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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Hill, Leonard James


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

S1J 2006 PV

Faculty

Hill, Leonard

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Criminal Justice
MPA. Public Administration Gov/Bus

Office Location

10525 NW Ambassador Drive Suite 206, Kansas City, Missouri, 64153

Office Hours

8:00 A.M. thru 4:30 P.M.

Daytime Phone

(816) 891-5127

Other Phone

(816) 260-6058 cell

E-Mail

Leonard.hill@park.edu

Leonard.hill@dhs.gov

Semester Dates

01/09/2006 thru 03/05/2006

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

CJ312

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Evidence, Judy Hails, Fifth Edition
ISBN: 0-495-00138-4

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional resources will be provided.


Course Description:
The rules of evidence as they relate to the prosecution and defense of criminal cases: general provisions, judicial notice, presumptions, relevancy, privileges, witnesses, hearsay, expert testimony, authentication, and identification.  Pre-requisite: CJ312. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This instructor works on the principle that anyone who wishes to do so can learn and grow through engaging participation. Challenging oneself and others to maximize learning potential is key to your success. Classes include lectures and active discussion sessions; weekly, midterm and final examinations; readings from literature beyond material presented in classroom will enhance professional development.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. #1 Distinguish what evidence is and how it affects the processing of a criminal case.
  2. #2 Distinguish the different types of evidence as introduced at trial and the issues surrounding the use of wintesses as evidence in a criminal case.
  3. #3 Critique hearsay evidence and priviliged communications.
  4. #4 Compare the types of searches utilized in the criminal justice systems and theevidentiary issues that surround them, while understanding the process of preparing a case for trial.
  5. #5 Define the Plain View and Open Field Doctrine.
  6. #6 Distinguish the differences between 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments.
Class Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their attendance, participation, performance on presentations, writing assignments, and examinations.

Grading:
Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned  in each class activity.

Final Grade will consist of: 300 total points

Final Exam - 100 pts.
Mid-Term Exam - 100 pts.
Term Paper - 50 pts
Attendance - 40 pts
Class Participation - 10 pts

A = 100-90%, B = 89-80%, C = 79-70%, D = 69-60%, F = 59% - or less.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept late assignments. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "ZERO". No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend class and be prompt. Class attendance and class participation is a portion of your grade. Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period. Being tardy to class is a disruption, your lateness for class will result in a reduction in points.

2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences. Your are either present or absent.  To partially make up for an absences, you must submit to the instructor by the beginnin of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of two pates in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the missed class period.  The essay must be submitted in a "Word" document. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.

3. Be prepared for class. this means that you have read the assignedf readings and are prepared to discuss them. A weekly guiz could be given to test your preparednes. You are expected to take part in class dicussions. Examinations will be based on assigned readings and class discussions.

4. Examinations:  There will be a mid-term and final examination. The examinations will consist of short essays, multiple choice and true false questions. There will also be a final term paper due.

5. NO make up exams will be given unless the student produces a written and signed by a doctor (with the doctors's reqistration number) in case of illness, or a tow bill from a tow company in case of car problems.  A written excuse form the campus nurse will be acceptable.  The same requirement applies to illness of children.

6.  Written Assignments.  The written paper will have the proper spelling, grammar, and source citation.  

7. Computers are making writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize that though technology can assist, it can also cause problems.  (Printers run out of ink, hard drives crash, and you forget to save your work.) Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH WEEK:

See Below.
















DATE

Class Activities

Class Assignments

Special Note:

January 12th

Introduction of Instructor and Students. Review course rules and requirements. Discuss Learning Objectives for Chapters 1 and 2

Have read Chapters 1 and 2.
Assignment: Chapters 3,4,5
Assignment: Term Paper

Term paper requirments will be given first night of class.

January 19th

Discuss Learning Objectives for Chapters 3, 4, 5,

Assignment: Chapters 6 and 7

 

January 26th

Discuss Learning Objectives for 6 and 7

Assignment: Chapter 8

Guest Speaker

February 2nd

Discuss Learning Objectives for Chapter 8

Assignment: Chapters 9 and 10

Mid-Term: Chapters 1 - 8

February 9th

Discuss Learning Objectives for Chapters 9 and 10

Assignment: Chapters 11, 12, and 13.

Guest Speaker

February 16th

Discuss Learning Objectives for 11, 12, and 13.

Assignment: 14 and 15

 

February 23rd

Discuss Learning Objectives for 14 and 15

Assignment: 16

 

March 2nd

Discuss Learning Objectives for 16

TERM PAPER DUE

Final Test


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Academic Honesty speaks volumes about your integrity, don't loose it over this course.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
If you use a quote give the author his due and cite him, after all, some day it might be you we are quoting.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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