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CJ 300 Agency Administration
Bower, William C.


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.

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Course

CJ 300 Agency Administration

Semester

F1T 2006 DLB

Faculty

Bower, William C.

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Juris Doctor
Master Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science Work Force Education

Office Location

East Lansing

Office Hours

After 6 pm ET

Daytime Phone

517-337-6489

E-Mail

william.bower@pirate.park.edu

williambower@hotmail.com

bowerwilliam@sbcglobal.net

Semester Dates

August 21 - October 15, 2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

CJ 100 and either CJ231, CJ232, or CJ233.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Administration of Criminal Justice: Structure, function, and process

by Dean John Champion (Prentice Hall, 2003)

ISBN 0-13-084234-6

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Course Description:
This intermediate course examines management models, administrative techniques and patterns or organizational structure characteristic of criminal justice agencies. PREREQUISITES: CJ 100 and either CJ231, CJ232, or CJ233. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of close interaction with students to assist in their acquiring knowledge of the subject matter.  The process includes reading assignments, meaningful discussions of the topics, a research paper, and final exam.  Each student is encouraged to inject supported viewpoints in each topic presented.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  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.


Core Assessment:

For this class you must conduct an investigation of a section/bureau/division in a criminal justice agency that influences the manner in which the agency operates.  Examples include Human Relations Section, Records Division, Office of Legal Affairs, Internal Affairs and/or Professional Standards, Labor Relations Office, Budget Section for the ABC County Sheriff's Office or the DEF Juvenile Detention Center.  Then you must write your findings.

 

The purposes in conducting and writing this study is to improve your ability to synthesize, analyze , and evaluate information carefully and objectively, solve problems effectively, present your ideas in clear written form directed to a specific audience, in this case, your class.

 

To complete this project, you should:

 

  1. Decide the agency you are most interested in and then decide the section within the agency you will study.
  2. Gather materials from the agency, such as organization charts, annual reports, and budgets.
  3. Interview persons working in the section about their job(s)
  4. Observe the workings in the section
  5. Describe the structure, practice, and procedures of the agency and of the section you plan to write about
  6. Describe the procedures you will use to conduct your study including interviewing some people who work in the section
  7. Perhaps look at other similar agencies
  8. Describe the results of your study by concluding the positive and negative aspects you discovered
  9. Draw conclusions about your findings

Your paper must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Method section
  4. Discussion
  5. Reference page
  6. Appendics which might include a summary of your interview(s) and organization charts of your agency and your section

The text of this paper should be at least eight pages long. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in the section of the agency you study and that you know how to apply these concepts.   You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information.  You must write technically correctly using APA format,

 

You will present your paper in class on the last day the chapter (9-11) is included in the syllabus.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Class assessment is through weekly discussions of various topics, a research paper and final exam.

Grading:

Weekly Discussions: 30 points for answering questions and 30 points for at least 3 meaningful peer replies; Total 480 points

Research Paper: 210 points

Final Exam: 300 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Late work will result in loss of 5% each week late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Course Policies:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

  • A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
  • Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
  • When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

  • General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
  • Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
  • Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
  • Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Objectives:

  • To understand the meaning of the administration of justice
  • To define what is meant by criminal justice organizations
  • To provide a rationale for why criminal justice organizations should be studied.

Check List:

  • Read Chapter 1
  • Submit your introduction - 10 points (possible)
  • Review syllabus, and assignment schedule
  • Respond to the questions in discussion area - 60 points (possible)

Introductions: Place your introductions in Week 1 Introduction

Discussion Assignment: Place your response in WEEK 1 Discussion Thread

Week Two

Objectives:

  • To define theory and show how it differs from organizational models
  • To differentiate between open-system and closed-system models and their chief features
  • To provide a general background for the development of the bureaucratic model, including a discussion of machine theories and the emergence of scientific management
  • To describe several nonrational closed-system organizational models, including Theory X and Theory Y
  • To describe the human relations model, the historical context of its emergence, and its contemporary importance and application

Checklist:

  • Read Chapters 2 & 3
  • Respond to the questions in discussion area - 60 points (possible)

Discussion Assignment: Place your response in WEEK 2 Discussion

Week Three

Objectives:

  • To present a rationale for studying organizational variables
  • To examine organizational structure and sensitize students to different salient dimensions, including size, complexity, and formalization
  • To describe the primary features of organizational control, including the administrative component, bureaucratization, centralization, and levels of authority
  • To describe the interpersonal and individual levels or units of analysis, as well as discuss their important as key analytic tools
  • To examine various supervisory styles and the impacts these styles have on member involvement in organizational activities
  • To show the importance of job satisfaction as it influences other key individual, interpersonal and organizational variables

Checklist:

  • Read Chapters 4 & 5
  • Respond to the questions in discussion area - 60 points (possible)

