Spring 2003
Criminal Law and Criminal Evidence Online
Orientation Letter

Spring, 2003

Dear Criminal Law and Criminal Evidence OnLine Students,

Welcome to CJT 251 Criminal Law or CJT 254 Criminal Evidence on the Web. I hope you  find the course interesting and stimulating. 

Read this letter carefully.

This courses runs from January 23 - May 17, 2003.

There is an on-campus orientation
for these courses on January 22, at 6:00-8:00 pm. Attendance at the orientation session  is not required because all  orientation materials are on the Internet; however I  will be there if you have any questions  The only required trips to campus are to purchase your  textbook package and to take the final exam.   You will take the final exam at the testing center on your own campus.  Your campus bookstore should have the textbook for this course, but if it does not, you may purchase the textbook online.  Instructions for purchasing the textbook online are given on the "Required Materials" page.  

If you have any questions or  problems, please feel free to call me (301-322-0708) or send me an email at
nissonma@pgcc.edu. For your information, the URL for my home page is:  http://academic.pgcc.edu/~mnisson  

Course Materials:  Student Login Procedures for Blackboard 5

You will be able to access course materials beginning January 22, 2003.
 To logon to the Blackboard system, follow the procedures listed below.

1.  Go to Prince George's Community College's Blackboard site at:

     http://pgcconline.blackboard.com

2.  Click on the button labeled Login:      

3.   You will see a dialogue box that asks you to enter your username
       and  password.
      Username:

      The first letter of your first name, the first three letters of your last
      name,  and your birth month expressed as two digits and your birth
      day expressed  as two digits..  Use only lowercase to enter  your
      username.   Use NO spaces.

       For example, if your name were Jane Lawrence and your birthday
       were April 8  (month 04 and day 08),  your user name would be:
      
 jlaw0408

       Password:   Your password is your full social security number
       with no spaces and no hyphens.  For example, if your social
       security number were
       123 45 6789, your password would be 123456789.

       Note: You can change your password after you logon. To change your
       password, after you logon, click on "Personal Information" in the Tools
       frame and then click on "Change Password."

4.   Write down your username and password information so you can refer to it
       if you forget.

5.    Very important!  You will have only one username and one password for
       Blackboard 5 regardless of how many Blackboard courses you are taking.
       If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard Welcome
       screen and and links to your courses will listed in the
       box labeled "My Courses."

More About Blackboard 5

Our web course management system will be Blackboard 5. Although you cannot access the course materials site until January 22, there are two ways that you can learn more about the Blackboard 5 system.

I.  You take a self-guided,  self-paced tour:

A. Download to: Self-Guided Tour 

 But, if you have question contact us at DistanceLearn@pgcc.edu


    E-Mail Policy

    Please use the following guidelines when sending e-mail to me.

    1.  In the subject area, enter MCCT CJT and clearly identify the topic of your
         e-mail:
         A.  MCCT CJT:  Question about __________
         B.  MCCT CJT:  Comment about _________
         C.  MCCT CJT:   Homework Assignment _______

     2.   I typically check e-mail two times per day.  If I am going to be out of
           town with no Internet access, I will post that  information in the
           Announcements area.

     3.   If your question requires a lengthy explanation/response from me,  I will
           respond within twenty four hours.  If your e-mail  is a quick question or
           comment, I will respond as soon as I read it.
 

Please send me an e-mail from the account that you will use for this course.  Send your e-mail to nissonma@pgcc.edu I will create an e-mail list for the class.

Have a great semester,

Mr. Nisson, Professor of Criminal Justice
Prince George's Community College