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North Idaho College • Internet • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Criminal Justice


Introduction to Criminal Justice CJ-103

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 01

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 10/04/2012



Contact Information


Office Test

Instructor: Ms. Anne K. Orsi, J.D.

Email: akorsi@nic.edu
Phone: 2087697782

 

Since this is an online class and the instructor does not have an office at NIC, the best method of contact is course email.  The instructor will make every effort to respond to inquiries within 48 hours.

Description


This course offers an introduction to the purpose, function, and brief history of the agencies dealing with criminal justice, while presenting a survey of requirements for entering criminal justice service. Students discuss crime, the criminal, traffic, and vice as social problems; the function of the courts; prosecution and defense attorneys; correctional and penal institutions; and probation and parole. This course will introduce the student to the various agencies and employment opportunities within the criminal justice system. This is a required course in the Criminal Justice program. Lecture: 3 hours per week

Materials


Required Text:

Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Author: Karen M. Hess
Publisher: Wadsworth
Edition: 9th
ISBN: 13: 978-0-495-39090-9
Availability: Campus Bookstore

Outcomes


  • To understand the history and current status of the criminal justice system in the United States.
  • To gain understanding of the three primary components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, adjudication and corrections
  • To understand the legal and practical characteristics of policing.
  • To understand the practices of the court system including the trial, punishment and sentencing processes.
  • To understand the punishment and rehabilitation processes of correctional institutions for juvenile and adult offenders.

Course Policies


COURSE OVERVIEW

Within the timeframes for each unit, students are required to:

  • Read / view instructor’s lesson overview and summary
  • Complete text readings
  • Participate in the Content Threaded Discussions
  • Complete Drop Box assignments
  • Take quiz/midterm/final within time allowed

Lesson Overview

The lesson overview will be the instructor’s introduction to the unit.  Any objectives, resources or references that will be helpful to the students will be included within each Unit folder.  Also included will be any guides to activities, pitfalls and difficult concepts that may need clarification.  There may be a separate summary in which the instructor will tie together the Unit.

Text Readings

For each of the eight two-week Units, one or two chapters from the text will be assigned for required reading.  Students are responsible for all of the material within each chapter, regardless of whether or not the information is covered in the Overview or other assignments.

Content Threaded Discussions

Each course Unit will have a written discussion which works like a blog.  There will be one Content Threaded Discussion in each Unit, worth 50 points each (30 points for response to instructor, 20 points for response to classmate).   These online discussions take the place of classroom discussions in a traditional face-to-face course. 

Students’ initial response to the instructor’s posting must be posted no later than 9PM on the Sunday after it is posted. (See Course At-a-Glance).  Students’ responses to classmates’ postings must be posted no later than 9PM on the last Sunday of the two-week Unit. 

Student performance on each Discussion will be graded as “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” dependent upon meeting the following criteria:

  • Did the student respond within the allotted timeframe?
  • Did the student clearly answer the instructor’s question(s)?
  • Did the student respond to at least one classmate’s posting?
  • Did the student demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter covered in the question(s)?
  • Did the student support his/her opinions with facts from the reading?
  • Were the postings clear and coherent?
  • Did the student adhere to the course policy regarding Online Behavior and Decorum?

NOTE: The quality of each student post is more important than the quantity of posts.

Drop Box Assignments

There will be one Drop Box Assignment for each unit, worth 25 points each.  This will be a response to the instructor’s questions regarding the Unit’s readings which will be seen only by the instructor, much like a paper, homework assignment or written response in a traditional face-to-face course.  Generally, these assignments will require a minimum of two paragraphs on the topics from that Unit.  Students’ best college writing is expected on these assignments.  To receive the full 25 points, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Did the student respond within the allotted timeframe?
  • Did the student respond to all questions posed by the instructor within the assignment?
  • Did the student demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter?
  • Did the student support his/her opinions with facts from the reading?
  • Did the student use “best college writing,” with clarity and coherence?
  • Did the student use proper spelling and grammar?

Quizzes

For every Unit where there is not a midterm or a final examination, there will be a quiz, worth 25 points, covering the content of the Unit.  Quizzes will contain multiple choice and/or true/false questions.  Students must complete each quiz within the amount of time allotted and by the due date within the Unit. There is only one attempt allowed for each quiz within each unit.  The grade feedback should be immediately generated for the student upon completion.

Midterm and Final Examination

A midterm exam will be administered at the conclusion of Unit 4, and will be worth 100 points.  This exam will be cumulative of the content covered to date. The student will be given a 2 hour time period in which to complete it. The grade feedback shoud be immediately generated for the student upon completion.

The final exam will be administered at the end of the last Unit (Unit 8), and will be worth 150 points.  The final exam will also be cumulative of the content covered since the midterm, in addition to some key concepts from the first four Units that have been covered in a prior assessment. The student will also be given a 3 hour time frame in which to complete the final. The grade feedback should be immediately generated upon completion.

Course Unit Time Policies/Deadlines for Submitting Work

The course is divided into eight Units, each contained within a two-week timeframe.  All Unit materials will be available to students at 6:00 a.m. on the Monday that the Unit begins. And will be closed at 9:00 PM on the second Sunday of the Unit (the day prior to the next Unit opens). Assignments are due by the date and time indicated on the Course At-a-Glance document, and no later than 9:00 PM on the second Sunday of the Unit (the day prior to the next Unit opens).  Work submitted after the close of each Unit will not be accepted.  There are no exceptions to this Policy. No Extra Credit opportunities are provided for in this course. 