Discussion Assignment: Place your response in WEEK 3 Discussion

Week Four

Objectives:

  • To describe and differentiate between power and authority
  • To describe five different modes of leadership in organizations, including the great man theory, leadership styles, leadership that can be learned, situational leadership, and multiple or distributed leadership
  • To describe what is meant by formal and informal organizational charts and role arrangements
  • To illustrate the close connection between organizational authority hierarchies and formal communication networks
  • To describe the origins of informal communication networks and their functions and dysfunctions

Checklist:

  • Read Chapters 6 & 7
  • Respond to the questions in discussion area - 60 points (possible)

Discussion Assignment: Place your response in WEEK 4 Discussion

The Self Quiz is worth (5) extra credit points and is there to help you check your progress.

Check the Self-check Quiz to get extra points.

Week Five

  • To describe several important need schemes that relate to personal motivation and work satisfaction
  • To examine several critical factors that influence job satisfaction
  • To describe the history of policing and the role of police in society
  • To describe contemporary police department, their organization, and operations
  • To describe the goals, functions, and division of labor on modern police departments
  • to examine several key law enforcement issues
  • To examine police-community relations and methods to improve such relations
  • Checklist:

    • Read Chapters 8 & 9
    • Respond to the questions in discussion area - 60 points (possible)

    Discussion Assignment: Place your response in WEEK 5 Discussion

    Exam-Tips have been placed in this week to assist you in studying for the final exam which is during week eight.

    Week Six

    Objectives:

    • To compare and contrast state and federal court organization
    • To describe the function of state and federal courts
    • To describe the duties of judges, prosecutors, and other courtroom work group members
    • To differentiate between jails and prisons and describe their important characteristics
    • To describe the history of jails, including their goals and function
    • To examine selected jail issues, including overcrowding, inmate classification, and privatization
    • to describe the characteristics of prison administrators and alternative management styles

    Checklist:

    • Read Chapters 10 & 11
    • Respond to the questions in discussion area - 60 points (possible)

    Discussion Assignment: Place your response in WEEK 6 Discussion

    Rsearch Paper: e-mail paper to the professor - 210 points possible

    Week Seven

    Objectives:

    • To define and describe community corrections and community correction acts
    • To describe the functions and goals of probation and parole agencies
    • To examine several community corrections programs, including home confinement and electronic monitoring
    • To describe the juvenile justice system and how juvenile offenders are processed from arrest, through intake, adjudication, and disposition
    • to describe how the juvenile justice system is administered
    • to describe the different dispositional options for juvenile offenders

    Checklist:

    • Read Chapters 12 & 13
    • Respond to the questions in discussion area - 60 points (possible)

    Discussion Assignment: Place your response in WEEK 7 Discussion

    Week Eight

    Objectives:

    • To examine how organizational effectiveness is measured or determined for law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system
    • To describe codes of ethics and professional responsibilities of key actors in criminal justice system organization

    Checklist:

    • Read Chapters 14
    • Respond to the questions in discussion area - 60 points (possible)
    • Proctored Final EXAM this week. Be sure to study the Exam-Tips given in Week Five. possible 300 points.

    Discussion Assignment: Place your response in WEEK 8 Discussion

     

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    Additional Information:
    In Core Assessment, I did not include the class presentation in the course syllabus.



    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Combines interviews, agency documents, observations, course text, and other resources (more than 8) into a consistent whole - other resources are books and/or referred journal articles Combines interviews, agency documents, observations, course text, and other resources (6 to 8) into a consistent whole - other resources are books and/or referred journal articles but somewhat superficial Combines interviews, agency documents, observations, course text, and other resources (less than 6) into a consistent whole - other resources are books and/or referred journal articles but superficial Some of the required elements (interviews, agency documents, observations, course text, and other sources are missing and 
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Analyzes key elements using more than 8 sources Analyzes key elements using the 6 to 8 sources Analyzes key elements using less than  6 sources Analysis is not present in artifact 
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
    Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    By using more than 10 words specific to the profession, the  artifact demonstrates an exceptional understanding of terminology By using 10 words specific to the profession, the  artifact demonstrates the expected understanding of terminology By using less than 10 words specific to the profession, the  artifact demonstrates an less than satisfactory understanding of terminology By not using words specific to the profession, the artifact fails to provide appropriate evidence 
    Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    By discussing more that 5 key ideas (those  specific to the profession), the  artifact demonstrates an exceptional understanding of concepts By discussing 5 key ideas (those specific to the profession), the  artifact demonstrates the expected understanding of  concepts By discussion less than 5 key concepts (those  specific to the profession), the  artifact demonstrates less understanding than expected An artifact that fails to discuss at least concepts is unsatisfactory 
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding  of terminology and concepts appropriate to the profession 
    Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    The artifact fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation  that make it difficult to read 

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