Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: CRIJ-1301- Section: 71E
Introduction to Criminal Justice
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Instructor Information
Instructor Trazarra Stelly
E-mailstellytn1@lamarpa.edu
Phone(409) 984-6102
Office
Location:Educational I - Room: 131
Hours:Virtual Office Hours by appointment ONLY via Teams M-TH 8:00-9:00 am or 5:30- 6:30pm
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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 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 is measured by pretest/posttest.

All CSLOs are measured by class discussions, research project 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 1,2,4,6)
5.    Describe the structure of contemporary federal, state and local justice agencies. (CSLO 1,2,4,6)
Core Objectives * 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.

* 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.
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.

* Team work: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Criminal Justice in Action, 9th Edition
Gaines and Miller
Cengage Publishing
ISBN 978-1-305-63375-9


Note: Wilson ECHS should have these books for you. You are allowed to use an electronic version at your own expense.
Lecture Topics
Outline
"Never let yesterday use up today." - Richard H. Nelson

I do not accept late work. All assignments are due as scheduled. There are a few exceptions but those will only be discussed on a case by case basis. (ex. Medical situations such as COVID -19 hospitalization)

Plagiarism is NOT tolerated at Lamar State College Port Arthur. Therefore, plagiarism is NOT tolerated in this class.

The best way to reach me is by email. Due to COVID -19 and safety concerns, If you would like to schedule a face to face meeting with me it would take place via Teams. Please review my office hours and email me at any time to set up a Teams appointment. I will respond to emails within 24- 48 hours depending on the day. You must email from your LSCPA email account. I will not respond to personal email accounts. If you would like to discuss your grades a Teams appointment is necessary. I will not discuss grades over email or telephone.
Major Assignments
Schedule
This class is comprised of 4 sections which are listed below. In each section, you will have required readings, videos, discussion posts, writing assignments, etc. Details on how much each assignment is worth will be explained in detail in the Determination of Final Grade Section.

Part 1: The Criminal Justice System-
Week 1 (Jan. 18th - 22nd): Welcome video, Introduction Post and Syllabus Review.
Week 2 (Jan. 25th- 29th): Syllabus Quiz & Intro To CJ Pre-Test
Week 3(Feb. 1st - 5th): Read Chapter 1, Discussion Post
Week 4 (Feb. 8th- 12th): Reach Chapter 2, Discussion Post
Week 5(Feb. 15th- 19th): Read Chapter 3, Discussion Post
Week 6 (Feb. 22nd- 26th): Read Chapter 4, Discussion Post

Part 2:The Police & Law Enforcement-
Week 7 (Mar. 1st- 5th ): Read Chapter 5 & 6
Week 8 (Mar. 8th - 12th):Read Chapter 7, Watch Video & Complete the In Your Own Words Writing Assignment
Week 9 (Mar. 15th-19th): SPRING BREAK /NO CLASS


Part 3: Criminal Courts-
Week 10 (Mar. 22nd- 26th): Read Chapter 8, Discussion Post
Week 11(Mar. 29th- Apr. 2nd): Read Chapter 9, Watch Live Local Court Proceeding & Complete In Your Own Words Writing Assignment
Week 12 (Apr. 5th- 9th): Read Chapter 10, Discussion Post
Week 13 (Apr. 12th-16th): Read Chapter 11, Discussion Post

Part 4:Corrections
Week 14(Apr. 19th- 23rd): Read Chapter 12, Discussion Post & Complete Intro to CJ Post Test
Week 15 (Apr. 26- 30th): Work on your Career In Criminal Justice Paper
Week 16 (May 3rd- 5th): Work on your Career In Criminal Justice Paper

There is NO FINAL EXAM. Your Final will be your Career in Criminal Justice Paper.
All Career in Criminal Justice Papers will be accepted May 6th- May 12th.



Final Exam Date May 6, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 12, 2021 - 5:0 PM
Grading Scale 540-600=A 480-539=B 420-479=C 360-419= D Below 360= F
Determination of
Final Grade
The Final Course Grade will be based on total points accumulated not percentages.

All About Me Assignment= 50 pts
Syllabus Quiz= 50 pts
Pre Test = 50 pts (completion grade)
Post Test= 50 pts (completion grade)
8 discussion post: 25 pts each= 200 points
2 In your own writing assignments: 50 pts each = 100 points
Final Criminal Justice Career Writing Assignment = 100 points

Total Points Possible = 600

**How to calculate your grade at any time during the semester**

Take the number of points you have earned on every assignment and add them together. Then divide this number by the number of possible points you should have at this time in the entire course. You will get a decimal number. Move your decimal two places to the right.
For example: If I have earned 300 points out of a possible 450 points
300/450 =0.666
This means I have a 67 in the course at this time.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies "Never let yesterday use up today." - Richard H. Nelson

I DO NOT accept late work. All assignments are due as scheduled. There are a few exceptions but those will only be discussed on a case by case basis. (ex. Medical situations such as COVID -19 hospitalization)

Plagiarism is NOT tolerated at Lamar State College Port Arthur. Therefore, plagiarism is NOT tolerated in this class.

The best way to reach me is by email. Due to COVID -19 and safety concerns, If you would like to schedule a face to face meeting with me it will take place via Teams. Please review my office hours and email me at any time to set up a Teams appointment. I will respond to emails within 24-48 hours depending on the day. You must email from your LSCPA email account. I will not respond to personal email accounts. If you would like to discuss your grades a Teams appointment is necessary. I will not discuss grades over email or telephone.
Attendance Policy Active participation in this online class is important to your success in this class. You are expected to show that you are engaged and participating by logging into Blackboard regularly, completing your weekly discussion post and responding to at least two of your classmates' post. It is important to engage in discussion.

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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other "Preparation is the key to success." - Alexander Graham Bell
"Success is the sum of small efforts being repeated day in and day out." -Robert Collier
"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." - Oprah Winfrey
"Success looks different for everyone but it feels good to all us." - Trazarra Stelly

If you want to be successful in this class you must: read your book, take notes, watch the videos, complete your assignments on time and ask for help if you need it! NO QUESTION is a dumb question. If I canít answer it when you askÖ Iíll get back with you in a timely manner.

Hereís to an awesome and successful semester in CRIJ-1301!!
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Department
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
E-mail:davisml1@lamarpa.edu
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.