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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Wilke, Stephen B.


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

U1Y 2007 MN

Faculty

Wilke, Stephen B.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Juris Doctor
Master of Public Administration

Office Location

Millington, TN Classroom

Office Hours

Before and after class

Daytime Phone

901-745-7685

E-Mail

stephen.wilke@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 4 - July 29, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

4:30 - 7:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Evidence;  Judy Hails;  Fifth Edition;  2005;  Wadsworth, Thomson Learning Inc.
 
ISBN:  0-495-00138-4

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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:

This course will move forward primarily on student reading of the assignments, lectures, and class discussions of criminal evidence issues.

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:

Attendance and participation - up to 15 points.

Class presentations and discussions - up to 15 points.

Mid-term examination - up to 30 points.

Final examination - up to 40 points. The comprehensive final examination is not a take-home test.  The comprehensive final examination is an in class, open book and closed notes essay examination.

Grading:

Attendance and participation - up to 15 points.

Class presentations and discussions - up to 15 points.

Mid-term examination - up to 30 points.

Final examination - up to 40 points.

Final Grade: A: 90 - 100 points;  B: 80 - 89 points;  C: 70 - 79 points;  D: 60 - 69 points;  F: less than 60 points

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will only be accepted with the prior approval of the instructor and then only with a significant grade penalty.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

“Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades and suspended or expelled from the University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are subject to suspension or expulsion from the university.” Specifically: a) Be sure to arrive to class on time prepared to discuss the day's assignments; b) Drinking and eating snacks is allowed in class; c) Please turn cellular telephones and pagers off or to vibrate mode; d) Class breaks will be offered during the evening but students may leave the class at any time for short periods to attend to personal needs. As a exercise in college level academic education, the greatest range of acceptance will be give to all viewpoints; each student will have intellectual advancement as their primary goal, respect will be give to all other students, the class as a group and the school environment.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Classes will meet and chapters will be covered as follows:
1. June 5 Introduction
2. June 7 ch. 1 & 2
3. June 12 ch. 3
4. June 14 ch. 4
5. June 19 ch. 5
6. June 21 ch. 7
7. June 26 ch. 8
8. June 28 ch. 9
9. July 3 Mid-term exam
10. July 5 ch. 10
11. July 10 ch. 12
12. July 12 ch. 13
13. July 17 ch. 14
14. July 19 ch. 16
15. July 24 course review
16. July 26 Last class, Final Examination
Note: Individual and team assignments in the nature of care reviews, or other class presentations, will be made through the progress of the course.

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.

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 intended for planning purposes only.




This syllabus may be changed at any time as announced by the instructor.





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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