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Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2017/2018

CJAD 101: Intro To Criminal Justice Ad

Course Description

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

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Frank Schmalleger. (2015). Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century (13th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
    • [ISBN-978-0-13-346004-9]
    • Note: MBS Direct offers a customized version of the text. To order use ISBN: 978-1-269-91641-7.

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to Introduction to Criminal Justice online! Material in this course is presented from a legal, criminological, historical, and social systems perspective. These different views will help students develop an understanding of the derivation and mechanical operation of each phase of a criminal case. We also take a look at the personnel involved, the justice process from investigation to arrest, court motions and procedures, the trial, appeal process, punishment, and alternative sentencing. The student should, upon course completion, be able to explain how our criminal justice system evolved, how it presently operates, current problems and concerns with the system, and how it might be improved.

Each week we will focus on different situations, issues, court cases, and problems encountered in policing. Through our On-Line Discussion Assignments, Class Quizzes, and Dropbox Assignments we will examine policing issues, procedures and court decisions that have impacted police. These are reinforced and expanded in our readings in our text.



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

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 477-530 90-100%
B 424-476 80-89%
C 371-423 70-79%
D 318-370 60-69%
F 0-317 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 150 28%
Quizzes 240 45%
Dropbox Assignments 140 26%
Total 530 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 1 30 Sunday
Dropbox 1 20
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 2 30 Sunday
Dropbox 2 40
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 3 30 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 4 30 Sunday
Dropbox 3 40
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 5 30 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 6 30 Sunday
Dropbox 4 40
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 7 30 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 8 30 Saturday
Total Points 530

Assignment Overview

General

You are responsible for retaining your own personal copy of all assignments submitted. From time to time, computer program failures, among other occurrences, result in assignments being lost as they are transmitted into Desire2Learn. Assignments posted and graded prior to the designated due day and time cannot be edited or changed.


Reading Assignments

The textbook is the basis for this course and takes the place of class lecture.  Mastering material found in the textbook will greatly enhance your knowledge of Police in a Democratic Society. Complete your weekly reading assignments before engaging in Discussions, Dropbox assignments, or Quizzes. To receive a good grade, I must see evidence that you have read and understood the material in the textbook. 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.


Optional Resources

Located in the course Content area, videos, links to websites, and articles add in-depth information in reference to the current weekly assignments.


Discussions

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. You are expected to thoroughly research the assigned topic before posting your comments; you must include your references with your posting. Your initial posting addressing the topic must be submitted in paragraph form (rules of grammar do apply) by midnight Wednesday of each week. You are also expected to respond to at least one classmate’s posting by midnight Sunday of each week. Once posted, your initial response to the discussion topic cannot be edited or changed.

Read what others have posted: You must read the vast majority of comments made by others in the class to get full credit for that discussion. This is part of the learning process.


Quizzes

A quiz consists of 30 questions. There are 10 multiple-choice questions, 10 true and false questions, and 10 matching questions over the assigned chapter each week. There is a 30-minute time limit, and once the quiz is started it cannot be stopped. Three points are deducted for each minute the quiz remains open after 30 minutes. 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 midnight Sunday and will be unavailable thereafter. The Week 8 Class-Quiz closes midnight Saturday. If a quiz is not taken by the deadline, it cannot be made up. Quizzes cannot extend beyond the 30-minute time limit.


Dropbox Assignments

You are expected to complete a two-page (minimum) essay on an assigned research topic. Dropbox Assignments are to be thoroughly researched. At least two research references must be included, and they should be in APA format. Research references must be properly cited in the body of your essay, and the citations must match the listed reference and vice versa. For information on APA formatting see: https://web.ccis.edu/offices/academicresources/writingcenter.aspx. Late submissions are not accepted. Dropbox submissions not properly submitted (uploaded) will not be accepted. Dropbox submissions posted and graded prior to the designated due day and time cannot be edited or changed. Editing and changes can be made if the Dropbox assignment has not been graded.

Use your knowledge gained from assigned reading to create very specific, detailed responses.  Examples: It is insufficient to list only the 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.


Notes

Paragraph form: You are required to answer assignments in paragraph form unless otherwise designated. A paragraph is a distinct division of written matter, a single idea, containing one or more sentences with the first line indented. Five points are deducted when paragraph form is not used.

Graded Assignments: Discussion and Dropbox assignments submitted prior to the scheduled due date may be graded, after which they cannot be updated or revised for additional credit. This also applies to Discussion and Dropbox assignments received after the scheduled due date.

Research References: In addition to the assigned textbook, a minimum of two research references are required (additional research references may be required for some assignments) for each Discussion and Dropbox assignment after the first week of class. 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. Research references must identify the specific website from which information was obtained. Ten points are deducted when research references are not listed. Listing a generic website is not acceptable such as www.google.comwww.Wikipedia.com, or any general website as a research reference. Dictionaries are useful for learning the meaning of words, but not as a valid research reference. A word used as a topic will need further explanation from the textbook to identify its relevance to criminal justice.

