NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Introduction to Criminal Justice

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  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: RTitus@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2714
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:15:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:15:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-12:15:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 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
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    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.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    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.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    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 cengage.com .

    For additional support, please visit:

    Getting started materials: cengage.com/start-strong
    Training site for Cengage platforms: cengage.com/training
    FAQs: cengage.com/faq
    Cengage Customer Support: cengage.com/support

    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)




    Suggested:

    None

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    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
    

    Module 0 Assignments: 10%
    Mindtap Assignments: 20%
    Discussion Assignments: 20%
    Assessment Assignments: 20%
    Written Assignments: 20%
    Final: 10%

    Module 0 Assignments:

    MindTap Assignments:

    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.

    Discussion Assignments

    Assessment Assignments

    Written 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.

    Final

    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.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    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.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Before you Begin: Module 0 will be due the 1st Thursday of the semester so you I can report Non-Attendance by Friday morning so it is IMPORTANT for you to complete Module 0 before Friday morning. Be sure when you answer your questions, you refer to the Grading Rubric included in your assignment, which will explain the Assignment Expectations. I also expect each of you to cite your references. This does not have to be a big issue or something hard, but merely (Author or website, and page number) where you located the information to support your own personal ideas. With that being said, I also expect you to use something, such as the textbook, online websites or other court or law references to support your personal ideas. The discussions should be your personal “feelings” documented one way or another with another type of resource. Do not answer the questions by saying, “I think …” and leave it as that. Each question must be thoroughly explained. In some instances, it may take one paragraph and in others, it may take one page. There is no magic number or guide as to how long it should be.
    After you have read the syllabus, please be sure to click on the link to the left titled "Modules". You will need to use these modules to keep you updated in the course. You can find all you need in there for each section.
    Please be sure to e-mail me ASAP if you have any problems or concerns. Thank you! Email Response time is 24 hours and grade response time is 1 week.
    Response Time Frame: E-mail will be responded to within 24 hours.
    Assignments and exams will be graded and grades will be posted by the end of the day on Sunday of next week.
    Program/Software:TurnIt In; Word Doc; Google Docs Office 365
    Grading Rubric:
    References: Google Scholar; NMJC Discovery;
    Citing: MLA
    Paper Formatting: MLA
    Academic Integrity-Plagiarism: Plagiarism is cheating, and any student found guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero on the assignment and possibly fail the class.
    Communication Standard: Please use appropriate, professional language, grammar and structure in your emails. I will do the same. Do not send an email that looks and reads as though it were composed as a text message.
    DON’T DO: hi miss can you pls give me the work 4 2day so I can get it 2u..igot behind bc i m 2 tired. thx
    DO: Dear Professor Titus,
    I apologize for missing class today. Would you please send me the assignment for today? I do not want to fall behind in my school work.
    Thank you,
    NMJC Communication Standard:
     No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK…)
     Correct spelling and proper capitalization
     Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
     Logical organization

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    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.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    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.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

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

    Plagiarism
    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 and the Academic Success Center 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 www.nmjc.edu, 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.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    COURSE OUTLINE


    You will get to MindTap through canvas and must enter the access code to complete your assignments.
    The links can be found under Course Information Module in your Canvas Course. You must have an access code to accompany textbook to complete the assignments. You WILL NOT pass this course without doing MindTap assignments. They include: A Video Case Assignment; 2 You Decide Videos; and a Chapter Exam.
    You will also complete Weekly Discussions; (4) Case Studies and (5) Program Assessments.

    Week 1:
    Complete Module 0 in Canvas. Purchase or enter Access Code into MindTap and click through the site to make sure you understand the process and know where to find your materials for Week 2.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.

    Week 2:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 1 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Complete Assessment 1

    Week 3:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 2 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module

    Week 4:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 3 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Complete Case Study #1

    Week 5:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 4 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Complete Assessment 2

    Week 6:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 5 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.

    Week 7:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 6 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Complete Case Study #2

    Week 8
    Read and then Complete Chapter 7 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.

    Week 9:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 8 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.

    Week 10:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 9 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Complete Assessment 3

    Week 11: Read and then Complete Chapter 10 & 11 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.

    Week 12: Read and then Complete Chapter 12 & 13 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Complete Assessment 4
    Complete Case Study #3



    Week 13: Read and then Complete Chapter 14 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.

    Week 14:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 15 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Complete Case Study #4

    Week 15: Thanksgiving Break


    Week 16:
    Read and then Complete Chapter 16 Reading; Do the assignments: Video Case; Career Scenarios (2); Exam on MindTap.
    Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Complete Assessment 5
    Complete Final