CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
SP 2008 HOA
Dr. Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Doctor of Public Administration (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1999)Master of Public Administration (Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1983)Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1976)
MA 416-F (Library)
Monday, 11am-4pm; Wednesday, 9am-10am, Before and after class or by appointment
January 14 - May 9, 2007
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Schmalleger, Frank. (2008). Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, 7th Ed. Pearson Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Schmalleger, Frank. (2008). Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, 7th Ed. Pearson Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ:
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From time to time, the instructor will refer students to supplemental required readings, audiovisuals, case studies, articles, computer resources, etc. which will be posted on eCompanion and/or provided as supplemental handouts in class. It is the student's responsibility to have reliable access to eCompanion and maintain currency on all assigned material.
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The instructor's overarching approach to education is to emphasize the broadening of intellect as a strategy for developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. It is essential to integrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the classroom into the active lives of students, both as individuals and as members of social groups. It is not the facts we learn, but how we use them that provides us with the tools needed to better the human condition.
The instructor will use lectures, class discussions, group activities, handouts, supplementary readings, audio-visual aids, examinations, case studies, and other methods to facilitate learning. Student performance expectations:
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
You will be expected to write three essays in CJ100, Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration – one each on law enforcement, courts and corrections. The essays may be collected all at once or at different times during the course.
An essay is a short work that treats a topic from an author's personal point of view, often taking into account subjective experiences and personal reflections upon them.
In one of the essays, you must report and reflect on an interview with a professional; in another you must observe an agency in action and report and reflect on the observation (a case in a courtroom, probation and parole clients reporting to their officer, ride along in a police car), and in the third you must watch a movie and relate its contents to the course. The order of the interview, observation, or movie doesn't matter. Thus, the first essay may be a movie about law enforcement.
Each essay should be 500 to 750 words or two to three typewritten or computer-generated pages written in American Psychological Association (APA) format. You can learn about this style from the Park University website. Late papers will not be accepted. Students should use six sources (the activity, this course text, and four others) for each essay, and they should tie their topic to the text.
An essay is a well-structured (i.e., organized) presentation of your ideas about what you have read, observed, heard, seen. It is presented in a way that is easy to follow and understand.
An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what the assignment. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task. For the essays required for this course, you may begin with a topic sentence such as:
To write an essay, follow a few simple steps:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Examinations: There will be two (2) examinations. Each exam is equally weighted and will cover a defined portion of the course material presented and/or distributed, and the required textbook/supplemental readings. Exams may be closed or open book/notes. Exam questions may be any combination of short answer, multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or essay type.
Periodic Assignments/Quizzes: During the term students will be assigned TEN (10) individual or group activities in the form of in-class or homework assignments, discussions, and/or quizzes. These activities may occur at any time during the term. Quizzes may be closed or open book/notes. These assignments/quizzes will require you to maintain currency in reading assigned text chapter(s) and/or supplemental material, so it is important to come to class PREPARED. Students who are not present in class to engage in these periodic activities remain responsible for any assignments, supplemental material, and information given in class.
Examinations (2) 40% (400 points)
CJA Essays (3) 30 (300 points)
Class Participation 5 (50 points)
Total 100% (1,000 points)
F (Failure) 59 and below
Late Submission of Course Materials:
ALL COURSE ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS, QUIZZES, HOMEWORK, ETC. ARE DUE AS PUBLISHED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE IN THIS SYLLABUS, EXCEPT AS SPECIFIED BELOW:
MAKEUP POLICY - MAJOR EXAMINATIONS ONLY: Students who fail to complete scheduled examinations will receive a grade of 0 (F) for the assessment item. Students involved in a University-sanctioned event (e.g., sports competition) or experiencing some type of EMERGENCY (e.g., personal illness, car accident, family issue, etc.), which will impact their ability to complete a major examination must personally contact the instructor as soon as possible BEFORE the scheduled examination. Makeups for major examinations MAY be offered on a case-by-case basis, subject to written documentation from the student substantiating the University activity (e.g., team schedule and correspondence from coach) or EMERGENCY (e.g., medical note, police report, etc.) and advance notice from the student. THE INSTRUCTOR HAS NO OBLIGATION TO OFFER A MAKEUP EXAM.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
PLEASE disable (turn off, leave in car, silent mode, etc.) all beepers, cell phones, wireless communication devices, electronics, etc. while in class.
