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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Bower, William C.


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 105 Criminal Law

Semester

S2T 2006 DL

Faculty

Bower, William C.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master Criminal Justice
BS Workforce Education and Development

Office Location

East Lansing, MI

Office Hours

After 7:30 pm EST each night

Daytime Phone

517-337-6489

E-Mail

william.bower@pirate.park.edu

williambower@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

3/13/06 to 5/7/06

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
The required textbook for this course is Joel Samaha, Criminal Law, 8th edition (Wadsworth 2005) ISBN 0-534-62991-1.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
A survey of the history and nature of criminal law in the United States. Substantive criminal law, defenses, and criminal responsibility will be studied within the context of the criminal justice process and rules of evidence.  3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Delineate a basic understanding of the historical development of criminal law in the United States, while perceiving the nature and purpose of criminal law.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the substantive criminal law, both common law and modern statutes, including the different categories of crimes and the elements of each.
  3. Delineate a basic understanding of the historical development of criminal law in the United States, while perceiving the nature and purpose of criminal law.


Class Assessment:
Each week, an online written assignment is required.  (There is no written assignment Week 8.)  Each assignment is worth a maximum of 40 points and is due by 12:00 midnight Mountain Time Sunday evening at the end of each week.  Each assignment will be graded based on the following criteria:
Was the assignment completed correctly?
Does the paper contain details and opinons supported by facts?
Is the paper written in essay format; spelling; grammer?
Was the assignment completed on time?
Each week, participation is required.  Initial participation in the week's discussion is required by Thursday morning, with followup discussion required by Sunday morning.  Each week's participation is worth 50 points (30 points for responses to instructor's opening questions and 20 points for responses to classmates' postings).  Participation will be graded based on the following criteria:
Did the student respond to the instructor's opening questions?
Did the student respond to the postings of classmates? At least 2 replies in each topic area in a college discussion manner (includes complete thoughts and support).
Did the student respond on time?  During most weeks there will be 2 topic areas to answer questions in.  You MUST click on the arrow next to "Topics" to open the other area of questions.
Did the student in his/her responses demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter covered in the questions?
Submission of Late Work: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will be subject to point penalty.
Proctored final examination:
A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  ( A proctor is someone who gives you the exam) For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  The proctored final exam for this course is worth 320 points.
Other information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Grading:
Weekly online question entries 30 points each week for 240 points total
Weekly online feedback entries 20 points each week for 160 points total
Weekly written assignments 40 points each assignment for 280 points total
Final exam  320 points
TOTAL  1000 points


A =   90- 100% (900 points or higher)
B =  80-89% (800 to 899 points)
C =    70-79% (700 to 799 points)
D =  60-69% (600 to 699 points)
F =  < 60% (599 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will be subject to 10% penalty each week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course-Specific Policies:

Course weeks begin on Mondays and end on Sundays.  The classroom each week will open on Sunday, the day before the class officially begins.    You are required to enter the course discussion each week several times.  You should enter your initial responses to discussion questions posted by the instructor by Thursday , then enter your responses to classmates' responses by Sunday .  I will enter responses periodically during the week.

Assignments must be posted by 12:00 midnight Sunday evening, Mountain Time, by submitting the assignment to the correct dropbox.  I will grade the assignment, and submit the graded assignment with score and comments back to that dropbox.  Additional graded activities, including participation, will posted in the gradebook weekly.

For private communication with me or with classmates, use e-mail.  For all other course activities, use the discussion, chat and dropbox.


Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:Study chapters 1 & 2 in the text.
Review the Lecture for the week.
Enter the Discussion for the week and answer the questions posted by the instructor.  Be sure to respond to each topic.
Complete the Homework for the week and submit in the appropriate dropbox.
Re-enter the Discussion for this week and respond to answers submitted by your classmates
Week 2:  Study chapters 3 & 4 in the text.
Review the Lecture for the week.
Enter the Discussion for the week and answer the questions posted by the instructor.  Be sure to respond to each topic.
Complete the Homework for the week and submit in the appropriate dropbox.
Re-enter the Discussion for this week and respond to answers submitted by your classmates
Week 3:  Study chapters 5 & 6 in the text.
Review the Lecture for the week.
Enter the Discussion for the week and answer the questions posted by the instructor. Be sure to respond to each topic.
Complete the Homework for the week and submit in the appropriate dropbox.
Re-enter the Discussion for this week and respond to answers submitted by your classmates
Week 4:  Study chapters 7 & 8 in the text.
Review the Lecture for the week.
Enter the Discussion for the week and answer the questions posted by the instructor.  Be sure to respond to each topic.
Complete the Homework for the week and submit in the appropriate dropbox.
Re-enter the Discussion for this week and respond to answers submitted by your classmates
Week 5:  Study chapter 9 in the text.
Review the Lecture for the week.
Enter the Discussion for the week and answer the questions posted by the instructor.  Be sure to respond to each topic.
Complete the Homework for the week and submit in the appropriate dropbox.
Re-enter the Discussion for this week and respond to answers submitted by your classmates
Week 6:  Study chapter 10 in the text.
Review the Lecture for the week.
Enter the Discussion for the week and answer the questions posted by the instructor.  Be sure to respond to each topic.
Complete the Homework for the week and submit in the appropriate dropbox.
Re-enter the Discussion for this week and respond to answers submitted by your classmates
Week 7:  Study chapters 11 & 12 in the text.
Review the Lecture for the week.
Enter the Discussion for the week and answer the questions posted by the instructor.  Be sure to respond to each topic.
Complete the Homework for the week and submit in the appropriate dropbox.
Re-enter the Discussion for this week and respond to answers submitted by your classmates
Week 8:  Study chapter 13 in the text.
Review the Lecture for the week.
Enter the Discussion for the week and answer the questions posted by the instructor.  Be sure to respond to each topic.
Complete the Homework for the week and submit in the appropriate dropbox.
Re-enter the Discussion for this week and respond to answers submitted by your classmates

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

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

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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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