1 Course Syllabus COURSE TITLE Intro to Criminal Justice COURSE NUMBER CCJ 1020 PREREQUISITES none CREDIT HOURS 3.0 CONTACT HOURS virtual CLASS MEETING TIMES CLASS METHOD Online course: no meeting times This course is designed as an online course and therefore there are no oncampus meeting dates required. A student may access the course on the first day of class at: If the student has difficulty in logging in to the course or the student does not see the course listed, contact the Office of Distance Learning helpline at or to for assistance. Synchronous Office Hours-Check the Announcement section of the course for synchronous office hour times. Announcements-Weekly Announcements from the instructor will be posted on the announcements page. To access click on "Announcements" under Course Tools. INSTRUCTOR Marissa Thielen Cell: OFFICE HOURS COURSE DESCRIPTION By appointment via online chat or phone Introduction to the historical and philosophical background of the agencies of the criminal justice system. An examination of the relationships between the police, courts and correctional institutions.
2 COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics: 1. Identify the components of the US criminal justice system 2. Describe the role of police, structure of police systems, scope and issues with law enforcement. 3. Articulate the structure, role, function and identify jurisdiction of the US court system. 4. Identify current issues within the correctional institution, from prisoners rights to parole and probation debates. REQUIRED MATERIALS: CJ2012 PUBLISHER: PEARSON EDUCATION AUTHORS: James A. Fagin ISBN:
3 PROPOSED COURSE SCHEDULE Please note: The course schedule is subject to change to meet the needs of the course and its students. If you miss a class, it is YOUR responsibility to stay current. Week Due Date Textbook Chapters--Topics Points 1 23-Aug Ch. 1 / Discussion (legal v justice) 20 points 2 30-Aug Ch. 2 / Discussion (crime rate in US) 20 points 3 6-Sep Ch. 3 / Discussion (1st amendment) / TEST I 20 points / 85 points 4 13-Sep Ch. 4 / Discussion (negative attitude toward police) 20 points 5 20-Sep Ch. 5 / Discussion (search and seizure) / TEST II 20 points / 85 points 6 27-Sep Ch. 6 / Discussion (Supreme Court bio) 20 points 7 4-Oct Ch. 7 / Discussion (Grand Jury) 20 points 8 11-Oct MIDTERM / topics due 100 points 9 18-Oct Ch. 8 / Discussion (death penalty)/ TEST III 20 points / 85 points Oct Ch. 9 / Discussion (overuse of prisons) 20 points 11 1-Nov Ch. 10 / Discussion (prob/parole) 20 points 12 8-Nov Ch. 11 / Discussion (rehabilitation, reintegration) 20 points Nov Ch. 12 / Discussion (juvenile) /rough draft option/ TEST IV 20 points / 85 points Nov Ch. 13 / Discussion (DHS) / PAPERS 20 points / 200 points Nov THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 15 6-Dec FINAL 20 points / 100 points STUDENT EVALUATION AND COURSE POLICIES STUDENT GRADE DETERMINATION FKCC GRADING SCALE 26% Weekly 20 points each 90%-100% A 34% Tests (4) 85 points each 80-89% B 20% Final points 70-79% C 20% Midterm and Final 100 points each 60-69% D 100 % Final Grade (1000 total points) Below 60% F Exam Policy All exams and quizzes will have a time limit. They are to be taken in ONE SITTING! My goal is to test what you have learned, not what you can look up. Every test should automatically submit itself at the end of the scheduled time, but it is your responsibility to track the time you have spent and how much time you have remaining. Exams not submitted by the end of the scheduled time will be penalized. The questions will be challenging. You should study as if the exams and quizzes were closed book, because you won t have time to look up every answer. If you have to look up more than a few answers, you will run out of time. For regular tests, question types will be a combination of multiple choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank (completed online), etc. The final will be in essay format. Regular tests are worth 85 points each and the midterm and final are each worth 100. Reading Assignments and Homework To succeed in this course, you should do all assigned textbook readings and review frequently.
