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CJ 300 Agency Administration
Miller, Stephen J.


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 300 Agency Administration

Semester

S1Q 2011 FEW

Faculty

Miller, Stephen J.

Title

Criminal Justice/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MPA Public Administration, BA History/Political Science, AS Business Administration/Accounting
Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Office Location

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Office Hours

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Daytime Phone

307 221 2294

Other Phone

307 638 4182

E-Mail

Stephen.Miller03@park.edu

sjmiller@sjmillerassociates.com

Web Page

http://sjmillerassociates.com

Semester Dates

January 10, 2011 to March 6, 2011

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Prerequisites

CJ100 and or CJ231, CJ232 or CJ233

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Criminal Justice Management – Theory and Practice in Justice-Centered Organizations (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Author: Mary K. Stohr and Peter A. Collins

ISBN: 978-0-19-533761-7

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Course Description:
CJ300 Agency Administration: This intermediate course examines management models, administrative techniques and patterns of organizational structure characteristic of criminal justice agencies. Prerequisites: CJ100 and either CJ231, CJ232 or CJ233. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Lectures, readings, papers, discussions, class room presentations, and examinations. The instructor wil encourage students to examine management theory and compare it to real world issues involving the management of the criminal justice agencies involving law enforcement, courts and corrections.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare criminal justice organizations and understand why they should be studied.
  2. Critique the process-related features of criminal justice components that explain these institutions and our understanding of them.
  3. Distinguish the key concepts used in the study of these organizations.
  4. Analyze the functions of the administration of law enforcement systems, the courts, and corrections.
  5. Evaluate organizational effectiveness and policy-making in different organizations.


Core Assessment:

For CJ300, the student will analyze and report on a section/bureau/division in a criminal justice agency. The focus of the analysis is to examine the manner in which the section/bureau/division influences agency operations. Examples include Human Resources Section, Records Division, Office of Legal Affairs, Internal Affairs and/or Professional Standards, Labor Relations Office, Budget Section for the ABC County Sheriff’s Office or the DEF Juvenile Detention Center. 

The purposes in conducting and writing this study are to improve your ability to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information carefully and objectively, solve problems effectively, present your ideas in clear written form directed to a specific audience, in this case, your class. 

To complete this project, you should: 

  1. Select the agency and section/bureau/division in which you are interested.
  2. Gather materials from the agency, such as organization charts, annual reports, and budgets.
  3. Interview persons working in the section about their job(s).
  4. Observe the activities in the section.
  5. Describe the structure, practice, and procedures of the agency and of the section you plan to analyze.
  6. Describe the procedures you will use to conduct your study including interviewing some people who work in the section.
  7. Compare similar agencies.
  8. Describe the results of your study.
  9. Make conclusions about your findings, including the positive and negative aspects you discovered. 

Your paper must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Methodology section
  4. Discussion
  5. Reference page
  6. Appendix which might include a summary of your interview(s) and organization charts of your agency and your section 

The text of this paper should be at least 2,000 words or eight pages typewritten or computer-generated, not counting the cover page, reference pages, appendices. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in the section of the agency you study and that you know how to apply these concepts.   You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information. You must correctly use APA format in source citation both in the body of the paper and in the reference page. 

You will present your paper in class in a manner selected by the instructor for your course.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

1. Five homework papers.
2. One research paper.
3. One classroom presentation regarding the research paper.
4. Final examaination.

Grading:

1. Homework paper 80 points. Week 1
2. Homework paper 80 points. Week 2
3. Homework paper 80 points. Week 3
4. Homework paper 80 points. Week 4
5. Homework paper 80 points. Week 5
6. Research paper 250 points. Week 7
7. Power Point presentation  20 points. Week 8
8. Final examination, 250 points. Week 8
 

Grade Scale
1. A = 90- 100% (or 900 points or higher)
2. B = 80-89% (or 800 to 899 points)
3. C = 70-79% (or 700 to 799 points)
4. D = 60-69% (or 600 to 699 points)
5. F = < 60% (599 or fewer points) 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Be on time.
2. Participate in classroom discussions and activities.
3.Complete assignments on time.
4. Respect the opinions of other students.
5. Cellular telephones to be turned off or in vibrate mode.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: January 10, 2011 to January 16, 2011

Objectives:

  • Explain the meaning of the administration of justice
  • Examine what is meant by criminal justice organizations
  • Explain a rationale for why criminal justice organizations should be studied
  • Compare and Contrast closed organization and open organization
  • Examine how organizational effectiveness is measured or determined for law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system
  • Describe codes of ethics and professional responsibilities of key actors in criminal justice system organization
Check List:
 
 Read Chapters 1 and 2
 
Submit your introduction
 
Review syllabus, and assignment schedule
 
Complete Homework Assignment (paper) - 80 points (possible)  

Introductions: Place your introductions in Week 1 Introduction

Utilize the text, outside sources, personal experiences and ideas.

