1 I. BASIC COURSE INFORMATION: Angelina College Technology & Workforce Division CRIJ Introduction to Criminal Justice - ONLINE Summer I 2015 Course Syllabus A. Course Description: CRIJ 1301 Three (3) hours credit. This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes. B. Intended Audience and Course Meeting Times: Freshman level ONLINE course. Class Meeting Times and Location: Class is 100% online through Blackboard. Instructor is available to students via , or during noted office hours. This class is designed so that there is no need for the student to come on campus to complete any aspect of the course. C. Instructor: Name: Kevin D. Fritze, M.S. Office Location: Room 158 Technology & Workforce Building Angelina College, Lufkin Office Hours: By appointment only during Summer Session I and II Phone: (instructor s office) or (division office) Address: (best and preferred method of contact) II. INTENDED STUDENT OUTCOMES: A. Core Objectives: 1. Critical Thinking Skills to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information. 2. Communication Skills to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication. 3. Personal Responsibility to include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making. B. Learning Outcomes: 1. Describe the history and philosophy of the American criminal justice system. 2. Explain the nature and extent of crime in America. 3. Analyze the impact and consequences of crime. 4. Evaluate the development, concepts, and functions of law in the criminal justice system. 5. Describe the structure of contemporary federal, state, and local justice agencies and processes.
2 III. ASSESSMENT MEASURES A. Assessments for the Core Objectives (Tentative) 1. Critical Thinking: Students will engage in assigned readings and will be presented with oral and visual lecture content. The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to think creatively, to innovate, inquire, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information. Students will correctly answer embedded exam questions testing their knowledge, interpretation, and synthesis of comparative theories, current research, and social issues. Outcome will be assessed using a rubric which incorporates the Angelina College Institutional Rubric for Critical Thinking Skills. 2. Communication: Students will research an assigned topic and will write an essay on the assigned topic. Students will present their findings to the class as a whole via an oral presentation. Communication skills will be assessed using a rubric which incorporates the Angelina College Institutional Rubric for Communication Skills. 3. Personal Responsibility: Students will be required to make choices in the completion of course written assignments and/or exams that demonstrate their ability to connect choices and actions, engage in ethical decision-making, and understand its consequences. A rubric will be used to assess personal responsibility as demonstrated through embedded questions on standardized exams. B. Assessments for Course Learning Outcomes (Tentative) 1. An historical overview of the criminal justice system as well as the varying philosophies that helped to create the system and continue to help it evolve will be presented through assigned readings and inclass lectures. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the history and philosophy of the American criminal justice system via participation in Socratic-method questioning and successful completion of major exams. 2. Course lectures and assigned readings will address the nature and extent of crime in America. Lectures and readings will discuss the definition of crime as well as the varying types of crime measures used today. Students will show their understanding of these topics through class discussion, questioning via the Socratic-method, and successful completion of major exams. 3. Assigned readings and course lectures will be used to address the impact and various consequences that result from crime. The concept of victimization, criminal behavior and theoretical ideas of why crime occurs and how best to respond to it will be addressed. Students will demonstrate their understanding through group discussions, questioning (Socratic), and successful completion of major exams. 4. Readings and lectures will discuss the development, concepts and various functions of the law in the American and Texas criminal justice systems. Additionally, the legal foundations (statutory and constitutional) that governs those systems will be explained. Students will demonstrate their understanding through group discussions, questioning (Socratic), and successful completion of major exams. 5. Readings, video presentations, and lectures will address the structure of contemporary federal, state, and local justice agencies and their processes. The American and Texas policing structure, federal and state court systems and federal and state correctional agencies will be discussed and analyzed in their entirety. Students will demonstrate their understanding through group discussions, questioning (Socratic), and successful completion of major exams. Additionally students will select some aspect of the justice system to develop an essay with a power-point presentation to report their findings to the class as a whole. Assessment of this project will be graded using the Angelina College Institutional Rubric for Communication Skills.
