I. Course Prefix/Number: LAE 150
Course Name: Report Writing
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
The student will learn to:
- Effectively organize a police report
- Take proper notes at a crime scene and in an interview
- Write grammatically correct sentences
- Use appropriate diction (word choice)
- Understand and apply the legal implications of proper report writing
- Write accurate and effective “Use of Force” reports
- Understand and use technology in report writing
- Choose appropriate formats for various types of police reports
- Document a crime scene
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
• Taking the Call
• Write it Up
• Basic Grammar, The Boring Stuff
• Important Legal, but Still Boring Stuff
• You caught him, now what?
• Use of Force Report Writing
• Using Technology: The Geek Chapter
• Forms and samples
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
A grading chart is available in WebCT. That chart will show you how many points you need to earn an F, D, C. B, or A
Students will be given grade score forms at the beginning of the semester so they can keep track of how many points they are earning. The instructor is NOT responsible for giving updates on point in class
Each student decides the grade they want at the beginning of the semester and work stoward that goal. If you receive a final grade of “D” that must have been the grade you wanted.
Quizzes CANNOT be made up.
Mid-Term Examination (maximum value: 0 - 200 points) 2 points for each correct answer
o The mid-term will cover the first part of the course.
o Taking examination is not confined to a single time or date. The exam is open book and is taken in the classroom during a span of time as announced in class.
o The mid-term examination will consist of 100 questions; they are true and false and multiple-choice. An essay question may be included.
o If you are not able to take the mid-term exam with the rest of the class, you will be required to schedule the exam prior to the scheduled date of the class test. No mid-term exam can be made up after the class has taken the scheduled date unless approved.
Final Examination (maximum value: 0 - 200 points) 2 points for each correct answer
o The final exam will cover the second part of the course.
o Taking examination is not confined to a single time or date. The exam is open book and taken in the classroom during a span of time as announced in class.
o No Final Exam make up is available.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.