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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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CJS 2095 - Interview, Interrogation, and Investigation

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course examines oral and nonverbal communication and collection of verbal information using criminal justice theory and methods. Students will practice the skills of interviewing and interrogation. Students will learn various methods and legal guidelines for interviewing, interrogation, and investigation.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Fifteen completed college credits. Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Six college credits in criminal justice sciences before enrolling in this class.

Major Content
  1. Environmental settings for gathering verbal information
  2. Ethical and legal considerations for policy of individuals and organizations
  3. Evaluation and use of findings in investigation procedure
  4. Interviewing behavior: handling denials, passivity
  5. Interviewing children and the mentally challenged
  6. Nonverbal behavioral assessment
  7. Pre-employment interviews
  8. Preparation for the interview/interrogation
  9. Projective analysis of unwritten verbal clue
  10. Psycho-physiological basis for the forensic assessment
  11. Question formulation: irrelevant, relevant, comparison, and alternative questions
  12. The history of interviewing, interrogation, and investigation application and methods
  13. Theoretical frameworks for interviewing, interrogation and investigation
  14. Truth and deception
  15. Use of verbal coercion and persuasion
  16. Use of technology, related to interviewing and interrogation

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply methods for memory development
  2. apply the legal framework for information-gathering and sharing
  3. follow chain of custody rules for information gathering and investigation
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the investigation process and its importance for interviewing and interrogation
  5. show knowledge of methods of content analysis and categorization of words
  6. apply the concepts of polygraph and voice stress analysis technology and techniques
  7. apply knowledge of verbal threat and behavioral escalation analysis
  8. demonstrate knowledge of pattern recognition techniques
  9. become knowledgeable in trigger word recognition techniques
  10. participate in interview and interrogation process
  11. apply videotaping technology for taping interviews and interrogations

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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