CJ 100 Intro to Criminal Justice Admin
FA 2008 HOB
Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. in History & Economics from the University of MissouriJ.D. from the University of Missouri
Mabee (Underground) Room 206
Mondays & Fridays 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.; Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
August 18 - December 14, 2008
10:10 - 11:25 AM
Textbook: Criminal Justice - A Brief Introduction, by Schmalleger, 7th edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, ISBN 055503450. This ISBN includes Course Connect, which we will be using in this course this semester.
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Educational Philosophy: Professor Plumb'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 and apply this information in the examination of current issues in criminal justice administration and their impact on society.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
You will be expected to write three essays in CJ100, Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration – one each on law enforcement, courts and corrections. The essays may be collected all at once or at different times during the course.
An essay is a short work that treats a topic from an author's personal point of view, often taking into account subjective experiences and personal reflections upon them.
In one of the essays, you must report and reflect on an interview with a professional; in another you must observe an agency in action and report and reflect on the observation (a case in a courtroom, probation and parole clients reporting to their officer, ride along in a police car), and in the third you must watch a movie and relate its contents to the course. The order of the interview, observation, or movie doesn't matter. Thus, the first essay may be a movie about law enforcement.
Each essay should be 500 to 750 words or two to three typewritten or computer-generated pages written in American Psychological Association (APA) format. You can learn about this style from the Park University website. Late papers will not be accepted. Students should use six sources (the activity, this course text, and four others) for each essay, and they should tie their topic to the text.
An essay is a well-structured (i.e., organized) presentation of your ideas about what you have read, observed, heard, seen. It is presented in a way that is easy to follow and understand.
An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what the assignment. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task. For the essays required for this course, you may begin with a topic sentence such as:
To write an essay, follow a few simple steps:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Examinations: There will be three (3) tests and a comprehensive final examination.. Each exam is equally weighted and will cover a defined portion of the course material presented and/or distributed, and the required textbook/supplemental readings. Exam questions will be any combination of short answer and essay type. No tests may be made up once these tests have been returned to your classmates
Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) Essays: There will be three (3) CJA Essays. Refer to Core Assessment instructions above. This component will be discussed during the first week of class.
Class Participation: Class Participation is graded (20 % of your grade) and consists of regular class attendance and active engagement in course activities, class discussions, and assignments. In this course, the learning process involves students reading, conducting research, and exchanging information with each other, and the instructor. Class participation is accomplished by coming to class, prepared to work, and being actively involved in the class activities. Students who neglect to engage in course activities remain responsible for any assignments, supplemental material, and information given in class. It is the student's responsibility to obtain this information. Frequent absences will cause your grade to be lowered.
Presentation: You are required to make a presentation explaining one of your activities and the knowledge you gained from the experience. In order to receive full credit (5%) of your grade, you must when scheduled and for use at least one audio-visual component (e.g., PowerPoint, film clip, handout, poster, etc.).
Course Reflection Essay: The Course Reflection Essay (2 typed, double-spaced pages) has two components:
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:
All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:
Point accumulation for grades:
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 in the last week of classes.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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. This is a freshman level course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level or above. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and individual reporting to the class. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.
4. PLEASE disable (turn off, leave in car, silent mode, etc.) all beepers, cell phones, wireless communication devices, electronics, etc. while in class. If a cell phone must be used during class, please show respect by doing so outside the classroom.
5. PLEASE show each other the same respect you would want by actively listening to others and maintaining civility in the discourse.
6. REMEMBER that we are all different and that we grow and develop positively by practicing acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of each other’s opinions, customs, and ideas.
7. 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, a jump (USB) drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
Week 1: Aug 19 & 21 - Introduction to Criminal Justice - read chapter 1 in the text
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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