Marshall University Course Syllabus
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This course examines the historical development, legal foundations, and present system of juvenile justice.
CJ 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Number of hours per week to required to successfully complete the course
Online: __10___ hours per week
Offline: __10___ hours per week
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Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice (with an emphasis on professional studies), and in part emphasized and reinforced through this course, students will be able to:
§ Describe and apply basic criminal justice information and concepts
§ Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills relevant to criminal justice
§ Effectively communicate in both oral and written formats using discipline-appropriate vocabulary and dialogue
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
§ To learn about the history of the juvenile justice system
§ To understand theoretical explanations of delinquency and juvenile behavior
§ To develop an understanding of youth development
§ To gain an in-depth view of youth as offenders, victims, and gang members
§ To develop a systems perspective of law enforcement, the court system, corrections, and the community
§ To become familiar with treatment implications and preventative measures for youth
§ To practice and enhance writing and communication skills through course discussions and assignments
Each student learning outcome will be assessed via exams, quizzes, discussions, and a written assignment.
Since this is an online course, you have some flexibility to work at your own pace within the course start and end dates. However, quizzes, exams, discussions and assignments must be completed by the dates posted (see Table below). Even though you have the flexibility to work at your own pace, please do not underestimate the amount of time necessary to go through the online content as well as thoroughly read the chapters from the text. You should be prepared to spend at least 10 hours (or more) per week both online and offline to successfully complete the course.
It is expected that students will read the textbook chapters in their entirety. Each chapter in the course corresponds to the respective chapter in the text (although the titles may sometimes not be the same).
Within each unit there are two to four chapters, one discussion session in three of those units, one quiz, and one exam (however, the quizzes and exams will not appear in the “Unit” page until they are made available according to the course schedule). Each chapter contains a list of key terms, a practice quiz, and a lecture corresponding to the topic at hand. Furthermore, the lectures contain valuable web links to external sources to enhance student learning about the topic, and it is strongly encouraged for students to explore these sites in depth.
You may check your grades at any time by clicking the My Grades link from the homepage.
(1) & (2) Exams and Quizzes
Exams and Quizzes are taken with the Assessments Tool. However, once a particular quiz/exam is made available to take, it also can be accessed from within the respective “Unit” page. The dates within which each assessment must be completed can be found on the course schedule above. A proctor will not be required, nor will any other special arrangements be required. There are four timed exams (60 minutes each), one at the end of each unit. Each exam consists of 10 true/false questions and 40 multiple choice questions. The fourth exam is not comprehensive. The exams need to be completed by the dates listed on the schedule, and you are allowed only one attempt at each exam, so make sure you are well prepared. Quizzes follow a similar format as the exams. They are timed (12 minutes each), limited to one attempt, and must be taken by the due dates. Each quiz consists of 10 multiple choice questions.
PLEASE NOTE: You should be thoroughly prepared to take the quizzes and exams without the use of your notes, textbook, or other resources as they are timed assessments, and you only have one opportunity to answer a question (i.e., you will not have time to go searching for answers nor come back to a question). In addition, each quiz and exam is randomly generated; therefore, no two assessments will be the same.
(3) Class Discussions
Discussions can take place with the Discussions Tool or within the “Unit” pages. I will post a discussion question for three units (Units #1, #2, and #4), and then, you must respond to either the question directly or to a point or issue that has been raised by another student. Your answer/response should be well thought out, articulate, and insightful. In formulating your posting 1) make sure you read all prior posts so that you are not repeating what has already been said, 2) you contribute substantively to the discussion and are not merely agreeing with what other students are saying, and 3) your response indicates that you have completed the readings associated with a given topic. I expect the postings to be written in a professional manner with proper grammar, spelling, and syntax. You should write it as you would any formal writing assignment and not an email or instant message. Furthermore, please refrain from using expletives.
Even though you have some flexibility to proceed at your own pace in this course, you must keep up with the discussions. It would serve no purpose for you to respond to a question from Unit #1 when the rest of the class is responding to a Unit #2 question. To assure that this does not happen, you must participate in each discussion by the dates listed on the course schedule. Moreover, each discussion topic will be switched to “read only” after the assigned date, which means new postings will not be possible after the due date. On the other hand, do not respond to a discussion until you have read the lectures and readings that pertain to a topic (i.e., do not respond to all the discussions at the beginning of the semester to simply get them “out of the way”).