If a cell phone must be used during class, please show respect by doing so outside the classroom.
The use of laptop personal computers to take notes or conduct course-related research is permitted during class, except during exams and quizzes, as long as it is not a distraction to the instructor or to other students. Please note that the use of e-mail, interactive chat rooms, instant messaging, “web-surfing,” listening to music, watching videos, and other non-course-related activities is considered a distraction and is not permitted during class sessions.
While class is in session, students may NOT use headphones or ear buds connected to any electronic device (e.g., cell phones, I-Pods, computers, data devices, etc.).
PLEASE show each other the same respect you would want by actively listening to others and maintaining civility in the discourse.
REMEMBER that we are all different and that we grow and develop positively by practicing acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of each other's opinions, customs, and ideas.
The following schedule is subject to change. Periodic assignments or quizzes may be given any time.
Jan 14: Course Introduction, Course Syllabus
Jan 16, 18: What is Criminal Justice? Schmalleger (S)-Chp. 1
Jan 21: NO CLASS – HOLIDAY – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Jan 23, 25: The Crime Picture, S-Chp. 2
Jan 28, 30, Feb 1: Criminal Law, S-Chp. 3
Feb 4, 6: Policing: Purpose and Organization, S-Chp. 4
Feb 8, 11, 13 – Film and Research Activity/To Be Advised
Feb 15: Policing: Purpose and Organization, S-Chp. 4
Feb 18: NO CLASS – HOLIDAY - PRESIDENT'S DAY
Feb 20: Core Assessment Essay #1 on Policing Due (In-Class Discussion)
Feb 22, 25, 27: Policing: Legal Aspects, S-Chp. 5
Feb 29, Mar 3, 5: Policing: Issues and Challenges, S-Chp. 6
Mar 7: Midterm Exam (S-Chps. 1-6)
Mar 8-16: NO CLASSES - SPRING RECESS
Mar 17, 19: The Courts, S-Chp. 7
Mar 21: NO CLASS – GOOD FRIDAY
Mar 24: Core Assessment Essay #2 on Courts Due (In-Class Discussion)
Mar 26, 28, 31: The Courtroom Work Group and the Criminal Trial
Apr 2 – Research Activity/To be Advised
Apr 14, 16, 18: Prisons and Jails, S-Chp. 11
Apr 21: Core Assessment Essay #3 on Corrections Due (In-Class Discussion)
Apr 23, 25: Prison Life, S-Chp. 12
Apr 28, 30, May 2: Juvenile Justice, S-Chp. 13
May 7: Final Exam, S-Chps. 7-13, 10:15am-12:15pm
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 85Instructor's General Instructions on Written Assignments: All written submissions must be error free, spell-checked, grammatically correct, and reflective of undergraduate-level academic work. All students are expected to be familiar with the university's policies on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism. Evidence of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, fabrication, or cheating, will result in course failure.
All work submitted must be the student's own. Any assistance received by a student in preparing papers or reports must be fully acknowledged and disclosed in the work submitted. Students must cite and reference any sources from which data, ideas or words are used, either quoted directly or paraphrased.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88Class attendance is the major component of the class participation grade. The instructor expects students to attend all classes and participate in class discussions, group exercises, and informational exchanges. Attendance will be recorded each class meeting. Students are allowed TWO (2) Excused absences for any reason during the term without penalty. All other absences will be recorded as Unexcused and result in a proportionate reduction of points from the class participation grade. Students arriving more than 10 minutes after class starts or departing before class ends may have an Unexcused absence recorded.
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 .For special accommodations of any kind, please notify the instructor during the first week of class so that I may assist you.
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