Complete your weekly reading assignments before engaging in Discussion, Dropbox assignments, or quizzes. The textbook takes the place of classroom lecture. To receive a good grade, I must see evidence that you have read and understand the material. A brief summary of a topic tells me very little and is a strong indicator that the material was skimmed and not read in detail. The more detail, the higher the grade.
Research references may come from the World Wide Web, library, other textbooks, individuals currently employed or retired from the criminal justice system, and other valid resources. All research references must be listed with each assignment and presented in APA format. Research references must identify the specific web site from which information was obtained. Listing a generic web site is not acceptable such as google.com, Wikipedia.com, etc. Five points are deducted when research references are not appropriately listed. Research is required for every Discussion and Dropbox assignment after the first week of class, and a minimum of two references are required for each.
Each week you will be assigned a topic to discuss in the Discussions area. Discussion topics may or may not be rooted in the textbook. Discussions are worth 15 points. You are expected to thoroughly research the assigned topic before posting your Discussion comments, and you must include your references with your posting. You are also expected to respond to at least two other students’ postings for each topic. Your posts should be submitted in paragraph form (rules of grammar and writing do apply) by midnight Central Standard Time Wednesday of each week. Posts after midnight are not permitted, but you can and should still read postings up through midnight Sunday.
Read what others have posted. You must read comments made by others in the class to get full credit for that discussion. While you will be restricted from posting comments to the discussion after each midnight Wednesday deadline, you can (and must) read the “vast majority” of what others have posted. Discussion posts will be available to read all week long until Sunday each week. This is part of the learning process.
Weekly Media Assignments
Each week there will be a media assignment consisting of a video, podcast or other media. The students are expected to review this media and integrate and synthesize its content into the week’s chapter assignment.
A quiz consists of 20 questions and are worth a total of 20 points. The questions are multiple-choice and cover the assigned chapter each week. There is a 20-minute time limit and once the quiz is started, it cannot be stopped. Should the quiz be exited, the quiz cannot be retaken and points will be lost for each unanswered question. Because of this, students are encouraged to click “save” after responding to each question. Quizzes must be taken within the week the quiz is assigned. Quizzes close on Sunday and will be unavailable thereafter. If it is not taken by the deadline it cannot be made up. Quizzes cannot extend beyond the 20-minute time limit.
Midterm and Final Exams
There will be both a midterm and final exam. The Midterm Exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and will be available during Week 4 (worth 60 points). The Midterm Exam covers Chapters 1-8. The Final Exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and will be available during Week 8 (also worth 60 points). The Final Exam covers Chapters 9-16 and must be taken during Week 8. Students have 60 minutes to successfully complete the Midterm and Final Exams.
On two occasions during the session, you will be expected to complete a two-page (minimum), double-spaced essay on an assigned research topic. Dropbox assignments are worth 20 points each. At least two research references must be included and they should be in APA format. Research sources must also be properly cited in the body of your essay and the citations must match the listed references and vice versa. For information of APA formatting see the College Writing Center: http://web.ccis.edu/Offices/AcademicResources/WritingCenter/EssayWritingAssistance/APADocumentation.aspx
The two Dropbox assignments must be posted to the appropriate weekly Dropbox by midnight Sunday. Late submissions are not accepted so plan ahead. Be sure to submit a title page, reference page and a minimum of full two pages of meaningful discussion. Papers must be prepared in MS Word. Meeting the two-page minimum is insufficient if the topic is not properly addressed. These papers are not thought papers so do not write in first person. Dropbox assignments not properly submitted (uploaded) will not be accepted nor will papers that are recycled (even though you wrote them for a different class).
Students are required to answer assignments 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. Three points are deducted when paragraph form is not used.
Use your knowledge gained from assigned reading to create very specific, detailed responses. Examples: It is insufficient to only list names of different types of search warrants without explaining requirements for each search warrant. Another example would be listing names of different strategies used to combat illegal drugs without explaining each strategy.
Some may say that I expect you to “regurgitate” what is in the textbook but this not the case. Rather, information in the textbook is the basis for the course and the material you will need to know upon completion of this course.
During Week 7, you will submit a research paper. It is worth 50 points and must be prepared in MS Word, double-spaced and properly cited and referenced in APA format. The paper must include a title page, reference page and a minimum of 8 pages of meaningful discussion. Students are not to write in first person. The paper must include a minimum of 5 references (with citations) and two of those must be from peer-reviewed academic journals.
All writing assignments 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. Should the instructor deem the “Originality Index” too high, the paper may not be accepted. Therefore, students must turn in original work and any material taken from outside sources must be properly cited.
Also note, any papers for which there is evidence that they have been “recycled” will not be accepted. Recycled means previously written for and submitted in this class or any other class by the student or anyone else.