Marshall University Course Syllabus
As noted above and per your enrollment, this course is 100% online. Thus, all contact and communications will occur online and all course requirements are to be submitted online within this course.
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The following text is required for this course:
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Catalog Description: This course examines the historical development, legal foundations, and present system of juvenile justice.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: CJ 200-Introduction to Criminal Justice
Number of hours per week required to successfully complete the course
Online: __6___ hours per week
Offline: __4___ hours per week
Requirements (this includes plug-ins, hardware/software check, etc.) for a MU Online course
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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and in part emphasized and reinforced through this course, students will:
1. Differentiate Among Criminal Justice System Components, Roles, and Practices- Students will define and properly use specialized terms to describe, explain, and differentiate the components, roles, and practices of the criminal justice system. (meets course objectives a, e, and f)
2. Apply Theory in Criminal Justice and Criminology- Students will describe, explain, and differentiate major theories and theorists in criminal justice and criminology, and use one or more of these theories to explain a selected behavior (e.g., crime), event (e.g. victimization), or policy response (e.g., law). (meets course objectives b, c, and d)
3. Evaluate, Use, and Cite Relevant Sources to Support Written Products or Oral Presentations-Students will locate, evaluate, and incorporate
information from different relevant media sources (e.g., book, journal article, online source) to support a written product or oral presentation with citations in APA format. (meets course objective g)
4. Propose to Resolve a Theoretical or Practical Problem in Criminal Justice/Criminology- Students will develop a research proposal to resolve a
problem in criminal justice/criminology that is related to another discipline or practical setting, review literature from criminal justice/criminology and at least one other related field, propose an appropriate research design, and describe potential policy implications.
5. Deliver an Oral & Visual Presentation- Students will develop and deliver an oral presentation and supplemental media (e.g., Powerpoint) that
constructs a sustained, coherent argument, provides narrative information, or explains technical issues and processes related to criminal justice/criminology theory, practice, or research.
Each student learning objective will be assessed via exams, 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, 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 6-10 hours (or more) per week both online and offline to successfully complete the course.
It is expected that students will read the textbook chapters entirely. 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, and one exam. Unit #3 contains the writing assignment in lieu of a discussion. Each chapter contains a practice quiz with fill-in the blank questions and matching questions for practice, 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.
Exams can be accessed by “Units/Course Content” buttons, respectively. The dates for each exam 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.
PLEASE NOTE: You should be thoroughly prepared to take the 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 exam is randomly generated; therefore, no two assessments will be the same.
2. Class Discussions
The discussion sessions are a forum for learning from each other, not simply designed for making random comments and moving 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.
There are discussion sessions for three units (Units #1, #2, and #4). (1) Respond to the question directly (an original post) and to at least three points or issues that have been raised by your fellow students. Your answer/response should be well thought out, articulate, and insightful. Do not respond with a simple statement such as “I agree.” Plus, (2) cite course material and an external related research article to support your thoughts. (3) Post throughout the discussion period, that is, weekly and not just in the last 48 or 24 hours before it is due. (4) Postings are to be written in a professional manner with proper grammar, spelling, and syntax. I advise students to type it in MS Word or other word processor to check for spelling, grammar, etc. and then copy the post over into the discussion forum. 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 as explained above and as shown in the rubric below.
Discussion Board Grading Rubric
3. Writing Assignment
Directions for the written 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. (B) Around paragraph four, discuss your opinion of the study and the results. (C) In the final paragraph, make concluding remarks about how this information is helpful or useful to those who work in the field with juveniles. More specifically, provide at least two examples or key concepts of how the information in the article can be used and/or applied to juveniles or ways in which it can be utilized in the current juvenile justice system. 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 by going to the heading “Research” where you will see “Research Assistance” and then “How to Cite Sources” or at http://www.marshall.edu/library/services/help.asp. Be sure to put page numbers on your document as well as your name!
Step 4: After the paper has been written, make sure you have provided citations when paraphrasing or directly quoting the information throughout your paper and include a reference citation. I use the reference citation to determine if you retrieved a peer reviewed source. Plus, make sure that the formatting is correct (i.e., page length, margins, etc.). Review these reminders below.
· 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…..”
· 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
· Go to the “Writing Assignment” button in Unit #3 and upload your paper there.
Writing Assignment Grading Rubric
You are not required to see me in person. To communicate with me, please use the “Mail” tool in the course and refrain from emailing me outside of the course to my main Marshall email account unless it is urgent. Under most circumstances, I will get back to you within 24 hours (normally between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM EST Monday through Friday). However, there may be times when my response is delayed during weekends or when I am out of town at an academic conference. If you happen to be on campus, you can also look me up in person. My office is in Smith Hall 734 and my phone number is 304-696-3084. I also have voice mail if you need to leave a message.
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, and race, gender, and ethnicity 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 John and Frances Rucker Graduate Advisor of the Year Award in Spring 2012, 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, discussions, and assignments. 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 exams as well as the discussion sessions by the due dates listed on the schedule to assure successful course completion. The discussions, exams, and assignments will become UNAVAILABLE after midnight on the due date. While you can take an exam 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 exam. At the same time, do not wait until the last available minute on the due date to complete an exam 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 individually, without the assistance of another person. Anyone who violates this policy will receive a failing grade for the course.
Academic Dishonesty includes cheating, fabrication and falsification of data or information, plagiarism, bribes/favors/threats, and complicity. More specifically with regards to plagiarism, “It is the student’s responsibility to clearly distinguish their own work from that created by others. This includes the proper use of quotation marks, paraphrase and the citation of the original source. Students are responsible for both intentional and unintentional acts of plagiarism” (MU Undergraduate Catalog). If a student violates this policy, discretion will be used by the instructor; the possible sanction to be applied will be a failing grade for the assignment, exam, or paper. For those of you who need a reminder about the policy, please refer to the MU Undergraduate Catalog.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offense with extremely serious consequences. This includes everything from turning in someone else's work as your own, to buying a paper and submitting it as your own, to paraphrasing (i.e., putting into your own words) ideas you got from other sources, whether books or the Internet. 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. If you do not understand what plagiarism or paraphrasing is, please read the information below and/or visit Marshall's policy on plagiarism at this site: http://www.marshall.edu/wpmu/muonline/2011/11/16/plagiarism/
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.
By enrolling in this course, you agree to the University Policies: Academic Dishonesty/ Excused Absence Policy for Undergraduates/ Computing Services Acceptable Use/ Inclement Weather/ Dead Week/ Students with Disabilities/ Academic Forgiveness/ Academic Probation and Suspension/ Academic Rights and Responsibilities of Students/ Affirmative Action/ Sexual Harassment. Please read the full text of each policy by going to www.marshall.edu/academic-affairs and clicking on “Marshall University Policies.” Or, you can access the policies directly by going to http://www.marshall.edu/academic-affairs/?page_id=802.
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.
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