House Bill 2504 Fall 2011 Course Syllabus CRIJ-1306-01 - Courts Systems and Practices
Fall 2011 Course Syllabus
CRIJ-1306-01 - Courts Systems and Practices
|Instructor||Turkel, Richard Ellis|
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|Course Description||The judiciary in the criminal justice system; structure of the American court system; prosecution; right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; sentencing.|
|Course Prerequisites||Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading.|
|Required Textbooks||America’s Courts and the Criminal Justice System, 10th Edition, Neubauer and Fradella, Wadsworth-Cengage Learning, ISBN 978-0-495-80990-6|
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students who miss more than 3 class hours are subject to being dropped by the instructor. The student is required to meet with the instructor at this time to discuss attendance and class progress. Students who are more than 10 minutes tardy will be marked with 1/2 hours absence for that class period. Students who are more than 20 minutes late will be marked with 1 hour absent for that class period. Students with more than 3 hours absence will loss 1 point on their final grade for each class-hour absent.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Exams 60%; Class Grade (Trial prep) 20% Final Exam (Trial) 20%|
|Final Exam Date||December 8, 2011 - 11:00 AM|
Week 1: Course introduction; syllabus review, Read to page 23
Week 2: Read to page 72
Week 3: Read to page 118
Week 4: Read to page 164
Week 4: Read to page 210
Week 5: Read to page 233 and First Exam
Week 6: Read to page 274
Week 7: Read to page 314
Week 8: Read to page 354
Week 9: Read to page 377 and Second Exam
Week 10: Read to Page 415
Week 11: Read to Page 445
Week 12: Read to Page 475
Week 13: Read to Page 490 and Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14: Third Exam and trial hearings begin
Week 15: Trial hearings continue
Week 16: Trial hearings continue
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Courts Crime and Controversy
Week 2: Law and Crime and Federal Courts
Week 3: State Courts and the Dynamics of Courthouse
Week 4: Prosecutors and defense attorneys
Week 4: Judges
Week 5: Arrest to arraignment
Week 6: Bail and disclosing and suppressing evidence
Week 7: Negotiated justice and the plea of guilty
Week 8: Trials and juries and sentencing options
Week 9: Sentencing options
Week 10: Sentencing Decisions
Week 11: Sentencing Decisions and appellate courts
Week 12: The lower courts
Week 13: The lower courts
Week 14: Trial hearings begin
Week 15: Trial hearings continue
Week 16: Trial hearings continue
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Associate of Arts
1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or
A. Demonstrates thesis clarity
B. Organizes information
C. Uses support
D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression
2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.
A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values,
perspectives, or practices)
B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context
C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others
3. Uses critical thinking skills
A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent
of information needed)
B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to
C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences
D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion
4. Demonstrates technology literacy
A. Locates needed information using the appropriate
technological tool or device
B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology
C. Presents information using the appropriate technological
tool or device
5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program
A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA
B. Number of AA majors who graduate
C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to other
6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles
A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to
B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to
C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific
principles needed to complete task
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will demonstrate:
1. The ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.
2. The ability to produce clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.
3. The ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion and audience.
4. The ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken communication.
5. Methods for applying both qualitative and quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter in order to evaluate argument and to construct alternative strategies.
6. The ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, solving problems, and acquiring information
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
1. Instructor-Initiated Drop:
Students may be dropped for any of the following reasons: Excessive violation of the attendance policy; disruptive behavior; continuing a behavior which the instructor has informed the student is disrupting the class; a violation of any published policy of either the College, the Department, Division or the instructor.
2. Academic Honesty:
The instructor will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism (plagiarism is defined as taking and using as one's own the writings or ideas of another.)
Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing, or aiding another student in cheating or plagiarizing on a quiz, test, individual; assignment, research project, paper, class project or assignment, or examination will receive a zero on the assignment and if the student persists in that activity he/she may be dropped with a grade of F or given a grade of F for the class.
Use of electronic equipment (cell phone, ipods, mp3 players, etc.) during tests: All electronic equipment will be turned off and placed in a bag or other container and removed from the desktop (table top, etc) upon which the student is taking the test. Failure to comply with this directive will result in the test being taken up by the instructor. The student will not be allowed to continue the test. The student will receive a grade of zero for that test. However, since we are all human and mistakes do happen, if the instructor believes that said failure was inadvertent then the instructor may grade and the student will receive credit for any work completed before the test was taken up.
3. Children in the Classroom.
No children under the age of 15 are allowed in the classroom. No children 15 years or older are permitted in the classroom without prior approval from the instructor.
4. Syllabus Content:
The instructor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus, if deemed necessary. All changes will be provided to the students orally or in writing before the implementation of the change.
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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