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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Angelo, Joseph M.


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 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

S2T 2007 DLB

Faculty

Angelo, Joseph M.

Title

Adjunct Faculty/Criminal Justice Administration

Degrees/Certificates

AA/Liberal Arts
BS/Criminal Justice
MA/Business & Organizational Security Management

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Anytime Online or Email For Appointment

Daytime Phone

330-921-5070

E-Mail

joseph.angelo@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 19, 2007 - May 13, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Evidence, 5th Edition., by Judy Hails; Thomson Wadsworth; ISBN: 0-495-00138-4 (2005)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Federal Rules of Evidence [http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/fre]

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Course Description:
This intermediate course examines 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. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I will use brevity to describe my philosophy for this particular course.  I feel learning should be enjoyable/fun and possess certain ingredients, which will challenge students each week.  We will accomplish this through the following methods: Weekly threaded discussions will serve as our means to discuss issues and interact with each other.  I believe that a healthy level of weekly discussion will make the course enjoyable and provide valuable insight to one another.  Homework and quizzes will serve as the weekly measurement to keep everyone current and up-to-date with the course.  The final exam will evaluate your understanding of the material and provide a logical conclusion for the course.  I expect everyone to therefore enjoy the next eight weeks and leave the course feeling challenged with a significant grasp of The Law of Evidence.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish what evidence is and how it affects the processing of a criminal case, the different types of evidence as introduced at trial, and the issues surrounding the use of witnesses as evidence in a criminal case.
  2. Critique hearsay evidence and privileged communications.
  3. Compare the types of searches utilized in the criminal justice system and the evidentiary issues that surround them, while understanding the process of preparing a case for trial.


Core Assessment:


·        Class participation, short answer-essay exams


·        Essay exams


·        Research paper(s) &/or project(s), presentation on paper &/or project

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

1. Completing weekly Reading assignments (Weeks 1 through 8).
2. Completing Weekly Discussion Questions (Weeks 1 through 8).
3. Completing Weekly Ehomework assignments (Weeks 2, 3, 5, and 7).
4. Completing mid-term examination (Week 4).
5. Completing Course Project/Paper (Week 6).
5. Completing a proctored Final Examination (Week 8).

Grading:

I will utilize a one-thousand (1000) point grading system during this course.  Points are assigned as follows:
 
1. Weekly participation and discussion questions: 50 points per week for 8 weeks.  Total value assigned is 400 points.
 
2. Ehomework: 50 points per assignment during weeks 2, 3, 5, and 7. Total value assigned is 200 points.
 
3. Mid-term examination during week 6. Total value assigned is 100 points.
 
4. Project/Paper due during week 7.  Total value assigned is 100 points.
 
5. Final examination during week 8.  Total value assigned is 200 points.
 
A= 900-1000 Points
B= 800-899 Points
C= 700-799 Points
D= 600-699 Points
F= 599 and Below 
 
Discussion Grading
You are required to respond to the posted question(s) by each Thursday.  You are required to provide a minimum of two replies to other student's responses by each Saturday.  Responses should not be short one liners, however offer insightful feedback based upon logic.  Remember to always be respectful of one another keeping in mind that we do not necessarily possess the same thought on discussion matters.
 
Proctored Final Examination
A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of Late Work:
Work should be submitted to the instructor by the last day of each assigned week.  Students experiencing a problem should contact the instructor to advise the reason work may be submitted late.  Unless authorized, late work will be subject to a penalty of 10% reduction for each week late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the eCollege course delivery system. Students are expected to devote a minimum of four hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system-the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. A 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 papers should be completed and successfully submitted so that they are in my hands on the due date.  If you ever have problems transmitting your assignments to me, telephone me immediately, and we'll get the problem solved. 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (March 19 - March 25)
Reading: Course Syllabus and Chapter 1
Discussion Question
Complete Introduction
Week 2 (March 26 - April 1)
Reading: Chapters 2 & 3
Discussion Question
Ehomework Assignment
Week 3 (April 2 - April 8)
Reading: Chapters 4 & 5
Discussion Question
Ehomework Assignment
Week 4 (April 9 -April 15)
Reading: Chapters 6 & 7
Mid-Term Exam
Discussion Question
Week 5 (April 16 - April 22)
Reading: Chapters 8 & 9
Discussion Question
Ehomework Assignment
Week 6 (April 23 - April 29)
Reading: Chapters 10 & 11
Discussion Question
Project Due
Week 7 (April 30 - May 6)
Reading: Chapters 12 & 13
Discussion Question
Ehomework Assignment
Final Exam Review
Week 8 (May 7 - May 13)
Reading: Chapters 14 & 15
Discussion Question
Final Exam
Complete Student Evaluations

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)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact assembles at least 8

Sources from class readings, observations, and other resources

 
The artifact assembles  at least 6-8 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles 5 or fewer sources from only one resource The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact will display the use of at least 8 outside sources and the ability to draw a well supported conclusion about the case chosen The artifact will display the use of at least 6-8 sources and an adequate conclusion about the case chosen The artifact will display the use of 5 or fewer outside resources and show little ability to draw a conclusion about the case chosen The artifact does not display a proper conclusion about the case chosen 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 3 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen. The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen The artifact contains 1 evaluation perspective  in examining the facts contained in the case chosen Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact contains no errors in terminology The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology The artifact contains 3-4 mistakes in terminology The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact discusses more than 5 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements The artifact discusses 5 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements The artifact discusses fewer than five key elements and displays little understanding of the elements The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts through out the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 6 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is 4-6 pages in length, displays proper grammar, and no more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in proper format, contains multiple grammar errors , and multiple spelling errors 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Body

-Bibliography with at least 8 sources

-outline

 
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Body

-Bibliography of at least 6-8 sources



 
The artifact does not contain one or more of the following:

-title page

-body,

-bibliography of at least 5 sources

 
The artifact is missing most of the required elements 

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