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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Graham, Charles E.,, Jr.


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Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

S1LL 2010 LR

Faculty

Graham, Charles E.,, Jr.

Title

Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Management
M.B.A. Business Management
J.D. Law

Office Location

Park University, Little Rock AFB Campus Center

Office Hours

Before and After Class and By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(501) 941-1649 (Home)

Other Phone

(501) 605-3105 (Cell)

E-Mail

charles.graham@park.edu

CGraga5066@aol.com

Semester Dates

January 11 - March 7, 2010

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Evidence, Wadworth Publishing, 2009, Sixth Edition, Author: Judy Hails. ISBN -13:978-0-495-09581-1.

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Course Description:
CJ313 The Law of Evidence: 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 instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, group discussions, case studies, examinations, and term paper.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as investigative learning to encourage the lively exploration of this class in criminal 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:
Assessment instruments will consist of two examinations, term paper, homework, and class participation.  In order to facilitate class discussion, students are responsible for completing the reading assignments and homework prior to class meetings.

Grading:

 
GRADING SCALE:
 
A   90% and above
 
B   80% to 89%
 
C   70% to 79%
 
D   60% to 69%
 
F   Below 60%
 
WEIGHTING:
 
Mid-Term Examination:   350 Points Possible (35%)
 
Final Examination:     350 Points Possible (35%)
 
Classroom Participation:   50 Points Possible (5%)
 
Homework:   50 Points Possible (5%)
 
Term Paper:   200 Points Possible (20%)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a deduction of one letter grade.  Homework will be due the class following the class the chapters were covered.  Specific homework problems will be assigned one week prior to the work being due.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text, prior to each class.  Classroom discussions are a very important part of the educational process and every student will be expected to participate.  Classes will be conducted using lectures, group discussions, and case studies.  I encourage you to participate in class and provide your opinions and insight.  I am available to assist you before and after class, evenings, and on most weekends.  Please contact me at the above numbers, or email me any time you need help.  You are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled times.  In the event of 3 unexcused absences during a semester, you may be administratively dropped from the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 
CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
 
WEEK         DATE         CHAPTERS                  HOMEWORK
 
1                   1-14           1-2                                Review Syllabus, Overview and The Court Process
 
2                   1-21           3-4                                Types of Evidence & Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
                                                                             (Paper Topic & Outline Due)
 
3                   1-28           5-6                                Witnesses & Crime Scene Evidence/Testing
 
4                   2-4             7-8                                Documentary Evidence & Hearsay (Test Review)
 
5                   2-11                                                Mid-Term Examination
 
6                   2-18           9-12                              Privileged Communications, Search & Sezure, Arrests & Searches
                                                                             Plain View, Consent, Vehicle, & Administrative Searches
 
7                   2-25           13-16                            Surveillance & Electronic Evidence, Self-Incrimination,
                                                                             Identification Procedures, Preparing for Court (Test Review)
 
8                   3-4                                                  Final Examination

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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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