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CJ 221 Criminal Procedure
Cuellar, Alejandro C.


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

Criminal Law CJ221

Semester

F1B 2011 BL

Faculty

Alejandro C. Cuellar, JD

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (University of Texas at El Paso)
Juris Doctorate (Washburn University School of Law)

Office Location

500 E. San Antonio St., El Paso, Texas

Office Hours

After class and by appointment

Daytime Phone

915-820-0291

E-Mail

alejandro.cuellar@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 15 - October 9, 2011

Class Days

M-W

Class Time

5:00-7:30 P.M.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Criminal Justice for the Criminal Justice Professional, 10th ed., by Ferdico, Fradella & Totten (Wadsworth Cenage 2009) ISBN 0-495-5-720-2 

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Course Description:
CJ221 Criminal Procedure: This basic course examines the procedures to be followed in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections in the processing of the criminal case, from the crime to the end of punishment. The law of search and seizure and the right to counsel in each of the three segments of the criminal justice system are among the topics that will be examined. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will engage each learner in discussion to encourage the lively exploration of ideas and  issues.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the history and development of criminal procedures in the American criminal justice system.
  2. Identify the agencies involved in the criminal justice system and how each fits into the criminal justice process; while increasing knowledge about the operation of the court system on the federal and state level.
  3. Recognize the current social issues and relationships to the criminal justice system; e.g. victim rights.
  4. Explain the need for balance between social order and civil liberties in American criminal justice.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 5. Appreciate procedure, the gate keeper for due process
  2. 6.  Apply recent Supreme Court decisions to current issues
  3. 7. Understand the balance between national security and personal freedoms.
Core Assessment:

Students will write an essay comparing and contrasting the approaches to criminal procedure by the U.S. Supreme Court under both Chief Justices Earl Warren and William Rehnquist. The essay should focus on their significant decisions and the effects they had on the balance between social order maintenance and individual liberties. The essay should address the effects of the Supreme Court’s decisions on law enforcement in the United States. Discuss the Supreme Court’s current approach to balancing civil liberties against public order maintenance.

The essay must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. An introduction
  3. 6 to 8 typewritten double spaced pages of text (i.e. about 1,500 to 2,000 words)
  4. A reference page containing a minimum of six (6) course-external court sources
The essay must be written in APA or MLA style

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

  •  Mid-term exam                           20 points 
  • Core Assessment  (6-8 pages),    30 points  
  • Class participation                        20 points
  • Final Exam                                   30 points
TOTAL                                                100 points

Grading:

 90-100  A
80-89     B
70-79     C
60-69     D
0-59       F

The Core Assessment is integral to this course.   Therefore, failure to complete the Core Assessment and turn it in on time will result in a failing grade for the course.

The final is not a take home exam.

The final is not open-book or open- note.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will or missed exams will not be accepted, unless you have my prior approval.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Courtesy and consideration for other students.
2. Class participation is critical and makes up part of the grade consideration.   
3. Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss the assigned material. 
4. There will be a Midterm and a Final.
5. There will be periodic assignments or group work.  These assignments will be submitted via eCompanion Drop-box or to me personally during class time. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


  

Class Dates

Topics to be Covered

Assignments/Exams

Aug. 15

·         Syllabus Review and Ch. 1: Individual Rights under the U.S. Constitution

·         In-class discussion

Aug. 17

·         Ch. 2: Criminal courts, Pretrial processes, and Trials

·         In-class discussion

Aug. 22

·         Ch. 3: Exclusionary Rule, Probable Cause, Privacy, and Reasonableness

·         In-class discussion

Aug. 24

·         Ch. 4: Criminal Investigatory Search Warrants

·         In-class discussion

Aug. 29

·         Ch. 5: Admin. and Special Needs Searches and Electronic Surveillance

·         In-class discussion

Aug. 31

·         Ch. 6: Arrest

·         In-class discussion

Sept. 5

·         Ch. 7: Stop and Frisk

·         In-class discussion

Sept. 7

·         Midterm Exam

Sept. 12

·         Ch. 8: Searches Incident to Arrest and Protective Sweeps

·         Ch. 9: Consent Searches

·         In-class discussion

Sept. 14

·         Ch. 10: The Plain View Doctrine

·         In-class discussion

Sept. 19

·         Ch. 11: Search and Seizure of Vehicles and Containers

·         In-class discussion

Sept. 21

·         Ch. 12: Open Fields and Abandoned Property

·         In-class discussion

Sept. 26

·         Ch. 13: Interrogation, Confessions, and Admissions

·         In-class discussion

Sept. 28

·         Ch. 14: Pretrial Visual Identification Procedures

·         In-class discussion

Oct. 2

·         Core Assessment (NO IN-CLASS MEETING)

·         Core Assessment Due via eCompanion by Oct. 2 at 11:59PM

Oct. 3

·         Review for Final Exam

·         In-class discussion

Oct. 5

·         Final Exam

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .

Additional Information:

 

Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss and brief the cases located at the end of each chapter.




Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1-5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The essay demonstrates a thorough appraisal of the researched information.  The essay is presented as a congruous and thoughtful exposition of ideas. The essay demonstrates a satisfactory appraisal of the researched information.  The essay is presented as a thoughtful exposition of ideas. The essay demonstrates a minimal appraisal of the researched information.  The essay is presented as a disparate exposition of ideas. The essay demonstrates no appraisal of the researched information.  The essay is presented as an incongruous exposition of ideas. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1-5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The essay is a consolidated integration of the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. Extends research well beyond minimum requirements. The essay is a presents the fundamental principles of criminal procedure, but integration of themes is weak. The essay responds to individual issues of criminal procedure, but without integration or consolidation of ideas. No evidence of combining researched material into a consistent whole. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Essay completely examines the fundamental principles of criminal procedure.  It analyzes key elements using 6 or more course-external sources. Essay examines the fundamental principles of criminal procedure, but may miss a few points.  It analyzes key elements using 5 course-external sources. Essay fails to satisfactorily examine the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. It analyzes key elements using 1-4 course-external sources. Essay fails to examine the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. It uses no course-external sources. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The essay shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay shows minimal use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. The essay fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Essay conveys complete and exceptional information on the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. Essay conveys sufficient information on the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. Essay conveys minimal information on the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. Essay conveys no information on the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1-5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Essay contains all required technical components: 6-8 pages in length (excluding required cover and reference pages), typed, double-spaced.   Written in APA or MLA Style.  Contains fewer than five grammatical or spelling errors. Essay contains most required technical components.  Contains more than five grammatical or spelling errors but errors do not detract from understanding. Written in APA or MLA Style, but may have a few formatting errors. Essay contains few required technical components.  Contains more than five grammatical or spelling errors that detract from understanding. APA or MLA Style usage is barely evident. Essay contains no required technical components. There are so many errors in the APA or MLA writing convention, in the paper presentation, or in grammar and/or spelling that it is difficult to read. 

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