development of profiling reports and trial strategy.

CO6: Describe offender sadistic behavior characteristics associated with various criminal behaviors and criminal offender personalities.

CO7: Differentiate the characteristics of an autoerotic fatality versus a suicide.

CO8: Assess how the science and art of profiling crime scenes, and subsequently offenders, from physical and psychological evidence is key to the investigation of a violent serial killer.

CO9: Interpret the behavioral concepts involved in arson and bomb scenes.

Forums

Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.

Assignment(s)

Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.

Exam(s)

Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.