Homework Assignment: Homework Paper - This written assignment should be one to two pages. It should be to the point with support material, personal experiences and ideas.

Homework Paper Topic 1: Locate three mission statements in the criminal justice system. Which one do you prefer? Why? How are they different? Find a mission statement from another organization (not criminal justice or military). How are they alike and different from the law enforcement mission statements? Do mission statements make a difference to criminal justice employees, managers and the public?

Week 2: January 17, 2011 to January 23, 2011

Objectives:

  • Discuss how to manage trouble: corruption, excessive use of force and harassment.
  • Compare theory and show how it differs from organizational models
  • Examine how organizational effectiveness is measured or determined for law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system
  • Describe codes of ethics and professional responsibilities of key actors in criminal justice system organization

Checklist: 

Read Chapters 3 & 4

Complete Homework Assignment (paper) - 80 points (possible)

Homework Assignment: Homework paper - This written assignment should be one to two pages. It should be to the point with support material, personal experiences and ideas. Be sure to name sources used.

Homework Paper Topic 2: Scandals, allegations of physical or verbal abuse, illegal or unethical activity by law enforcement, corrections system or the courts can impact management and leadership. Such a crisis can bring protracted legal, news media and public attention. What effect does this have on the management and administration of a criminal justice agency? 
 
Week 3: January 24, 2011 to January 30, 2011

Objectives:

  • Examine a rationale for studying organizational variables
  • Examine organizational structure and sensitize students to different salient dimensions, including size, complexity, and formalization
  • Compare the primary features of organizational control, including the administrative component, bureaucratization, centralization, and levels of authority
  • Explain the interpersonal and individual levels or units of analysis, as well as discuss their important as key analytic tools
  • Examine various supervisory styles and the impacts these styles have on member involvement in organizational activities
  • Compare the importance of job satisfaction as it influences other key individual, interpersonal and organizational variables
  • Examine leadership theories.
Checklist
 
Read Chapters 7

·          Homework Assignment (paper) - 80 points (possible)

Homework Assignment: Homework paper - This written assignment should be one to two pages. It should be to the point with support material, personal experiences and ideas. Be sure to name sources used.

Homework Paper Topic 3: How is productivity measured in criminal justice agencies? New technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), public access to agency data via the Internet, and other methods provide the means of timely and real time analysis, review and a means of focusing resources. What are the positives and negatives of data and technology driven criminal justice services and the impact on management and productivity?   

Week 4: January 31, 2011 to February 6, 2011

Objectives:

  • Discuss and differentiate between power and authority
  • Explain five different modes of leadership in organizations, including the great man theory, leadership styles, leadership that can be learned, situational leadership, and multiple or distributed leadership
  • Examine what is meant by formal and informal organizational charts and role arrangements
  • Explain the close connection between organizational authority hierarchies and formal communication networks
  • Examine the origins of informal communication networks and their functions and dysfunctions

Checklist:

·         Read Chapters 5, 6 & 7

·          Homework Assignment (paper) - 80 points (possible)

Homework Assignment: Homework Paper –This written assignment should be one to two pages. It should be to the point with support material, personal experiences and ideas. Be sure to name the sources used.

Homework Paper Topic 4:The current economic crisis has focused attention on unfunded pension and medical insurance issues involving government employees, including those working in the criminal justice system. What impact does this create for criminal justice agency leaders with regards to budgeting, personnel and recruiting, agency morale, community support and relations, and the ability to provide critical public services?

Week 5: February 7, 2011 to February 13, 2011

Objectives:

  • Examine several critical factors that influence job satisfaction
  • Discuss the history of policing and the role of police in society
  • Discuss contemporary police department, their organization, and operations
  • Discuss the goals, functions, and division of labor on modern police departments
  • Examine Styles of Leadership and the four management functions
  • Examine police-community relations and methods to improve such relations

Checklist:

Read Chapters 4 & 12   

Homework Assignment (paper) - 80 points (possible)

Homework Assignment: Homework Paper - This written assignment should be one to two pages. It should be to the point with support material, personal experiences and ideas. Be sure to name the sources used.

Homework Paper Topic 5: The local, state and federal criminal justice systems do interact but often operate independently of each other. However, there are times when there is tension between these systems. How does a high profile issues such as a kidnapping, an assault on a public official or otherpublic figure, increasing of federal authority through new federal laws, local and state incarceration costs of illegal aliens and other issues create conflict between the systems involving law enforcement, the courts and corrections? What challenges does this present to criminal justice agency managers?

