CJ100 Intro to Criminal Justice Admin

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CJ 100 Intro to Criminal Justice Admin


SP 2013 HOA


Jenkins, Tamera Dawn


MA Criminology, Simon Fraser University
BA Criminal Justice/Corrections, Park University

Office Hours

Before and after class or by appointment.

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

January14-May11, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Credit Hours


Mutchnick, Robert (2010). Criminal Justice Interactive.Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.  ISBN-13: 978-0-13-505722-3

NOTE:  You must purchase this book because you need the code that is packaged with the book to access the Criminal Justice Interactive.  Access to Criminal Justice Interactive is via your student access code which comes with the book.  You cannot access the course without the code.

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Course Description:
CJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration (LE) : 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 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: 
1.  The instructor assumes the student has read and understands the syllabus and expects students to ask questions if any aspect of the course requirements is unclear.
2.  Students are expected to demonstrate that they are meeting the course objectives by attending class; activity participating in class discussions, activities, and exercises; timely submitting all written assignments; delivering required oral presentations; and sitting for any scheduled examinations.
3.  Students are assigned readings from the required text(s) and/or supplemental text materials in advance of each class meeting and are expected to be prepared for class.
4.  Students are expected to ask questions if they do not understand something. 
5.  Students are expected to listen to each other, ask questions, raise concerns, and provide the respect that each individual deserves.
7.  Students are encouraged to bring any items to class which they feel will add substantially to the learning environment.

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.

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:
Assessment of learning will be through tests, papers, online interactive activities, class participation, and an oral presentation.

Oral Presentation:  Each student will be assigned a nation wherein to compare and contrast an element of that nation's criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections) with that of the United States.  The information will be presented to the class.  A copy of your notes for the presentation and a bibliography will be provided to the instructor, but you will not be required to submit  a formal report. Your presentation will need to be 10 minutes in length, and is worth 80 points toward your final grade.  More information regarding the oral presentation will be provided the first day of class.

Criminal Justice Interactive Website: Students must do one of the following for each chapter: In the News, Web Activity, Essay Questions, or Review Questions.The instructor will designate the activity that must be completed. The assignment for each chapter must be completed on the Sunday of each week by midnight. For example: Chapter 1 assignment is due Sunday, January 20.

Four tests                                                                    400 points
Three essays                                                               300 points
Oral presentations                                                         80 points
Class participation                                                      150 points
Interactive review activities:In the news,                        70 points
 web activities,essay questions, review questions       
                                                                       Total    1000 points
In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=less than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner.

A 900 points and above                        

B 800-899 points 

C 700-799 points

D 600-699 points

F (Failure) 599 points and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments should be turned in on or before the date on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence. The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused.  MAKE-UP EXAMS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE NEXT SCHEDULED CLASS SESSION. FIVE (5) POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FOR EVERY DAY A PAPER IS LATE . NO PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE LAST SCHEDULED CLASS PERIOD FOR THE SEMESTER.  There are no make-ups for missed periodic assignments/quizzes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity. There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class. 

PLEASE silence all beepers, cell phones, wireless communication devices, electronics, etc. while in class. 

No cell phone use is allowed during class (including text messaging).

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

January 14

Introduction to the course and to each other

January 16  

Chapter- 1 “The Criminal Justice System”

January 18


Week 2

January 21

Martin Luther King Day- No class

January 23

Chapter 2- “Defining and Measuring Crime”

January 25


Week 3

January 28

Chapter 3-“Explaining Criminal Behavior”

January 30


February 1


Week 4

February 4

Chapter 4 “Criminal Law”

February 6


February 8

 Test 1: Chapters 1-4  

Week 5

February 11

Chapter 5 “The Police: History, Structure, and Functions”

February 13


February 15

Essay 1 due beginning of class:  Video

Week 6

February 18

Chapter 6- “The Police and the Constitution”

February 20

Oral presentations on policing

February 22

Finish oral presentations 

Week 7

February 25

President’s Day-No class Chapter 7- “The Police: Issues and Challenges

February 27


March 1


Week 8

March 4

Test 2: Chapters 5-7, Policing

March 6

Chapter 8-“ The Courts: History, Structure, and Key Players”

March 8



March 11-17

Spring Break- No classes!

Week 9

March 18

Essay 2 Due beginning of class. Chapter 9-“Pretrial Activities and the Criminal Trial”

March 20

Oral presentations on courts

March 22

Finish oral presentations 

eek 10

March 25

Chapter 10- “Sentencing”

March 27


March 29

Good Friday-No class

Week 11

April 1

Test 3- Chapters 8-10, Courts

April 3

Chapter 11- “Corrections: History and Institutions”

April 5


Week 12

April 8

Chapter 12- “Corrections in the Community”

April 10


April 12


Week 13

April 15

Essay 3 due beginning of class. Chapter 13- “Life Behind Bars”

April 17


April 19

Oral presentations on corrections

Week 14

April 22

Finish oral presentations

April 24


April 26

 Chapter 14- “The Juvenile Justice System”

Week 15

April 29


May 1


May 3


Week 16

Final Exam

May 8, 2013, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Over Chapters 11-14)

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.

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 .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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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 
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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 
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 
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 
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 
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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 
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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 
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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