CJ105 Criminal Law

for F2T 2006

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CJ 105 Criminal Law


F2T 2006 DLC


Wilke, Stephen B.


Adjunct Faculty


Juris Doctor
Master in Public Administration

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Criminal Law by Joel Samaha
8th Edition, 2005

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Course Description:
This course is a survey of the history and nature of criminal law in the United States. Substantive Criminal Law, defenses, and criminal responsibility will be studied within the context of the criminal justice process and rules of evidence. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Welcome to CJ 105.  Criminal law is an intersting and important subject.  We can make it fun by having an active interchange of ideas.  As adult learners you have a lot to offer to our discussions because of your knowledge, your experiences and your informed opinions.  I look forward to our class.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Delineate a basic understanding of the historical development of criminal law in the United States, while perceiving the nature and purpose of criminal law.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the substantive criminal law, both common law and modern statutes, including the different categories of crimes and the elements of each.
  3. Employ improved ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information in both written and oral forms

Core Assessment:

·        Essays & exams  

·        Essays, quizzes & exams  

·        Essays & class participation

Class Assessment:

Discussion Questions: will derive from the assigned reading materials. (20%)

Homework Assignments. (30%)

Proctored Final Exam: will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the last (8th) week of class at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. In order to take the proctored exams, a photo identification is required. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University website. (50%)

By week 6 of the term, the student is responsible for arranging for a proctor  who is acccepted and approved by the instructor. Approval of proctors is the discreton of the online instructor. A proctor request form will be made available for your completion during the first week of class. You will then the form with the name of 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.


See Class Assessment.


Final Grades plan:

A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89%  
C = 70-79%  
D = 60-69%  
F = < 60%  

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of work is strongly discouraged.  Late assignmnets will be accepted only with the prior approval of the instructor.  Late assignmnets will receive a substantial grade penalty.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Each student is expected to adhere to Park University's code of conduct, which can be located by clinking on the "Online Course Policies" link.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Following are the reading assignments for this course:

Week 1 - Read Chapters 1 and 2

Week 2 - Read Chapters 3 and 4

Week 3 - Read Chapters 5 and 6
Week 4 - Read Chapters 7 and 8
Week 5 - Read Chapter 9
Week 6 - Read Chapters 10
Week 7 - Read Chapters 11 and 12
Week 8 - Read Chapter 13

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 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 .

Additional Information:
This syllabus is not a contract.  It is offered for planning purposes only.  It can be changed at any time upon notice from the instructor.


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