Module 1 Discussion

IMPORTANT: These ARE NOT opinion papers.  Even if you are an expert in this area, you need to support your statements with documentation.  You may draw your own conclusions, but at the academic level we need to be able evaluate the foundation of your statements.  Otherwise, you are just offering opinions that have little meaning or relevance to the academic community. You need to be able to apply the course materials to the real world.  You should make statements supported by evidence and reasoning, and/or otherwise demonstrate thoughtful analysis of your topic – analysis which shows YOUR THOUGHTS on the subject and DOES NOT MERELY REPEAT WHAT SOURCES TELL YOU. I will be looking for each participant to draw on their “real-world” experiences and knowledge base in relation to the course material(s). It is my desire to see each person apply those experiences to the assignments. I give more weight to a demonstrated understanding and applicability of the textbook information towards real-world experiences/situations.

ALWAYS SUPPORT YOUR IDEAS, ARGUMENTS, AND COMMENTS WITH APPROPRIATELY REFERENCED (APA) LITERATURE, THEORY, AND RESEARCH.

REFERENCES AND SOURCES:  All references and sources used in this course must be academically sound.  You may not use “pop culture” resources such as People or Psychology Today.  You may not use “wikis” or various search engine “about” sources such as Wikipedia, eHow.com, Ask.com, About.com, CliffNotes.org, WikiAnswers.com, Answers.com, Answers.Yahoo.com, Answers.google.com, Sociology.about.com, Psychology.about.com, etc.

Whereas documentation is very important to academic writing, an 80% majority of the posts should be in your own words.  Directly quoted materials in excess of 20% will be subject to penalty.  In addition, I will deduct points for misspelled words, grammatical errors, improper sentence structure and punctuation. PLEASE REVIEW THE CRITERIA FOR “SUBSTANTIVE” IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE REQUIREMENTS.  All responses must meet the criteria of “substantive” as defined in the syllabus. Simply responding “yes”, “no”, “I agree”, etc., is not sufficient to earn credit for the assignments.

All postings will be respectful and have proper “netiquette.” You can feel free to disagree constructively and courteously regarding your own thoughts and ideas compared to others. Name calling or attacking another person is not acceptable online classroom behavior and will be dealt with administratively.

ALL WORK FOR CREDIT MUST BE POSTED WITHIN THE DESIGNATED CLASS ASSIGNMENT THREAD.

If you’re the first to enter the Discussion, there will only be a “Start a New Thread” button.

To respond to a classmate use the “Reply to Thread” button

ASSIGNMENT HEADERS – ALWAYS list your last name, week and assignment name and module number on all homework, posting assignments, and papers. Please place these at the very top or in the first line of your submission.

Example:

Gardner – Main Post #1, Module 1

Example:

Gardner – Response #1, Module 1

Gardner – Response #2, Module 1

DROPBOX SUBMISSIONS – Please DO NOT put any identifying information (e.g., name, address, SSAN) in your DROPBOX submissions. Pursuant to the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students are requested to maintain confidentiality as a way to keep their personal contact information (i.e. address, telephone, etc) from being disclosed to vendors or other outside agencies.

Assignment

Due no later than

Post  Your initial response to the question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT
Post COPY of your initial response to DROPBOX Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT
Post  Response to two (2) of your classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

ALWAYS SUPPORT YOUR IDEAS, ARGUMENTS, AND COMMENTS WITH APPROPRIATELY REFERENCED (APA) LITERATURE, THEORY, AND RESEARCH.

REFERENCES AND SOURCES:  All references and sources used in this course must be academically sound.  You may not use “pop culture” resources such as People or Psychology Today.  You may not use “wikis” or various search engine “about” sources such as Wikipedia, eHow.com, Ask.com, About.com, WikiAnswers.com, Answers.com, CliffNotes.org, Answers.Yahoo.com, Answers.google.com, Sociology.about.com, Psychology.about.com, etc.

PART 1a: Post your response to ONE (1) of the questions below on the Main Discussion Board in this thread NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT THURSDAY.

PART 1b: Place an EXACT COPY (ATTACHMENT) of your Part 1 (primary) discussion post in the designated folder located in the Drop Box. Failure to place an EXACT COPY in the Drop Box will result in a grade penalty. 

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QUESTIONS (select one for discussion):

1. After reading the Chapters assigned, you have been introduced to historical figures prominent in the criminal identification/fingerprint science discipline. Of the historical figures you’ve read about, select one and provide a rationale for why you believe their contribution was the most important to the field of fingerprinting and support your answers with information gleaned from basic searching on the Internet. For example, Alphonse Bertillon identified that a person’s physical measurements would be useful in identifying them individually. While we don’t use Bertillon’s system anymore, it was valuable and revolutionary back in 1883.

Select and apply a Saint Leo Core Value to the discussion.

You are to write a minimum of 300-400 words for your main post and a minimum of 100-150 words for each response to a classmate. Always support your ideas, arguments, and comments with appropriately referenced (APA) literature, theory, and research. Respond with sufficient detail to support your position while citing specific examples and applying concepts from the course materials. Please ensure that you include in-text citations and a proper bibliographic reference for all of your sources, to include the textbook. 

2. Discuss the epidermis and dermal layers of skin. What is the significance of each of these layers with regard to our fingerprints? 

Select and apply a Saint Leo Core Value to the importance of fingerprints in forensic investigations. 

You are to write a minimum of 300-400 words for your main post and a minimum of 100-150 words for each response to a classmate. Always support your ideas, arguments, and comments with appropriately referenced (APA) literature, theory, and research. Respond with sufficient detail to support your position while citing specific examples and applying concepts from the course materials. Please ensure that you include in-text citations and a proper bibliographic reference for all of your sources, to include the textbook. 

3. Contact a local police department or state forensic lab in your area and ask them about the educational requirements and responsibilities of a Fingerprint Examiner. Are they sworn or non-sworn? Discuss your findings. 

Identify a Saint Leo Core Value and apply it to the discussion.

You are to write a minimum of 300-400 words for your main post and a minimum of 100-150 words for each response to a classmate. Always support your ideas, arguments, and comments with appropriately referenced (APA) literature, theory, and research. Respond with sufficient detail to support your position while citing specific examples and applying concepts from the course materials. Please ensure that you include in-text citations and a proper bibliographic reference for all of your sources, to include the textbook.

4. Discuss the significance of bloody fingerprint evidence in the Francisca Rojas case (1892).

Identify a Saint Leo Core Value and apply it to the discussion.

You are to write a minimum of 300-400 words for your main post and a minimum of 100-150 words for each response to a classmate. Always support your ideas, arguments, and comments with appropriately referenced (APA) literature, theory, and research. Respond with sufficient detail to support your position while citing specific examples and applying concepts from the course materials. Please ensure that you include in-text citations and a proper bibliographic reference for all of your sources, to include the textbook. 

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