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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Girvin, Ralph


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Course

CJ 313 Law of Evidence

Semester

S2B 2010 BL

Faculty

Girvin, Ralph

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. English and American Literature
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Office Location

Fort Bliss, Texas Building 614, room 9

Office Hours

7:00 - 7:30 p.m.  or as needed

Daytime Phone

915-356-8114

Other Phone

915-564-5803

E-Mail

ralph.girvin@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Semester Dates

March 23 - May 13, 2010

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Hails, Criminal Evidence, 6th Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009. ISBN-10: 0495095818 OR ISBN-13: 9780495095811

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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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based upon lectures, readings, examinations.

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:

 

Assignment Points
Homework  (50 points each, Weeks 1, 2 and 5) 150
Discussion Questions (25 points each, Weeks 1-7) 175
Special Course Project (175 points, Week 6)    175
Proctored Final Exam (200 points, Week 8) 200
Total Points 700


 

Grading:

 

Assignment Points
Homework  (50 points each, Weeks 1, 2 and 5) 150
Discussion Questions (25 points each, Weeks 1-7) 175
Special Course Project (175 points, Week 6)    175
Proctored Final Exam (200 points, Week 8) 200
Total Points 700

 

Grade Scale

A = 90% to 100% = 630 to 700 points
B = 80% to 89% = 560 to 629 points
C = 70% to 79% = 490 to 559 points
D = 60% to 69% = 420 to 489 points
F = below 60% = 419 points and below        

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The submission of late course work will only be accepted under extenuating circumstances. In all circumstances late course work must be submitted to the professor for approval and acceptance.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is required.  Students are responsible for completing all reading assignments prior to class.  The Park University policy concerning class attendance will be strictly enforced.  ACADEMIC HONESTY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

Week 1 March 23 -25
Readings:
Tues 3/23   Chapter 1 - Introduction 
Thur 3/25    Chapter 2 - The Court Process
Weekly Lecture
Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight 3/23
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight 3/26
Homework 50 Sunday midnight 3/26

Week 2  March 30 - April 1
Readings:
Tue  3/30  Chapter 3 - Types of Evidence
Thur 4/1    Chapter 4 - Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
Weekly Lecture
Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

  Thursday midnight 4/1
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
  Sunday midnight 4/4

Homework

50 Sunday midnight 4/4

Week 3  April 6 - 8
Readings:
Tue 4/6   Chapter 5 - Witnesses
Thur 4/8  Chapter 6 - Crime Scene Evidence, Experiments, and Models
Weekly Lecture
Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight 4/8 
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight 4/11

Week 4 April 13 - 15
Readings:
Tue 4/13  Chapter 7 - Documentary Evidence
Thur 4/15 Chapter 8 - Hearsay and Its Exceptions
Weekly Lecture
Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight 4/15
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight 4/18
Complete your Online Proctor Form    

Week 5 April 20 -22
Readings:

Tue 4/20  Chapter 9 - Privileged Communications
Thur 4/22 Chapter 10 - Developing Law of Search and Seizure
Weekly Lecture

Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight 4/22
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight 4/25
Homework 50 Sunday midnight 4/25
Your Online Proctor Form must be completed by week 5. This should be completed immediately if it has not already been done. There is a link for your proctor form below your login page. This link will be removed soon. Make sure you have finished this requirement.    

Week 6 April 27 -29
Readings:

Tue 4/27  Chapter 11 - Field Interviews, Arrests, and Jail Searches
Thur 4/ 29 Chapter 12 - Plain View, Consent, and Administrative Warrents
Thur 4/29 Chapter 13 - Electronic Surveillance and Other Searches
Case: Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968)
Weekly Lecture

Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

Thursday midnight 4/29 
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
Sunday midnight 5/2
Course Project - submit under one coversheet to the Dropbox 175 Sunday midnight 5/2

Week 7 May 4 -6
Readings:

Tue 5/4  Chapter 14 - Self-Incrimination
Tue 5/4  Chapter 15 - Identification Procedures
Thur 5/6 Chapter 16 - Preparing the Case for Court
Case: Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)
Weekly Lecture

Assignments: Points Due
Discussion Questions 25

Initial Posting (worth 60% of points)

  Thursday midnight 5/6
Response to two peers (worth 40% of points)
  Sunday midnight 5/9

Week 8 May 11 -13
There are no readings, lectures or discussion questions in week 8. You must take the proctored final exam during this week.

The test will consist of ten, short essay questions. You can choose any five of these questions to answer. Essay questions will be worth 20 points each. (100 points for essays). There will also be 50 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each. The multiple choice questions will be worth 100 points total. The entire examination is worth 200 points.

The examination will cover the entire course. It will be a timed, two hour test, closed book, no notes. You will not be permitted to use your own laptop or PC.

To review, pay close attention to the Lectures, Discussion Topics and Homework. Review the cases mentioned in the Lectures. Good luck and I hope you have enjoyed the past eight weeks and have learned a great deal.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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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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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