CRIJ-1310-01 - Fundamentals Criminal Law
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2018 Course Syllabus
CRIJ-1310-01 - Fundamentals Criminal Law
|Instructor||Beckcom, Doneane Elise|
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|Course Description||This course is the study of criminal law including application of definitions, statutory elements, defenses and penalties using Texas statutes, the Model Penal Code, and case law. The course also analyzes the philosophical and historical development of criminal law and criminal culpability.|
Criminal Law, 12th Edition
Thomas J. Gardner
Terry M. Anderson
ISBN-10: 1285458419 | ISBN-13: 9781285458410
|Attendance Policy||Regular prompt attendance is required. Excessive absences will result in reduced grades and/ or failure. You must enter into discussions, answer questions posed, engage in discourse with the instructor and post information that demonstrates a knowledge of the subject matter being examined when discussions are posted. ANSWERS ARE REQUIRED AND WILL BE GRADED. Answers simply agreeing with or acknowledging the statement, unless followed by an extensive explanation, are not acceptable. In addition you must demonstrate that your answers are academically related to the subject matter.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
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 10%, 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.
|Final Exam Date||May 7, 2018 - 10:00 AM Through May 7, 2018 - 12:00 PM|
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 Spring Break, Read Chapter 9, Study for Test 2
Week 10 Test 2, Chapter 9
Week 11 Chapter 10
Week 12 Chapter 11
Week 13 Chapter 12 and 13
Week 14 Test 3, Chapter 13 and 14
Week 15 Chapter 16 and 18, Review for Final
Week 16 Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||See above schedule|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
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.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Course Learning Outcomes:
PSLO Alpha measured by pretest/posttest.
All other PSLOs measured by embedded test questions, in class discussion, and online discussion board.
1. Describe the History and Philosophy of the American Criminal Justice System.(PSLO 1, 2, 5 Alpha)
2. Explain the nature and extent of Crime in America. (PSLO 1, 2, 5)
3. Analyze the impact and consequences of crime. (PSLO 3, 2)
4. Evaluate the development, concepts, and functions of law in the criminal justice system. (PSLO 1, 2, 5)
5. Describe the structure of contemporary federal, state, and local justice agencies and processes. (PSLO 3, 2)
|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.|
|Additional Information||The best way to reach me is by email. If you would like to see me in person please schedule an appointment to be sure I am in my office.|
|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
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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.
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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.|