Theories of Crime Analysis

Theories of Crime Analysis

  1. Module Title: Theories of Crime Analysis
  2. Module Prefix/Number: CRJ 405
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course will give the basics necessary for the understanding of crime analysis, which is the application of analytical methods to crime date collected for use in criminal investigation, trend analysis and other law enforcement requirements. It will cover topics such as criminal justice system, criminal behavior and fundamentals of crime analysis. Students will learn about the tools used by Crime Analysts, such as applied research methods, critical thinking, qualitative analysis, inferential statistics and crime mapping.
  5. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  6. Course Outline
    Topic
    • Fundamentals of Crime Analysis
    • Understanding the Criminal Justice System
    • Understanding Criminal Behavior
    • Practical Literature: What to Read and How to Read It
    • Foundations of Critical Thinking
    • Applied Research in Crime Analysis and Problem Solving
    • Data Integrity
    • Qualitative Analysis
    • Effective Presentations
    • Interpreting Crime Data and Statistics
    • Temporal Analysis
    • Demographic Analysis
    • Descriptive and Multivariate Statistics
    • Inferential Statistics
    • Crime Mapping
    • Effective Crime Analysis Writing
    • Crime Analysis Publications
    • Spreadsheets
    • Analytical Charting
    • Working the Web: Using the Internet and Intranet Technology

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