Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

MSCJ 579: Law Enforcement And The Community

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  Course Description

This course examines the nature of law enforcement organizations as components of the political and social networks that comprise communities. Topics such as the intersection of law enforcement, mental health, juvenile justice, and educational systems are examined. The public impact of police operations and the role of the media and special interest groups are examined in detail.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

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

Required

  •  Peak, K. J., & Glensor, R. W. (2018). Community and Problem Oriented Policing: Effectively Addressing Crime and Disorder (7th). New York City: Pearson.  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

The material in this course is presented from a legal, managerial, and public service perspective so that you develop an understanding of the derivation and mechanical operation of managing a law enforcement organization with both sworn and non-sworn personnel. It is taught from the perspective of how the law enforcement administrator can effectively and efficiently solve problems relating to maintaining public order and citizen safety.

Included in this course are issues involving the evolution of policing, partnerships between law enforcement and the community, problem oriented policing, the creation of safe communities, technologies and the analysis of information, assessing policing initiatives, law enforcement in a diverse society, law enforcement on the “beat” and related issues and problems, and foreign values versus American approaches.

Each week you will focus on a different aspect of law enforcement community relations with virtual tours, videos, podcasts, class discussion, and other activities that will help you understand the issues and problems encountered in law enforcement administration. You will also focus on different situations, issues, court cases, and problems encountered in law enforcement. Through your discussions, quizzes, and dropbox assignments, you will examine law enforcement issues, procedures, and court decisions that have impacted law enforcement. These are reinforced and expanded in the readings in the text, Community and Problem Oriented Policing: Effectively Addressing Crime and Disorder.

  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 Objectives

  • To critically analyze how the roles of law enforcement and the community interact.
  • To understand the public order needs of the community.
  • To understand the societal restrictions and limitations of the law enforcement organization.
  • To predict social and community problems that impact the role of law enforcement.

  Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between the needs of the community and the responsibilities of law enforcement.
  • Identify solutions for resolving community concerns about the police.
  • Demonstrate a practical and working knowledge of police practices as they relate to community service.
  • Predict, explain, and support likely future developments in community-oriented policing.
  • Master at least one trend or issue and become sufficiently knowledgeable about community needs and public safety.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 495-550 90-100%
B 440-494 80-89%
C 385-439 70-79%
F 0-384 0-69%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (12) 120 22%
Quizzes (6) 120 22%
Essay Assignments (2) 40 7%
Midterm Exam (1) 60 11%
Research Paper (1) 150 27%
Final Exam (1) 60 11%
Total 550 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Introductions and Law Enforcement and the Community 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Quiz 1 20 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2: Policing in a Diverse Community 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 3: Research Paper Topic 10
Research Paper Topic 10 Sunday
Essay Assignment 1 20
Quiz 2 20

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4: Modern Crime Prevention 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 5: Crime Analysis 10
Quiz 3 20 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6: Organizational and Cultural Change 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 7: Research Paper Outline 10
Research Paper Outline 20 Sunday
Midterm Exam 60

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8: Law Enforcement Organization 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Essay Assignment 2 20 Sunday
Quiz 4 20

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9: Drug Enforcement in a Diverse Community 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10: Draft Research Paper 10
Draft Research Paper 20 Sunday
Quiz 5 20

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11: Social Networking and Crime 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Research Paper 100 Sunday
Quiz 6 20

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 12: Future Challenges 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Final Exam 60 Saturday
Total Points: 550

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

Discussion posts are worth 10 points each. All initial Discussion posts are due on Wednesdays by 11:59 PM CT. In order to earn maximum points, you must post and then respond to at least two (2) postings by other classmates. These response posts are due on Sundays by 11:59 PM CT (except in Week 8, when response posts are due by Saturday by 11:59 PM CT). Your initial post and response posts must be submitted in paragraph form. Each initial post must be a minimum of 250 words and each response post must be a minimum of 100 words. 

Discussion topics may or may not be rooted in the textbook. Research is required for every discussion and a minimum of two (2) references is required for each discussion. You must use APA writing style for your citations.

Assessment of your post is based on how well it is written (spelling, grammar, and organization count). It will also be based on how complete your post is and on how well you are able to support your conclusions with information from the assigned readings. Your responses must add value to the content of your classmates' postings and must be focused on research as opposed to merely agreeing with what was said.

Apart from the regular Discussion questions, you must submit the following Research Paper components to the appropriate Discussion area for peer review in the following weeks:

Research Topic - Week 2

Research Paper Outline - Week 4

Draft Research Paper - Week 6

Essay Assignments

There are two essay assignments that are due in Weeks 2 and 5. These assignments must be submitted using the corresponding folder in the Dropbox area of the course. Essay assignments are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM CT.

Each Essay Assignment is worth 20 points. You will be expected to submit a title page, reference page, and a minimum of two full pages of meaningful discussion. At least two scholarly references must be included, and they should be in APA format. References must also be properly cited in the body of your essay, and the citations must match the listed references. For more information on APA formatting, visit the Columbia College Writing website referenced in the "Start Here" module in the Content area of the course. All written assignments must be prepared in MS Word.

All assignments will be evaluated for originality. You must submit original work. Any material taken from outside sources must be properly cited. Be sure to review the Plagiarism Tutorial located in the Content area of the course.

Dropbox Essay Assignments that are not properly submitted will not be accepted. They must be uploaded into the course Dropbox area. Do not submit assignments via email. Late submissions will not be accepted, so plan ahead.

Research References

Research references may come from the World Wide Web, the library, other textbooks, interviews with individuals currently employed or retired from the criminal justice system, and other valid resources. Resources used must be cited and referenced using APA format. References obtained from the internet must identify the specific website. Listing generic webistes such as google.com, wikipedia.com, etc. is not acceptable.

Research Paper

Full assignment details are posted in the Content area of the course. The Research Paper assignment consists of four components which are due in separate weeks.

Research Paper Topic - Due Week 2

Your research paper will be on a current law enforcement topic that involves the community. In Week 2, you must post in the Discussion forum titled "Research Paper Topic Discussion." Your discussion will include your topic and the reason you chose it. You must respond to two other students' postings. In these responses, make suggestions on possible facets of the topic to consider, possible resources to use, or issues that might be encountered. You will also need to submit your topic to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 PM CT Sunday of Week 2.

Research Paper Outline - Due Week 4

In Week 4, you will need to post the outline of your paper into the Discussion labeled "Research Paper Outline Discussion." Along with the outline, you will need to include five of the ten required sources for your paper. One of the sources included must be a primary source. You must respond to at least two other students' postings. For your response to peer posts, you should make suggestions, ask questions, or suggest sources. Your responses need to be substantive; posts such as, "I like your argument," or "good sources," will not fulfill the response requirement. You must also submit your outline and resources to the corresponding Dropbox folder by 11:50 PM CT Sunday of Week 4.

Draft Research Paper - Due Week 6

In Week 6, you will need to post a draft of your paper into the Discussion labeled "Draft Research Paper Discussion." Your submission must include your full paper and all ten required sources. Your responses to your classmates' posts must be substantive and include suggestions, ask questions or suggest sources. You must also submit the draft of your paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 PM CT Sunday of Week 6. 

Final Research Paper - Due Week 7

Your final research paper must be submitted to the corresponding Dropbox folder by 11:59 PM CT Sunday of Week 7. It must be prepared in MS Word, double-spaced, and properly cited, and referenced in APA format. You may not write the paper in the first person. The paper must include a title page, a reference page, and a mnimum of 15 pages of meaningful discussion. The paper must include a minimum of ten (10) references (with citations). One of the references must be from a primary source and four must be from peer-reviewed academic journals.

Quizzes

There are six (6) quizzes in the course which are worth 20 points each. Quizzes become available on Monday at 12:01 AM CT and are due at 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of the assigned weeks. They can be accessed in the Quizzes area of the course. Each quiz covers the chapters from the weekly readings and consists of twenty (20) questions including multiple choice and true/false. You will have 60 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only have one (1) attempt. Once the quiz is started, it cannot be stopped. It is a good idea to click "save" after responding to each question. Any answers submitted after the time-limit will not be scored. If you miss the quiz deadline, you cannot make it up.

Exams

There are two (2) exams in this course, the Midterm Exam (Week 4) and the Final Exam (Week 8). The Midterm Exam will open on Monday at 12:01 a.m. CT of Week 4 and will remain open until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 4. The Final Exam will open on Monday at 12:01 a.m. CT of Week 8 and will remain open until Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8. Each exam is to be taken through the Quizzes area of the course by the assigned due date. Both exams are non-proctored and will be open book/open note exams. Each exam will have a 120-minute time limit with a five (5)-minute grace period, and only one attempt is allowed for each. Answers submitted after that time will not be scored. Each exam is worth 60 points and will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions worth 1 point each and 2 essays worth 5 points each. The Midterm exam will cover Chapters 1-9. The Final Exam will cover Chapters 10-14.

