CJ300 Agency Administration

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Fall 2004

Course Syllabus


INSTRUCTOR:   Bill Hudson

Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

1201 East St., Parkville MO

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to5: 30p.m.

(816) 741-4454

E-mail: whudsoncop@kc.rr.com



THE COURSE: Semester dates:  August 23 to December 19, 2004

Classroom:  MA 222

Days:  Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time:  2:25 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Prerequisites:  CJ100 & CJ200

3 credit hours



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













COURSE DESCRIPTION:  A survey of management models, administrative techniques and patterns of organizational structure characteristic of criminal Justice agencies.


INSTRUCTOR’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive.  Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the internet are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned.



  1. Compare criminal justice organizations and understand why they should be studied.
  2. Critique the process-related features of criminal justice components that explain these institutions and our understanding of them.
  3. Distinguish the key concepts used in the study of these organizations.
  4. Analyze the functions of the administration of law enforcement systems, the courts, and corrections.
  5. Evaluate organizational effectiveness and policy-making in different organizations.


COURSE TEXTBOOK:  Administration of Criminal Justice, by Dean John Champion, (Prentice Hall 2003), ISBN 0-13-084234-6required



ACADEMIC HONESTY:  Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.


PLAGIARISM:  Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.


ATTENDANCE POLICY:   Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.



LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting December 9.


COURSE ASSESSMENT:  A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on quizzes, essay writing, examinations, and a research paper.  There will also be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance.



  1. Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.  Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.
  2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences.  You are either present or absent.  To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed.  The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.
  3. Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.  Daily quizzes may be given at the beginning of class.  Tardy arrival at class will result in missing the quiz.  Quizzes may not be made up.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.  Also, assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
  4. Examinations.  There will be a mid-term examination and a final examination.  Exam answers will be short answer and essay.  Examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
  5. No makeup exams will be given unless the student produces a written excuse signed by a doctor (with the doctor’s registration number) in the case of illness, or a tow bill from a tow company in the case of car problems.  A written excuse from the campus nurse is acceptable.  The same requirement applies to illness of children.
  6. Essay Writing.  Periodic essay writing assignments are required in this course. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  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 paper copies for backup purposes.
  7. Paper Requirement.  A paper is required in this course.







Text Box: 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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:  HYPERLINK "http://www.park.edu/disability" www.park.edu/disability







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.  In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

·                  Was the work completed?

·                  Was the work completed correctly?

·                  Was the work completed on time?

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due.

Course grades are determined on the following bases:

·                    Essay writing & quizzes                         200 points

·                    Group Project                                          200

·                    Mid-term examination                            200

·                    Final examination                                   300

·                    Participation                                           100

·                    TOTAL                                                 1,000 points

Grading percentages:

90 – 100%         A

80 up to 90%     B

70 up to 80%     C

60 up to 70%     D

0 up to 60%  




                                     Class Schedule

Aug.24: Introduction


Aug.26: Chapter `1


Aug.31: Chapter 1 cont’d


Sept.2: Chapter 2


Sept.7: Chapter 2 cont’d


Sept.9: Chapter 3


Sept.14: Chapter 3 cont’d


Sept.16: Chapter 4


Sept.21: Chapter 4 cont’d


Sept.23: Chapter 5


Sept.28: Chapter 5 cont’d


Sept.30: Chapter 5 cont’d


Oct.5: Chapter 6


Oct.7: Chapter 6 cont’d


Oct.12: Chapter 6 cont’d


Oct.14: Test


Oct.26: Planning


Oct.28: Planning/Budget


Nov.2: Chapter 7


Nov.4: Chapter 7 cont’d


Nov.9: Speaker


Nov.16: Speaker


Nov.18: Chapter 8


Nov.23: Chapter 8 cont’d


Nov.30: Chapter 9


Dec.2: Chapter 9 cont’d


Dec.7: Projects


Dec.9: Projects



NO CLASS Tuesday & Thursday, October 19 & 21 - Fall Recess


NO CLASS Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday


NO CLASS Thursday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Recess



FINAL EXAMINATION Thursday, December 16, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Room  MA 222