Introduction to Criminal Justice


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice
    B. Course Number: CJ 113 - 30479
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Titus, Rebecca
    G. Office: Bob Moran Hall (MB) 107E
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2714
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:15:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-02:45:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:15:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:15:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);11:45:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    My preferred method of communication is the Canvas inbox.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course will explain the development and philosophy of criminal justice in a democratic society and an introduction to agencies involved in the administration of criminal justice. Discussion will include the goals of the police, history of the criminal justice system, how the system functions within the context of government to protect individual rights as well as constitutionally imposed restrictions on the system. This is a three credit hour course.


    The development and philosophy of criminal justice in a democratic society and an introduction to agencies involved in the administration of criminal justice. Discussion will include the goals of the police, history of the criminal justice system, how the system functions within the context of government to protect individual rights as well as Constitutionally imposed restrictions on the system.

    The student transferring to a four-year college/university should inquire @ the selected institution as to whether the course will transfer.



    Gaines/Miller's Criminal Justice in Action, 10th edition

    The materials required for this course are included in Cengage Unlimited , a subscription that gives you access to all your Cengage access codes and online textbooks for $119.99 per term, $179.99 per year or $239.99 for two years. No matter how many Cengage products you use, they are included in Cengage Unlimited, and the price stays the same. You can purchase access to Cengage Unlimited in the bookstore, or at .

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    You will need the following:

    A Laptop or Desktop that is no more than 5 years old
    A reliable Internet Connection that is at least 5-10 Mbps
    Download Firefox and Chrome Browsers
    Download Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Quicktime and Microsoft Silverlight (Free Program)



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Policy
    MindTap Exercises 15%
    Canvas Assignments 30%
    Quizzes 20%
    Case Studies 15%
    Comprehensive Final Exam 20%
    TOTAL 100%
    90% - 100% A
    80% - 89% B
    70% - 79% C
    60% - 69% D
    0% - 59% F
    MindTap Exercises
    MindTap is a learning platform provided by Cengage Publishing. All the learning materials for this class can be found in MindTap. This includes the e-book, flashcards, summaries, and the exercises. MindTap includes the "Understand" and "Analyze" exercises. These activities will help you get familiar and understand the concepts better.
    Canvas Assignments
    Canvas assignments are a variety of tasks that will enhance your skills in communication, critical thinking, and personal and social responsibility. It can be through discussions, writing papers, reflections, projects, presentations, or a combination of these. Written assignments will be uploaded to Turn It In through Canvas, a software that scans for plagiarism.
    The quizzes will test your familiarity and comprehension of the concepts from each chapter. You will complete these on MindTap.
    Case Studies
    The Case Studies are Criminal Justice issues that you will be analyzing and evaluating using the major sociological perspectives. You will be applying what you will learn about doing sociological research in writing a proposal on how to address these issues.
    Comprehensive Final Exam
    The final exam is composed of a comprehensive essay. You will use MLA format and be required to use the textbook and 2 outside references, also.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    At the conclusion of this course, a student should have a basic knowledge of how the criminal justice system operates and a general understanding of how different areas of the criminal justice system work, such as: policing, the courts, corrections, juvenile justice and theories of criminology and the law.
    The course content of Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ113) supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:
    • Identify and recognize the stages within the criminal justice system.
    • Identify and articulate the roles of individuals within the criminal justice system.
    • Identify and communicate the rights of defendants in the criminal justice system.
    • Analyze the significance of key court cases that have influenced the criminal justice system.
    • Apply each of the above in context of developing an awareness of self and community.


