2. A. Course Title: Criminology
    B. Course Number: SO 223C - 30355
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Pruitt, Debbie
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 213
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2812
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is a study of criminal behavior within society. Definitions, trends, theories, treatments, control of crime in addition to its victims are all examined within the framework of the criminal justice system. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of Criminology. This course has transferability to other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    Criminology: The Core. Siegel, Larry J. 7th edition.

    This course will be utilizing a digital E-Book and an access code will be required to download the materials and activities.

    The access code can be purchased at the NMJC Bookstore.

    MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Siegel's Criminology: The Core ISBN 9781337557740


    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

    This class is online and a distance education format. It draws from the experiences and perspectives of the instructor and students as well as the readings, exercises, and videos. Your questions, comments and reactions to the readings and outside resources can be important contributions.

    Criminology is the study of the nature, extent, cause, and control of criminal behavior. In this course, we will examine many theories of crime causation, as well as different types of crimes. You will be responsible for the reading, exercises and assignments in this class. I will always be available for questions or problems you encounter, but the quality of learning in this class will depend on you, the student.

    This course will utilize a digital textbook and a learning system called MindTap, which is a supplemental learning medium provided by the publisher, Cengage Learning. MindTap will have learning exercises to supplement the reading, including video examples, practice exams and the opportunity for you to decide what you would do in a certain situation. Students are responsible for reading the material and applying it to the assignments.

    This class is presented in a modularized format via Canvas, the NMJC Online Learning System. Each module will cover one chapter from the text, and includes the MindTap assignments as well as instructor assignments and resources. Each module follows the same general format, but the instructor may add more information depending on the chapter material. Each module will have the format of: read the chapter in MindTap, look at the available supplemental resources MindTap, which include the chapter PowerPoint, learning objectives and a visual summary of the information. After reading and reviewing, students will then complete assignments in MindTap: Video case, You Decide, part I and II, and a practice exam that can be taken up to three times.

    Be aware that NO LATE WORK IS ACCEPTED therefore, assignments need to be addressed in a timely manner.

    Grades in this class are weighted. Following is a breakdown of assignments:
    Module Zero/Course information: 0% (required)
    MindTap Assignments 20%
    Discussions 20%
    Papers 30%
    Quizzes 30%
    Total 100%

    Each module will also have supplemental resources in the form of videos or written material to help students to learn the material. Also available are the PowerPoint presentations from the lecture if you were taking this class face to face.

    Module Zero: Complete module zero and the course information module. Module zero has some assignments that will familiarize you with Canvas tools. Module Zero is a requirement, but not graded.

    Quizzes: In addition to the 25 question review quiz in MindTap (graded), there is another 25 question quiz at the end of each chapter worth 100 points. Quizzes are multiple choice and/or short essay questions. Exams must be taken within the scheduled dates the module is open. These quizzes are timed so once you open the exam, be prepared to complete it. Exams will be opened enough days that there should not be an excuse for missing the tests on time.

    The final exam will be comprehensive and cover the highlights of each of the chapter. Students will be able to access all the chapter quizzes and supplemental study information for the final. Final will be worth 100 points. Early finals at NMJC will not be allowed and must be taken on the assigned dates.

    Discussion: Modules will also include discussion topics. In an online class, this is our opportunity to “talk” to each other. These topics opens up many areas of discussion with current events as well as chapter material. All students must participate in the discussions and reply to at least three other students to get full credit for the discussion. I would encourage you to not limit yourself to just three responses. Post your response early in the week so that students have an opportunity to read and respond to posts.

    Most discussions are based on supplemental video/articles in which students are required to show an understanding of the material as well as engage in critical thinking. Guide questions will be provided. Discussions are worth 100 points each. A rubric will be provided to guide students on how to cover all the requirements.

    This class opens itself up to discussion on current events. Students should be aware of incidents and be prepared to discuss them. There are no wrong opinions, just lack of any opinion at all. Critical thinking is essential for a good discussion. We will always be courteous of each other and agree to disagree on some topics. Students should be prepared to participate and stay abreast of current events for class discussions.

    Papers: Chapters will have a written assignment attached. The students will write papers to enhance their communication skills, to be articulate and to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned from the class. This will include any of the following types of paper: argumentative paper, analytical paper, compare and contrast paper, cause and effect paper, reports, and interpretive paper. This is a weekly task. Students will be provided information along with guidelines on the assignments. Write thoroughly in order to receive all the points possible, and a rubric will be provided outlining quality papers. Papers are worth 200 points each.

    Part of being successful in an online class is checking Canvas regularly for announcements, assignments and due dates. You will see any announcement notification on your home page and check your inbox regularly for any correspondence.

    Grades will be maintained in Canvas where you can check your progress regularly. There will be sufficient time allotted to complete the assignments/tests, therefore, LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    The recommended programs to use on your computer when working on Canvas is Firefox. Other programs do not seem to be as compatible, so download Firefox if you have not already done so. The software that is most compatible when writing papers is Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Consider downloading Office 365 if you need this software. Uploading or completing assignments via your phone or tablet will not work effectively in Canvas. Please do not try and take a quiz using your phone or tablet. There is a link on Canvas on how to use Office 365 and download it for free onto your computer if you are a student at NMJC.

