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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Kurita, Sue M.


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Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

F1B 2007 BL

Faculty

Kurita, M. Sue

Title

Judge

Degrees/Certificates

BA- University of Texas At El Paso
MA Counseling-Webster University
JD-Texas Tech University School of Law

Office Location

Ft. Bliss

Office Hours

30 minutes before class & by appointment

Daytime Phone

915 543-3868

E-Mail

Sue.Kurita@pirate.park.edu

mskurit@aol.com

Semester Dates

August 6-Sept. 30, 2007

Class Days

Monday & Wednesday

Class Time

5:00 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

:                            

 Judy Hails, Criminal Evidence
5th Edition, Thomson Wadsworth P
ublishing Co., 2005.

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Course Description:

The rules of evidence as they relate to the prosecution and defenses of criminal cases'. general provisions, judicial notice, presumptions, relevancy, privileges, witnesses, hearsay, expert testimony, authentification, and identification.

 

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions

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:

 

 For this course, the core assessment is a Comprehensive Final Examination to be administered in all sections of CJ313. This exam is worth at least 20 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of the Core Learning Outcomes (as listed on this syllabus) through definitions, essay, and/or multiple choice questions. 

 This core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES examination that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home examination. Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered. The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours. 

 No computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students. Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

The Comprehensive Final Examination for courses must be passed with a grade of at least 60% in order to pass the course regardless of the student’s overall average in the course.

Grading:

Class Participation Summaries 20 points per chapter

10 page paper   80 points

Midterm exam 100 points
Final exam   100 points

TOTAL 600 POINTS

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All late material will be docked 10 points.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Each student is expected to be respectful of other students.
Each student is expected to be respectful of other student's opinions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATE  

 

CHAPTER  

 

TOPIC  

 

August 6  

 

Introduction  

 

 

 

August 8  

 

Chap. 1  

 

Court Process  

 

August 13  

 

Chap. 2  

 

Types of Evidence  

 

August 15  

 

Chap. 3  

 

Direct Evidence  

 

August 20  

 

Chap. 4  

 

Circumstantial  

 

August 22  

 

Chap. 5  

 

Witnesses  

 

August 27  

 

Chap. 6  

 

Physical Evidence  

 

August 29  

 

Chapt.7  

 

Documents  

 

September 3  

 

Chapt.8  

 

Hearsay  

 

September 5  

 

MIDTERM  

 

 

 

September 10  

 

Chap. 9  

 

Privileges  

 

September 12  

 

Chap. 10  

 

Search & Seizure  

 

September 17  

 

Chap. 11 & 12  

 

Detention, Arrest &Jail  

 

September 19  

 

Chapt.13  

 

Self Incrimination  

 

September 24  

 

Chap. 14-15  

 

Preparing for Court  

 

September 26  

 

FINAL PAPER DUE  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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

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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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