Syllabus for CJT 153:  Law Enforcement and the Community- Online Sections 9669, 9678, 9715, 9265

THIS IS A SAMPLE SYLLABUS!  BE ADVISED, CHANGES MAY OCCUR SEMESTER TO SEMESTER!

The course requirements, relevant assignments and readings are outlined in the material that follows on this page.

BOOKS OBJECTIVES  
Assignments Grades  


Required Books

Miller, L., Hess, K., (2004).  Community Policing, 4th ed., Belmont, CA:  West/Wadsworth. (Referred to as “CP”)

Shusta, et al, (2005).  Multicultural Law Enforcement, 3rd ed., Upper Saddle          River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.  (Referred to as “MLE”)

 This text is available at the College Bookstore. You may buy books in person or have them shipped to your home.   Contact the bookstore by phone, email or in person. 

COURSE OUTCOMES:  Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the history of law enforcement.
  2. Describe the personality traits of police officers, due to the nature of policing.
  3. Evaluate the political influences on police enforcement practices, including media relations.
  4. Identify police relationships with various culturally diverse groups-African Americans, Latino/Hispanic/Americans, Asian-Pacific Islander Americans, Arab Americans and other Middle Eastern groups and Native Americans.
  5. Describe the Community Relations Division.

.Course Policies

This is a distance learning course. As such, participants have a great amount of flexibility in completing the course. Persons enrolled in this section must complete all course requirements as outlined in the following section.  The due dates listed below are firm; it is the responsibility of the course participant to schedule, complete and submit required course assignments on time.

Likewise, participants are responsible for scheduling and completing the course chapters, the relevant reading for the course and understanding of associated exercises and tools. Material must be completed and submitted on time.   A final grade will be issued at the end of the term on the date required by the College.

Assignments

Week

Chapters

HW/CA/Essay

1 CP and MLE 1 (See Syllabus in
2 CP and MLE 2 Bb6 CJT 153
3 MLE 3 and 4 for Details)
4 CP 6 and MLE 15
5 CP 3 and 4
6 CP 5 and 7
7 CP 9 and 10
8 CP 12 and 13 Project
9 CP 8 and 14
10 CP 12 and 13
11 MLE 5
12 MLE 6
13 MLE 7
14 MLE 8 and 9  
15 Review/Final (Cumulative)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Discussion Boards                                (10 points each)               150 points

Homework Assignments                       (10 points each)                150 points

Quizzes                                                (20 points each)               100 points

Final Examination                                Final Exam Week               100 points   

**Extra Credit Assignments (See “Project/Extra Credit Assignments)

COURSE EVALUATION:

A                           450-500 points

B                           400-449 points

C                           350-399 points

D                           300-349 points

F                           299 and below points

DISCUSSION BOARD ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Discussion Board assignments will be group discussions on topics, provided by the professor, and completed in the Discussion Board each week.
  2. Discussion Board assignments must include 2 “critiques/feedback” of fellow students’ analyses, in addition to their own answers.
  3. If the student does not complete the Discussion Board completely and accurately, by the due date-to include the 2 “feedbacks”, then the student will receive a “0” for that particular assignment.
  4. Discussion Board assignments will be done on a weekly basis and originate from the textbook.
  5. NO LATE DISCUSSION BOARD ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

**NO PERSONAL MESSAGES ARE TO BE POSTED IN THE DISCUSSION BOARD FOR ANY REASON!  IF DONE, THEN THE STUDENT WILL BE REPRIMANDED PER STUDENT DISRUPTION-SEE STUDENT CONDUCT IN STUDENT HANDBOOK.

Requirements for Homework Assignments:

  1. Homework assignments will be given on a weekly basis and come directly from the textbooks.  Each week the homework assignments will be listed in the “Announcements”.
  2. Homework assignments MUST be at least 2-3 paragraphs in length.
  3. If the homework assignment is not completed accurately and completely, then the student will be given ONE opportunity to completely correct the assignment.  If the student fails to complete the assignment correctly and completely the second time, then the student receives a “0” for that particular assignment.
  1. Homework assignments will be due on a weekly basis.  (Usually on Fridays or Mondays)
  2. Homework assignments will be turned in via the DIGITAL DROP BOX ONLY.  If turned in elsewhere, IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND THE STUDENT WILL RECEIVE A “0” FOR THAT PARTICULAR ASSGINMENT.
  3. NO LATE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

*EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENT OPPORTUNITIEs:  (Student MUST choose one project from the following project choices which MAY add up to 5% to the student’s final grade.)

**ONLY STUDENTS WITH A “C” OR BETTER AND HAVE COMPLETED ALL OF THE REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS ARE ALLOWED TO COMPLETE AN EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENT**

  1. SARA Project:  The SARA project must be typed, double spaced, 12 font,3 pages in length, have a cover page-title, student’s name, class, class time, and be done in outline format, as demonstrated throughout the TPC text SARA examples.  Student must also attach an APA formatted bibliography.  The student must apply the SARA to a community problem which exists in a community of which they are familiar. You may interview community members or community police officers who are familiar with the community problem.  In your       “Assessment” section of your SARA project, you may project what the outcomes are as a result of “implementing” your SARA project in your “problem” community.
  1. Ride-a-long:  student must go on a 4 hour ride-a-long with a local police department, during the same semester of the course.  Student will note observations and learning experiences, regarding specific information on “community policing efforts”.  Student must also compare information obtained during the ride-a-long to information obtained within coursework.  Upon completion of the ride-a-long, student will write a 3 page (12 font, double spaced with cover sheet) paper on their ride-a-long experience.  Paper will be graded for content. 
  1. Critiques:  Student will research the Internet for 5 websites, related to some topic(s) regarding community policing.  Student will complete a typed, one page analysis of EACH website. (Total of 5 pages.)  Student must include a cover page and APA formatted bibliography.  Critiques will be graded for content. (12 font, double spaced with cover sheet and bibliography in APA format.)

**All extra credit assignments will also be graded on grammar, spelling and sentence structure.

**All extra credit assignments MUST be turned in the Digital Drop Box.  No exceptions.  If the student fails to turn in the assignment in the Digital Drop Box by the assigned date, then the student will not receive credit for the extra credit assignment. 

QUIZZES:

  1. Quizzes will be given on a bi-weekly basis.
  2. Student must complete quizzes in the “Course Documents” section of the course.
  3. If the student fails to complete the quiz by the required time and date, then the student will receive a “0” for that particular quiz. 
  4. Only students with legal written excuses may make up the quiz.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

FINAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. The student will take the exam during a designated time which will be announced during the beginning of the semester.

2.  The student will complete the exam in “Course Documents.  IF THE STUDENT FAILS TO TURN IN THE EXAM BY THE REQUIRED DATE/TIME AND PLACE, THEN THE STUDENT WILL RECEIVE A “0” ON THE EXAM.  NO EXCEPTIONS!