3 IV. INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES: Methodologies that may be utilized in presenting course content will include a combination of online power-point lectures, written assignments, field-trips, reading assignments, and major exams. Internet research may be required for this course at various times. All criminal justice courses whether online or in-person will have an online Blackboard feature that allows students to access power-point presentations, assignments, the course syllabi and other relevant information. V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES: A. Required Textbook(s) and Recommended Readings, Materials and Equipment: Required Textbook: 1. Cole, G.F., Smith, C.E., and DeJong, C. (2015). The American System of Criminal Justice. 14th edition. Wadsworth-Cengage Learning. Belmont, California. Recommended Books: 1. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6 th edition. 2. Current edition of either Blacks Law Dictionary or Oran s Dictionary of the Law Other Materials: 1. Highlighter for textbook review, etc. 2. Computer with internet access. Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power-Point, and the Angelina College Blackboard Online Learning System (orientation and/or assistance is available). B. Course Policies: Academic Assistance: If you have a disability (as cited in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) that may affect your participation in this class, you should see Karen Bowser, Room 208 of the Student Center. At a post-secondary institution, you must self-identify as a person with a disability; Ms. Bowser will assist you with the necessary information to do so. To report any complaints of discrimination related to disability, you should contact Dr. Patricia McKenzie, Administration Building, Room 105 or Attendance: The Angelina College attendance policy for online classes will be followed. A student can and will be dropped by the instructor for missing 2 consecutive or 3 cumulative assignments during the course of the semester. If a student falls into this category once the drop date has passed, the student s final semester grade will be dropped by one letter for each assignment missed during the semester (meaning if you have missed five assignments you will fail the course). Once a student is dropped by the instructor
4 readmission to the course is prohibited.regardless of the reason or excuse the student may or may not have. Additional Policies Established by the Instructor: Student Behavior: Criminal Justice is an academic discipline and career choice that requires a high degree of professional character and moral conduct. Students are expected to engage in pro-social, ethical, and legal conduct both on campus and in private life. Additionally college is a time for personal growth and personal responsibility. All students who are going to be successful in Criminal Justice courses will be required to display observable qualities that display personal responsibility. Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty: Please see the Student Handbook for Angelina College s definition of and policies regarding plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Students engaging in any form of plagiarism or academic dishonesty which is the unacknowledged use of anyone else s work (published or unpublished) or cheating of any kind, will result in immediate and irrevocable failure of the entire course. Criminal Justice is not a major or profession for cheaters and such behavior will not be tolerated at Angelina College. Since this course is 100% online, it is permissible to use your books, notes, graded assignments, or other relevant resources to complete your work. Be aware however, that this course is designed in such a way that having such freedom may not be the benefit that it seems. Rules Specific to Online Criminal Justice Courses: Online courses are simply different when compared to traditional on-campus classes. The student has much more individual responsibility for the learning of the material. Much independent reading, preparation, and study is required. For most assignments in this course, students have one full week to complete the work before it is due. As a result of this generous amount of time, absolutely no late work will ever be accepted regardless of the reason. One week is ample time to deal with the various unexpected events that are liable to materialize in the life of a student. DO NOT wait until the last minute to begin, complete, and/or submit your work. Inevitably it seems something goes wrong and an excuse is born as to why I should accept late work. Hear me now late work is not accepted. Period. Assignments are programmed into Blackboard to become available and to become unavailable according to the attached schedule. If an assignment is submitted as little as one (1) second after the due date and time has passed, it is late and will not be accepted. Period. Also, please be aware that Blackboard is managed by an internal digital clock. When an assignment is due at 11:59 pm, this is 11:59 pm Blackboard time, not whatever time your personal computers, watches, or clocks have. In addition to being on time, all assignments and exams MUST be submitted to the instructor through Blackboard. Please understand that if you attempt to , mail, fax, or otherwise submit your assignments to me outside of Blackboard, the assignment WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED, ACCEPTED, READ, OR GRADED. The only thing you should do outside of the Blackboard system is to communicate with me directly if you have questions or concerns. The best and preferred method of contact is