In grading the discussions, I will take into account the criteria identified above as well as whether you are reading the other students’ postings. I have the ability to determine exactly how many posts each student reads. For example, you may provide an excellent post, but if I see that you have read only a handful of other postings, then you will receive a low grade on that particular discussion. I may be naïve, but my expectation is that students will read every single posting. If you happen to be one of those students who like to submit posts early to “beat the rush,” I still expect you to read every post that comes after yours; don’t just simply provide a post and think that your work is done. You should continue to monitor the new postings (again, I can check for this). The discussion sessions are a forum for learning from each other, not simply to make a comment and move on. To effectively do this, I encourage you to respond to each other’s posts, as this is what the sessions are all about (i.e., “active participation”). While I will monitor the discussions very closely, I will not participate in them or respond. That is your job!
Directions for the written paper assignment are as follows:
Step 1: Choose an area of interest about some aspect of juvenile delinquency or juvenile justice from one of the chapters in the Hess text. Possible topics include: learning disabilities, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, ADD/ADHD, truancy, runaways, violent youth offenders, gangs, the juvenile court, sentencing alternatives, juvenile detentions, prisons, or boot camps, preventing delinquency, and treatment.
Step 2: Go to the library website at http://www.marshall.edu/library/.
Then, select the appropriate article databases such as EBSCOHost, PSYCInfo, or Criminal Justice Abstracts (CSA). Also, be sure that the journal article is from a scholarly source (check the box “peer reviewed”).
Step 3: Summarize the research article and respond with your opinion in two complete pages (typed, double-spaced).
(A) Start with an introductory paragraph that captures, in general terms, the main topic of the article and your essay. In paragraphs two and three, summarize the research study in greater detail. Discuss the type of methodology that was used as well as the findings/results of the study. In paragraph four, discuss your opinion of the study and the results. In the final paragraph, make concluding remarks about how this information is helpful or useful to those who work in the field with juveniles.
(B) Remember to refer to the author(s) of the research article by name (example: “According to Bora” or if using APA, “Bora (2009) stated that…..”) instead of writing “the article said…..”
(C) Make sure the paper is double-spaced with margins no larger than 1 inch top and bottom/left and right (Word defaults at 1 inch top and bottom and 1.25 left and right so be sure to change it). You may NOT use any font size larger than 12 and you must use Times New Roman.
(D) Last, include a reference page and in-text citations in either APA or MLA. APA and MLA style guides can be found on the MU library website under the heading “Citing Sources.”
(E) Be sure to put page numbers on your document as well as your name!
1. Article used for the paper is scholarly in nature (peer reviewed) --10 pts
*5 point deduction for an article that is not scholarly
2. Well-written article summary and well-stated opinion --30 pts
*1 point deduction for each grammatical, punctuation, or spelling error
3. Correct citation style (using APA or MLA) --10 pts
*1 point deduction for each citation error or lack of citation
Total points = 50 pts
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I am an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. Before joining Marshall in the fall of 2004, I taught criminal justice at Wheeling Jesuit University for five years. I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. My primary areas of concentration are theoretical criminology, research methods, juvenile justice, corrections, and women and the criminal justice system. My research interests include action research, elderly offenders, media depictions of women, female policing as well as women in prison. I have worked on projects/grants funded by the U.S. Department of Justice in the area of community policing, and have completed two projects related to the influence of prime time television on becoming a criminal justice major and the ease of locating information about campus security from university websites. Last, I am proud to tell you that I received the Pickens Queen Teaching Award in Spring 2006 for outstanding teaching as a junior faculty member and the COLA Outstanding Teacher Award in Spring 2007. For more information about me, please visit my homepage at http://www.marshall.edu/criminal-justice/detardobora.htm.
