CRJ 106 1001 Introduction to Corrections - Western Nevada College by linfengfengfz


									CRJ 106 Intro to Corrections, Western Nevada College
Transfers to institutions within UCCSN as CRJ 106
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:
Students who complete this course are able to demonstrate appropriate:

      College-level writing skills
      Oral communication skills
      College-level reading skills

      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:
Phone: 775-772-2659- available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Wednesday meetings available
between 5-7 pm.
Division Chair: Dr. Robert Morin
Office: Bristlecone 350A
Phone: 775.445.4401
Fax: 775.445.4401
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
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 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
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
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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