Substantive Criminal Law


  2. A. Course Title: Substantive Criminal Law
    B. Course Number: CJ 113B - 30457
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 10:00:00 AM - 10:50:00 AM
    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): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: BMH151

    This course will explain the history of criminal law, the principles of criminal procedure, and the essential components of constitutional, statutory, and common law. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course will be helpful to students who are pursuing a career in the legal profession, whether as a paralegal or an attorney, and to those pursuing a career in law enforcement. The course will provide a basic understanding of the criminal justice system which will assist students who proceed to more advanced classes in the subject matter. Please be sure to check w/ your advisor counselor to ensure transferability of this course.



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    Criminal Law , 12th Edition
    Joel Samaha
    ISBN-10: 1-305-57738-8
    ISBN-13: 978-1-305-57738-1

    • All your Cengage access codes for one price
    • Access to all your Cengage online textbooks MindTap Criminal Law, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
    • The text is in digital format either through option 1 or option 2.
    • You MUST have an access code for this class in order to participate in MindTap activities and other requirements.
    • It is imperative to have a desktop or a laptop computer and a reliable internet connection for this class.
    • If you would like to have a hardcopy book, please look online



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    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.


    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:


    To provide students with a basic understanding of the criminal justice system.

    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 conclusion of this course, a student should be able to:
    1. Analyze the purposes of criminal law;

    2. Identify the elements of crimes (actus reas, mens rea, causation, etc.);

    3. Identify and Recognize the elements of specific crimes against persons, property, morality, and public order;

    4. Illustrate Inchoate crimes;

    5. Identify the various parties to a crime;

    6. Identify the defenses to crimes;

    7. Examine the historical context of Criminal law;

    8. Explain discretion related to charging and processing criminal cases;

    9. Recognize the penalties for various crimes; and

    10. Distinguish the difference between juvenile offenses and adult offenses.

  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
    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)
    Cengage MindTap Free 14-Day Trial You have about 14 days to access MindTap for free if you don't have an access code on the first day of the semester. Keep in mind that on the 15th day, all of cengage materials will in inaccessible to you until you supply your own access code. When you take advantage of the trial, make sure that you use your NMJC email so that it recognizes you as a student here at NMJC. To avoid all the possible issues, I would recommend you have the access code ready prior to the first day of the semester.


    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

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend 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.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    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.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    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
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. 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. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Course Outline
    Substantive Criminal Law
    CJ 113B – SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW 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 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 13 11/11 – 11/17 Chapter 12 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Case Study

    Week 14 11/18 – 11/24 Thanksgiving Break
    Week 15 11/25 – 12/1 Chapter 13 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 16 12/2 – 12/8 Tours
    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 revised course outline