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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Cox, Tiffany T.


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Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

S1T 2008 DL

Faculty

Cox, Tiffany T.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

J.D.
B.A. Russian Language

E-Mail

tiffany.cox@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14, 2008 - March 9, 2008

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Evidence, 5th ed., by Judy Hails (Wadsworth, 2005) ISBN 0495001384
 
 

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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:
The facilitator's education philosophy is one based in active learning and interactive participation, based on lectures, discussion and dialogues, and writing assignments.  The facilitator will encourage each learner to participate in a lively exploration of ideas, issues, and analysis of the current law surrounding criminal justice.

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:
Written assignments, quizzes and graded discussion topics are used throughout the course.  A midterm exam and final exam are also given in week 4 and the last week of class, respectively.

Grading:

Mid-term Exam: 60 points / 60 points total
Weekly online questions: 30 points each / 240 points total
Weekly online feedback: 20 points each / 160 points total
Weekly written assignments:  30 points each /240 points total
Final exam: 300 points total - CORE ASSESSMENT
TOTAL 1,000 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will be subject to 10% penalty each week, unless the student and instructor have a previous agreement to accept late work for extraordinary circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect preparation and substantive participation throughout the course discussions and written assignments.  Please respond to classmates' posts with respect for differing ideas and background experiences.  If you have any questions or concerns, send them directly to me at tiffany.cox@park.edu.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK 1 (January 14 - 20): Readings: Study course syllabus and study text chapter 1.
Topics to be covered this week: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction to fellow students and the instructor. Introduction & discussion of syllabus and assignment schedule. Introduction to the law of evidence.
Assignments: Read the assigned readings. Enter the first topic for the week and enter your responses between Monday morning and Wednesday evening. Also, re-enter the first topic for the week and respond to entries made by your classmates. Enter the second topic for the week and enter your responses between Thursday morning and Saturday evening. Again, re-enter the second topic for the week and respond to entries made by your classmates. All four entries are required for full participation points. Finally, complete the written assignment for the week and submit it to me in the dropbox or BY E-MAIL  by Sunday evening.
WEEK 2 (January 21-27): Study chapters 2 & 3 in the text. Topics to be covered include the court process and different categories of evidence.  Review the Short Lecture for the week. Discussion topics Written Assignment
WEEK 3 (January 28- February 3): Study chapters 4 & 5 in the text. Topics to be covered include direct and circumstancial evidence, as well as witnesses and their testimony.  Review the Short Lecture for the week. Discussion topics. Written Assignment
WEEK 4 (February 4 - 10): Study Chapters 6 and 7 in the text. Topics to be covered include crime scene evidence and documentary evidence.  Review the Short Lecture for the week. Discussion questions. Written Assignment. Complete mid-term examination and return answer sheet BY E-MAIL to instructor at tiffany.cox@pirate.park.edu, by Sunday, July 10rd.
WEEK 5 (February 11 - 17): Study chapters 8 & 9 in the text. Topics to be covered include hearsay and hearsay exceptions and privileged communciations.  Review the Short Lecture for the week. Discussion questions. Written Assignment
WEEK 6 (February 18 - 24): Study chapters 10 & 11 in the text. Topics to be covered include 4th Amendment search and seizure rules, as well as arrest and interviews.  Review the Short Lecture for the week. Discussion questions. Written assignment.
WEEK 7 (February 25 - March 2): Study chapters 12 & 13 in the text. Topics to be covered include plain view, consent and vehicle searches, as well as electronic surveillance.  Review the Short Lecture for the week. Discussion questions. Written assignment.
WEEK 8 (March 3 - 9): Study chapters 14 and 15 in the text. Topics to be covered include 5th Amendment protections such as self-incrimination and Miranda warnings, and identification prodecures.  Review the Short Lecture for the week. Discussion questions Written Assignment. Be sure to complete your proctored exam this week.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
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  7. 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.
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Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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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