Introduction to Criminal Justice


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice
    B. Course Number: LA 113 - 10905
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M T W Th F 8:00:00 AM - 8:29:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Coburn, Walter
    G. Office: Bob Moran Hall (MB) 142
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2715
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): With Permission of Director of Public Safety & Community Services
    M. Corequisite(s): N/A
    N. Class Location: BMH146

    This course will cover 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.


    This course is designed for either current law enforcement personnel or those students with an interest in pursuing a career in criminal justice with an emphasis in law enforcement.
    Students must check with their advisor/counselor to assure transferability.






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    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

    New Mexico Junior Collegeís 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.


    At the completion of this course, students should:
    1. have a brief understanding of the policing system, such as the history, and roles and functions;
    2. have a brief understanding of the various agencies and actors in the policing system;
    3. understand the structure and operation of the police agencies;
    4. have a brief understanding of the structure and operation of the various court systems in the U.S.;
    5. have a good understanding of the hierarchy of the court system and case processing;
    6. have a general understanding of the goals and purposes of the corrections system;
    7. have a brief understanding of community corrections and correctional institutions;
    8. have a brief understanding of the history, structure, and current practices of the juvenile justice system;
    9. have a brief understanding of criminology, such as the theories of crime causation, trends, measurements and definitions of crime;
    10. have a brief understanding of substantive and procedural law concepts;
    11. have a brief understanding of drugs and the criminal justice system; and
    12. be able to identify the parties in the criminal justice system, i.e. victims, defendants, plaintiff, etc.


    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 itís 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 TBA. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


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