1 OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE CRJ 1010: Introduction to Criminal Justice Instructor: Joel J. Allen Online Course * Summer II Term 2014 Course Syllabus and Outline Learning Management System Desire2Learn (D2L) D2L users must use their Online Services username and password to log into D2L. https://oaklandcc.desire2learn.com/ Student access to the website will begin on June 30, 2014 Course Prerequisite None Course Goals-- From the College Catalog The student will explain the role of the police, courts, and confinement facilities in modern society and discuss the need for criminal justice. The student will identify constitutional restriction placed on the law enforcement effort, study the organizational structure of police agencies, and define terms used in the processes of justice, the court system, and related agencies. In addition, the student will identify current police and community relations problems, recognize trends in modern policing, and methods applicable to improving the criminal justice system. The student will define his educational and employment objectives. Instructor's Overview of the Course This course will introduce students to the criminal justice system. The relationship between the individual system components will be identified and presented online. This online course will give students an opportunity to consider various careers in the criminal justice system. Introduction Introduction to Criminal Justice focuses on the various processing stages, practices, and personnel of the criminal justice system. This course examines the problem of crime in American society and the administrative responses to this issue. Both historical and contemporary components of the system, including the police, the courts, and the corrections field are explored. This course is designed to provide the student with a broad-based understanding of both the effects of crime on our community structures and the challenges the criminal justice system faces in responding to crime in our contemporary society. Revised: April 15, of 8
2 Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will: 1. Be familiar with the laws, procedures, and policies involved in processing an offender through the criminal justice system. 2. Understand the roles and responsibilities of various officials involved in processing offenders. 3. Understand the police role, the judicial system function, and the correctional techniques used in dealing with offenders. 4. Be familiar with the history of the public s attitudes toward the offender and the resulting changes in laws, system policies, and legal practices. Course Outline Part 1: The Foundation of Criminal Justice Week 01: Chapter 01: Crime and Justice in the United States Week 02: Chapter 02: Crime and Its Consequences Week 03: Chapter 04: The Rule of Law Part 2: Law Enforcement Week 04: Chapter 05: History and Structure of American Law Enforcement Week 05: Chapter 06: Policing: Roles, Styles and Functions Week 06: Chapter 07: Policing America: Issues and Ethics Part 3: The Courts Week 07: Chapter 08: The Administration of Justice Week 08: Chapter 09: Sentencing, Appeals and the Death Penalty Part 4: Corrections Week 09: Chapter 10: Institutional Corrections Week 10: Chapter 11: Prison Life, Inmate Rights, Release, and Recidivism Week 11: Chapter 12: Community Corrections Part 5: Additional Issues in Criminal Justice Week 12: Chapter 14: The Future of Criminal Justice in the United States Chapters 3 and 13 will not be formally presented in this class. Criminology and Juvenile Procedures are extensively covered in other classes. Revised: April 15, of 8
3 Course Activity Dates Summer II Term 2014 Note: Upon entering the course site, you will be advised to read the syllabus and online introductory materials. You must then complete the Class Procedures Quiz. Until you receive a 100% on this quiz, you will not be able to complete the graded quizzes. Week Start Date Close Date Subject Matter 1 Ch. 01: Crime and Justice in the United 06/30/14 07/13/14 States Note: An additional week to complete these chapters is provided for students that may have access or textbook issues. Ch. 02: Crime and Its Consequences 2 07/07/14 07/13/14 Ch. 04: The Rule of Law Ch. 05: History and Structure of American Law Enforcement 3 07/14/14 07/20/14 Ch. 06: Policing: Roles, Styles and Functions Ch. 07: Policing America: Issues and Ethics 4 07/21/14 07/27/14 Ch. 08: The Administration of Justice Ch. 09: Sentencing, Appeals and the Death Penalty 5 07/28/14 08/03/14 Ch. 10: Institutional Corrections Ch. 11: Prison Life, Inmate Rights, Release, and Recidivism 6 08/04/14 08/10/14 Ch. 12: Community Corrections Ch. 14: The Future of Criminal Justice in the United States (All work must be completed before midnight on this date) Start Dates are the dates you will have access to the online materials. End Dates after these dates no further access to online graded materials is possible. Dates start on Mondays at 12:01 AM and close on Sundays at 11:59 PM Revised: April 15, of 8