Original Work: All assignments must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course. Do not cut and paste paragraphs of information into your paper. All source material should be paraphrased in your own words. Short quotations are allowed.

–but not limited to–: In addition to the topics listed in the Course Outline and any information that I may include in CougarMail, important information from the textbook and a minimum of two research references (additional research references may be required for some assignments) must be included in all Discussion and Dropbox assignments after Week 1.



Course Outline

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

Week 1: Getting Started, Getting Acquainted, What is Criminal Justice?
Reading

Chapter One

Class Activity

During this first week, become familiar with how D2L (Desire to Learn) works, make yourself a copy of the syllabus, review assignments and assignment schedules. This is not a graded assignment.

Optional Resources
  • Criminal Justice: Diagram of the sequence of events in the Criminal Justice System from arrest through moving out of the CJ System

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Discussion 1

Introduce yourself and tell the class what you would like to be doing career-wise in five years. The initial post is due midnight Wednesday and response to classmate(s) by midnight Sunday.

Quiz 1

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Chapter One. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

Dropbox 1
  • Topic: Answer the following important questions addressing information from the syllabus. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

              Please respond to each question numerically

  1. In what section of the syllabus will you find the list of assignments by due date?

  2. Identify the policy regarding submission of late assignments.

  3. What day of the week are your initial discussion posts due?

  4. How many points are deducted when paragraph form is not used?

  5. When does this course officially end?

 

Week 2: The Crime Picture
Reading

Chapter Two

Optional Resource
  • Link: Restorative Justice

Discussion 2
  • Restorative Justice (RJ): (This assignment is not discussed in Chapter Two.)  Students are to research and discuss Restorative Justice. Our adversarial justice systems start with what law is broken, who broke it, and how to punish the offender. Restorative justice asks what harm was done, how to repair the harm, and who's responsible for repairing the harm.  Harsher punishments have not been as effective as many suggest.

    Please respond to the following questions numerically:

    1. What is Restorative Justice (RJ)? 
    2. How does it work?
    3. Will crime victims cooperate in Restorative Justice?  Why or why not?
    4. Are there crimes in which Restorative Justice is not applicable?  
    5. What do you see as benefits and negatives of Restorative Justice?  
    6. What do you think public reaction would be to expanding Restorative Justice? 
    7. What is your opinion of Restorative Justice? 

The initial post is due midnight Wednesday and response to classmate(s) by midnight Sunday

Quiz 2

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Chapter Two. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

Dropbox 2
Discuss the two major sources of crime statistics for the United States. Uniform Crime Report (UCR), National Crime Victim Survey (NCVS), and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), including but not limited to: the Part I and II offenses, UCR terminology, how the UCR and NCVS collect crime data, types of information collected and not collected by the NCVS, accuracy issues with the UCR and NCVS, and the role and purpose of the NIBRS. In addition to topics listed in the syllabus, additional information from the textbook and research references is required. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.
Week 3: Criminal Law
Reading

Chapter Four

Optional Resources
  • Video: Criminal Law Information: Basics of Criminal Law –basic criminal justice terminology

  • Link: Classifications of Crime

  • Link: Criminal Justice Career Video Profiles

Discussion 3
  • Specific violations of criminal law: Discuss specific categories of violations of criminal law and general features of crime without which there would be no crime. Including but not limited to: felonies, inchoate offenses, Actus Reus, child-neglect laws, Mens Rea, and Concurrence. In addition to topics listed in the syllabus, additional information from the textbook and research references is required. The initial post is due midnight Wednesday and response to classmate(s) by midnight Sunday.
Quiz 3

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Chapter Four. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

Week 4: Policing: Legal Aspects
Reading

Chapter Seven

Optional Resources
  • Video: Higher Crime: Impact on the cost of insurance 

  • Link: Enforcing the Fourth Amendment: The Exclusionary Rule

Discussion 4
  • Law Enforcement Agencies: This assignment is not rooted in the textbook. You will choose one law enforcement agency to research and discuss in depth. You may choose a law enforcement agency from any or all levels of government, federal, state, or local level. (The CIA, NSA or other intelligence agencies are not law enforcement agencies for the purpose of this assignment.) Information should include, but is not limited to, when the agency was founded, the purpose, duties, responsibilities, organizational information (chain of command and various divisions/departments in the agency), the number of persons employed and their positions in the agency, and other interesting data. This is an opportunity to learn about a law enforcement agency where you live or one that you would just like to know more about. If you cannot find all the required information, then select another law enforcement agency, so that you don’t lose points for failing to cover all the points for this assignment. Be careful not to use excessive cut & paste &/or copying; which would be Plagiarism. The department of homeland security is not, in and of itself, a law enforcement agency, but rather is a U.S. department under which several law enforcement agencies exist. So, do not pick the department of homeland security to discuss as a Law Enforcement Agency. The initial post is due midnight Wednesday and response to classmate(s) by midnight Sunday.

