Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

CJAD 101: Intro To Criminal Justice Ad

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  Course Description

History and development of major components of the Criminal Justice system; police, prosecution, defense, criminal courts, institutional and community-based corrections.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None


As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.


  •  Siegel, L., & Worrall, J . (2018). Introduction to Criminal Justice (16th ed.). Boston: Cengage.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

There are three main components to the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Law enforcement investigates criminal activity and develops probable cause to arrest the criminal offender. The criminal offender enters the court system, which is made up of defense attorneys, a prosecutor, judges, and juries. In the court system the offender is referred to as a defendant and his guilt or innocence is determined in the court proceedings. If found guilty, the defendant is sentenced by the judge. The corrections component incorporates all forms of sentencing and punishment. There are a myriad of sentencing and punishment options in today’s system, which range from incarceration down to unsupervised probation. It is these three individual components within the one system that work together to detect and punish criminal behavior.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the history, evolution, and present structure of the criminal justice system.
  2. Identify and describe the three major components of the criminal justice system.
  3. Articulate the steps in the criminal justice process.
  4. Explain common terminology and methods used by professionals in the criminal justice system.
  5. Evaluate the dichotomy between protecting individual rights and protection of the public.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 540-600 90-100%
B 480-539 80-89%
C 420-479 70-79%
D 360-419 60-69%
F 0-359 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion (12) 120 20%
Quizzes (6) 120 20%
Papers (2) 120 20%
Exams (2) 240 40%
Total 600 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion -- Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 1 10
Discussion 2 10
Quiz 1 20 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 10 Thursday/Sunday
Paper 1 60 Sunday
Quiz 2 20

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 5 10
Quiz 3 20 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 10 Thursday/Sunday
Midterm Exam 120 Sunday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 8 10
Quiz 4 20 Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 10 Thursday/Sunday
Paper 2 60 Sunday
Quiz 5 20

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 11 10
Quiz 6 20 Sunday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 12 10 Thursday/Saturday
Final Exam 120 Saturday
Total Points: 600

  Assignment Overview


You are expected to thoroughly research the assigned topic before posting your initial post. Posts should be submitted in paragraph form using proper grammar and punctuation. Your initial post for each discussion is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday. Initial posts after 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday will be graded a 0. Initial posts should fully answer the discussion question(s) and should indicate that you have read the textbook, completed additional research, and thoughtfully considered the question(s) asked.

You must include your references with your posts. A minimum of two references are required for each discussion. Your textbook is an appropriate reference. You should use APA format for all references and citations.

You must respond to at least two classmates for each discussion. Your response posts are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, except in Week 8, when responses are due by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT. Response posts after 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday will be graded a 0. Responses should contain meaningful content and can include questions, additional information/thoughts/opinions, links to related topics, etc. Responses should not simply be a rephrasing of your classmate’s post or a simple statement of "I agree/disagree."

In addition to your initial post and two response posts, you are expected to engage in discussions throughout the week. To receive full credit, you should respond to questions and comments from your instructor or from classmates.

Discussions are worth 10 points each.


You will write two papers in this course. These papers are not personal essays, so you should not write in first person. You are required to write in paragraph form. A paragraph is a distinct division of written matter, a single idea, containing one or more sentences with the first line indented.

Each paper must be a minimum of two, double-spaced pages. In addition to the two full pages of meaningful content to address the topic, you must also submit a title page and reference page. At least two research references must be included and they should be in APA format, including in-text citations and references. Your textbook is an appropriate reference.

Note: All papers must be prepared in MS Word and be properly submitted through the Dropbox utility. No emailed papers will be accepted. Furthermore, “Turnitin” will evaluate all papers for originality. If the instructor deems the “Originality Index” too high, the paper may not be accepted. Therefore, you must turn in original work and any material taken from outside sources must be properly cited.

Paper 1 is due in the appropriate Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT by Sunday of Week 2.

Paper 2 is due in the appropriate Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT by Sunday of Week 6.

Papers are worth 60 points each.


There will be a weekly quiz for each week (except in Weeks 4 and 8), which will cover the readings from that week. Each quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions and is worth a total of 20 points. There is a 30-minute time limit and once the quiz is started, it cannot be stopped. You are encouraged to click "save" after responding to each question. Quizzes must be taken within the week the quiz is assigned. Quizzes open at 12:01 a.m. CT on Monday and close at 11:59 p.m. CT on the Sunday of the week they are assigned.


