Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: CRIJ-1301- Section: 1D
Introduction to Criminal Justice
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Instructor Information
Instructor Doneane Beckcom
Phone(409) 984-6548
Location:Student Center - Room: 415
Hours:MWF 12:00 - 2:00; TTR 12:30 - 2:00; otherwise by appointment
Business and Technology
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes:

PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading

PSLO Alpha measured by pretest/posttest

All CSLOs measured by class discussions, online discussion board, and embedded test questions

1. Describe the History and Philosophy of the American Criminal Justice System (CSLO 1, 2, 6 Alpha)

2. Explain the nature and extent of Crime in America. (CSLO 1, 2, 6)

3. Analyze the impact and consequences of crime. (CSLO 1, 2)

4. Evaluate the development, concepts, and functions of law in the criminal justice system. (CSLO 1, 2, 6)

5. Describe the structure of contemporary federal, state, and local justice agencies and processes. (CSLO 1, 2)
Core Objectives * 1. Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

* 2. Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

* 6. Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Introduction to Criminal Justice, a Brief Edition; John Randolph Fuller, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-029817-3
Lecture Topics
Criminal Justice Today
Causes of Crime
Offenders and Victims
Inside Criminal Law
Law Enforcement Today
Problems and Solutions in Modern Policing
Police and the Constitution
Courts and the Quest for Justice
Pretrial Procedures
The Criminal Trial
Punishment and Sentencing
Probation, Parole and Intermediate Sanctions
Prisons and Jails
The Prisoner Experience and Prisoner Reentry
The Juvenile Justice System
Today's Challenges: Cyber Crime
Major Assignments
Course Calendar

Week 1 Course Introduction; Chapter 1

Week 2 Chapter 2

Week 3 Chapter 3

Week 4 Chapter 4

Week 5 Test 1, Chapter 5

Week 6 Chapter 6

Week 7 Chapter 7

Week 8 Chapter 8

Week 9 Chapter 9

Week 10 Test 2, Chapter 10

Week 11 Chapter 11

Week 12 Chapter 12

Week 13 Chapter 13

Week 14 Test 3, Chapter 14

Week 15 Chapter 15 and 16, Review for Final

Week 16 Final Exam
Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 7:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2018 - 8:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests - 80%

Discussion -10%

Attendance -10%

Your lowest graded non-final test will be dropped from your grade calculation, if you miss a test that grade will be dropped. It is advisable that if you miss 2 tests that you drop this course.

Participation in class activities can increase total points by as much as 30%, participation IS NOT merely breathing and taking up space, you must fully and intelligently take part in class activities. To do this it is essential that you do all assigned readings, required research, and pay attention in class.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies The best way to reach me is by email. If you would like to see me in person please make an appointment to be sure I will be in my office.
Attendance Policy Regular prompt attendance is required. Excessive absences will result in reduced grades and/ or failure. Coming in late to class is disruptive, in addition to reducing your grade. A student with more than 6 absences may be dropped from the class.

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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans 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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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.