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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

MSCJ 550: Readings In Crim Justice Administration

Course Description

Selected readings that allow the student to pursue areas of particular interest or need not covered in established courses or programs.

Prerequisite: 12 hours semester hours of required graduate foundation courses.

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

There is not a standardized text or set of reading material for this course. Students will select appropriate reading material in consultation with the instructor. The instructor will make the ultimate determination of the suitability of particular reading material. The designated reading material will vary depending upon the mutual needs and interests of student and instructor.

This course involves the identification of six books, approved by the professor, which the student must read prior to completing reports. Students must acquire to their own books.  Note: Four of the six books must have a common theme. No fictional books please.

Book Approval Process:

Submit the following information to the instructor, via email, for each book no later than the approval due date posted in the weekly assignment section of the syllabus.

Title:

Author:

Publisher:

Copyright Date:

Hardback/Paperback:

Total Number of pages:

ISBN:


Course Overview

This course involves identifying and reading material related to Criminal Justice, in addition to critically analyzing the readings. These are exciting days to study Criminal Justice, and I hope that you will find this readings course enlightening and useful.



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 specific components, problems, trends and issues in the criminal justice system.
  2. Articulate competing views and arguments regarding specific components, problems, trends and issues in the criminal justice system.
  3. Explain the main points of nonfiction book writing on Criminal Justice.
  4. Articulate solutions to criminal justice problems based upon literature.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 360-400 90-100%
B 320-359 80-89%
C 280-319 70-79%
F 0-279 0-69%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Introduction 10 2%
Book Discussions (6) 90 22%
Book Reviews (6) 300 75%
Total 400 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Student Introductions 10 Wednesday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Book Approval (1 & 2) -- Wednesday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Book Review 1 50 Monday
Book Discussion 1 15
Book Approval (3 & 4) -- Wednesday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Book Review 2 50 Monday
Book Discussion 2 15
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Book Review 3 50 Monday
Book Discussion 3 15
Book Approval (5 & 6) -- Wednesday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Book Review 4 50 Monday
Book Discussion 4 15
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Book Review 5 50 Monday
Book Discussion 5 15
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Book Review 6 50 Monday
Book Discussion 6 15
Total Points 400

Assignment Overview

Introduction

During the first week of the course, you will introduce yourself in the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course. Please introduce yourself, including information such as your name, job title, location, or any other information that you may wish to share.


Book Approvals

In Weeks 2, 3, and 5, you will submit book information for advance approval. Book information for Books 1 and 2 will be due in Week 2; Books 3 and 4 in Week 3; and Books 5 and 6 in Week 5. Note: Four of the six books must have a common theme. No fictional books please. You may also submit book information early.


Book Reviews

For each Book Review, you will read your approved material and complete a critical analysis report. Book Reviews should include a summary of the book, but must be more than a simple book report. They must include a critical analysis of the book coupled with how the book may contribute to the literature of criminal justice. Other observations about the author’s  credibility, sources, methodology,  and ability to be up-to-date should also be included to the best of the student’s ability. Book Reviews should be 3-5 pages written in Word format, and follow APA style.  Each must include your name, assignment number, and title. You must submit each Book Review to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by the due date. Note: Book reviews must be original work for this course. Do not submit work previously submitted to any course.


Book Discussions

For Book Discussions, you must post each book review, as an attached file, to the appropriate weekly Book Discussion topic. Book Discussion topics can be found in the Discussions area of the course, and they will be open all week for each discussion. Participation in all Discussions is expected throughout the course. Each week, Discussion threads will be locked at midnight Sunday and will be read only after midnight.



Course Outline

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

Week 1: Introductions
Student Introductions

Please introduce yourself in the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course.

Week 2: Reading Material
Book Approval (1 & 2)

Email your book information for Books 1 and 2 to the instructor by Wednesday, for approval.

Week 3: Book 1
Book Review 1

Submit Book Review 1 to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by Monday.

Book Discussion 1

Post Book Review 1 to the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course by Monday for discussion, and participate in discussion throughout the week.

Book Approval (3 & 4)

Email your book information for Books 3 and 4 to the instructor by Wednesday, for approval.

Week 4: Book 2
Book Review 2

Submit Book Review 2 to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by Monday.

Book Discussion 2

Post Book Review 2 to the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course by Monday for discussion, and participate in discussion throughout the week.

Week 5: Book 3
Book Review 3

Submit Book Review 3 to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by Monday.

Book Discussion 3

Post Book Review 3 to the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course by Monday for discussion, and participate in discussion throughout the week.

Book Approval (5 & 6)

Email your book information for Books 5 and 6 to the instructor by Wednesday, for approval.

Week 6: Book 4
Book Review 4

Submit Book Review 4 to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by Monday.

Book Discussion 4

Post Book Review 4 to the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course by Monday for discussion, and participate in discussion throughout the week.

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: Book 5
Book Review 5

Submit Book Review 5 to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by Monday.

Book Discussion 5

Post Book Review 5 to the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course by Monday for discussion, and participate in discussion throughout the week.

Week 8: Book 6
Book Review 6

Submit Book Review 6 to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by Monday.

Book Discussion 6

Post Book Review 6 to the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course by Monday for discussion, and participate in discussion throughout the week.



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.

Because this course is offered on an eight-week basis, it is incumbent on each student to stay abreast of all due dates and class expectations. Late assignments will be penalized.

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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