4 Textbook Introduction to Criminal Justice, 8 th Edition; By Robert M. Bohm and Keith N. Haley Special Edition for Oakland Community College is also the correct edition. The 7 th Edition, can also be used for this term. The textbook is available at the Auburn Hills Bookstore. Note: Some online materials represents content from previous editions, this should not present a problem with your assignments or quizzes. Graded Content of Course Test questions will include material from the text, online content, and websites you are directed to review. Examination questions may include the following types of questions: multiple choice, true and false, fill-in the blank and short answer format. There are 48 assignments (see below) for you to complete during the class. Each assignment has a due date; assignments can be submitted on or before the due date, they will not be accepted after the deadline for any reason. Discussion Board participation is a graded portion of the class. Additional details will be provided in the online materials. Grade Scale: A = %; A- = 90-94%; B+ = 86-89%; B = 83-85%; B- = 80-82%; C+ = 76-79%; C = 73-75%; C- = 70-72%; D+ = 65-69%; D = 60-64%; F = 0-59% Letter Grade Minimum Points A = % 1140 A- = 90-94% 1080 B+ = 86-89% 1032 B = 83-85% 996 B- = 80-82% 960 C+ = 76-79% 912 C = 73-75% 876 C- = 70-72% 840 D+ = 65-69% 780 D = 60-64% 720 F = 0-59% Below 720 Points Content Points and Percentage of Total Grade Graded Activities Number Points Total Total Chapter Glossary Quizzes % Chapter MC and/or T/F Quizzes % Timed Chapter Quizzes % Discussion Board Participation % Total 1, % Revised: April 15, of 8
5 Instructor's Grade Policy, N Grade, ACCESS Office and FERPA The N Non-Attendant (non-punitive mark). The student, though registered, never attended class, did not officially drop, and no gradable work exists. OCC policy requires instructors to post an N grade if a student has not attended a class for the first 20% (3 class sessions for a 15 week class; 2 ½ class sessions for a 12 week class) of the class. Once an N grade is posted, it will not be changed by this instructor for any reason. Online students will be required to confirm that the syllabus has been read and understood and respond to class expectations in writing during the first 20% of the course. These best practices will ensure compliance with the attendance policy and encourage dialogue regarding class expectations. If students have any questions concerning this matter, please have them contact one of the deans at your campus. Policy process reviewed and accepted on May 22, Richard E Holcomb, PhD. Upon entering the course site, you will be advised to read the syllabus and online introductory materials. You must then complete the Class Procedures Quiz. Until you receive a 100% on this quiz, you will not be able to complete the graded quizzes. If you do not successfully complete (100% grade) this quiz by the deadline date, you will receive a N Grade for the class. This instructor will not automatically give WP, WF, & I. These grades must be approved before the end of the term. An "I" grade requires 75% successful completion of the course and a memorandum from the student making such a request, listing the assignments necessary to complete the class. "Informal" drops will receive an "F" for a final grade. There are no extra credit assignments in this course. OCC s Incomplete Policy: This mark will be used sparingly and only when an emergency prevents a student from completing course work during the regular College session. The student is responsible for completing a written agreement with the instructor detailing the requirements to be met for the completion of the "I" before it is assigned. The student is not to register for a course in which he or she has a current mark of "I". Without prior faculty-initiated action to change the "I", this mark will become a "WP" one year subsequent to its original issue. ACCESS Information: Students requiring special assistance (including those affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act) may contact OCC s Accessibility Compliance Center & Education Support Services (ACCESS) and inform the instructor of any special conditions pertaining to their learning. The Auburn Hills Campus ACCESS Office is located at B-112B, or contacted by phone at: (248) Check the OCC website for ACCESS offices on other OCC campuses. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): IMPORTANT FERPA REMINDER: Per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), college personnel are not allowed to release students' personal information to anyone, including other students. If you have any questions regarding FERPA, please refer to page 17 in the current College Catalog. Revised: April 15, of 8
6 Academic Dishonesty Student conduct, as it relates to academic dishonesty, in an online class is no different from any other academic class. You are expected to complete assignments and quizzes on your own. You are not to work with anyone else on these assignments. There are no group assignments in this class. I will assume that all the materials you submit were completed and written only by you. If it becomes known that you did not work by yourself on these activities, you will be dismissed from this class with a failing grade. If you plagiarize any material in this class, you will receive a failing grade. Cheating - Academic Dishonesty It is college policy that no student shall engage in behavior which, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, may be construed as academic dishonesty. This may include, but is not limited to, plagiarism, presenting another individual s ideas, data, words, images, or other products without giving credit to the originator, or other forms of academic dishonesty, such as the acquisition (without permission) of tests or other academic materials and/or distribution of the same. This includes students who aid and abet, as well as those who attempt such behavior. (http://www.oaklandcc.edu/studentlifehandbook.pdf) pla gia rism noun 1. the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work. 2. something used and represented in this manner. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/plagiarism) Plagiarism = F for a Course Grade OCC System See Course Communications for a full explanation of the in-class communications process. Spelling and grammar rules are not suspended for messages. I reserve the right to refuse to answer poorly written messages. Here is an example of a message that will not receive a response: today i tried to take the quizz and once i completed it there was a problem with my internet conection and it wouldnt send and i got loked out of the quizz so can u re set the quizz for me so i can complet it You are required to check and if necessary respond to all messages. Revised: April 15, of 8
7 Equipment and Internet Connection Since you have made the decision to take an online course, you are required to have the necessary equipment and a suitable Internet connection. Equipment and connection problems are issues that you need to resolve prior to the start of the class. If your equipment and Internet connection is not adequate, Oakland Community College Campuses have equipment for you to use. Equipment and connection problems are not legitimate reasons for not completing course requirements. It is a good idea to anticipate these problems and complete assignments ahead of the deadlines. If you are locked out of a timed quiz; I will not re-set the assessment to allow you a second chance. Once you enter these events, you cannot back out and start over. The system is designed to prevent you from reviewing the test and coming back later to take the test. It is not a good idea to take this class using a hand-held device, a computer with a full keyboard and a solid Internet connection is required. Internet problems are not legitimate excuses for failing to complete assignments and meet deadlines. Guidelines for Completing this Online Course As you advance through the course, you will receive specific directions and guidelines that will assist you in completing the course. Each week represents a chapter in the textbook. Student Instructional Technology Resources This site will provide a variety of support channels: https://www.oaklandcc.edu/atg/studentresources/default.aspx Take the D2L Student Orientation Course The D2L Student Orientation course includes modules covering different tools that your instructors may use in Desire2Learn. Get your head start in Desire2Learn, self-enroll now! Good luck and I hope you find this class to be enlightening and enjoyable. Joel J. Allen Revised: April 15, of 8
8 Are you really ready for an Online Course? Are you under the impression that an Online Class is going to be easy? Do you believe that the course expectations are lower because the course is presented Online? If you believe the answers to these questions are yes, you may wish to reconsider your decision to take this course Online. I am not trying to scare you away, but I do not want you to labor under these misconceptions and fail the class. Not everyone is ready for an Online Class. This class is presented entirely online no classroom time is required. If you have taken online classes and traditional classroom classes, you know that the instructional process is much different in an online class. One fact I have learned from taking online classes is that I am more involved and engaged in the online classes. It is simply not possible to sit and absorb information via osmosis like plant roots taking on water. This online class will require you to become actively involved in the learning process. It my opinion this approach can be more enjoyable. Another advantage to online courses is that you can progress at your own pace. This class will allow you some leeway in progressing through the class, but there are controls on the pace you can advance through the course. It is important for chapter discussions to keep the class members on the same page, so to speak, or relatively close to the same page. It will be necessary for you to be disciplined and keep up with the weekly assignments. If you get too far behind you may not be able to accumulate the points necessary to pass the class within the fixed 12-week period. Since you have elected to complete an online class, we are expecting you to have the necessary computer equipment and skills to navigate through this class. Oakland Community College can assist you with software and technical support questions. I will be working with you on course content and the technical support group will help you with computer related issues. You will need the following software to complete this class: Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat Reader Real Player Macromedia Shockwave and Flash Players Browser: I found this site most useful: See you in class. Revised: April 15, of 8
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