CJ313 The Law of Evidence

for U1T 2006

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CJ-313:   The Law of Evidence


U1T 2006 DL


Chave, Reid W.


Senior Instructor


B.A., Ed.M., M.A.

Office Location

1383 Southlake Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Office Hours

Daily, 8 - 10AM, and 11PM, Eastern Standard Time

Daytime Phone

(843) 856-9160

Other Phone

FAX:  (775) 908-8810




Semester Dates

June 5 - July 30, 2006

Class Days

Monday through Sunday, each class week (8 weeks).

Class Time

By e-mail and online as required.

Credit Hours


Criminal Evidence, 5th Edition, by Judy Hails; Thomas Wadswoth; ISBN: 0-495-00138-4 (2005)

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Course Description:
This intermediate course examines 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.   3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish what evidence is and how it affects the processing of a criminal case, the different types of evidence as introduced at trial, and the issues surrounding the use of witnesses as evidence in a criminal case.
  2. Critique hearsay evidence and privileged communications.
  3. Compare the types of searches utilized in the criminal justice system and the evidentiary issues that surround them, while understanding the process of preparing a case for trial.

Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Assessment in the course will be measured by the student's successful completion of weekly online question responses and weekly feedback to other student entries in discussion; a mid-term and final examinations; weekly written assignments, and course participation.

Each week, an online written assignment is requied and is worth a maximum of 30 points.  Written assignments are due in the dropbox by Sunday of each class week, and are based on the following criteria:  (1)  Was the assignment correctly completed?  (2)  Was the assignment completed on time?

Each week's participation is worth 50 points (30 points for responses to the instructor's questions, and 20 points for engaging in online classroom discussion by responding to classmates' postings.  Participation will be graded base on the following criteria:  (1)  Did the student respond to the instructor's questions.  (2)  Did the student respond to the posts of classmates?  (3)  Did the student respond on time?   (4)  Did the student responds demonstrae knowledge of the subject matter covered in the questions?

As a means of review, an open-book mid-term examination will be given during Week 4, which will be worth 60 course points.  Answers are submitted to the instructor by e-mail and not online in the course.

Grading Criteria:  Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the weeks in which they are assigned.  The due date for all assignments is midnight, Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Sunday of eah week in the course unless a different due date is specified by the instructor.

The components of the course and their respective worth are as follows:

Weekly Online Question Entries:  30 points eh week; 240 points total

Weekly Online Student Feedback Entries:  20 points each week; 160 points total

Mid-term Examination:  60 points

Weekly Written Assignments (Dropbox):  30 points each week; 240 points total

Final Examination with Approved Proctor (Week 8):  300 points

Total Course Points:  1,000

Course Letter Grade:

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

Failure to complete the final examination will result in a grade of F in spite of any other completed assignments in the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If assignments cannot be completed on time for valid reasons, the student is expected to contact the instructor by e-mail with information concerning the late submission and when a response can be expected.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Participation:  A course week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday for ech of the eight course weeks.  Sunday is the final day of the course week and is the time to catch up on what you may have missed earlier in the week.  You are encouraged to enter the online classroom early in the week, and again later in the week.  A percentage of your grade point tally is based upon participation.  Because learning is more effective when developed over time rather than crammed into a few hurs, full participation points will only be earned by students entering the course throughout the week.  Because many have duties and obligations that may interfere with such participation such as military deployments, each student must contact me immediately when participation problems are anticipated or encountered.  Discussion participation points are based on initial responses to my questions and your responses to classmate entries.

Assignments:  Insasmuch as the E-College operates on Mountain Standard Time (MST), assignment responses must be posted online in the couse by submitting assignments where directed to include written assignments in the dropbox.  I will grade the assignment with percentage points (not a letter grade), and submit the results (score and comments, where appropriate)through the dropbox and the gradebook.

Grade Points:  All points for participation, assignments, examinations and projects will be periodically posted in the online gradebook in the course, or by individual e-mail.  You can track how you are doing in the course by keeping count of the points you accumulate as the couse progresses.  Note that I do not indicate letter grades during the course as that letter grade can go up or down depending on when assignments are completed.  Earning an A in the course will be dependent upon completing all assignments, maintaining weekly attendance and course participation, and finally, your final examination to be completed during Week 8.

E-Mail Procedures:  When sending messages and assignments by e-mail, you must use an e-mail address that I recognize as yours.  I do not open e-mails from unrecognized senders or with blank subject lines.  If you send me an e-mail from other than your Park.Pirate Mail address, be sure to use CJ-313 as part of the subject line.  Keep me advised of your correct e-mail address or any changes in e-mail address that occur during the course.  I will generally respond to properly identified messages within 48 hours taking into account that I operate in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) zone.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:  Chapter 1

Week 2:  Chapters 2 and 3

Week 3:  Chapters 4 and 5

Week 4:  Chapters 6 and 7

Week 5:  Chapters 8 and 9

Week 6:  Chapters 10 and 11

Week 7:  Chapters 12 and 13

Week 8:  Chapters 14 and 15

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 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
Students should make online entries in the course during each class week (Monday through Sunday) to be assured of receiving attendance credit for each class week.

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. 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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