Syllabus for CJ 280

Police and the Community

Spring Semester 2011



Instructor:  Dicky Parker
Office Phone: (304) 696-6409
FAX:  (304) 696-2397
Web Page:
Text:   Criminal Investigation 5th Ed., James Osterburg & Richard Ward

Course Description: A basic course dealing with Community Policing styles and techniques.

Course Objectives:  The student will be able to communicate effectively in oral and written formats the basic areas of the community policing. 


Evaluation of Learner Objectives :  A student's test will consist of true and false, multiple choice, short answer, essay questions.  All papers will be graded on style and content. 


Tenets of Attendance/Attendance Policy

1.      A student should recognize that one of the most important aspects of a college education is classroom attendance and participation.. The value of this academic experience cannot be fully measured by testing procedures.
2.  Absences such as those resulting from illness, death in the family or institutional activities (those approved by the academic deans such as debate, artistic performances and athletics) are to be excused when a student reports and verifies them to the instructor.  For such excused absences, the student will not be penalized.
3.  When students attend class they are in a position to make significant contributions to their learning experiences and to other students by asking questions, making observations and sharing information.  When a student cuts classes they not only keep themselves from learning but also keep other students from learning all they could learn.  Students should participate in a class and not just occupy a seat.
4.  Students will be held accountable for all requirements and information covered in classes, whether or not they attend.  If it becomes necessary to give additional quizzes to spur attendance or learning, quizzes and their results applied to any test scores, or included in any test scores for a class.
5.  Grade reductions for missed or late assignments will begin one minute after the class ends and will attach thereafter at the same time each day after the assignment is due.
6.  All exams must be taken when assigned.  If exams are missed a zero(0) will be given for the exam.  However, the instructor may reschedule exams if he is given prior notice or excuse as specified in class, the catalog and the above tenets.
7.  Ant quiz which is missed by a student will result in a zero(0) for that quiz.  An in class quiz may only be taken in class on that day and may not be made up.

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 or contact Disabled Student Services Office at Prichard Hall 117, phone 304-696-2271.”

Paper Guidelines:
1  The papers must be turned in on time.  Any deviations will result in a reduction of twenty five  

     percent per day late.  Failure to turn in a paper will result in a zero.
2.  The papers must be written to APA guidelines.
3.  All papers must be typed and written in a professional manner.
4.  The paper must be Five pages of text.
5.  The paper topic will be assigned in class.

6. The paper will contain 7 professional sources and only 2 can come from the internet.

Grading Criteria

Grade Points

Test I                        100 points
Test II                       100 points

Final Exam               100 points
Quizzes                     100 points

A = 360-400

B = 320-359
C = 280-319
D = 240-279
F = Below 240

Course Schedule:*

Week 1 Jan 10

Ch. 1


Week 2 Jan 17

No Class MLK Holiday

Week 3 Jan 24


Ch. 1, 2



Week 4 Jan 31


Ch. 3


Week 5 Feb 7


Ch. 4,5


Week 6 Feb 14



Review for exam


Week 7 Feb 21


Exam 1


Week 8 Feb 28


Ch.7, 8


Week 9 Mar 7





Week 10  Mar 14


Ch. 10, 11



Week 11 Mar 21


No Class  Spring Break



Week 12 Mar 28


Ch. 12

Review for Exam 2



Week 13 Apr 4


Exam 2


 “Wednesday, April 6 is reserved for Assessment Day.  Regular classes will not meet, but students are expected to participate in University-Wide Assessment Activities. Students may obtain a list of activities from their respective department chairs. Undecided students should go to their college offices for a list of Assessment Day activities. Regularly scheduled classes will resume at 4:00 P.M

Week 14 Apr 11


Ch. 13 


Week 15 Apr 18


 CH. 15


Week 16 Apr 25


Dead Week

Review for Final Exam
Make-up Assignments

Week 17 May 2


 Final Exam

*Class presentations may vary from schedule due to student interest or comprehension.