    At the completion of this course, students should:
    1. Identify the historical development, roles and functions of various agencies and actors, and structure and operation of policing agencies;
    2. Recognize the structure and operation of the various court systems in the US, the heirachy of courts, and case processing;
    3. Identify the goals and purposes of corrections, community corrections, and corretional institutions;
    4. Recognize the historical development, structure of juvenile system, and current practices;
    5. Examine the theories of crime causation, measurement and definitions, trends, substantive and procedural law concepts;
    6. Examine the relation between victims and victimology in the criminal justice system;
    7. Identify comparative criminal justice;
    8. Recognize the growing problem drugs contribute in the criminal justice system.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    Other Important Information
    Communication Standards
    Communication in an online course is very different from that of the face-to-face course. You need to keep in mind that you will need to communicate in a professional manner with consideration of the following. If you fail to follow these rules, I will ask you to make corrections before I respond.
    1. Address the professor as Ms. Titus or Professor Titus.
    2. When writing an email or a message, make sure to include the following:
    • Subject Line - title of the message (example: Question about my Chapter 1 quiz grade, Question about the research paper, etc.)
    • Salutation - Begin your message with a professional greeting such as "Professor Titus," or "Ms. Titus".
    • Introduction - Provide a description of what you are writing about or a brief explanation of why you are writing.
    • Body of Message - Explain in detail why you are writing. See the 7 effective communication tips and tricks below.
    • Closing - End your message with "Thank you," or "Sincerely,", etc.
    • Signature - Add your complete name and the course number, course name and the CRN number. Example: John Smith, CIS224M Computer Repair and Upgrade I CRN 30358
    3. Your message will be composed in a professional manner.
    • Communicate using formal English or proper language, avoid emoticons and "texting" writing.
    • Capitalize proper nouns and the beginning of the sentence.
    • Use full words, no contractions (it is, they are, etc.) and no abbreviations.
    • Use proper punctuation marks
    • Tone down your language. Avoid using strong words.
    • Recognize and respect diversity.
    Instructor Response Time
    • I will respond to your email within 24 hours on weekdays and within 48 hours on weekends
    • Grades for regular assignments will be posted on Tuesdays
    • Grades for written assignments will be posted on Sundays at the latest.
    Other Important Information
    Canvas Mobile App and Mobile Devices Consider downloading the Canvas App to your mobile phone. This Canvas App is only for receiving messages and for checking Canvas. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE YOUR PHONE TO DO ASSIGNMENTS OR TAKE TESTS! Your mobile devices should only be used to view your course and not for assignments or tests. There is no technical support for using iPads, phones, or tablets.
    Browsers Use Firefox or Chrome when working on Canvas. If something seems off, try switching browsers.
    Google Docs/Office 365 This class will require you to use Microsoft Word and/or PowerPoint. If you do not have any of these programs, create a GMAIL account to use Google Docs and Google Slides OR create a Microsoft account using your NMJC email to utilize a free Office 365 online.
    Student Guide The Student Guide on Canvas Homepage is a page for both academic and technical help that is available to you. Go visit that page to get familiar with it.
    Canvas Help Desk The Canvas Help Desk is the resource when needing help with any issues that arise with Canvas. The phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Leave a message if no immediate answer. If you call the help line, give them your name, class you are having problems with, your A number/username and the CRN of the class you are calling about. The CRN can be located at the top of your online class and is a five-digit number. The Canvas Help Desk phone number is 399-2199.
    Brainfuse or the
    Academic Success Center Send your written assignment to Brainfuse or the Academic Success Center for review. Only written assignments that are reviewed by either Brainfuse or a tutor from the ASC will be accepted. Turn It In will be used to scan all documents for plagiarism.
    Modern Language Association All references must be cited using the Modern Language Association format (MLA)
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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

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    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse or the Academic Success Center. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service that can be accessed from your course navigation menu in Canvas and there is no need to create an account. The Academic Success Center is located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Course Outline
    Introduction to Criminal Justice
    CJ 113B Intro to Criminal Justice CLASSROOM (Course Outline for 16 Weeks)
    Week 1 8/19 - 8/25 Course Information and Module 0 Start Here read & watch video)
    Course Overview
    Notification Settings
    Syllabus quiz
    Personal Info
    Cengage MindTap CheckIn
    Week 2 8/26 - 9/1 Chapter 1 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 3 9/2 – 9/8 Chapter 2 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 4 9/9 – 9/15 Chapter 3 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 5 9/16 – 9/22 Chapter 4 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Case Study
    Week 6 9/23 – 9/29 Chapter 5 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 7 9/30 – 10/6 Chapter 6 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Case Study

    Week 8 10/7 – 10/13 Chapter 7 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 9 10/14 – 10/20 Chapter 8 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Case Study

    Week 10 10/21 – 10/ 27 Chapter 9 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 11 10/28 – 11/3 Chapter 10 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Case Study

    Week 12 11/4 – 11/10 Chapter 11 & 12 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 13 11/11 – 11/17 Chapter 13 & 14 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Case Study

    Week 14 11/18 – 11/24 Thanksgiving Break
    Week 15 11/25 – 12/1 Chapter 15 & 16 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 16 12/2 – 12/8 Student Canvas Video Assignments
    Final 12/9 – 12/11 Comprehensive Final
    *The last day to withdraw is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
    *This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class. You will be notified via Canvas where you will find the