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CJ 105 Criminal Law
Conwell, James E.


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CourseCJ 105 Criminal Law
SemesterF2Z2004
FacultyConwell, James E.
TitleAdjunct Professor of Criminal Justice
Degrees/CertificatesB.A., Journalism, 1986, University of Montana
Juris Doctor (Law), 1994, University of Montana
Office Location215 1st Avenue North, Great Falls, Montana
Office HoursBy appointment
Daytime Phone727-0028
Other Phone799-0676
E-MailJames.Conwell@park.edu
james_ conwell@mtd.uscourts.gov
Web PageNone
Semester DatesOct. 18, 2004 - Dec. 19, 2004
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time7:45 - 10:15 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Thomas J. Gardner and Terry M. Anderson, Criminal Law (8th ed., Thompson Wadsworth, 2003).

Course Description:
A survey of the history and nature of criminal law in the United States. Substantive criminal law, defenses, and criminal responsibility will be studied within the context of the criminal justice process and rules of evidence.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy for this course is to offer students the opportunity to understand the basic principles of criminal law and their application in the United States.  The course, through use of lectures, readings, guest speakers, videos, examinations, class dialogue and student journals, will focus on substantive and procedural criiminal law applicable in the United States.

Learning Outcomes:
1.  Delineate a basic understanding of the historical development of criminal law in the United States, while perceiving the nature and purpose of criminal law.
2.  Demonstrate knowledge of the substantive criminal law, both common law and modern statutes, including the different categories of crimes and the elements of each.
3.  Employ improved ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information in both written and oral forms.

Course Assessment:
The instructor will assess students' learning through class discussions stemming from lectures, readings, guest speakers' presentations, video presentations, and student journals, as well as through three examinations.

Grading:
The final course grade is based on the following:

Class participation - 20%
Student journals    - 20%
Three examinations  - 20% each

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero" absent compelling reasons.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Because this course will involve a relatively significant amount of classroom discussion and dialogue, tolerance of, and respect for, the point of view of other individuals in the class must be maintained at all times.  Students will be allowed (and at times encouraged) to challenge the opinion of the instructor and of other students, buy anyone doing so will be required to do so tactfully, respectfully and professionally.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Reading assignments from the text, and from supplemental materials provided by the instructor, will be made sufficiently in advance of each class to allow students time to prepare.  As a general rule of thumb, students should read the next chapter of the book not already discussed before coming to the next class.

The instructor will administer the first two exams at the approximate one-third and two-third marks in the term, and will administer the third exam at the conclusion of the term.  Students will be advised of the exact dates well in advance of the actual exam dates, and review sessions will be offered prior to each exam.  None of the tests will be cumulative.  All tests will be closed-book/notes.

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.  
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Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, journals or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

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.
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Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructor.

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 "WH".
  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.

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The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.

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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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 .

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