Criminal Procedure


  2. A. Course Title: Criminal Procedure
    B. Course Number: CJ 213B - 30779
    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): N/A
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course will concentrate on substantive criminal law, general rules, principles, and doctrines of criminal liability in the United States; and classifications of crimes against persons, property, and the public welfare. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed to give students a general knowledge of the Criminal Procedure process in the Criminal Justice System.

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



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    CJ 213B Criminal Procedure

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    MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Samaha's Criminal Procedure
    ISBN 9781305969056

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    • Access to all your Cengage online textbooks MindTap 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.


    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.

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    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 Criminal Procedure (CJ213B) 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, the student should be able to:
    1. Discuss generally the nature and extent of individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution and discuss in depth those rights in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments that constitute the heart of the law of criminal procedure;

    2. Discuss generally the structure of the court system of the United States and of New Mexico and to trace the progress of a criminal case through the court system from the initial complaint through appeal and post-conviction remedies;

    3. Apply the law of arrest, search and seizure, confessions, and pretrial identification, to particular fact situations;

    4. Identify the individual right in issue and how it comes into conflict with a law enforcement function;

    5. Analyze the fact situation and identifying the specific issue presented;

    6. Present arguments for the position of both the prosecution and defense, citing cases where applicable; and

    7. Resolve the issue as a court, lawyer, or law enforcement officer would, including a well-reasoned opinion, again citing cases where applicable.

    8. Analyze the fact situation and identifying the specific issue presented; and

    9. Present arguments for the position of both the prosecution and defense, citing cases where applicable.

  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.
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    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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    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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    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.


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    Course Outline
    Criminal Procedure
    Criminal Procedure (Course Outline for 8 Weeks)

    Week 1 Course Information and Module 0 Start Here read & watch video)
    Course Overview
    Notification Settings
    Syllabus quiz
    Personal Info
    Cengage MindTap CheckIn

    Week 2 Chapter 1 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 3 Chapter 2 & 3 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 4 Chapter 4 & 5 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 5 Chapter 6 & 7 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Case Study

    Week 6 Chapter 8-10 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment

    Week 7 Chapter 11-13 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Case Study

    Week 8 Chapter 14-15 MindTap Exercises
    Canvas Assignment
    Comprehensive Final

    *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