Midterm Exam

The Midterm exam covers the material from Weeks 1 through 4. It contains 60 multiple-choice questions, each worth 2 points. You will have 90 minutes to complete the Midterm. Midterm will open at 12:01 a.m. CT on Monday of Week 4, and will close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 4. The Midterm exam is not proctored.

Final Exam

The Final exam covers the material from Weeks 5 through 8. It contains 60 multiple-choice questions, each worth 2 points. You will have 90 minutes to complete the Final exam. Final exam will open at 12:01 a.m. CT on Wednesday of Week 8, and will close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of Week 8. The Final exam is not proctored.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Required Resources
Introduction to Criminal Justice:  Chapters 1 and 2
Introduction Discussion
Introduce yourself to the class. Please share a little about both your professional and personal lives (i.e., hobbies, interests, etc.), along with your future aspirations and/or goals.
Discussion 1
There are many perspectives on justice. Which perspective best represents your own point of view and why? What criteria make up the different definitions of “justice”?
Discussion 2
How do criminal justice professionals measure crime? What are their methods? What, in your opinion, are the strengths and weaknesses of each of these methods, and why?
Quiz 1
The quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions covering material from Chapters 1 & 2 in our textbook.
Required Resources

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Chapters 3 and 4

Discussion 3
Your textbook outlines various kinds of crime classifications. What are they, and how do criminal justice professionals distinguish between these classifications? Provide examples of the different classifications and explain how they belong to one classification over another.
Paper 1
Compare and contrast the various theories associated with crime causation, and provide supporting information and/or evidence as to the theory that seems most prevalent as a cause of crime.
Quiz 2
The quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions covering material from Chapters 3 & 4 in our textbook.
Required Resources

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Chapters 5 and 6

Discussion 4
Consider how private policing has affected public policing agencies. Is private policing better or worse? Why? How are they the same and how are they different?
Discussion 5
What are the relationships among community policing, problem-oriented policing, and intelligence-led policing? Are they similar or are they fundamentally different? Explain your rationale.
Quiz 3
The quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions covering material from Chapters 5 & 6 in our textbook.
Required Resources

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Chapters 7 and 8

Discussion 6
Should “stop and frisk” continue to be an exception to the laws requiring a search warrant? Why or why not? How does “stop and frisk” compare to the other types of warrantless searches and arrests?
Midterm Exam
The Midterm exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions covering material from Chapters 1-8. It is not proctored.
Required Resources

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Chapters 9 and 10

Discussion 7
There are many criteria that prosecutors might use to decide whether to proceed with a case or drop it. Do you believe prosecutors should have absolute discretion? Why or why not?
Discussion 8
Due to the excessive criminal court caseloads, plea bargaining is often used. Discuss the pros and cons of plea bargaining and explain the roles of the prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, and victim in the plea negotiation.
Quiz 4
The quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions covering material from Chapters 9 & 10 in our textbook.
Required Resources

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Chapters 11 and 12

Discussion 9
Of the sentencing models discussed in the book, which one do you believe should be used? Defend your position. Is the model you’ve chosen appropriate for every situation?
Paper 2
Overcrowding in our jails and prisons is a major problem that every jurisdiction is trying to address. Discuss the many modern day alternatives to incarceration and explain whether these are a potential solution to the overcrowding problem.
Quiz 5
The quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions covering material from Chapters 11 & 12 in our textbook.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Required Resources

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Chapters 13 and 14

Discussion 10
Discuss the effectiveness of parole and how it relates to the problems inmates experience reentering society. What can correctional institutions do—or what should they do—to mitigate prisoner recidivism?
Discussion 11
Research correctional rehabilitation programs in your area or where you’re from, and then describe them to the rest of the class (i.e., where, name, focus, size, effectiveness, etc.). Then, provide your reaction to what you found. What are the potential advantages and disadvantages of correctional rehabilitation programs like the one you found?
Quiz 6
The quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions covering material from Chapters 13 & 14 in our textbook.
Required Resources

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Chapters 15 and 16

Discussion 12
Consider the trend towards treating juvenile offenders as adults. What implications, positive or negative, are there? Do you think juveniles should be treated or tried as adults?
Final Exam
The Final exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions covering material from Chapters 9-16. It is not proctored.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.


There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late paper submissions will not be accepted, so please plan ahead. Dropbox assignments not properly submitted (uploaded) will not be accepted, nor will papers that are recycled (written for another class and/or submitted for this course by someone else). Late quizzes and exams will not be accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.