CJ-313: The Law of Evidence
S1T 2008 DLA
Chave, Reid W.
B.A., Ed.M., M.A.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Daily, 8 - 10AM, and 11PM, Eastern Standard Time, each class day (8 weeks).
FAX: (775) 908-8810
January 14 - March 9, 2008
Monday thru Sunday, each class week (8 weeks)
By e-mail, FAX, and online, as required.
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· Class participation, short answer-essay exams
· Essay exams
· Research paper(s) &/or project(s), presentation on paper &/or project
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Each week, an online written assignment is required and is worth a maximum of 30 points. Written assignments are due in the course dropbox by Sunday of each class week, and are based on the following criteria:
Each week’s participation is worth 50 points (30 points for responses to the instructor’s questions, and 20 points for engaging in online classroom discussion by responding to classmates’ postings. Participation will be graded on the following criteria:
As a means of review, an open-book mid-term examination will be given during Week 4, which will be worth 60 course points. Answers are submitted to the instructor by e-mail and not online in the course.
The components of the course and their respective worth as follows:
Course Letter Grade
Failure to complete the final examination will result in a grade of F in spite of any other completed assignments in the coursel.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Assignments: Inasmuch as the E-College operates on Mountain Standard Time (MST), assignment responses must be posted online in the course by submitting assignments where directed (e.g., online discussion link, e-mail, or the dropbox). I will grade assignments with percentage points (not a letter grade), and enter the results (score and comments where appropriate) through the dropbox and the gradebook.
Grade Points: All points for participation, assignments, exams, and other assignments will be periodically posted either in the online gradebook or by individual e-mail. You can track how you are doing in the course by keeping count of the points you accumulate as the course progresses. Note that I do not indicate letter grades during the course as that letter grade can go up or down depending on when assignments are completed. Earning an A in the course will be dependent upon completing all assignments, maintaining weekly attendance and course participation, and finally, your final examination to be completed during Week 8.
E-mail Procedures: When sending messages and assignments by e-mail, you must use an e-mail address that I recognize is yours. I do not open e-mails from unrecognized senders or with blank subject lines. If you send me an e-mail from other than your Park.Pirate.Mail address, be sure to use your course number as part of the subject line. Keep me advised of your correct e-mail address or any changes in e-mail addresses that occur during the course. I will generally respond to your properly identified messages within 48 hours taking into account that I operate in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) zone.
Week 1: Chapter 1 (January 14 – 20, 2008)
· Course introduction and requirements.
· Overview of evidence, its history, and the rules of evidence.
Week 2: Chapters 2 and 3 (January 21 – 27, 2008)
· The court process.
· Types of evidence (relevant; direct; circumstantial; testimonial)
Week 3: Chapters 4 and 5 (January 28 – February 3, 2008)
· Direct and circumstantial evidence.
· Witnesses and witness testimony.
Week 4: Chapters 6 and 7 (February 4 – 10, 2008)
· Types of crime scene evidence.
· Documentary evidence.
· Mid-term examination (Chapters 1 – 7)
Week 5: Chapters 8 and 9 (February 11 – 17, 2008)
· Hearsay evidence and its exceptions.
· Privileged communications.
· Final Examination Proctor Form. (Due by February 14, 2008)
Week 6: Chapters 10 and 11 (February 18 - 24)
· History and development of the Fourth Amendment
· Warrant requirements; exclusionary rule.
· Field interviews, arrests, and jail searches.
Week 7: Chapters 12 and 13 (February 25 – March 2, 2008)
· Plain view, open field, and vehicle searches.
· Electronic surveillance and other searches.
Week 8: Chapters 14 and 14 (March 3 – 9, 2008)
· Self incrimination.
· Identification procedures.
· Complete final examination with an approved proctor.
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