Week 6: February 14, 2011 to February 20, 2011

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast state and federal court organization
  • Describe the function of state and federal courts
  • Describe the duties of judges, prosecutors, and other courtroom work group members
  • Compare the differences between jails and prisons and describe their important characteristics
  • Examine selection practices and job-valid qualifications.
  • Explain the characteristics of prison administrators and alternative management styles

Checklist:

·          Read Chapters 8 & 10

·        Take this time to work on your Research Paper "CORE ASSESSMENT" See Week 7 & 8.

Week 7: February 21, 2011 to February 27, 2011

Objectives:

  • Discuss community corrections and community correction acts
  • Examine the functions and goals of probation and parole agencies
  • Examine several community corrections programs, including home confinement and electronic monitoring
  • Examine the juvenile justice system and how juvenile offenders are processed from arrest, through intake, adjudication, and disposition
  • Examine how the juvenile justice system is administered
  • Compare the different dispositional options for juvenile offenders
  • Examine the four stages of budgeting and Planning

Checklist:

Read Chapters  9 & 11

Respond to the questions in discussion area - 80 points (possible)

Research Paper Directions: 250 POINTS

For CJ300, the student will analyze and report on a section/bureau/division in a criminal justice agency.

To complete this project, you should:

1.     Select the agency in which you are interested.

2.     Gather materials from the agency, such as organization charts, annual reports, and budgets.

3.     Interview persons, if possible, working in the section about their job(s).

4.     Observe the activities in the section.

5.     Describe the structure, practice, and procedures of the agency and of the section you plan to analyze.

6.     Describe the procedures you will use to conduct your study including interviewing some people, if possible, who work in the section.

7.     Compare similar agencies.

8.     Describe the results of your study.

9.     Make conclusions about your findings, including the positive and negative aspects you discovered.

Your paper must include:

1.     A cover page

2.     Introduction

3.     Methodology section

4.     Discussion

5.     Reference page

6.     Appendix which might include a summary of your interview(s) and organization charts of your agency and your section

The text of this paper should be at least 2,000 words or eight pages typewritten or computer-generated, not counting the cover page, reference pages, and appendices. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in the section of the agency you study and that you know how to apply these concepts. You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information. You must correctly use APA format in source citation both in the body of the paper and in the reference page.

The paper must be submitted no later than the end of week 7 Sunday by midnight.

Power Point part of Research Paper requirement – Week 8

Week 8: February 28, 2011 to March 6, 2011

Objectives:

  • Examine how organizational effectiveness is measured or determined for law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system
  • Explain codes of ethics and professional responsibilities of key actors in criminal justice system organization

Checklist: 

Read Chapters 10 & 13

Power Point presentation

Final examination  

RESEARCH PAPER: Power Point Presentation "CORE ASSESSMENT"

You will present your paper to the class in the form of a Power Point presentation.

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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Combines interviews, agency documents, observations, course text, and other resources (more than 8) into a consistent whole - other resources are books and/or referred journal articles Combines interviews, agency documents, observations, course text, and other resources (6 to 8) into a consistent whole - other resources are books and/or referred journal articles but somewhat superficial Combines interviews, agency documents, observations, course text, and other resources (less than 6) into a consistent whole - other resources are books and/or referred journal articles but superficial Some of the required elements (interviews, agency documents, observations, course text, and other sources are missing and 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Analyzes key elements using more than 8 sources Analyzes key elements using the 6 to 8 sources Analyzes key elements using less than  6 sources Analysis is not present in artifact 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions Appraises the sources into conclusions Evaluation is not present in artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
By using more than 10 words specific to the profession, the  artifact demonstrates an exceptional understanding of terminology By using 10 words specific to the profession, the  artifact demonstrates the expected understanding of terminology By using less than 10 words specific to the profession, the  artifact demonstrates an less than satisfactory understanding of terminology By not using words specific to the profession, the artifact fails to provide appropriate evidence 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
By discussing more that 5 key ideas (those  specific to the profession), the  artifact demonstrates an exceptional understanding of concepts By discussing 5 key ideas (those specific to the profession), the  artifact demonstrates the expected understanding of  concepts By discussion less than 5 key concepts (those  specific to the profession), the  artifact demonstrates less understanding than expected An artifact that fails to discuss at least concepts is unsatisfactory 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding  of terminology and concepts throughout 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 appropriate to the profession 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (spelling, grammar, etc.) The artifact contains so many errors in the APA writing convention or in the paper presentation  that make it difficult to read 

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