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: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 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 an 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.

    This course will utilize a learning system called MindTap, which is a supplemental learning medium provided by the publisher, Cengage Learning, called MindTap. All exams and videos are available via MindTap. There is not a bound text but the material is via an E-Book. 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, as well as the MindTap assignments. 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: After reading the chapter in MindTap, supplemental resources are available from MindTap, including the chapter PowerPoint, learning objectives and a visual summary of the information.

    After familiarizing yourself with the chapter material, complete the assignments posted for the chapter which include the MindTap activities and instructor assignments. Each module will also have 25 review questions from MindTap which will be good review questions for the chapter quizzes. Be aware that NO LATE WORK IS ACCEPTED therefore, assignments need to be addressed in a timely manner. This class uses weighted scores which are posted. Following is a breakdown of assignments:

    Points Available:
    Chapter quizzes 14@ 100 pts. 1400 pts.
    Discussions. 14@ 100 pts. 1400 pts.
    Chapter Papers 14 @ 200 pts. 2800 pts
    MindTap, 14@137 pts. 1928 pts
    Module zero Required

    Each module will also have supplemental resources in the form of videos or written material to help students to learn the material.

    Exams: There is a 25 question quiz at the end of each chapter, located in MindTap useful for review prior to chapter exams as well as for a grade. These quizzes can be taken as many times as the student wants to ensure comprehension of the material. Then there is another quiz at the end of each chapter worth 100 points. These quizzes are timed and students will utilize Proctorio when taking exam to ensure integrity of test taking. Exams are multiple choice and/or short essay questions. Exams must be taken on the scheduled date unless special arrangements have been made. Because the quizzes are timed, 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. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    When taking chapter quizzes (exams), this class will utilize Proctorio, which is a test monitoring system utilized to ensure test taking integrity. THERE IS A $20 FEE FOR PROCTORIO AND STUDENTS MUST HAVE A RELIABLE COMPUTER AND INTERNET CONNECTION FOR THIS CLASS. Please read the link that covers the information for Proctorio. Tests taken in Proctorio will utilize Google Chrome.

    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. This topic 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. 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, and students are not limited to guide questions. Discussions are worth 100 points each. A rubric will be provided to guide students on how to cover all the requirements.

    Papers: Chapters will have a written assignment attached. The students will write different types of paper 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.

    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.

    Part of being successful in an online class is checking Canvas regularly for announcements, assignments and due dates.

    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. Google Chrome is needed for chapter quizzes with Proctorio. 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 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. 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.

    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.

    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.

    Course Policies

    Late Work Policy - Since it is NMJC's goal to instill discipline, personal and social responsibility on our students, the course outline must be followed and therefore, late work is unacceptable. Only valid and verifiable excuse will be considered (only those with doctor's note, etc.). You must contact me one week prior to foreseen schedule conflict or as soon as possible for emergencies. Otherwise, all late work will get an automatic zero. There will be no negotiations of the grade or make-up work after the fact.

    Each week begins on a Monday at 12 AM and ends on a Sunday at 11:59 PM.

    The module items are arranged in sequence and you will need to go through each one to move on to the next. Each module will open on the date it is scheduled to be accessible. All activities will close by Sunday at 11:59PM. If you fail to complete a required task, you will get an automatic zero on that task.

    I will respond to your messages within 24 hours on the weekdays and 48 hours on the weekends. Grades will be posted a week after the task is due while grades for written assignments will be posted after two weeks at the latest.

    Broken computers and/or technical difficulties will not be accepted as an excuse to get an extension. Be aware of the computer requirements for all the software programs involved in this class such as Canvas,Proctorio, Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor. You will need a working camera, microphone, and speaker for this class. You need to an internet speed of at least 5Mbps, which you can check using Speedtest. Do not attempt to take an online class using your phone or tablet.

    Any form of academic dishonesty will automatically result to in an "F" whether it is intentional or accidental. Make sure that you submit your own original work. Ask for assistance if needed. A short training on academically acceptable behavior, policies and consequences is provided in the course.

    If there are no activities and or any submissions from you in the class for two weeks, the instructor will contact you to remind you of the class. If another week has passed without any participation or submissions from you, you will be notified that you will be dropped from the course. See attendance policy. Please make sure that your contact information is correct in the T-Bird Portal and edit any changes.

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk support if you are having issues with Canvas and/or with Proctorio, Respondus Lockdown Browser or Respondus Monitor. It is recommended that you begin your quiz or exam 1-2 hours prior to your intended start time for any troubleshooting needs.

    Make it a habit to check the grade book, inbox and announcements every week.

    Keep the instructor posted at all times in regards to your academic progress, concerns or issues. Contact the instructor via the Inbox or call the office at 575.492.2812 OR make an appointment to meet in person if necessary. You are expected to communicate in a professional manner (guidelines in Canvas) when communicating.

    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.


    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

    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


    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 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, 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.

    Week One Aug. 20-26

    Course Information

    Module Zero 

    Module Zero & Course Information
    Week Two Aug. 27-Sept. 2 Chapter 1. Crime & Criminology MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Three Sept. 3-Sept. 9 Chapter 2. The Nature and Extent of Crime MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Four Sept. 10-Sept. 16 Chapter 3. Victims & Victimization MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Five Sept. 17-Sept. 23 Chapter 4. Rational Choice Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Six Sept. 24-Sept. 30 Chapter 5. Trait Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #1 
    Week Seven Oct. 1-Oct. 7 Chapter 6. Social Structures Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Eight Oct. 8-Oct 14 Chapter 7. Social Process Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #2
    Week Nine Oct. 15-Oct. 21 Chapter 8. Social Conflict, Critical Criminology,
    and Restorative Justice
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Ten Oct. 22-Oct. 28 Chapter 9. Developmental Theories: Life
    Course, Propensity, and Trajectory
    Read Chapter.
     MindTap Activities.
    Chapter 9 Exam
    Chapter Assignment
    Case Study #3
    Week Eleven Oct. 29-Nov. 4 Chapter 10. Violent Crime MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Twelve Nov. 5-Nov. 11 Chapter 11. Political Crime & Terrorism MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #4
    Week Thirteen Nov. 12-Nov. 18 Chapter 12. Economic Crimes:
    Blue-Collar, White-collar &
    Green Collar
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Fifteen Nov. 26-Dec.2 Chapter 13. Public Order Crimes MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #5
    Week Sixteen Dec. 3-Dec. 9 Chapter 14. Crimes of the New Millennium:
    Cybercrime & Transnational
    Organized Crime
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment