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CJ 100 Sec 2, Introduction to Criminal Justice

 

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours 

Instructor Information:

Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson

Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson

Dr. Jeffery Johnson has taught with UM-IS since 2012 and has been a member of the UM faculty since 2005. He is a certified as an Expert Gang Specialist by the National Gang Crime Research Center and is a former police officer with the Kansas Highway Patrol- Capitol Police.

Dr. Johnson coordinates the criminal justice offerings at the DeSoto Center in Southaven.

  • Dr. Johnson received both his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and his Masters of Criminal Justice from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas.
  • Dr. Johnson received a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security from Texas A&M and his Doctorate of Professional Studies from Delta State University.

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Course Description

This 14-lesson Independent Study course is an examination of the philosophical and historical background, agencies, and processes of the criminal justice system in the United States.

Methods of Presentation: Lectures, reading assignments, video clips, written student response questions, and journals.

Textbook Information:

PSY 394TEXTBOOK

CJ5

Larry K. Gaines and Roger LeRoy Miller, Wadsworth Cengage Learning

Student Edition with MindTap ISBN: 978-1-337-40247-7

Registration and Payment

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  2. Click any Cengage link in the course.
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Semester Midpoint Requirements

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to Flex (asynchronous) students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint but not completed by the midpoint deadline will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons and complete course exams (other than the final) is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Objectives:

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify, define, describe, or discuss fundamental and current issues related to the following:

    1. Criminal Justice Today
    2. The Crime Picture: Theories and Trends
    3. Inside Criminal Law
    4. Law Enforcement Today
    5. Problems and Solutions in Modern Policing
    6. Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement
    7. Courts and the Quest for Justice
    8. Pretrial Procedure and the Criminal Trial
    9. Punishment and Sentencing
    10. Probation, Parole, Intermediate Sanctions
    11. Prisons and Jails
     

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional modules (or lessons).
Lesson
Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in a traditional semester
Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
0
Introduction
Discussion board
Week 1
Part 1: the Criminal Justice System

Chapter 1: Criminal Justice Today

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 1

Chapter 2: The Crime Picture: Theories and Trends

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 2

Chapter 3: Inside Criminal Law

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 3

Part 1 Written Assignment

Blackboard Dropbox assignment
Week 3
Part 2: the Police and Law Enforcement

Chapter 4: Law Enforcement Today

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 4

Chapter 5: Problems and Solutions in Modern Policing

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 5

Chapter 6: Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 6

Part 2 Written Assignment

Blackboard Dropbox assignment
Week 6
Midcourse Exam
Covers chapters 1-6
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 6
Part 3:

Chapter 7: Courts and the Quest for Justice

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 7
MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.

If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your orientation information.
Criminal Courts

Chapter 8: Pre-trial Procedures and the Criminal Trial

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 8

Chapter 9: Punishment and Sentencing

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 9

Part 3 Written Assignment

Blackboard Dropbox assignment
Week 9
Part 4: Corrections

Chapter 10: Probation, Parole, and Intermediate Sanctions

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 10

Chapter 11: Prisons and Jails

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 11

Chapter 12: Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 12

Part 4 Written Assignment

Blackboard Dropbox assignment
Week 12
Part 5: Special Issues

Chapter 13: The Juvenile Justice System

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 13

Chapter 14: Todayís Challenges in Criminal Justice

MindTap Chapter exam, Choose Your Path assignment
Week 14

Part 5 Written Assignment

Blackboard Dropbox assignment
Week 14
Final Exam
Covers chapters 7-14 (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 15

Grading:

GRADING SCALE

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

THE PLUS/MINUS GRADING SCALE WILL NOT BE UTILIZED IN THIS COURSE.

GRADING INFORMATION:
Chapter Exams, 25 pts each = 350
Choose Your Path assignments, 10 pts each = 140
Parts 1-5 Written Assignments, 20 pts each = 100
Midcourse Exam (Lessons 1-6) = 100
Final Exam (Lessons 7-14) = 100
total points = 790

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