House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

CRIJ-1310-01 (Fundamentals Criminal Law)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorTurkel, Richard Ellis
Phone(409) 984-6511
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:TuTh 10:30-11:00
Building:Educational Annex (PAEA)
Room #:111
Course Information
Course ID #10442
Course Subject-Number-SectionCRIJ-1310-01
Course TitleFundamentals Criminal Law
Course Description Fundamentals of Criminal Law
Course Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading
Required Textbooks Criminal Law, 10th Edition, Joel Samaha, Wadsworth-Cengage Learning, ISBN 978-0-80749-0
Learning Objectives 1. The ability to employ appropriate methods, technologies and data that social behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.

2. The ability to examine social institutions and processes.

3. The ability to use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.

4. The ability to differentiate and analyze historical evidence and differing point of view.

5. The ability to analyze. Critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.

6. The ability to recognize and assume one=s responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.

7. The ability to identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Major Assignments Daily case assignments are listed in the syllabus hand-outs to students.

Exam dates are tentatively scheduled for: February 15, March 29 and May 03.

Discussion Topics This course will include federal and state criminal law and the rationale and history which lead to the current state of these rules. You should have ability to identify, verbally communicate and understand issues related to:

1. Criminal law and Criminal Punishment

2. Constitutional limits on criminal law.

3. The general principals of criminal liability.

4. Defenses to criminal liability

5. Parties to crime and vicarious liability.

5. Uncompleted crimes.

6. Crimes against persons.

7. Crimes against property.

9. Crimes against public order.        

10. Crimes against the state.

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.
Determination of Final Grade Exams 50%; Class Grade 25%, Final Exam 25%
Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute 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 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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