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CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
Hudson, William 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 DLB

Faculty

Hudson, William T.

Title

Adjunct Faculty/Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Avila
M.P.A. Park

Office Location

1201 East St Parkville MO 64152

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m cst

Daytime Phone

816-741-4454

E-Mail

William.Hudson@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

3/13/2006- 5/7/2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Justice Today , 8th Edition by Frank Schmalleger

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:
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.

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.


Grading:
Course Grading Scale – This section lists the grading scale and weighting for graded work during this course. Note: A 1000 point grading scale is utilized in the computation of the student's end of course grade.

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

Assignment Individual & Aggregate Point Values – This section lists the grading scale and weighting for graded work during this course. Note: A 1000 point grading scale is utilized in the computation of the student's end of course grade.


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Point Value, Assessment, & Evaluation:

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
Late Assignment(s): Five points will be deducted for each day beyond the assigned due date up to 7 days. Assignments received past the seventh day past the assigned due date will be given a zero.


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Weekly Discussion Participation (Due Sunday of Week Assigned)

Each student is to participate in the weekly online classroom discussions. There are a total of 8 weekly discussions. Each week's discussion is worth 12.50 points with a combined aggregate point value of 100 points i.e., 10% of the total 1000 point grading scale utilized in the computation of the student's end of course grade.  

Required components:
1.  Answer discussion questions using material from the textbook.

Completely answers the questions.

Correctly answers the questions

Avoids extraneous material.

Actively engages (posts answers & replies) to classmates  

2.  Start with: (12.5) points or 100% for each Weekly Discussion

Subtract points for the following: Points Deducted
 
Failing to Post ____________
Late Completion or 7 Days Past Due Date ____________
Failing to Answer Questions Completely  ____________
Failing to Answer Questions Correctly ____________
Failing to Actively Participate with Classmates ____________
 
Score for Weekly Discussion ____________


Late Assignment(s): Five points will be deducted for each day beyond the assigned due date up to 7 days. Assignments received past the seventh day past the assigned due date will be given a zero.


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Comprehensive Final Examination (Due Week 8)

Each student is to take a proctored final examination i.e., A computerized 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. The final exam is worth 300 points i.e., 30% of the total 1000 point grading scale utilized in the computation of the student's end of course grade.

Required components:
1.  Answer exam questions using knowledge acquired from the course i.e., textbook and assignments.

Completely answers the questions.

Correctly answers the questions

Avoids extraneous material.  

2.  Start with: (300) points or 100%

Subtract points for the following: Points Deducted
 
Failing to Complete Assignment ____________
Late Completion or 7 Days Past Due Date ____________
Failing to Answer Questions Completely  ____________
Failing to Answer Questions Correctly ____________
Excessive Grammar and/or Spelling Errors ____________
 
Score for Final Exam ____________

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Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: 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

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.

Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 Chapters 1 and 2

Week 2 Chapters 3 and 4 Quiz

Week 3 Chapters 5 and 6 Quiz

Week 4 Chapters 7 and 8 Midterm exam

Week 5 Chapters 9,10 and 11 Quiz

Week 6 Chapters 12 and 13 Quiz Essay Project due

Week 7 Chapters 14 and 15 Quiz

Week 8 Chapters 16,17 and 18 Final

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
Definitions

Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct              
Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.
Procedure

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University.  Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

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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