Criminal Law
Professor: Michael A. Nisson
Spring 2003

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Office:  Bladen 208
Phone:  301-322-0708
Fax:      301-322-0581
E-mail:  nissonma@pgcc.edu

    Welcome to Criminal Law, the On-Line section!
    We are using a web course management system for this course called
    Blackboard.  The system is easy to use and quite powerful.  However,
     if you encounter  problems, please e-mail me or call me.


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 

Course Materials:  Student Login Procedures for Blackboard 5

You will be able to access course materials beginning January 22, 2002.

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

2.  Click on the button labeled Login:      

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

      Your first initial, the first three letters of your last name, and the last four
      digits of your SSN.  Use only lowercase to enter your username.
      Use NO spaces.

       For example, if your name were Jane Lawrence and the last four digits of
       your SSN were 6789, your user name would be:  

       Password:   Your password is the last four digits of your Social Security
                            number.  For example, Jane Lawrence's password is

       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."


    The study of substantive criminal law as applied to the local, state,

and federal systems. Court decisions are used to address various sources and types of criminal laws.

                            E-Mail Policy

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

                                1.  In the subject area, enter ONLINE CJT and clearly identify the topic of your e-mail:
                                    A.   ONLINECJT:  Question about __________
                                    B.   ONLINECJT:  Comment about _________
                                    C.  ONLINECJT:  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 or
                                    comment, will  respond as soon as I read it.

Course Objectives: 

   This is a survey course designed for those students anticipating a career in law enforcement or for anyone desiring to gain knowledge of the Criminal Law principles, which apply to the substantive criminal law.



Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:


      A. Identify and evaluate the elements necessary to constitute the most commonly committed misdemeanors.

      B. Identify and evaluate the elements necessary to constitute the most commonly committed felonies


Required Materials: 

Gardner, Thomas J., Anderson, Terry M.,   Criminal Law. seventh Edition, 2000, Wadsworth. 

You can purchase the textbook online from Barnes and Noble
or from

You may also purchase the textbook online from Prince George's Community


You must be connected to the internet.  Your browser must be: 
            *   Netscape Communicator Version 4.x   OR 
            *   Internet Explorer Version 4.x 

We recommend that you do not use AOL as your ISP when taking online quizzes.
You will be timed out.  You can access the Internet for no fee using a free ISP such as http://www.netzero.com    Then you can use the Netscape or Internet Explorer browser.
The pages at my website seem to display better using the Netscape browser.

You need to have the following personal productivity software installed on your computer:

* Office 2000, especially WORD, EXCEL, and PowerPoint.  You will
    need WORD to download handouts, homework assignments, and
    tutorials that I post.  Additionally,  you will use WORD to type
    documents that you will submit to me.  You will need EXCEL to
    download and read the Grade Sheets that I will post.  You will
    not create any documents using EXCEL.  You need PowerPoint
    to view the PowerPoint presentations at the McGraw-Hill OnLine
    Learning Center (OLC) for your textbook.  You will not create any
    PowerPoint presentations.



Fall 2002 Course Requirements

Total Points:   500 Points

Participation Points ...................................................................     200 Points 

Two tests................................................. .....................................200 Points 

Final Examination.(mandatory)....................................................   100 Points 
       (Closed Book, in Campus Testing Center) 
       Final Exam covers all chapters  
      * The test items on the final exam will be from the first two tests and 32
       new questions 


 A:  450-500        B:   400 - 449   C:  350 - 399 
 D:  300 - 349        F:    0 - 299 

Course Schedule
 Note:  The Weekly Assignments Folders are at the
             Blackboard site.  You will not be able to
             access them until January 22, 2002 

Begin Date


Due Date and Time

Week 1
Jan. 26-Feb. 1
Chapter 1

Go to:
Week 1 Assignments Folder 

All work due by
2/02/03 3 am

Week 2
. 2-8
Chapter 2 

Go to:
Week 2 Assignments Folder 

All work due by
2/09/03:3 am

Week 3
Feb. 9-15
Chapter 3 

Go to:
Week 3 Assignments Folder 

All work due by
2/16/032:3 am

Week 4
Feb. 16- 22

Chapter 9

Go to:
Week 4 Assignments Folder 


All work due by

2/23/03:3 am

Week 5
Feb. 23-Mar. 1
Chapter 4


Go to:
Week 5 Assignments Folder 

- All work due by
03/02/03: 2 am


Week 6
Mar. 2-8
Chapter 5

Go to:
Week 6 Assignments Folder 

-All work due by 
3/09/03: 2 am 

Week  7
Mar. 9-15
Chapter 6

Go to:
Week 7 Assignments Folder

All work due by
3/16/02: 3 am




Week 8
Mar. 16-22
Chapter 7

Test 1

Go to:
Week 8 Assignments Folder 

Go to week  8 assignments and complete test

All work due by
     3/23/03: 3 am

Test 1 has 35 questions





Week 9
Mar. 23-29

Chapter 14

Go to:
Week 9 Assignments Folder 



All work due by
3/30/03: 3 am

Week 10: 
Mar. 30-April 5

Chapter 13 

Go to:
Week 10 Assignments Folder  

All work due by
4/06/03: 3 am




Week 11
April 6-12

Chapter 18-19 


Go to:
Week 11 Assignments Folder 

All work due by
4/13/03: 3am 

Week 12
April 13-19
Chapter 15-16 

Test 2


Go to:
Week 12 Assignments Folder

Go to Week 12 Assignment and complete Test 2

All work due by
4/20/03: 3 am

Test 2 has 68 questions.  33 new question plus test 1

Week 13
April 20-26

Chapter 10-12 

Go to:
Week 13 Assignments Folder

All work due by
4/27/03: 3 am

Week 14
April 27-May 3

Chapter 20

Go to:
Week 14 Assignments Folder

All work due by
5/04/03: 3 am

Week 15
May  4-10
Chapter 20-21

Final Examination 
100 questions, 32 new questions plus the previous 68 questions from test 1 and test 2.

Go week 15 Assignments folder


Academic Testing Center Accokeek Hall, Second Floor

All work due by 5/11/03

5/11 to 5/17/03

No Extensions Allowed!