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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Herbeck, Dennis


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Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

F1T 2006 DL

Faculty

Herbeck, Dennis

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA Administration
BA Social Work

Office Location

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Office Hours

Anytime online

Daytime Phone

701 7759681

Other Phone

701 787 2772

E-Mail

dennis.herbeck@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 21 - October 15, 2006

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Evidence, 5th Edition., by Judy Hails; Thomson Wadsworth; ISBN: 0-495-00138-4 (2005) 

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Criminal Law, John C. Klotter and Terry D. Edwards, 5th ed. Anderson, 1998

(check for sixth edition)

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Course Description:
This intermediate course examines the rules of evidence as they relate to the prosecution and defense of criminal cases, general provisions, judicial notice,presumptions, relevancy, privileges, witnesses, hearsay, expert testimony, authentication, and identification. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructors educational philosophy is one of exchange, discussion and interpretation of ideas.  In Laws of Evidence law is interpreted constantly by courts of different levels and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court. Although most laws and legal process have been interpreted many times they are still open for discussion. I have included discussion in this course as it is a forum for the exchange of thoughts and ideas.  This is one of my primary beliefs about education.  There are some "matters of fact", but they all came from somewhere and with some reasons.  We shall look at the law and the reasons.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish what evidence is and how it affects the processing of a criminal case, the different types of evidence as introduced at trial, and the issues surrounding the use of witnesses as evidence in a criminal case.
  2. Critique hearsay evidence and privileged communications.
  3. Compare the types of searches utilized in the criminal justice system and the evidentiary issues that surround them, while understanding the process of preparing a case for trial.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. To articulate the differences between direct and circumstantial evidence.
  2. To identify and list elements of real evidence.
Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Projects, exams, and discussion will be the main elements of class assessment.

Grading:

Final Exam = 100 ponts

Weekly Discussion = 12.50 points Total of 100 points

Four Case studies/briefs = 25 points each Total 100 points

Project 100 points

Total of 400 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unless previously discussed with the instructor late work will be docked at 3 points per day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online etiquette is expected. The instructor will notify any student of conduct that is becoming questionable. All exchanges with other students should be done with professionalism in mind.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One August 21, 2006 - Discussion

Case Study

Week Two August 28, 2006 - Discussion

Case Study

Week Three September 4, 2006 - Discussion

Week Four September 11, 2006 - Discussion

Case Study

Week Five September 18, 2006 Discussion

Project

Week Six, September 25, 2006 Discussion

Case Study

Week Seven, October 2, 2006 Discussion

Week Eight, October 9, 2006 Discussion

Proctored Final Exam

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 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 "W".
  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.

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Additional Information:
I am available daily. I will answer any email usually the same day. Communication is very important in the online environment and I ask that you check your email regularly and contact me with any questions and concerns that you may be having.



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
The artifact assembles at least 8
Sources from class readings, observations, and other resources
 
The artifact assembles  at least 6-8 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles 5 or fewer sources from only one resource The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The artifact will display the use of at least 8 outside sources and the ability to draw a well supported conclusion about the case chosen The artifact will display the use of at least 6-8 sources and an adequate conclusion about the case chosen The artifact will display the use of 5 or fewer outside resources and show little ability to draw a conclusion about the case chosen The artifact does not display a proper conclusion about the case chosen 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 3 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen. The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen The artifact contains 1 evaluation perspective  in examining the facts contained in the case chosen Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
The artifact contains no errors in terminology The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology The artifact contains 3-4 mistakes in terminology The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
The artifact discusses more than 5 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements The artifact discusses 5 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements The artifact discusses fewer than five key elements and displays little understanding of the elements The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts through out 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 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 6 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is 4-6 pages in length, displays proper grammar, and no more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in proper format, contains multiple grammar errors , and multiple spelling errors 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains the following:
-Title page
-Body
-Bibliography with at least 8 sources
-outline
 
The artifact contains the following:
-Title page
-Body
-Bibliography of at least 6-8 sources

 
The artifact does not contain one or more of the following:
-title page
-body,
-bibliography of at least 5 sources
 
The artifact is missing most of the required elements 

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