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CJ 100 Intro to Criminal Justice Admin
Girvin, Ralph


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 100 Intro to Criminal Justice Admin

Semester

F2B 2010 BL

Faculty

Girvin, Ralph

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. English and American Literature
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Office Location

Bldg 616 Room # 9

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday 7:00 - 7:30p.m.

Daytime Phone

915-356-8114

Other Phone

915-564-5803

E-Mail

Ralph.Girvin@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Semester Dates

Oct 18, - Dec 12, 2010

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Siegel, Larry J., Essentials of Criminal Justice, 7th Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, ISBN-10:0-495-81099-1,  ISBN-13:978-0-495-81099-5 © 2011  Paperbound

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Course Description:
CJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration (MGE): An introduction to the history, nature, structure, and function of the criminal justice system in America, with comparisons to systems in other nations. Examinations of the various aspects of the administration of the justice systems, including law enforcement, courts, correctional agencies (including probation and parole) and including the increasing role of private entities in the system will be conducted. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, current events, written essays, homework, class discussions, a presentation and a mid-term. The emphasis is on the exploration of ideas and issues confronting criminal justice.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the use of basic vocabulary of criminal justice.
  2. Express a basic understanding of the American criminal justice system, its history, nature, and structure (including law enforcement, courts, and corrections) and how it functions, while examining the role of private entities in the CJ system.
  3. Compare the American criminal justice system with systems in other nations.
  4. Explain how the current issues such as juvenile justice, technology, terrorism, and drug use affect the criminal justice system.
  5. Discuss some aspect of a current issue in international criminal justice.
  6. Demonstrate the use of tools for gathering, retrieving, evaluating, and communicating information about criminal justice
  7. Express an appreciation for the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with their cultures.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the procedural aspects relating to the prosecution and defense of the offender in the criminal justice system.
  2. Explain the rehabilitative process for the offender within the criminal justice system.
Core Assessment:

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: 

  • The ride along with the ABC police was not as exciting as I expected after watching many police shows on television.
  • I observed in the DEF courtroom and was surprised to realize that 30 cases processed in an hour
  • The character “Red” played by Morgan Freeman in the movie Shawshank Redemption was institutionalized by his long time in prison and this institutionalization related to the discussion in the text about the appropriateness of long prison sentences.  

To write an essay, follow a few simple steps:

  1. decide on your topic
  2. prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas
  3. write your thesis statement
  4. write the body of the paper
    1. write the main points
    2. write the sub-points
    3. elaborate on the sub-points
  5. write the introduction
  6. write the conclusion
  7. add the finishing touches

 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 
Each student is responsible for reading all chapter assignments and is expected to be prepared to discuss chapter contents. Students will be required to orally present an overview of his/her paper to the class at a designated time/date, per our class schedule noted below. There will be a five point deduction per class period for any late assignments. For example, if you are scheduled to orally present your paper on a given date and for any unexcused reason you present or turn in your paper two class dates later; ten points will be deducted from your term paper/presentation grade. 
 
The core assessment for this class is the completion of three essays which represents 30% of your final grade.  You will also be expected to prepare and turn in an electronic copy via the instructor's e-companion Dropbox on the date it is due as noted in the class schedule below.  The student will also be required to complete a 15- 20 minute oral presentation of his/her final paper which will be worth 10%. The dates for the presentation are noted below in the course schedule.   The remaining points will come from the mid-term and final exam each worth 30%.  The completion of three essays, an oral presentation of the essays, the mid-term and final exam will form the basis for your final grade.
 
Core Assessment:   The core assessment in this course will be the completion and submission of three essays.  The essays are due on the date listed in the course schedule noted below.  The student will submit all three essays to the instructor by placing the documents in the e-companion Dropbox. The instructor will also score your core assessment papers based upon the elements found in the rubric, attached to the bottom portion of this syllabus. The rubric will be explained in class.  As indicated in the syllabus, the class presentations will start on November 15th and end on December 6th. The class will present in alphabetical order with five to six students presenting on each presentation night.

This course will require the student to be proficient in reading and writing the English language at the college level.
 

Grading:

 

    • Mid-Term Examination...........................................................  30%  or 30 pts     Week 4
    • Three Written Essays - are due in Week 2, 5, 8  (Core Assessment)
    • each essay is worth 10% or 10 pts for a total of......................... 30% or 30 pts.
    • Oral Presentation discussing your essays................................................10%  or 10 pts        Week 8
    • Final Exam............................................................................ 30% or 30 pts      Week 8

               TOTAL.................................................................................. 100%,     100 pts

  • Grading Scale:

      A =  90-100

      B =  80-89

      C =  70-79

      D =  60-69

      F =    0-59

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work missed because of unexcused absences will not be accepted. Work turned in late following excused absences will receive a 50% deduction.  It is each students responsibility to meet deadlines and turn in work when it's due. Military students can make alternative arrangements with the instructor because of deployments or other unforeseen military duties that often arise. Park University specializes in serving military students and accommodations will be made to help the soldier, marine, airman, or sailor complete the course successfully. 
If a student has an excused absence, all work must still be submitted on-time or a late penalty will apply.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to attend all class meetings and be on time, being habitually late is not acceptable. Attendance is recorded at each class meeting; if students are going to be absent, notification to the instructor is required; otherwise the absence will be recorded as unexcused. After two unexcused absences, one letter grade will be deducted, after three unexcused absences, two letter grades will be deducted and after four unexcused absences students will be given a final grade of “F”. Academic dishonesty will result in immediate release from the course and a failing grade.

