CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
FA 2011 HOA
Dr. Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Doctor of Public Administration (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1999)Master of Public Administration (Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1983)Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1976)
MA 208-B (Academic Underground)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am-12noon or by appointment
August 15 - December 9, 2011
8:00 - 8:50 AM
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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The instructor will be using eCompanion during the term for instructor-student communications, distributing handouts and supplemental readings, document sharing, recording grades, posting PowerPoint slides, webliography, etc. Students can access the course website using their student ID and OPEN password via:
From time to time, the instructor will refer students to supplemental required readings, audiovisuals, case studies, articles, computer resources, etc. which will be posted on eCompanion and/or provided as supplemental handouts in class. It is the student's responsibility to have reliable access to eCompanion and maintain currency on all assigned material.
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The instructor's overarching approach to education is to emphasize the broadening of intellect as a strategy for developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. It is essential to integrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the classroom into the active lives of students, both as individuals and as members of social groups. It is not the facts we learn, but how we use them that provides us with the tools needed to better the human condition.
The instructor will use lectures, class discussions, group activities, handouts, supplementary readings, audio-visual aids, examinations, case studies, and other methods to facilitate learning. Student performance expectations:
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
To write an essay, follow a few simple steps:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Examinations: There will be two (2) examinations. Each exam is equally weighted and will cover a defined portion of the course material presented and/or distributed, and the required textbook/supplemental readings. Exams may be closed or open book/notes. Exam questions may be any combination of short answer, multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or essay type.
Periodic Assignments/Quizzes: During the term students will be assigned TEN (10) individual or group activities in the form of in-class or homework assignments, discussions, and/or quizzes. These activities may occur at any time during the term. Quizzes may be closed or open book/notes. These assignments/quizzes will require you to maintain currency in reading assigned text chapter(s) and/or supplemental material, so it is important to come to class PREPARED. Students who are not present in class to engage in these periodic activities remain responsible for any assignments, supplemental material, and information given in class.
Examinations (2) 50% (500 points)
CJA Essays (3) 25 (250 points)
Total 100% (1,000 points)
F (Failure) 59 and below
Late Submission of Course Materials:
ALL COURSE ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS, QUIZZES, HOMEWORK, ETC. ARE DUE AS PUBLISHED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE IN THIS SYLLABUS, EXCEPT AS SPECIFIED BELOW:
MAKEUP POLICY - MAJOR EXAMINATIONS ONLY: Students who fail to complete scheduled examinations will receive a grade of 0 (F) for the assessment item. Students involved in a University-sanctioned event (e.g., sports competition) or experiencing some type of EMERGENCY (e.g., personal illness, car accident, family issue, etc.), which will impact their ability to complete a major examination must personally contact the instructor as soon as possible BEFORE the scheduled examination. Makeups for major examinations MAY be offered on a case-by-case basis, subject to written documentation from the student substantiating the University activity (e.g., team schedule and correspondence from coach) or EMERGENCY (e.g., medical note, police report, etc.) and advance notice from the student. THE INSTRUCTOR HAS NO OBLIGATION TO OFFER A MAKEUP EXAM.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
PLEASE silence all beepers, cell phones, wireless communication devices, electronics, etc. while in class.
If a cell phone must be used during class (including text messaging), please do so outside the classroom.
The use of laptop personal computers to take notes or conduct course-related research is permitted during class, as long as it is not a distraction to the instructor or to other students.
E-mailing, interactive chatting, texting, instant messaging, web-surfing, listening to music, watching videos, and any other non-course-related computing activities are considered distracting to the instructor as well as to other students and are not permitted during class sessions.
The instructor reserves the right to restrict or prohibit the use of laptop computers or other electronic devices during class for any reason. Students who repeatedly engage in distracting activities will be requested to leave the classroom.
While class is in session, students may NOT use headphones or ear buds connected to any electronic device.
PLEASE show each other the same respect you would want by actively listening to others and maintaining civility in the discourse.
Behavior considered to be discriminatory, obscene, profane, humiliating, prejudicial, harassing, annoying, or otherwise disturbing to other students, the instructor, and/or the learning environment will not be tolerated. Students can expect to be held accountable for their behavior in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, as well as Park University policies, rules, conduct codes, and procedures.
REMEMBER that we are all different and that we grow and develop positively by practicing acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of each other's opinions, customs, and ideas.
REGARDING ASSIGNED READINGS -- PLEASE NOTE: The schedule below includes assigned readings from the Schmalleger (S) textbook. The instructor assumes the readings will be completed BEFORE the first class meeting each week. You can expect to be quizzed/assessed on the readings each week. In addition, you will be assigned supplemental readings during the course via in-class handouts; postings on the eCompanion website; or by referral to web-based resources. For assessment purposes, students are responsible for all assigned readings.
Week 1 – August 15, 17, 19
Week 2 – August 22, 24, 26
Week 3 – August 29, 31, September 2
Week 4 – September 7 and 9
Week 5 – September 12, 14, 16
Week 6 – September 19, 21, 23
Week 7 – September 26 and 28
Week 8 – October 3, 5, 7
***NO CLASSES OCTOBER 8 - 16 – FALL BREAK***
Week 9 – October 17, 19, 21
Week 10 – October 24, 26, 28
Week 11 – October 31, November 2
Week 12 – November 7
Week 13 – November 14, 16, 18
Week 14 – November 21 and 23
Week 15 – November 28, 30, December 2
Week 16 – Date TBA
· Final Examination (Weeks 8 through 15) – TBA
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 93All students are expected to be familiar with the University's policies on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism. Evidence of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, fabrication, or cheating, will be fully investigated and may result in course failure.
Using other's words and ideas without proper quotations and citations is a violation of Park University's Academic Honesty Policy. The instructor takes this seriously and reports all violations to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and/or the College for Distance Learning. Generally, for the first time, a student receives a grade of zero (F) for the assignment and a warning. A second instance will result in failing the course.
I can't say this any clearer: Students who cut and paste text from an online source into assignments (including online discussions), and do not use quotation marks, in-text, and end citations, are plagiarizing, and violating the Academic Honesty Policy.
All students are advised to review the policy detailed in the Course Syllabus, and on pp. 92-94 of the 2010-2011 academic catalog.
PLEASE REVIEW AND CHECK YOUR ASSIGNMENTS CLOSELY TO BE SURE YOU ARE NOT PLAGIARIZING.
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 93All work submitted must be the student's own. Any assistance received by a student in preparing papers or reports must be fully acknowledged and disclosed in the work submitted. Students must cite and reference any sources from which data, ideas or words are used, either quoted directly or paraphrased.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96Class attendance is the major component of the class participation grade. The instructor expects students to attend all classes and participate in class discussions, group exercises, and informational exchanges. Attendance will be recorded each class meeting. Students are allowed TWO (2) Excused absences for any reason during the term without penalty. All other absences will be recorded as Unexcused and result in a proportionate reduction of points from the class participation grade. Students arriving more than 10 minutes after class starts or departing before class ends may have an Unexcused absence recorded.
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 .For special accommodations of any kind, please notify the instructor during the first week of class so that I may assist you.
Changes or Modifications
The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content and schedule without prior notice and in accordance with the requirements of the course.
Contacting the Instructor
As well, please familiarize yourself with the Park University Student Handbook at: http://www.park.edu/StudentHandbook.pdf
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Last Updated:8/3/2011 8:12:00 PM