CJ 300 Agency Administration
FA 2006 HO
Getty, Carol P.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Department Chair
PhD, University of Missouri - Kansas CityMS, University of ArizonaBA, Wellesley College
T and R: 8:30 - 10; Wed: 8 - 11; before and after class; by appointment
August 14 - December 15, 2006
11:35 - 12:50 PM
CJ 100 and either CJ 231, 232, or 233
Textbook: Justice Administration, Kenneth J. Peak, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
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Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet research, video viewing, and writing. I encourage each learner to participate and to engage in lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradiction.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
Your paper must include:
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 RubricClass Assessment:
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Reading: The entire textbook will be read for this class. Assignments are indicated on the schedule below. Students are responsible for reading the assignment prior to the class in which the topic will be discussed.
Lecture/discussions: Students are expected to participate in discussions and to contribute during lectures.
Tests: There will be two tests and a comprehensive final. All tests will include some choice; they will employ both objective type questions and essays.
Exercises: There may be five minute written exercises as part of many classes. These exercises will be both announced and unannounced. Since these are for my benefit as well as yours, they may sometimes be collected and recorded as part of your class participation grade.
Class participation: Attendance, participation, and contribution including involvement in the case studies. In order to do well in this course, students should attend class; class participation is an important part of college experience. Materials presented in class lectures and discussions can be gained in no other way. If you miss several sessions, your class participation grade will be lowered. Five (5) points will be deducted from any class missed.) If you must be absent, please inform me before class by calling my office. Classes missed for legitimate reasons are excusable only by prior approval. This means that excuses for athletic event must be given before class. Students are responsible for making up any work missed and for turning in any assignments before the missed class.
Papers: You have fourteen written assignments and a brief paper to write for this course. The assignments are primarily analysis of one of the case studies at the end of each chapter in the text. Basically each chapter is discussed during two class periods; the written assignment is due the second day of the discussion. You may work with a partner or in groups, but the written work you submit must be your own unless you acknowledge the source. Late papers will not be accepted except under rare circumstances when prior arrangements have been made with me. Of course, you can work ahead, receive extra credit, and not risk loosing credit for late assignments. An A paper will be computer generated and be two to three pages long. You will answer the questions at the end of the case and demonstrate that you have read and comprehended the material in the chapter. A B paper will be computer generated and two to three pages long. You will answer the questions at the end of the case but fail to demonstrate that you have read and comprehended the material in the chapter. A C paper will be about two pages long and be computer generated; you will answer the questions but not demonstrate that you have read the chapter. A D paper will short and hand written
Core Assessment: The project and paper is on a limited topic of your choosing. You should choose an aspect of police and sheriffs departments, court organization and administration, jail and prison organizations, community corrections organizations, and juvenile justice organizations for your topic. You must interview and visit the department in the chosen agency. You should become familiar with your topic by reading your text and studying your topic, then you must become familiar with this department, section, or bureau in your chosen agency, and finally you must synthesize, analyze, and evaluate the information you gather about this department. The paper should be at least eight pages long and be computer generated; it should be submitted with a title page, outline, introduction, method, results, discussion, ands conclusion sections and a reference page (eight courses) and possibly some appendices of charts and graphs. You may list those interviewed as sources. Internet sources are acceptable but must be appropriately cited. Papers are due on the final day the chapter is discussed. Additional information about this project and paper and the assessment rubric will be forthcoming. All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures relevant Program Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment for this course is this paper
Presentations: You must present the findings of your paper during the class period the topic is being discussed. This presentation must be at least ten minutes long. In order to receive an A, you must be prepared and not read your notes. You must use overheads, power point, or other supplemental materials and or report on an interview or give handouts - something to make your presentation interesting. For a B, you must give a presentation without using notes. For a C, you give a presentation without using notes, but you are late in giving your report. In order to receive a D, you read your presentation and/or it is less than 10 minutes. Again, the 14 written assignments and the paper will not be accepted after due dates.
You will be graded on the quality of your work as follows. Grading Percent Point
Two tests (10% each including a 10% comprehensive final) 30% 300
Fourteen written exercises 20% 200
Attendance, participation, contribution 20% 200
Paper 25% 250
Presentation of your paper 5% 50
In computing grades, the following scale will ordinarily be used, although I reserve the right to make adjustments. A = 90 -100, B = 80 - 89, C = 70 - 79, D = 60 - 69, F = 59 or below
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence. Legitimate absences include student illness, death in the immediate family, approved activities where students represent the college. I have the right to make the final decision on what absences are legitimate and when make-ups will be allowed or given.
Generally, tests will not be given after the class has taken them. Once the test has been returned to the class, no student can take the test for a grade
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend class. You are either present or absent. There are no excused absences. However, I appreciate knowing when and why you will be absent. If you must miss class, you are responsible for making up missed work
2. Be prompt. It is discourteous and disruptive to arrive late and leave early.
3. There are no make up quizzes. It will be beneficial to you to obtain copies of missed quizzes and to make certain you could answer all the questions correctly. Tests often contain quiz questions.
4. No exams may be taken after graded exams have been distributed to classmates.
5. Written exercises may be turned in early but NOT late. It is helpful if these exercises are computer generated, but, under exceptional circumstances, I may accept hand written.
COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS: The instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.
Aug. 15 and 17 Read Chapters 1 and 2
22 and 24 Read chapter 3 and answer case study questions and read chapter 4 and answer case study questions
29 and 31 Read Chapter 5 and answer case study questions
Sept. 05 and 07 Read Chapter 6 and answer case study questions and Test 1 on Sept 7th
12 and 14 Read Chapter 7 and answer questions from one case study (due on 14th)
19 and 21 Read Chapter 8 and answer questions from one case study (due on 21at)
26 and 28 Read Chapter 9 and answer questions from one case study (due on 28th)
Oct. 03 and 05 Read Chapter 10 and answer questions from one case study (due on 5th)
10 and 12 Read Chapter 11 and answer questions from one case study (due on 12th)
14 to 22 Fall Break
24 and 26 Read Chapter 12 and answer questions from one case study (due on 26th)
31 and 02 Test 2 and read Chapter 13
Nov. 07 and 09 More Chapter 13 and answer questions from one case study (due on
7th and Read Chapter 14
14 and 16 More Chapter 14 and answer one case study at end of chapter (due on 14th). Read
21 and 23 More Chapter 15 and answer questions on one of case studies . Thanksgiving
28 and 30 Read Chapter 16 Bring a budget from a criminal justice agency to class on the 30th
and be prepared to discuss it
Dec. 05 and 07 Read Chapter 17 and answer questions relating to one case study (due o the 7th)
14, 10:15 - 12:15 FINAL
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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.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90In order to do well in this course, students should attend class. Material presented in class lectures and in discussions can be gained in no other way. If you must be absent, please inform me before class by calling my office. Classes missed for legitimate reasons are excusable only by prior approval. This means that excuses for athletic events must be given before class. Students are responsible for making up any work missed and for turning in any assignments before the missed class. Five points will be deducted from class participation for every class missed.
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. 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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