    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 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.

    If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that are made to Canvas assignments, as well as any announcements. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas. Again, phones and tablet devices are for viewing the courses only and not for submitting assignments.

    The grades you earn in this class are maintained in Canvas where you can track your grades.

    The first week of class, complete Module Zero on Canvas for a grade. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments. This is a requirement even if you have completed Module Zero in other classes.

    Course policies

    Late Work Policy – Since it is NMJC’s goal to instill discipline, personal and social responsibility on our student, the course outline must be followed and therefore, late work is unacceptable. Only valid and verifiable excuses will be considered (ex: doctor’s note). You must contact me one week prior to foreseen schedule conflicts or as soon as possible for emergencies. Otherwise, all late work will get an automatic zero. This is not negotiable.

    Modules - Modules will open on Monday at 12:00 AM and close on a Sunday at 11:59 PM. Be cognizant of open and close dates.

    The modules are arranged in sequence and you will need to go through each one to move on to the next. Again, the module will open on the scheduled date and you will have up to two weeks to complete the assignments.

    Instructor Response Time: I will make every effort to grade work in a timely manner. With large classes, this could take a while, but every effort will be made to report grades within 48 hours after due date. I will try and respond to any messages within 24 hours on the weekdays and 48 hours on the weekends. I get your messages on my phone and work hard to make sure I respond in a timely manner.

    Technical difficulties – Broken computers and/or technical difficulties will not be accepted as an excuse to get an extension. Be aware of the computer requirements for an online class. You will need reliable Internet access with an internet speed of at least 5 Mbps, which you can check using Speedtest. Reminder – do not attempt to take an online class using your phone or tablet.

    Academic dishonesty – Any form of academic dishonesty will automatically result in an F, whether intentional or accidental. Make sure that you submit your own original work. There is a short training on academically acceptable behavior, policies and consequences provided in the course. A good example is submitting written work via “Turn It In” which checks for plagiarism. Be sure and cite sources to avoid being confronted about academic dishonesty.

    Student success – Be sure and log into Canvas regularly. The death of an online student is procrastination. Set aside time to work on your classes in order to be successful. Be thorough in responses (refer to rubric) and keep the instructor posted with concerns or issues. I will not drop you from my class when you are failing, so your success is dependent on you.

    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:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate,students should:

    A. Identify, describe and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions and processes within the contexts of diverse communities.

    B. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history and social institutions.

    C. Describe on-going reciprocal interactions among self, society and the environment.

    D. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain and critically evaluate relevant issues ethical dilemmas and arguments.

    Selected, specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand and communicate the historical development of criminology as a field of inquiry through academic research, in-class discussions, written assignments, and other methods as necessary.

    2. Evaluate and identify the assumptions, limitations and appropriate applications of theories of criminology through academic research, in-class discussions, written assignments, and other methods as necessary.

    3. Assess the validity and reliability of empirical research used to test the theories of crime examined through academic research, in-class discussions, written assignments, and other methods as necessary.

    4. Communicate an understanding of criminological theories and how these theories can be used to explain the occurrence of crime at both micro and macro levels through academic research, in-class discussions, written assignments, and other methods as necessary.

  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.


    Make-Up Work Policy. Turn in all assignments on time and take tests when scheduled. If an emergency causes a delay, contact the instructor as soon as possible and we will work it out. Email is fine, but INCLUDE YOUR NAME.


    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 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, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    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.

    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.


    201930 30355 Criminology
    Fall 2019

    Week One

    August 19-25

    Course Information. Module Zero

    Module Zero & Course Information

    Module One

    August 19-25

    Chapter 1. Crime & Criminology

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module Two

    August 26-September 1

    Chapter 2. The Nature and Extent of Crime

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module Three

    Sept. 2-Sept. 8

    Chapter 3. Victims & Victimization

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module Four

    Sept. 9-Sept. 22

    Chapter 4. Rational Choice Theory

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module Four Continued

    Sept. 9-Sept. 22

    Chapter 4. Rational Choice Theory

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module 5

    Sept. 23-October 6

    Chapter 5. Trait Theory

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module 5 Continued

    Sept 23-Oct. 6

    Chapter 5. Trait Theory

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module 6

    October 7-October 20

    Chapter 6. Social Structure Theory

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module 6 Continued

    October 7-October 20

    Chapter 6. Social Structure Theory

    Read Chapter.
     MindTap Activities.
    Chapter 9 Exam
    Chapter Assignment

    Module 7

    Oct. 21-November 3

    Chapter 7. Social Process Theory

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module 7 Continued

    Oct. 21-November 3

    Chapter 7. Social Process Theory

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #4

    Module 10

    Nov. 4-Nov. 17

    Chapter 10. Violent Crimes

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module 10 Cont.

    Nov. 4-Nov. 17

    Violent Crimes


    Module 12

    Nov 17-Nov. 26

    Chapter 13. Public Order Crimes (THANKSGIVING BREAK NOV. 26-DEC.1)

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    Module 13

    December 2-Dec. 8

    Public Order Crimes

    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment

    December 9-11
    Final Exam