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CJ 313 The Law of Evidence
Gardner, Gary A.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CJ 313 The Law of Evidence

Semester

S1G 2013 GR

Faculty

Gardner, Gary A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S., Criminal Justice Administration
M.S., General Administration

Office Location

Building 252, Education Center, Grand Forks AFB, ND

Office Hours

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM  Monday through Friday

Daytime Phone

701 747-7164

Other Phone

701 741-2328 (Cell)

E-Mail

gary.gardner@park.edu

g3mgardner@gfwireless.com

Semester Dates

14 January to 10 March 2013

Class Days

-MTWRF-

Class Time

11:00 - 12:00 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Hails, Judy; CRIMINAL EVIDENCE, 7th ed., Wadsworth, 2012.
 
ISBN-13: 978-1-111-34693-5

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Current Criminal Justice publications and periodicals.  All additional resources will be provided by the instructor at no cost to the student(s).  All additional resources provided by the instructor must be returned at the end of the semester.

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Course Description:
CJ313 The Law of Evidence: This intermediate course examines the rules of evidence as they relate to the prosecution and defense of criminal cases, general provisions, judicial notice, presumptions, relevancy, privileges, witnesses, hearsay, expert testimony, authentication, and identification. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, discussions, video presentations, readings, case studies and dialogues dealing with the many aspects of Criminal Evidence.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish what evidence is and how it affects the processing of a criminal case, the different types of evidence as introduced at trial, and the issues surrounding the use of witnesses as evidence in a criminal case.
  2. Critique hearsay evidence and privileged communications.
  3. Compare the types of searches utilized in the criminal justice system and the evidentiary issues that surround them, while understanding the process of preparing a case for trial.


Core Assessment:


·        Class participation, short answer-essay exams


·        Essay exams


·        Research paper(s) &/or project(s), presentation on paper &/or project

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
One written report (CORE ASSESSMENT), two short answer essay exams (CORE ASSESSMENT), a midterm essay exam and a final essay exam.  The final essay exam will not be cummulative.  The written report will have a title page, a body of text 6-8 typed, double spaced pages and a reference (bibliography) page.  The paper will be in APA format.  The written report MUST be turned in not later than the last day of class.

Grading:

The written report wil be worth 30% of the student(s) final grade.  Each short answer essay exam will be worth 10% of the student(s) final grade. The midterm essay exam and final essay exam will each be worth 20% of the student(s) final grade.  Class participation will be worth 10% of the final grade.
 
A - 90% - 100%
B - 89% - 80%
C - 79% - 70%
D - 69% - 60%
F - Any grade below 60% and/or more than two unexcused absences.
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text and other publications and periodicals assigned by the instructor.  Written assignments are due on the dates assigned and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated with the instructor beforehand.  Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.  Students are expected to come to class prepared and to be on time.  Attendance will be taken each class meeting.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, temporary military duty, are excusable; however, the student must make up any missed work.  Each student is responsible for providing the justification for an unexcused absence.  Two or more unexcused absences are excessive and could result in a failing grade for the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

14-18 January - Chpts 1 & 2 - Discuss What is Evidence, burden of proof, roles of judge, jury, prosecutor, and defense attorney; examine checks and balances, independent judiciary, court organization, statute of limitations, functions of various levels of court and impact of case law.  Discuss student(s) topics for term paper.
 
21-25 January - Chpts 3 & 4 - Examine the adjudication process and types of evidence.  Approve student(s) topics for term paper.  FIRST SHORT ESSAY EXAM on chapters 1 through 4.
 
28 January to 01 February - Chpts 5 & 6 - Discuss direct and circumstantial evidence and witnesses.
 
04 - 08 February - Chpts 7 & 8 - Examine crime scene evidence and experiments; discuss documentary evidence, models, maps, and diagrams.  Student(s) and instructor will do a mock crime scene diagram in class.
 
11 - 15 February - Chpt 9 - Discuss hearsay and its exceptions.  First draft of term paper due this week.  MIDTERM ESSAY EXAM on chapters 1 through 9.
 
18- 23 February - Chpts 10 & 11 - Examine privleged communications and discuss developing law of search and seizure.
 
25 February through 01 March - Chpts 12, 13 & 14 - Discuss field interviews, arrests, and jail searches; examine plain view doctrine, consent for search, vehicle searches and administrative searches. Discuss USA Patriot Act, foreign intelligence, and electronic surveillance covered by federal law.  SECOND SHORT ESSAY EXAM on chapters 10 through 14.
 
04 - 08 March - Chpts 15, 16 & 17 - Examine self-incrimination, identification procedures and discuss preparing a case for court.  FINAL ESSAY EXAM on chapters 10 through 17.  TERM PAPERS DUE by the end of this week.
 
 
 
 
 

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:
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 .

Additional Information:
If you are unable to attend any class meeting, you must contact the instructor prior to the class meeting or you will receive an unexcused absence for that class meeting.  Please contact the instructor with any questions or concerns regarding class content or this syllabus.



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact assembles at least 8

Sources from class readings, observations, and other resources

 
The artifact assembles  at least 6-8 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles 5 or fewer sources from only one resource The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact will display the use of at least 8 outside sources and the ability to draw a well supported conclusion about the case chosen The artifact will display the use of at least 6-8 sources and an adequate conclusion about the case chosen The artifact will display the use of 5 or fewer outside resources and show little ability to draw a conclusion about the case chosen The artifact does not display a proper conclusion about the case chosen 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 3 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen. The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen The artifact contains 1 evaluation perspective  in examining the facts contained in the case chosen Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact contains no errors in terminology The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology The artifact contains 3-4 mistakes in terminology The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact discusses more than 5 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements The artifact discusses 5 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements The artifact discusses fewer than five key elements and displays little understanding of the elements The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts through out 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 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 6 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is 4-6 pages in length, displays proper grammar, and no more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in proper format, contains multiple grammar errors , and multiple spelling errors 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Body

-Bibliography with at least 8 sources

-outline

 
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Body

-Bibliography of at least 6-8 sources



 
The artifact does not contain one or more of the following:

-title page

-body,

-bibliography of at least 5 sources

 
The artifact is missing most of the required elements 

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