CJ323 Corrections Management

for S1T 2013

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CJ 323 Corrections Management


S1T 2013 DL


Bethany Teeter




Masters in Criminal Justice Administration & Masters in Adult Education
Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management
Bachelor or Arts in Criminology and Psychology

Office Location


Office Hours


Daytime Phone

816-679-3304     (for emergencies)



Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Correctional Leadership : A Cultural Perspective • 2003
ISBN 978-0-534-57429-1

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Please check the "Webliography" tab in the class.

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Course Description:
CJ323 Correctional Management: This intermediate course examines the principles, problems and trends in correctional administration and management, methods of achieving organizational change and the evaluation of correctional units. Prerequisites: CJ232. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

My philosophy of teaching emphasizes student learning whether that learning occurs in a face to face format or in the online environment. Adult online learners differ in some important ways from traditional ground based college students. I believe that students learn best when the material presented is timely and relevant and applicable. Adult students in particular like to see the relevance of what they are studying. One way that I like to do this is by including current events and cases for discussions. Discussion threads are the heart and soul of online learning. This is the one way that students get to know one another and it gives them an opportunity to learn from one another. Discussion threads give the shy student a chance to be heard and everyone gets a chance to practice their writing skills. In addition, there is a great deal of information on the web that students can use to enhance their learning. They are encouraged to use web resources for this purpose. This also addresses the issue of learning styles. 

My goal as an online instructor is to encourage independent learning. I keep abreast of trends in the field and I make every effort to keep students apprised of the changes. Keeping the information current helps keep the course fresh and students appreciate that!

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish the principles, problems and trends in correctional administration and management.
  2. Critique the methods of achieving organizational change.
  3. Evaluate correctional units.
  4. Apply this knowledge to factual situations.
  5. Demonstrate improved written and oral communication skills.
  6. Compare Internet resources for communication and research.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Assessment in the course will be measured by the student’s successful completion of weekly question responses and weekly feedback to other student entries in discussion; a mid-term and final examination; weekly written assignments, a book review, and course participation.

Six online written assignments are required and each are worth a maximum of 50 points. Written assignments are due in the course dropbox by Sunday for the week indicated in the course schedule, and are based on the following criteria:

  • Was the assignment correctly completed?
  • Was the assignment completed on time?

Six discussion question responses and participation are worth 50 points each. Participation will be graded on the following criteria:

  • Did the student respond to the instructor’s questions?
  • Did the student respond to the posts of other students?
  • Did the student respond on time?
  • Did the student response demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter covered in the questions?

As a means of review, an open-book mid-term examination will be given during Week 4, which will be worth 100 course points. The final examination with an approved proctor during Week 8 is valued at 200 course points.

Individual assignments scores for each course week will be posted in the online gradebook.


Course Grading Scale by Assignments
  • Six discussion questions (50 points each)           300 points
  • Six homework assignments (50 points each)      300 points
  • One Book Review                                               100 points
  • Mid-term Examination (Week 4)                        100 points
  • Final Examination (Week 8)                               200 points
  • Total Points                                                      1,000 points

Grading Scale

A = 90 – 100% (900 points or higher).

B = 80 – 89% (800 – 899 points)

C = 70 – 79% (700 – 799 points)

D = 60 – 69% (600 – 699 points)

F = <60% (599 or fewer points)


Late Submission of Course Materials:
I do not typically accept late work.  Arrangements may be made in exceptional circumstances (technical difficulties, work obligations and vacations do NOT count as exceptional circumstances), and the student may incur a 10% grade penalty if late work is approved.  Arrangements for this exception MUST be made in advance if and when possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to engage with one another in a manner that is professional and respectful.   Please follow all netiquette rules.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Expanded assignment details are provided in the Home page and the eight weekly assignment links online in the course.

Week 1:  January 14-20, 2013   Correctional Leadership and Organizational Culture

               Chapter 1: Homework assignment; discussion question; book review assignment instructions.

Week 2: January 21-27  Management Theory

               Chapter 2: Homework assignment; discussion question.

Week 3: January 28-February 3  Correctional Culture and Motivation

               Chapter 3: Homework assignment; discussion question.

Week 4: February 4-10  Course review;  mid-term examination.

               Chapter 4: Discussion question.

Week 5: February 11-17  Correctional Officers and Their Culture

               Chapter 5: Homework assignment; discussion question.

Week 6: February 18-24  The Administrator Culture

               Chapter 6: Homework assignment; discussion question. Submission of book review.

Week 7: February 25-March 3  The Law of Corrections

               Chapter 7: Homework assignment; discussion question.

Week 8:March 4-10  Final Week

               Course review. Completion of final examination with approved proctor.

               Discussion question.

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 95-96

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 95

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .


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