Criminal Investigations

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 235

       Course Name: Criminal Investigations

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents a study of criminal investigation procedure.  Content includes conduct at crime scenes, collection and preservation of evidence and methods used in a police science laboratory.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the Criminal Investigative Process
  • Articulate the elements of search and seizure
  • Explain crime scene protocol
  • Designate the pros and cons of eyewitness identification
  • Outline interview and interrogation techniques
  • Demonstrate investigative report writing
  • Designate various crimes and their elements
  • Design a format to investigate missing persons
  • Appraise the trail preparation process

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

Week  Assignment
1 General Investigation
2 General Investigation
3 Interviews and Interrogation
Crime Lab
4 Death Investigation
5 Death Investigation
6 Death Investigation
7 Review for Mid-Term
9 Sex Offenders
10 Sex Offenders
11 Robbery
12 Burglary
13 Theft
14 Arson
15 Miscellaneous Crimes

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/Discussion/Audio Visual
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Such as:
Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction, by Ogle
Illinois Criminal Code and Procedures

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Two exams, class participation and attendance.

XI.   Other Course Information

Class Attendance Required.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.