Deadlines and Penalties
You must adhere to the dates listed for completion of exams, quizzes, and discussions. Once a due date has expired, the item will no longer be accessible (or writeable, in the case of discussions) and you will receive a zero for that particular item. While there is some flexibility in an online course to proceed at your own pace, it is imperative that you complete the quizzes and exams (a.k.a. assessments), as well as the discussion sessions by the due dates listed on the schedule to assure course completion. The assessments will become UNAVAILABLE after midnight on the due date. While you can take an assessment before the due date (as soon as it is made available), please make sure you are thoroughly prepared to complete it successfully, as you only have one attempt at each quiz/exam. At the same time, do not wait until the last available minute on the due date to complete an assessment because you never know when a technological glitch can occur (which I cannot be responsible for). You should plan to complete all activities at least one day prior to the scheduled due date to be on the safe side. This way, if there is a technical problem, you can contact me and I can try to remedy the situation. If you contact me on the day an activity is due, I cannot do anything about it!
I do not deal with excuses [legitimate or otherwise] in online courses for why a particular activity was not completed. Because there is a degree of flexibility in completing items, it is your responsibility to keep track of dates and give yourself enough time for completion. If you wait until the last minute, there is no one to blame but yourself. With that being said, I am also not heartless. If there is something that occurs which prevents your access to the course for a significant length of time (e.g., serious illness, death in the family, or personal tragedy) please contact me as soon as possible and we may be able to work something out. In this case, I will need verification, and it will be left to my discretion on its acceptability.
I DO NOT offer extra credit in my courses (online or otherwise), so PLEASE DO NOT ASK!
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While this is an online course, the same standards used in a traditional classroom setting must be followed. That is, you are expected to do your own work. You must complete your exams and quizzes individually, without the assistance of another person. Anyone who violates this policy will receive a failing grade for the course.
Everyone knows what plagiarism is and why it is not acceptable and why the university requires stringent penalties for students who do not submit their own work---these statements below are just reminders that may also help to clarify how plagiarism is defined....if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask.
PLEASE DO NOT QUOTE OR PARAPHRASE FROM ARTICLES/BOOKS OR FROM ANY
OTHER SOURCE WITHOUT PROPERLY CITING THE SOURCE. YOUR WRITING MUST BE
COMPLETELY IN YOUR OWN WORDS, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
STATEMENT ON PLAGIARISM: As a student at Marshall University I fully understand what plagiarism is. If I have any questions whatsoever about whether or not something should be cited or whether or not using someone else's ideas or words is appropriate, I will NOT guess and will consult my course instructor or the website noted above. If I am still confused, I will ask the course instructor and follow his/her advice because I know that my instructor takes this VERY seriously. I also acknowledge that I am fully aware of the penalty in this class for plagiarism/cheating of any type: failure for the semester and referral to the administration. I further acknowledge that I know the administration will put a report on my plagiarism in my permanent record. The administration will also decide if further punishment is warranted, including academic probation and possible expulsion.
All students should be familiar with the university’s policy concerning academic dishonesty. This policy can be found on pp. 106 – 109 of the undergraduate catalog http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/undergraduate/ug_08-09_published.pdf, or on pp. 59 – 62 in the 2008 online graduate catalog http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/Graduate/S2008/gr_sp08.pdf. (Faculty are encouraged to add any additional information specific to their expectations and/or rules regarding academic dishonesty in their class).
Policy for Students with Disabilities
Marshall University is committed to equal opportunity in education for all students, including those with physical, learning and psychological disabilities. University policy states that it is the responsibility of students with disabilities to contact the Office of Disabled Student Services (DSS) in Prichard Hall 117, phone 304 696-2271 to provide documentation of their disability. Following this, the DSS Coordinator will send a letter to each of the student’s instructors outlining the academic accommodation he/she will need to ensure equality in classroom experiences, outside assignment, testing and grading. The instructor and student will meet to discuss how the accommodation(s) requested will be provided. For more information, please visit http://www.marshall.edu/disabled or contact Disabled Student Services Office at Prichard Hall 11, phone 304-696-2271.
University Computing Services’ Acceptable Use Policy
All students are responsible for knowing this policy, which can be found on the web at http://www.marshall.edu/ucs/CS/accptuse.asp.
Affirmative Action Policy
This course will follow Marshall University’s policy on Affirmative Action, which can be found on p. 93 of the 2008-2009 undergraduate catalog http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/undergraduate/ug_08-09_published.pdf, or on pp. 16-17 of the 2008 graduate catalog http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/Graduate/S2008/gr_sp08.pdf. Specifically, all students will be afforded equal opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.
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