Cell phones must be on vibrate or silent mode. If you must take a call, please do so outside of the classroom. Laptops will not be on during class unless the students is utilizing an e-book.

Military students can make alternative arrangements with the instructor because of deployments or other unforeseen military duties that often arise.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Oct 18, 2010              Course Introduction, expectations, discussion of coursework

                      Chapter 1.  Crime & Justice  
Oct 20, 2010              Chapter  2   Nature of Crime& Victimization

Week 2
Oct 25, 2010             Chapter 3 Criminal Law,
Oct 27, 2010             Chapter 4 Police in Society, Essay #1- Law Enforcement

Week 3 
Nov 1, 2010              Chapter 5 The Police Role & Function
Nov 3, 2010              Chapter 6 Issues in Policing

Week 4 
Nov 8, 2010              Chapter 7 Courts, Prosecution and Defense,
                          Review for Mid-Term Exam
Nov 10, 2010             Mid Term Exam (Chapters 1-7) 

Week 5 
Nov 15, 2010             Chapter 8 Trial Procedures, Essay #2 - Courts, Student Presentations 
Nov 17, 2010             Chapter 9 Prosecution and Sentencing, Student Presentations

Week 6
Nov 22, 2010             Chapter 10 Community Sentences, Student Presentations
Nov 24, 2010             Chapter 11 Corrections
Week 7
Nov 29
, 2010            Chapter 12 Prison Life, Student Presentations
Dec 1, 2010              Chapter 13 Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century

Week 8
Dec 6, 2010              Chapter 14 Crime and Justice in the new millennium,  
                              Essay #3 - C
orrections

Dec 8, 2010              Final Exam (Chapters 8-14), End of course review

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1 and 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Combines interview, observations , or watching of a movie (depending on the paper) with the text and four or more other sources into a consistent whole Combines interview, observations , or watching of a movie (depending on the paper) with the text and three other sources into a consistent whole Combines interview, observations , or watching of a movie (depending on the paper) with the text and less than three other sources into a confusing essay Combines interview, observations , or watching of a movie (depending on the paper) with a text but fails to use others sources and essay is unorganized 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1 and 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Analyzes key elements from all sources (the activity, text, and three sources) Analyzes and key elements from all five sources (the activity, text, and three sources) Mentions but does not utilize key elements from sources (the activity, text, and three sources) Doesn't recognize and/or use key elements from sources 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2 and 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Appraises the sources into a congruous and thoughtful essay (thoughtful implies original thinking) Appraises the sources into a congruous essay Essay appraises limited sources into a suitable whole Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
By using multiple (more than 8) words specific to the aspect of the profession (law enforcement, courts, corrections),  the artifact demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the terminology in an introductory CJ course By using many (about 8) words specific to the aspect of the profession (law enforcement, courts, corrections),  the artifact demonstrates the expected understanding of the terminology By using less only a few (5) words specific to the aspect of the profession (law enforcement, courts, corrections),  the artifact demonstrates less understanding than expected By not using words specific to the aspect of the profession (law enforcement, courts, corrections),  the artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding of the terminology in a CJ 100 course 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2 and 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
By discussing multiple (more than 5) key ideas in law enforcement, courts, or corrections, the essay demonstrates an exceptional understanding of key concepts By discussing many (about 5) key ideas in law enforcement, courts, or corrections, the essay demonstrates the expected understanding of key concepts By failing to discuss key ideas in law enforcement, courts, or corrections, the essay demonstrates a less then expected understanding of key concepts An artifact that fails to discuss key ideas in law enforcement, courts, or corrections is unsatisfactory 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2 and 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The essay shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of  terminology and concepts throughout the paper An essay shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper An essay shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper An essay fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The essay contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (grammar, spelling, etc.) The essay contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (grammar, spelling, etc.) The essay contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (grammar, spelling, etc.) The essay contains so many errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (grammar, spelling, etc.) that it is difficult to read 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains less than 2 errors in the following paper components: cover sheet, body of essay, or reference page The artifact contains 2 to 3 errors in the following paper components: cover sheet, body of essay, or reference page The artifact contains more than 3 errors in the following paper components: cover sheet, body of essay, or reference page The artifact is missing some of the required components or they are inappropriately completed 

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