4 Discussions, exams, presentations are due to be completed/posted by the Saturday 11:59pm of the week it is scheduled. Late work is only accepted if prior arrangements are made , text, or phone (ie hospitalization, extenuating circumstances), otherwise it will suffer a deduction. Final Paper There will be a final paper due near the end of the semester (see course calendar for details) worth 200 points! Final project topics will need to be submitted to me for approval. There will be the option to have me revise a rough draft (due 1 week prior to the due date) if you so choose. Projects will need to be well thought out and researched, with references cited. Papers are to be 4-5 pages in length (3 and ¾ pages is not acceptable), in 12 point font, no more than double spaced. More details will be given along with sample topics on the web interface. Please be advised, FKCC has a strong anti-plagiarism tool in which any copied sources will be identified. If the copying is excessive, it will result in a 0 for that grade and possible referral to academic probation in accordance with FKCC policies. I can read others work, I want to read yours! Participation Students earn points for each class they attend and participate in. Participation is calculated by adequate discussions (150 words or longer for an original post and a reply to another student s post with more substance than I agree ). Unexcused absences will result in a loss of participation points; excused absences (i.e., those with acceptable documentation of an emergency) will not result in point loss and can be made up via . Please note that the instructor may withdraw a student from a course for excessive absences (see FKCC Policies below). For our purposes, excessive absences is defined as 3 or more unexcused absences. Extra credit (2 points) will be awarded for original posts made on or before Wednesday of the week the discussion is due. Communications: The online format of this class puts a premium on communications. The prime responsibility for timely communications rests with you - the student. This course will utilize the following methods: DISCUSSION FORUMS: Most weeks under the discussion tab, there will be a question to which the students are to post a response during the week. The student must click on the respond button immediately after the question. The student is to make appropriate comments; for maximum credit the student is to respond to at least one other student s response that week. The student should also check to see who has responded to their comments and respond to this person if it is appropriate to do so. These responses are also to be thought revealing they are more than I agree or I disagree. The student is expected to provide quality insight citing and documenting references, in order to demonstrate an understanding of the weekly topic and provide original thought in the posts. Cutting and pasting from the text, websites, or providing a response with limited substance will receive a significantly reduced grade. As with all activities in this class, quality counts and the postings need to add value to the discussion. In addition, most questions about class policies and subject matter should be posted in the discussion forum to allow the entire class to benefit from the question and the answer. There will often be important information published to the class via the Announcements section, such as changes in due dates, exam information, etc. The student is responsible for all information published here. Occasionally, time-sensitive announcements will be posted in the Announcements section. The student should log on to D2L 3-4 times each week to check for time-sensitive messages. Before the student posts a question, look through the Discussion Board. That same question may have already been asked and answered.
5 The utility within D2L should not be used for personal items that are not appropriate to share with the entire class. This uses the student s FKCC account. What can the student expect from your instructor? The instructor will log into D2L and check for messages at least once per day, including weekends and holidays. If the student has an urgent message for the instructor, do not post the same message both on a Discussion Forum and in an . Doing both will waste the students time and will not result in the instructor getting the message any faster. If the instructor expects to be out of contact for more than a couple of days, they will inform the class via the Announcement section... Important Note: If the instructor has not responded to a student or voic message by the end of the day after the student left the message, the student should assume that the instructor did not receive it and leave another message. Logging Off From D2L In order to better serve our faculty and students, all D2L users should click the Logout link when completing online course work. By logging off instead of just closing the internet browser window, D2L server space is freed and system performance is optimized. In addition, logging off will more accurately record each student s time logged into the online course? Copyright Notice The materials and content provided in this course is intended only for registered Florida Keys Community College students who have paid their tuition and fees to attend this course. Materials that are affected include, but are not limited to, text, still images, audio recordings, video recordings, simulations, animations, diagrams, charts, and graphs. Every effort has been made to insure these materials are not disseminated to anyone beyond those who have legally registered for this course. Download, revision, or distribution of course material with anyone other than registered classmates and the instructor is strictly prohibited. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with FKCC Policies, which can be found in the current Student Handbook.
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