CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
S1B 2005 BL
DeAngelis, George A.
Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice AdministrationMaster of Science Administration of Justice and SecurityMaster of Arts Management
10 January/March 6, 2011
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Textbook: Criminal Evidence, by Hails, Judy 6th Ed (09)
Copperhouse Publishing Co.
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instructor's educational philosophy is based upon lectures, examinations,
research from web sites, writings from outside sources and dialog with
students. Assignments are intended to encourage thoughtful exploration of ideas
and application of information provided during the course. Contradictory
thoughts are encouraged as part of the learning process. Students are expected
to ask questions about something they do not know.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· Class participation, short answer-essay exams
· Essay exams
· Research paper(s) &/or project(s), presentation on paper &/or project
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
will be four unannounced quizzes collectively valued at 20% of the total grade.
In addition, there will be a mid-term and final examination valued at 25% each.
Additionally, each student will be required to complete a research paper (core assessment) valued
at 20%. Detail information concerning the paper will be discussed in class. Participation
will factor 10% of the total grade. Additional class work may also be assigned
during the term as per the discretion of the facilitator. Example: Students who
are absent will be required to submit an outline and a 300 word summary for
each of the chapters covered in class. The make-up work must be sent via drop-box
by the beginning of the next class meeting. Failure to submit will result in
two point deduction in addition to the absence.
attendance is a component of participation)
The grading scale is as
follows: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59.
Term Exam 25%
Paper (core assessment) 20%
Quizzes 20% (5% each)
(with attendance) 8%
student is responsible for:
weekly reading assignments
a proctored mid-term and final examination
class on time
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Makeup work for absence must be submitted via drop-box by the next class no
later than 11:59 pm MST. It will not be accepted after that unless the student
and the instructor have made prior arrangements. There is a two
point deduction for each incident makeup work is not satisfactorily completed.
Research papers will be penalized five points for each class it is late unless
the student and instructor have made an advance agreement. Papers are late
if not posted via drop-box by 11:59 pm MST. Papers that are late three class three dates will not be accepted.
Examination missed as a result of excused absence can be rescheduled
within one week after the regularly scheduled exam date
Examination missed as a result of unexcused absence will be recorded
as an "F"
There will be no examination retakes
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
First and foremost, this is not an on-line
class. Therefore, students who cannot commit to attending this class as
scheduled should not enroll. Students are expected to attend class on time and
to remain for the entire period. Continuous tardiness will impact attendance
grade. Leaving class must be approved by the facilitator in order to
receive attendance credit. Students must realize that due to the compressed
schedule, class time is critical. Continued tardiness of 30 minutes or more
will be cause for marking the student absent for that class period. Students
missing class must personally notify the instructor via phone or email as soon
as possible (do not text message). Asking a student to relay messages to the
instructor will not be considered proper notification. Determination of what is
an excused or unexcused absence remains with the discretion of the facilitator
as per Park University policies. (See below)
Students who miss the first day of class will miss important information about
the class format, syllabus, text, exams, and core assessment assignment. This
information will not be repeated due to limited class time. However, it will be
your responsibility to become familiar with this information. Students who are
disruptive, abusive, rude, or unruly towards any student, guest, or faculty
will be removed from the class. Rude conducts towards the instructor includes
disruptive chattering, doing homework, reading a book (other than the text) or
newspaper, sleeping, or continuously leaving class to answer cell phone.
Prohibited conduct is also cause for dismissal from the class. Such conduct
includes plagiarism and dishonesty (in any manner or degree). Both will not be
tolerated. Submitting the same work (presumably your work) for two different
assignments is not plagiarism but it is considered unethical, even if the two
assignments were completed for different classes. If it is discovered that a
paper or other assignment was previously prepared for another course, or
learning institution, it is an academic impropriety and will result in a
"0" grade. Coursework must uphold the high standards of academic
integrity. Nonacademic information resources, such as Wikipedia.org, Ask.com,
Encarta.msn.com, Infoplease.com, etc are not allowed because they are not
credible, accurate, or peer reviewed. Computer technologies make writing and
revising easier. However, students must recognize that technology can also
cause problems. Problems can occur such as printers running out of ink
and hard drives crashing. Nevertheless students must be responsible
for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of these
issues. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive,
and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Assignments will be delivered
via E-companion drop-box in a compatible file. Technological difficulties are
not an acceptable excuse for turning in work late.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Jan.10 Class Orientation, Chapter 1 Introduction to Federal Rules of Evidence
Jan.12 Chapter 12 The Court Process
Jan.17 Chapter 3 Types of Evidence, Chapter 3a The CSI Effect
Jan.19 Chapter 4 Direct & Circumstantial Evidence
Jan.24 Chapter 5 Witnesses, Central Park Jogger Case
Jan.26 Chapter 6 Crime Scene Evidence, Review MT Exam Chapters 1-6
Feb.31 MT Exam Chapters 1-6
Feb.02 Chapter 7 Documentary Evidence
Feb.07 Chapter 8 Hearsay
Feb.09 Chapter 9 Privileged Communication
Feb.14 Chapter 10 Search & Seizure. 4th Amendment DVD
Feb.16 Chapter 11 Field Interviews, Arrest, & Jail Searches
Feb.21 Chapter 12 Plain View, Consent & Vehicle Searches, Research Papers Due
Feb.22 Chapter 14 Self Incrimination
Feb.28 Chapter 15 Identification Procedures, Review Final Exam
March02 Final Exam Chapters 7-12, 14&15
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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For CJ313, all students will complete a research paper examining the
problem of wrongful convictions in the American criminal justice system. The paper
will examine the following topical issues:
The essay should provide complete and equitable treatment of all six
topical areas, but the issues and researched material should be integrated to
provide a consolidated examination of. The paper should contain the following
1. A cover or title page
2. A body of text, 6-8 typed, double -spaced pages (1,500 to 2,000 words) in length
3. A reference page containing a minimum of 8 course-external resources
4. Written in APA
5. Strive for a 15% Similarity Index
Similarity index by source.
Papers will be checked for plagiarism. A
Similarity index breaks down which repositories a paper was found to have
matches. A comparison is then made with information within the paper and the
reference page. This helps determine originality and the total percentage of the paper found to have been copied from other sources such as Internet and publications. For this course, no more than 15% of the paper may
be copied directly from outside sources. In every instance of copying
information from outside sources, such as the Internet, books, journals, newspapers,
and textbooks, the information must be properly cited in APA format.
The goal is to increase the student's original contribution to the
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