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CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
Eskey, Michael T.


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 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

Semester

S2T 2006 DLA

Faculty

Eskey, Michael T.

Title

Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. - Criminology - Florida State University (1982)
M.S. - Strategic Intelligence - Joint Military Intelligence College (1994)
M.A. - Criminal Justice - university of Nebraska at Omaha (1977)

Office Location

Omaha, NE

Office Hours

0900 - 1300 Mon. - Thursday

Daytime Phone

(402) 964-2890

E-Mail

michael.eskey02@pirate.park.edu

michael.eskey@park.edu

parkcrim@aol.com

Semester Dates

March 13, 2006 - May 7, 2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Justice Today, 8th Edition:
Author: Frank Schmalleger
ISBN:  0-13-184493-8

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


Course Description:
An introduction to the history, nature, structure, and function of the criminal justice system in America, with comparisons to systems in other nations.  An examination of the various aspects of the administration of justice systems, including law enforcement, courts, correctional agencies (including probation and parole), including the increasing role of private entities in the system.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on the course lectures, readings, quizzes, discussion topics, examinations, internet websites, videos, and articles.  I will engage each student interactively and encourage discussions based on both individual responses and input and discussions within the class as a group over ideas, issues, and possible contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the use of basic vocabulary of criminal justice.
  2. Express a basic understanding of the American criminal justice system, its history, nature, and structure (including law enforcement, courts, and corrections) and how it functions, while examining the role of private entities in the CJ system.
  3. Compare the American criminal justice system with systems in other nations.
  4. Explain how the current issues such as juvenile justice, technology, terrorism, and drug use affect the criminal justice system.
  5. Discuss some aspect of a current issue in international criminal justice.
  6. Demonstrate the use of tools for gathering, retrieving, evaluating, and communicating information about criminal justice
  7. Express an appreciation for the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with their cultures.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Online Quizzes (Due Sunday of the Week Assigned)

Each student is to access and take the self-grading online quizzes as assigned to the various weeks in the course.  There are a total of 5 online quizzes to be taken. Each quiz is worth 40 points with a combined aggregate point value of 200 points i.e., 20% of the total 1000 point grading scale utilized in the computation of the student's end of course grade.

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Online Mid-term Exam (Due Sunday of Week 4)

Each student is to access and take the self-grading online Mid-term exam as assigned to be completed in week 4 of the course. The mid-term exam is worth 250 points i.e., 25% of the total 1000 point grading scale utilized in the computation of the student's end of course grade.


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Essay Project (Due Sunday of Week 6)

Each student is to complete the written essay project reflected in week one. This assignment is due by No-Later-Than (NLT) Sunday of week six. The essay assignment is worth 150 points i.e., 15% of the total 1000 point grading scale utilized in the computation of the student's end of course grade.

Required components:
1.  Answer essay questions using material from the text readings.

Completely answers the questions.

Correctly answers the questions

Avoids extraneous material.  

2.  Grading Rubric:

The grades for this assignment are assigned as follows in accordance with the quality and closeness of your answers with the answers I am looking for as listed below:

Start with: (150) points or 100%

135-150  Very Close or Right on target with what I was looking for
120-134 – Close, but some of your answers strayed and/or you needed to add a little more
105-119 - Average Answers, but more than a few of your answers lacked key points
90-104 - Below Average Answers in General
0-103 - Poor Answers in General

Grading:
Quizzes: Five 40 points each Total:  200 Points
End of Course Essay:  150 Points
Midterm:  250 points
Final:  300 points
Discussions:  Eight 12.5 points each Total: 100 Points

Total Course Points = 1000

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by Midnight Central Standard Time (CST) on Sunday.  Discussion (student classroom participation) work must be posted in the classroom not later than Sunday of the week assigned.  I will not accept these via e-mail.  They must be posted in the classroom, e.b.,  End of Course Essay in the week 6 drop box and week one discussion question in week one discussion message board in order to be scored.  Posting placed in the wrong classroom message board and/or written assignments not in the drop box will not be scored.  Late discussion thread postings and end of course essays by students will recieve a 10 (ten) point penalty for each day late after the due date up to 7 days.  The required discussion posting(s) or other assignments, i.e., not posted or completed after 7 days of their due date will not be scored and will receive the grade of zero.  In addition, no work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Policy #1: Communicate. If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, let me know as soon as possible.  Note that if you wait until Sunday afternoon there is little chance of getting an answer before the assignment is due, so plan ahead.

Policy #2: Please post all questions of a general nature in the Office, Student Chat Area, or weekly discussion threads. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions.  And remember, there are no stupid/silly questions. We are all here to learn!

Policy #3: E-Mail Procedures and Submitting Assignments

General e-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class. (You might be surprised at how many emails I get with nothing but something like "slick@yahoo.com" as an identifier.)

My Response Policy: I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).

When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in Rich Text Format (RTF) or txt formats only. To save a file in either of these formats, click the drop down triangle next to the "Save as" box at the bottom of the save window. Because of viruses being transmitted via Word documents, I will not open any sent to me in "doc" format. (The link that indicates that it is ok to send Word documents (doc files) is incorrect!)

Policy #4: Workload/Due Dates. Each week's work must be completed by Midnight Central Standard Time (CST) on Sunday. Discussion (student classroom participation) work must be posted in the classroom not later than Sunday of the week assigned. I will not accept these via email. They must be posted in the classroom e.g.., week one discussion question in week one discussion message board in order to be scored. Posting placed in the wrong classroom message board will not be graded and will not be scored. Late discussion thread postings by a student will receive a 5 (five)-point penalty for each day late after the due date up to 7 days. The required discussion posting(s) or other assignments i.e., not posted or completed after 7 days of there due date will not be scored and will receive the grade of zero. In addition, no work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.

Policy #5: Mid Term Examination A online Mid Term Examination will be offered during the fourth week of the class. It will cover the first 8 chapters of the textbook.

Policy #6: End of Course Essay Project: The end of course essay project must be submitted to the drop box provided for it not later than Sunday of week six. Late submission of the essay project will receive a grade penalty. Essay projects not submitted for grading by its due date shall receive a 5 (five)-point penalty for each day late up to 7 days. Essay project homework not received within 7 days of the due date will not be scored and will receive a zero.
Comprehensive Final Examination A comprehensive examination must be taken in person at one of the Park's sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the university and the instructor where Park University sites are not available. All Park sites are prepared to proctor exams and are the preferred choice. Unless you are more then two hours from a Park site, you are expected to use one of them to take your exam. (Exceptions will be carefully screened as per the directions I receive from the University. If your situation is exceptional, contact me before you submit your proctor form with details of your situation.)

For these proctored examinations, photo identification is required.

A proctor information form will be provided by Park at an address to be provided later.

If you are unable to make arrangements with someone who meets these criteria, contact the instructor for acceptable alternatives.

A proctor with email is much desired over one without email. Faxing and/or mailing are both relatively expensive, time consuming, and more prone to problems than email.

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.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:  Complete the WK 1 discussion

Week 2:  Complete Qz#1, WK 2 Discussion and Proctor form.

Week 3:  Complete Qz#2 and WK 3 Discussion.

Week 4:  Complete Midterm and the WK 4 Discussion.

Week 5:  Complete Qz#3 and the WK 5 Discussion.

Week 6:  Complete Qz#4, WK 6 Discussion, and submit EOC

Week 7:  Complete Qz#5 and the WK 7 Discussion.

Week 8:  Complete Final Exam and WK 8 Discussion.

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

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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Last Updated:3/15/2006 4:55:34 PM