  Course Outline

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

Readings

Chapter 1: Evolution: The Geneses of Community Policing
Chapter 2: Community Partnerships: Building Accord in a time of Discord

Discussion 1: Introductions and Law Enforcement and the Community

1. Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic found in the Discussions area of our "virtual classroom." Please give us more than your name. Include your profession, hobbies, interest in criminal justice, and any other information that can help us get to know you.

2. To begin our class discussion, let's talk about why a close working relationship between law enforcement and the community is important. Where did that relationship start historically? How did we get to where we are today? Why are partnerships important?

Quiz 1

This quiz will cover Chapters 1 & 2. It is worth 20 points and has a variety of multiple choice and true/false questions. There is a 60 minute time-limit with only one (1) attempt allowed.

Readings

Chapter 3: Policing a Diverse Community

Chapter 4: Protecting the Homeland: An International Problem for Local Police

Podcast: Listen to the NPR Podcast on cell phone spy tools. The link to the podcast can be found in the Content area of the course.

Discussion 2: Policing in a Diverse Community

Discuss the various ways that community policing must vary its approach in a diverse community. Further discuss what additional threats are posed by recent domestic terrorist attempts in the United States.

Discussion 3: Research Paper Topic

Please submit a copy of your Research Paper Topic assignment as an attachment to this discussion. 

For your response to peer posts, make suggestions on possible facets of the topic to consider, possible resources to use, or issues your peer may encounter .

Initial posts are due on Wednesday by 11:59 PM CT and response posts are due on Sunday by 11:59 PM CT.

Research Paper Topic

Submit your Research Topic Assignment to the appropriate Dropbox folder.

Essay Assignment 1

Discuss the impact of video cameras/video recording capabilities on cell phones and how this technology impacts the efficiency and effectiveness of a law enforcement organization.

Quiz 2

This quiz will cover Chapters 3 & 4. It is worth twenty (20) points and has a variety of multiple choice and true/false questions. There is a 60 minute time-limit with only one (1) attempt allowed.

Readings

Chapter 5: Problem Solving: A Process Model

Chapter 6: Crime Prevention: Programs and Practices

Chapter 7: Tools for Problem Solving: Using Information Technology

Discussion 4: Modern Crime Prevention

There are various dimensions of modern crime prevention. Describe and discuss how social networking sites are assisting with community partnership endeavors.

Discussion 5: Crime Analysis

Current technology and other tools can be applied to Community Policing and Problem Solving. Choose one technological advancement in the last ten years and explain how law enforcement has applied it to Community Policing and Problem Solving and the pros and cons of the application.

Quiz 3

This quiz will cover Chapters 5, 6 & 7. It is worth twenty (20) points and has a variety of multiple choice and true/false questions. There is a 60 minute time-limit with only one (1) attempt allowed.

Readings

Chapter 8: Changing Agency Culture: Toward Constitutional and Legitimate Policing

Chapter 9: Planning and Implementation: Keys to Success

Community Policing Video: This video is a seven-segment series for small town and rural police departments to implement and promote community-oriented policing in the United States. Integrate concepts from the video into your discussion. The link to this video can be found in the Content area of the course.

Discussion 6: Organizational and Cultural Change

Discuss the essential elements for cultural change in contemporary policing, including engaging in constitutional policing and police legitimacy.

Discussion 7: Research Paper Outline

Submit your outline for your Research Paper as an attachment to this discussion. Include five (5) of the ten (10) required sources. One of the sources posted for the discussion needs to be a primary source .

For your responses to peers, make suggestions, ask questions or suggest sources. Your responses need to have substance; posts like, "I like your argument," or "good sources," will not fulfill the response requirement. 

Initial posts are due by Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT and response posts are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM CT.

Research Paper Outline
Submit the Research Paper Outline to the appropriate Dropbox folder.
Midterm Exam

The midterm exam is a non-proctored, openbook/open note exam. It is worth 60 points and covers Chapters 1-9. It has 50 multiple-choice questions worth 1 point each and 2 essay questions worth 5 points each. There is a 120 minute time-limit with a 5-minute grace period. Only one (1) attempt at the exam will be allowed.

