CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ 100 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson

Instructor name:
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.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
iStudy
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826
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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:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

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) and two proctored examinations.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

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 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 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: Today’s 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:

The grading format is as follows:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.