Quiz 4

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Chapter Seven. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

Dropbox 3

Discuss search and seizure. Students will discuss search and seizure issues including but not limited to: exceptions to the exclusionary rule, search warrant requirements, requirements of different types of warrantless searches, and findings from different landmark court cases. In addition to Topics listed in the Syllabus, additional information from the textbook and research references is required. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

Week 5: Pretrial Activities and the Criminal Trial
Reading

Chapter Ten

Optional Resource
  • Video: Competent to Stand Trial 

Discussion 5
  • Pretrial procedures: This assignment addresses pretrial procedures that occur prior to the trial but not the trial itself. Subjects included but are not limited to: first appearance, alternatives to bail, Grand Jury proceedings, plea-bargaining, and federal rules of procedures for plea-bargaining. In addition to topics listed in the syllabus, additional information from the textbook and research references is required. The initial post is due midnight Wednesday and response to classmate(s) by midnight Sunday.
Quiz 5

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Chapter Ten. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

Week 6: Probation, Parole and Intermediate Sanctions; Course Evaluation
Reading

Chapter Twelve

Optional Resources
  • Link: Missouri State Probation and Parole

Discussion 6
  • Life Without Parole for Juvenile Offenders (LWOP): This assignment is not rooted in the textbook. Students are to research two U.S. Supreme Court decisions listed below and respond to listed questions.

          Please respond using the number and letter of each question.

    Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions address Life Without Parole (LWOP) for juveniles under the age of 18:
    1. Research the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Graham v. Florida (2010).
        a. What crime was the juvenile convicted of?
        b. What was the U.S. Supreme Court ruling?
        c. Do you agree or disagree with the court decision? Why or why not?
    2. Research the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Miller v. Alabama (2012).
        a. What crime was the juvenile convicted of?
        b. What was the U.S. Supreme Court ruling?
        c. Do you agree or disagree with the court decision? Why or why not?
    3. For what crime or crimes would you recommend LWOP if committed by a juvenile under the age of 18?

The initial post is due midnight Wednesday and response to classmate(s) by midnight Sunday.

Quiz 6

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Chapter Twelve. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

Dropbox 4

Discuss probation and parole. This assignment examines Probation and Parole (P&P) including but not limited to: defining P&P, different types of P&P conditions, the legal environment, and the job of the P&P officer. In addition to Topics listed in the Syllabus, additional information from the textbook and research references is required. This assignment is due midnight Sunday

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.
Week 7: Juvenile Justice
Reading

Chapter Fifteen

Optional Resources
  • Video: Inside America’s Juvenile System 

  • Link: Child Neglect. Prevention of Child and animal abuse. Definition of child neglect. 

Discussion 7
  • Juvenile justice throughout history: This assignment is a review of the evolution of juvenile justice from when juveniles were treated the same as adult offender to the current post-juvenile era. Students will examine how juvenile offenders were treated during different eras, programs, and efforts to improve the juvenile justice process including but not limited to: Romans and Patria Potestas, England and parens patriae, juvenile court era, and categories of children in the juvenile justice system. In addition to topics listed in the syllabus, additional information from the textbook and research references is required. The initial post is due midnight Wednesday and response to classmate(s) by midnight Sunday.
Quiz 7

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Chapter Fifteen. This assignment is due midnight Sunday.

Week 8: Drugs and Crime
Reading

Chapter Sixteen

Optional Resources
  • Video: Drug Abuse and the Boomer Generation

  • Link: Office of National Drug Control Policy

  • Video: Obstacles to Drug Law Reform

Discussion 8
  • Laws, federal legislation, and strategies implemented to combat the drug problem: This assignment addresses efforts on the part of the government to combat illegal drugs through criminal laws, the cabinet level Drug Czar Office, programs and strategies implemented to combat illegal drugs, including but not limited to: anti-drug laws, strict enforcement, prevention and treatment, legalization and decriminalization. In addition to topics listed in the syllabus, additional information from the textbook and research references is required. The initial post is due midnight Wednesday and response to classmate(s) by midnight Saturday.
Quiz 8

The quiz consists of 30 questions over Chapter Sixteen. This assignment is due midnight SATURDAY.



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

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

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.

Non-Discrimination

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

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

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.

Quizzes and Dropbox assignments must be posted by the Sunday midnight deadline. You can (and are encouraged to) submit them any time during the week, but they will not be accepted after the deadline. The Week 8 Quiz must be posted by midnight Saturday. Quizzes that extend past the 30-minute time limit lose FIVE points for each minute over the time limit.

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 Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. 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.


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