Readings

Chapter 10: Training for Problem Solving: "Learn by Doing"

Chapter 11: Evaluating and Assessing Outcomes: Do the Responses "Measure Up"

Community Policing Video: The link to this video can be found in the Content area of the course.

Discussion 8: Law Enforcement Organization

Describe the characteristics of a learning organization and explain why it is important for a law enforcement agency to become such.

Essay Assignment 2

Describe and discuss the kinds of knowledge, skills, and abilities that a law enforcement officer needs to perform structured evaluations, less structured assessments, and why these reviews are important.

Quiz 4
This quiz will cover Chapters 10 & 11. It is worth twenty (20) points and has a variety of multiple choice and true/false questions. There is a 60 minute time-limit with only one (1) attempt allowed.
Readings

Chapter 12: Problem Solving in Practice: "What Works" with Drugs, Youth Gangs and Violence, and Neighborhood Disorder.

Podcast: “As Gangs Move to New York Suburbs So Does Crime” The link to this podcast can be found in the Content area of the course.

Podcast: "Police in Los Angeles Crack Down on MS-13 Gang Members" The link to this podcast can be found in the Content area of the course.

Video: Another NYPD cop exposes the Police Department. The link to this video can be found in the Content area of the course.

Discussion 9: Drug Enforcement in a Diverse Community

Discuss what works and does not work with regard to street-level drug enforcement, particularly as it concerns “crackdowns,” community partnerships, and problem-oriented policing.

Discussion 10: Draft Research Paper

Submit a copy of the draft of your Research Paper as an attachment to this discussion. You will need to include the full paper and all ten (10) of the required sources. 

For your responses, make suggestions, ask questions, or suggest sources.  Responses need to have substance; posts like, “I like your argument,” or “good sources,” will not fulfill the response requirement. 

Initial posts are due by 11:59 PM CT Wednesday and response posts are due by 11:59 PM CT Sunday.

Draft Research Paper

Submit the Draft Research Paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder.

Quiz 5

This quiz will cover Chapter 12. It is worth twenty (20) points and has a variety of multiple choice and true/false questions. There is a 60 minute time-limit with only one (1) attempt allowed.

Readings

Chapter 13: Addressing Offenders and Victims: Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Cyber Criminals, and Human Trafficking

Podcast: “Prosecutors Say Tools for Hiding Online Hinder Cybercrime Crackdowns” The link to this podcast can be found in the Content area of the course.

Article: "FBI Anti-Sex Trafficking Operation Rescues 84 Minors" The link to this article can be found in the Content area of the course.

Video: "Operation Cross-Country XI" The link to this video can be found in the Content area of the course.

Discussion 11: Social Networking and Crime

Social networking has changed both the way and speed in which we communicate with one another on a daily basis. Most of this change has been good. However, not all of it has. Discuss how the Internet has contributed to criminality and how social networking sites play a role in those crimes.

Research Paper

Complete the Research Paper on a current Law Enforcement topic that involves the community. Submit the Research Paper in the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course.

Quiz 6

This quiz will cover Chapter 13. It is worth twenty (20) points and has a variety of multiple choice and true/false questions. There is a 60 minute time-limit with only one (1) attempt allowed.

Readings

Chapter 14: Future Opportunities and Obstacles

Video: "Susan E., Rahr, King County, WA, Sherriff's Office Video." Listen to her statements about policing in the future from an administrator's viewpoint. The link to this video can be found in the Content area of the course.

Discussion 12: Future Challenges

Every decade has presented law enforcement with new challenges. Discuss what challenges you think face law enforcement in the future in order to fully embrace community-oriented policing and problem solving.

Final Exam

The final exam is a non-proctored, openbook/open note exam. It is worth 60 points and covers Chapters 10-14. It has 50 multiple-choice questions worth 1 point each and 2 essay questions worth 5 points each. There is a 120 minute time-limit with a 5-minute grace period. Only one (1) attempt at the exam will be allowed.

  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.

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

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.

Quizzes and Dropbox Essay Assignments must be submitted by the Sunday 11:59 p.m. CT deadline.

You can (and are encouraged to) submit Quizzes and Dropbox Essay Assignments any time during the week, but they will not be accepted after the deadline.

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.