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CMRJ531 - Criminal Profiling

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ531 Course ID: 2592 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will examine in detail crimes such as murder, serial killing, rape, and related crimes of violence from a socio-psychological profiling perspective. Topics covered will include the foundations of criminal profiling, the elements and goals of criminal profiling, multidisciplinary theory, victimology, geographic profiling, the scientific method as applied to behavioral theories, and ethical considerations. Modus Operandi and signature behaviors will be analyzed and inductive and deductive profiling methods will be assessed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of this course, the students should be able to:

CO1: Evaluate scientific approaches to crime scene profiling.

CO2: Critique technology based tools utilized in criminal profiling.

CO3: Apply the concepts of criminal profiling to specific crimes.

CO4: Examine the concepts psychological profiling.

CO5: Discuss the utilization of the psychological autopsy.


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Forum Questions 48.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.86 %
Week 2 Forum 6.86 %
Week 3 Forum 6.86 %
Week 4 Forum 6.86 %
Week 5 Forum 6.86 %
Week 6 Forum 6.86 %
Week 7 Forum 6.86 %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Final Paper 25.00 %
Week 7 Paper 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
CMRJ531 Final Exam 25.00 %
Final Paper Topic 1.00 %
Paper Topic Approval 1.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.