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CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections
Mendez, Bianca N.


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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 232 Introduction to Corrections

Semester

F2T 2006 DL

Faculty

Mendez, Bianca N.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Associate, Bachelor, and Masters of Criminal Justice
Graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and Air Force Office of Special Investigations Academy
Certificate of Child Protective Services, Texas

Office Location

Online and Via Phone

Office Hours

8:00 AM-10:00 PM

Daytime Phone

Cell (702) 250-7674/Home (915) 852-5195

E-Mail

bianca.mendez@park.edu

acnaib_99@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

October 23, 2006 thru December 17, 2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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American Corrections / With CD
Required Edition: 6TH 03 Clear, Todd R. / Cole, George F.

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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
This basic course discusses correctional concepts from their historical background to the present. An emphasis will be placed on the multi-faceted approach to corrections in our society, including the use of alternatives to incarceration. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Employ the vocabulary in corrections and learn to gather, evaluate, and communicate information about the subject effectively.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the American correctional system, its history, its evolution to the present and the future.
  3. Discuss the increasing role of private entities support the public system.
  4. Compare the American system to systems in other nations.
  5. Apply sensitivity to value questions in corrections and understand current issues and be able to communicate various positions on these issues.


Core Assessment:


  • Class participation, quizzes & exams


  • Class participation, quizzes & exams


  • Class participation 

  • Papers, presentations, group &/or individual activities with written assignments (see CJ205)

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
 class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. Written homework assignments should be completed and successfully submitted on the due date. Late assignments will receive a reduction in points of 10% for each day they are late beyond the due date.  NOTE: If you ever have problems transmitting your assignments to me, email me immediately, and we'll get the problem solved.

Normally, I check e-mail regularly and will quickly respond with a reply message.  If you do not receive a reply message within two days of sending your message, try resending.  Sometimes emails get lost in cyberspace.

On-line Course Requirements

Computer literacy - Students are expected to have frequent access to a personal computer with a modem and web browser, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account.  Computer literacy is expected (e.g. setting up files, familiarity with browsing and downloading Internet files, etc.)

Reading assignments - Students will be expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook, the lectures and articles displayed for each week, and assigned material on the Internet.  The Online Conference Discussions and Homework Assignments and Proctored Examination assume you have read the assigned readings.

Homework assignments  - The homework assignments will be posted in the homework topic for the week they are due. The object of the homework is for you to have an opportunity to study some aspect of corrections in detail and for you to produce a short (usually 2-3 pages) paper on the subject.  These assignments will be submitted via the dropbox and you should use APA formatting for any referencing that you do.

Discussions:  Each week there will be a discussion topic. I will post questions or scenarios regarding corrections in the discussion thread. It will be the student's responsibility to post your responses to these questions/scenarios and then to respond to other student posts on the subject. This is where your discussion grade comes from.  In order to recieve maximum points in discussion, students must post a minimum of four times per week in the discussion. After the minimum is reached the instructor will determine if the posts were satisfactory in terms of response.  Please use respectful language with one another and give each other critical feedback.  This is the time for us to debate and discuss issues, and these discussions should always be conducted in a professional and respectful manner. 

Quizzes: There will be a weekly quiz for each lesson.  You may use your book for these, but they are time limited so have your chapters read before taking them. 

Midterm and Final Exam:  In week four I will be posting a midterm exam that is open book and you will take the exam on the computer using the quiz tool.  Make sure that you save your answers before you submit.  The final exam which is proctored is also open book but is limited in time to one hour. This is to be completed in week eight.  You will need to thoroughly know the material before you take it. 

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Grading:

The following are the five areas that grades will be determined from in CJ 232 Corrections

Discussions      = 200 points (8 @ 25 points each)

Midterm Exam   = 100 points

Quizzes = 200 points (8 @ 25 points)

Homework = 400 points (4 @ 100 points)

Final Exam         = 100 points

A =  90- 100%    900 to 1000
B =  80-89%       800 to 899
C =   70-79%       700 to 799
D =  60-69%       600 to 699
F =  0  - 59%      698 and below

Submission of Late Work:  Points will be deducted for assingments not turned in on time.

Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 

Other Information on proctored exams:

  • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. 
  • Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination.

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 2006-2007 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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Evaluates the characteristics of the following five aspects of the American incarceration system (history, structure, inmate treatment, correctional policies, and consequences of incarceration).  At least two characteristics for each aspect must be included. Evaluates the characteristics of the following five aspects of the American incarceration system (history, structure, inmate treatment, correctional policies, and consequences of incarceration).  At least one characteristic for each aspect must be included. Evaluates the characteristics of the following five aspects of the American incarceration system (history, structure, inmate treatment, correctional policies, and consequences of incarceration).  No characteristics for each aspect are included. (e.g. no evidence of operationally defined competency) Fails to provide evidence of judgment about incarceration 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Using personal home confinement experience and/or inmate writings, constructs explanations for the five aspects of the  American incarceration system over time, for both state and federal systems Using personal home confinement experience and/or inmate writings, constructs explanations for the five aspects of the  American incarceration system for either the federal or state systems Using personal home confinement experience and inmate writings, constructs explanations for less than five aspects of the  American incarceration  system Failed to participate in the home confinement project (project and/or books) and failed to produce assigned paper 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between the personal experience and that of inmate author(s) using all five aspects Compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between the personal experience and that of inmate author(s) using some (three to four) of the five aspects Compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between the personal experience and that of inmate author(s) one or two aspects Fails to follow directions and or fails to complete the project as assigned. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Demonstrates in writing an understanding of many (at least five)  aspects of America's current incarceration policies Demonstrates in writing an understand of some (three to four) aspects of America's current incarceration policies Demonstrates in writing little understanding of the consequences of America's current incarceration policies by discussing one or two aspects of the incarceration policies. Fails to demonstrate any understanding of the consequences of America's incarceration policies 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Using terminology from the course and research correctly, identifies more than 10 concepts about incarceration in the paper Using terminology from the course and research correctly, identifies ten concepts about incarceration in the paper Using terminology from the course and research correctly, identifies less than ten concepts about incarceration in the paper Using terminology from the course and research incorrectly and fails to identity  concepts about incarceration in the paper 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Paper contains no errors on the following items: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting. Paper contains one to five errors on the following items: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting. Paper contains from six to ten errors on the following items: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting. Paper contains numerous errors (more than 10) on the following items: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting. 
First Literacy (or Disciplinary Competency) Community and Civic Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Community and Civic Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Demonstrates an understanding of the complexity of the American correctional  system using social, political, and economic concerns Demonstrates an understanding of complexity of the American justice system using two of the concerns (social, political, economic) Demonstrates an understanding of complexity of the American justice system using only a single concern (social, political, economic) No demonstrated evidence of an understanding of the complexity of the American justice system 
Second Literacy  (or Disciplinary Competency)                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
Ethics and Values                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Demonstrates an understanding of more than  five ethics and value questions relating to the American correctional system Demonstrates an understanding of three to  five ethics and value questions relating to the American correctional system Demonstrates little  understanding of ethics and value questions relating to the American correctional system by discussing only one to three of these No demonstrated acquisition of tools for analyzing ethics and value questions relating to the American correctional system 

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