LGLA-1355-73 - Family Law
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
LGLA-1355-73 - Family Law
|Instructor||McPherson, Michelle Lindahl|
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|Course Description||Fundamental concepts of family law including formal and informal marriages, divorce, annulment, martial property, and the parent-child relationship with emphasis on the paralegal''s role in family law.|
|Course Prerequisites||LGLA 1307 or taken concurrently.|
|Required Textbooks||Family Law, Statsky, William P. 6th edition with MindTap (Cengage).|
|Attendance Policy||Please see Course Policies for online classes.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
4 Tests: 75%
Projects/ Discussions/Participation: 20%
|Final Exam Date||May 4, 2016 - 6:00 PM Through May 11, 2016 - 11:59 PM|
|Major Assignments||See Calendar of Lecture|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
January 19-January 24
Course Orientation; syllabus; Chapter 1, pretest
January 25-January 31
February 1-February 7 Chapters 3-4
February 8-February 14 Chapters 4-5 TEST 1
February 15-February 21 Chapter 6 PROJECT 1
February 22-February 28 Chapter 7
February 29-March 6 Chapter 8 TEST 2
March 7-March 13 Chapter 9-10 PROJECT 2
Week 9 March 21-March March 27 Chapter 11
Week 10 March 28-April 3 Chapter 12
Week 11 April 4-April 10 Chapter 13 TEST 3
Week 12 April 11-April 17 Chapter 14
Week 13 April 18-April 24 Chapter 15-16 PROJECT 3
Week 14 April 25-May 2 Chapter 16-17
Week 15 May 3-May 4 Make up materials
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
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.
Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Understand legal terms by reviewing key terms in the textbook and other assigned readings/projects and learning labs.
2.Locate and draft appropriate documents. Use correct grammar in speech and written word.
3 Advise his attorney and other staff of unethical practices in the law firm or other workplace.Understand the appropriate confidentiality issues, attorney-client privileges and billing practices. Perform tasks authorized for paralegals, not attorneys.
4. Utilize blackboard and MindTap through the internet. Draft documents using Word. Submit documents properly and timely. Prepare charts using Excel. Review power points on the on-line class. Prepare for a criminal case using the learning lab through MindTap.
5. Study for classes in the most effective way possible. Perform on tests, quizzes and projects appropriately.
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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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.
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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.|