5 VI. EVALUATION AND GRADING: A. Grading Criteria: 1. Assignments and Tests: Point Value: a. Average of Chapter Assignments 100 points each (33.3% of final course grade) b. Mid-Term Exam 100 points (33.3% of final course grade) c. Final Exam 100 points (33.4% of final course grade) Chapter Assignments: Twice weekly a chapter assignment or combination chapter assignment will be due. Chapter Assignments will be composed of multiple choice, true/false questions that relate to the chapter or chapters being discussed. You will only be able to submit the assignment once, but are free to use books, notes, power points, etc. in your effort to complete the assignment successfully. Exams: Exams will consist of 1-10 short answer, essay, or discussion type questions. Questions will be drawn primarily from textbook readings and power point presentations. Additionally, you may be required to do some independent research about the world around you to answer questions. I have observed that many students struggle with their short answer questions. How much do you need to write? The answer to this old question is that you write enough to fully and completely answer the question to leave no reasonable doubt in my mind that you deserve an A based on your final and submitted answer. If you are lazy in your answer, it will be reflected in your grade without my apology. 2. Late Assignments or Missed Exams: The word late or missed has NO MEANING in ANY Angelina College Criminal Justice course. The real world of criminal justice does not recognize these terms, therefore we will not recognize them in this class. Work is either done and submitted on time, or it is not. I am not interested in excuses or reasons if work is not done on time. Absolutely No Late Assignments Accepted or Graded. Period. B. Determination of Grade (assignment of letter grades) The two exams given during the summer session will count toward 33.3% and 33.4% of your final course grade. The remaining 33.3% will come from the average of your chapter assignment grades. Each of the three grading areas will be added together and divided by 3 to determine your overall final course grade based on the following scale: Computation of Course Grade: : A 80-89: B 70-79: C 60-69: D 0-59: F Additional Information on Determination of Grade: Your grade will be a strict interpretation of your earned exam / assignment scores. There will be NO extra credit opportunities available in ANY criminal justice course. Your grade will reflect what you earn
6 which is in turn a reflection of the work you put into class attendance, class participation, and studying. Additional Information on Determination of Grade: Your grade will be a strict interpretation of your earned exam / assignment scores. There will be NO extra credit opportunities available in ANY criminal justice course. Your grade will reflect what you earn; this then is a reflection of the work you put into class attendance, class participation, and studying. Additional Information on Determination of Grade: VII. SYLLABUS MODIFICATION: The instructor may modify the provisions of the syllabus to meet individual class needs by informing the class in advance as to the changes being made. These changes may take place at any time for any reason as determined by the instructor. VIII. ANGELINA COLLEGE TECHNOLOGY & WORKFORCE DIVISION STUDENT INFORMATION: As a student enrolled in a Technology & Workforce program, you will encounter certain risks while you are in a classroom, laboratory experience, or in a clinical or practicum setting. In the event that you sustain an injury and/or require any medical testing or care, all resulting medical expenses (hospital, ambulance, or physician fees), are your financial responsibility and not the responsibility of Angelina College or the clinical/practicum site. IX. COURSE OUTLINE: The following page contains a tentative schedule of topics, assignments, and exams to be covered during the semester. You will be notified of any calendar changes. Also, please be sure to log in to Blackboard regularly for additional information regarding this course such as access to this syllabus and all in class power-point lectures that supplement each of the following topics. All assignments related to this class must be completed in Blackboard. You can access Blackboard and/or find instructions for accessing Blackboard via the Angelina College website or by using the following link: X. ONLINE CLASS ORIENTATION: Please the instructor at IF you have any questions about how to get started in this course otherwise there is no need to contact the instructor for orientation. You may find the online Blackboard Login Tutorial helpful for most issues. Once logged into the course, please read and follow the syllabus. If after following these steps you still have questions or issues, it will likely be necessary for you to schedule an appointment with the instructor for a one-on-one, in-person, online orientation. Date Monday June 1 Topic / Assignment First Class Day; Syllabus and Chapter 1 and 2 Combination Assignment is posted Thursday June 4 Chapter 1 and 2 Combination Assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm Chapter 3 and 4 Combination Assignment is posted at 11:59 pm
7 Monday June 8 Chapter 3 and 4 Combination Assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm Chapter 5 and 6 Combination Assignment is posted at 11:59 pm Thursday June 11 Chapter 5 and 6 Combination Assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm Chapter 7 and 8 Combination Assignment is posted at 11:59 pm Monday June 15 Chapter 7 and 8 Combination Assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm Mid-Term Exam is posted at noon (Exam covers Chapters 1 8) Thursday June 18 Mid-Term Exam is due no later than 11:59 pm Chapter 9 and 10 Combination Assignment is posted at 11:59 pm Monday June 22 Chapter 9 and 10 Combination Assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm Chapter 11 and 12 Combination Assignment is posted at 11:59 pm Thursday June 25 Chapter 11 and 12 Combination Assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm Chapter 13 and 14 Combination Assignment is posted at 11:59 pm Last Day to Drop with a Grade of W Monday June 29 Chapter 13 and 14 Combination Assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm Chapter 15 and 16 Combination Assignment is posted at 11:59 pm Thursday July 2 Chapter 15 and 16 Combination Assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm Final Exam is posted at noon (Exam covers Chapters 9 16) Monday July 6 Final Exam is due no later than 11:59 pm
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