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CRJ 106 Intro to Corrections, Western Nevada College Transfers to institutions within UCCSN as CRJ 106 COURSE SYLLABUS Fall 2012- 3 credits - Wednesdays 7:00-9:45 pm Cedar Bldg. Room 205 Prerequisite: None Textbook Required: Clear, Cole, and Michael D. Reisig (2011). American Corrections Explores the correction system from the perspective of both the corrections worker and the offender in American Corrections, Tenth Edition. Available in the WNC bookstore or as an e-reader for a 180 day rental for $102.99 at: http://www.coursesmart.com/IR/4807890/9781133049739?__hdv=6.8 Students who complete this course are able to demonstrate appropriate: Communication: College-level writing skills Oral communication skills College-level reading skills Analysis: Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate critical thinking skills Use appropriate principles of reasoning and decision-making Personal Development: Engage in meaningful self-assessment Instructor and Department Contact Information: Instructor: Tourine Johnstone, MA email: email@example.com Phone: 775-772-2659- available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Wednesday meetings available between 5-7 pm. DIVISION CHAIR CONTACT INFO: Division Chair: Dr. Robert Morin Office: Bristlecone 350A Phone: 775.445.4401 Fax: 775.445.4401 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Course Description: Gain knowledge of the criminal justice system through the American Corrections system using critical thinking skills, real world research and through group communication skills. Examines the development of and the future of corrections in contemporary society. Course Objectives/Outcomes: Corrections is a major component of the criminal justice system. The course objectives provide a basic structural understanding of contemporary corrections in America. It further reviews historical aspects that lead to modern practices. Students will analyze and review current correctional policies and practices through modern media outlets. Grading Policy and Procedures: The final grade will be determined by averaging the writing assignments and the exams; scores falling into the 90-100% category will receive an A; scores falling into the 80-89% a B; scores falling into the 70-79% will receive a C; scores falling into the 60-69% will receive a D; and scores below 60% will receive an F. Quizes and Exams: There will be 7 take home quizzes (given once every two weeks and worth 100 points) from which students will be given a critical thinking question related to Corrections. Quiz one: Sept. 12th – due on Sept. 26th Quiz two: Sept. 26th – due on October 10th Quiz three: October 10th – due on October 24th Quiz four: October 24th – due on November 7th Quiz five: November 7th – due on November 21st Quiz six: November 21st – due on December 5h Students will be required to research and answer the Quiz topic and question as it relates to the course study content and these 2-3 page answers will be due every two weeks. See schedule above. Students should be able to clearly respond to the question using critical thinking skills, using college- level writing skills, and using appropriate grammar and AP formatting skills. Students will be graded on completion and comprehension of the quiz content. If you will miss a class on a night the quiz will be given, you must contact the instructor via email at email@example.com to obtain the quiz for the week. The due date of the quizzes are non-negotiable and are listed in this syllabus. These may be submitted to the instructor via email or turned in during class time NO LATER than the listed due date. There will be a 5-point deduction for everyday a quiz is submitted late to the instructor. Quizes and Exams continued: Emails are time stamped; carefully check your submission if you choose to email. It is your responsibility for the quiz to arrive on time via the instructor’s email inbox. If there is a question as to whether a quiz was submitted to the instructor by the due date, a printed proof of the sent email with the attachment will be requested or the quiz will be considered late. A final exam will be given at the end of the semester to test the student’s knowledge of applied Corrections concepts. Final Exam (comprehensive, worth 200 points): December 12, 2012 at 7:00. Cedar Bldg Room 205. Student Project (worth 100 points): November 21st, 28th and December 5th. There are a total of 1000 points available to every student through take home quizzes, midterm exam, and final exam. The student will receive a letter grade equivalent to the listed grading scale based on the amount of points they receive. Make-Up Policy: There are limited exceptions to request a make-up to your final exam. The choice to allow a make- up exam remains the discretion of the instructor. All make-up exams must be completed before the final exam date of December 12, 2012. Method of Instruction: Lecture/video/student discussions Cancelled Classes: Students will be informed of cancelled class times through MYWNC/email Assignments: Will be penalized 5 points for every day they are submitted late – NO EXCEPTIONS. Quizes are scored on a 100 point scale. 90-100 points “A”, 80-89 points “B”, 70-79 points “C”, 60-69 points “D”, below 60 points is a FAIL grade. The final exam will be a comprehensive written exam scored on a percentage basis of 90-100% “A”, 80-89% “B”, 70-79% “C”, 60-60% “D”, below 60% FAIL grade. Student Project will be evaluated on content, presentation, and knowledge and is worth 100 points on a 100-point scale as listed above. Student Project: Student will work on a semester long project to present to the class. Topics will be distributed and assigned the second week of school, Wednesday September 5th. Students will be expected to relate real world information pertaining to a variety of topics in corrections. The class periods of November 21st, 28th and December 5th will be dedicated to 25- minute student presentations. This 25-minute time slot will be confirmed early in the semester and students will be expected to present on their topic during this time. Students are expected to attend each of these class times and support their fellow students. No make up times for presenters will be available. Creativity in presentation to the class will be graded, along with presentation content and knowledge of subject accuracy. All students can earn extra credit for attendance during these presentation dates, up to 5 attendance points per class period counted toward their final grade. Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, plagiarism, or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses constitutes academic dishonesty and is addressed by WNC policies. **If you have a disability for which you will need to request accommodations, please contact the Disability Support Services office (Bristlecone Bldg, room 103) as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations. It is the responsibility of each student to read and understand the syllabus. Any questions please contact the instructor immediately.
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