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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Smart, Stephanie J.


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CourseCJ 313 The Law of Evidence BU
SemesterS2H2005
FacultySmart, Stephanie J.
Daytime Phone843-470-4525
E-MailStephanie.Smart@park.edu
stephanies@bcgov.net
Semester DatesMarch 21, 2005 - May  15, 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Criminal Evidence Fifth Edition Judy Hails/Thomson Wadsworth


Course Description:
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.  Pre-requisite: CJ312. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, reading, dialogues, examinations, videos, current event articles and writings.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will define the term evidence.
Students will explain the burden of proof in criminal cases.
Students will identify different types of evidence including pretrial, trial and post trial evidence.
Students will discuss witnesses at trial.
Students will define Hearsay.
Students will define the standard for legal arrests.
Students will demonstrate the criminal justice process in its entirety.

Course Assessment:
Examinations, presentations, papers and current events articles relating to criminal justice and Mock Trial.

Grading:
Examinations Two 30 percent each 60 percent
Mock Trial 30 percent
Class Participation10 percent
Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D Below 60 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course material will result in a reduction of grade by 10 points per class period.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are required to participate in class discussions in an orderly and respectful manner. Students are not to disrupt the class under any circumstances. Any problems or concerns should be addressed individually to the professor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Tues. March 22 Chapters 1-3 Introduction/Court Process/Types of Evidence
Thurs. March 24 Chapters 4-5 Direct/Circumstantial Evidence/Witnesses
Tues. March  29 Chapters 6-7 Crime Scene/Documentary Evidence
Thurs. March 31 Chapters 8-9 Hearsay/Priveledged Communications
Tues.  April 5 Exam One
Thurs. April 7 Chapters Mock Trial Preparation
Tues.  April 12 Chapters 10 Search and Seizure
Thurs. April 14 Chapters 11 Field Interviews, Arrests
Tues.  April 19 Chapter 12 Plain View
Thurs. April 21 Chapter 13 Electronic Surveillance
Tues. April 26 Chapter 14 Self Incrimination
Thurs. April 28 Chapter 15 Identification Procedures
Tues. May 3 Chapter 16 Preparing for Court
Thurs. May 5 Final Exam
Tues.  May 10 Mock Trial
Thurs. May 12 Mock Trail

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
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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.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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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