Criminal Evidence

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Course Description:
An analysis of courtroom procedures, presentation of evidence and judicial decisions. Rules of evidence and the roles of judge, prosecutor, defense and jury will be discussed.


Course Details


Virginia "Ginger" Hicks, J.D.

Terri Whitehead, M.S.

Lynn Wimberly, M.S.


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Hails, Judy. Criminal Evidence. 8th Ed. Cengage, 2014. Print. ISBN: 9781285062860

9781285687483 (eBook)


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-03.0 Identify criminal investigation procedures.

SS-09.0 Explain the U.S. Court System and the relation to the rules of evidence.

SS-12.0 Demonstrate oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

SS-13.0 Demonstrate basic computer skills and competency in common software applications.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Explain investigative techniques used in solving crimes.
  • Explain general criminal laboratory techniques.
  • Discuss the importance of evidence to court proceedings following arrest.
  • Analyze the general process and handling of all evidence from time of discover through disposition.

SS-03.01, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

SS-03.02, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

SS-03.05, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

SS-09.06, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

Tests, Quizzes, Reports, Writing Assignments


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials
  • Attend and participate in class discussions
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures
  • All courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations, and or classroom discussions.  Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.
  • Assignment Schedule (see first-day handout)
  • Chapters:
    • Introduction
    • Role of Courts
    • The Adjudication Process
    • Types of Evidence
    • Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
    • Witnesses
    • Crime Scene Evidence and Experiments
    • Documentary Evidence, Models, Maps, and Diagrams
    • Hearsay and its Exceptions
    • Privileged Communications
    • Developing Law of Search and Seizure
    • Field Interviews, Arrests, and Jail Searches
    • Plain View, Consent, Vehicle and Administrative Searches
    • USA Patriot Act, Foreign Intelligence, and other types of Electronic Surveillance Covered by Federal Law
    • Self-Incrimination
    • Identification Procedures
    • Preparing the Case for Court


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