Avoiding Possible Challenges of Online Learning

It is strongly suggested that students plan in advance and avoid missing these deadlines because of any technology problems by following the concepts in the Tech Check in the first Unit.  Students are advised to work in advance of deadlines whenever possible, have backups of all of their work, contact the NIC tech help desk and inform the instructor by email if any technical problems arise or are foreseen. 

Online Behavior and Decorum

Although this course does not meet face-to-face, students must be aware of the feelings of others, and behave in a mature, courteous manner in forums, discussions and via email.  Disruptive, disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

 

Inappropriate behavior in an online course setting can range from verbal aggressiveness toward another student to inappropriate humor or language, threats, or other disruptive, undesirable behavior.  Online participants may sometimes feel emboldened to behave in ways which they would not in a face-to-face setting. 

 

Given that an online forum is an arena for the exchange of ideas, it is important that all students feel free to participate without fear of offense.  Much of our social thinking is directly concerned with understanding different perspectives and beliefs of people.  However, it is important to recognize the extent to which personal ideological or religious beliefs should enter online course forums.  For example, it is natural and healthy for individuals to feel strongly about their religious or ideological convictions.   A problem arises when the shared religious or ideological assumptions of one group serve to exclude from discourse others who do not share those assumptions.   

 

Therefore, the following rules of discourse will apply:

  • All discussions must be respectful of others.  This means that no participant may assume that others automatically agree with his/her views.  Participants must consider that their own strongly held beliefs may be regarded by others as simple prejudice.
  • If participants engage in the behaviors cited above, or in other inappropriate discourse, they will not receive credit for their participation/contributions.  Continued behavior in this manner may be referred to the NIC administration for other possible consequences, including exclusion from this and other online courses. 

Schedule


Unit

Graded Activities

Points

Due Dates         (Pacific Time)

Unit 1

August 27-September 9

 

Introduction to Class

Chapter 1: A Brief History

Content threaded discussion:

Response to professor

Response to classmates

Drop Box Assignment 1

Quiz 1:Tech Check and Syllabus

 

 

30

20

25

25

 

 

9/2   9PM

9/9    9PM

9/9    9PM

9/9    9PM

Unit 2

September 10-September 23

 

Chapter 2: Freedom/Justice

Chapter 3: Crime in the US

Content threaded discussion:

Response to professor

Response to classmates

Drop Box Assignment 2

Quiz 2: Chapters 2 and 3

 

 

30

20

25

25

 

 

9/16  9PM

9/23  9PM

9/23  9PM

9/23  9PM

Unit 3

September 24-October 7

 

Chapter 4: Contemporary Policing

Chapter 5: Patrol

Content threaded discussion:

Response to professor

Response to classmates

Drop Box Assignment 3

 Quiz 3: Chapters 4 and 5

 

 

30

20

25

25

 

 

9/30  9PM

10/7  9PM

10/7  9PM

10/7  9PM

Unit 4

October 8-October 21

 

Chapter 6: Specialized Roles

Chapter 7: Community Policing

Content threaded discussion:

Response to professor

Response to classmates

Drop Box Assignment 4

Midterm

 

 

30

20

25

100

 

 

10/14  9PM

10/21  9PM

10/21  9PM

10/21  9PM

Unit 5

October 22-November 4

 

Chapter 8: Policing within Law

Chapter 11: Police Conduct

Content threaded discussion:

Response to professor

Response to classmates

Drop Box Assignment 5

Quiz 4: Chapters 8 and 11

 

 

30

20

25

25

 

 

10/28  9PM

11/04  9PM

11/04  9PM

11/04  9PM

Unit 6

November 5-November 18

 

Chapter 9: Gangs and Drugs

Chapter 10: Terrorism

Content threaded discussion:

Response to professor

Response to classmates

Drop Box Assignment 6

Quiz 5: Chapters 9 and 10

 

 

30

20

25

25

 

 

11/11  9PM

11/18  9PM

11/18  9PM

11/18  9PM

Unit 7

November 19-December 2

 

Chapter 13: Courts

Chapter 14: Corrections

Content threaded discussion:

Response to professor

Response to classmates

Drop Box Assignment 7

Quiz 6: Chapters 13 and 14

 

 

30

20

25

25

 

 

11/25   9PM

12/2   9PM

12/2   9PM

12/2   9PM

Unit 8

December 3-December 16

 

Chapter 12:  Becoming a Enforcement Professional

 

Content threaded discussion:

Response to professor

Response to classmates

Drop Box Assignment 8

Final Examination

 

 

30

20

25

150

 

 

12/09    9PM

12/16  9PM

12/16  9PM

12/16  9PM

Total Possible Points for Course

 

1000

 

 

Additional Items


GRADING CRITERIA

Category

Points

Total

Weight

8 Content Threaded Discussions

50

400

40%

8 Drop Box Assignments

25

200

20%

6 Quizzes

25

150

15%

Midterm

100

100

10%

Final Examination

150

150

15%

Total Points

 

1000

100%

 

Letter Grade

Total Points Earned

A

930-1000

A-

900-929

B+

880-899

B

830-879

B-

800-829

C+

780-799

C

730-779

C-

700-729

D+

680-699

D

630-679

D-

600-629

F

0-599

Division Policies


For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/Section5/PL-5-13.pdf

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

Institutional Policies


Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Payment

By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.

Withdrawal

Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336

Additional withdrawal information:  http://www.nic.edu/catalog

Incompletes

An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement


DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.