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Syllabus for COS 151

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


Required Books

Richard P. Seiter, Corrections: An Introduction, Prentice Hall, 2004

 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. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, each student will be able to:

Students will be able to describe the evolution of corrections based on a variety of sentencing goals, and analyze current correctional practices and operations.

Students will be able to describe the legal, philosophical, and political aspects of sentencing alternatives.

Students will be able to discuss the need for reform of correctional options and operations.

Students will be able to develop a model of future sentencing options and correctional alternatives.

Students will understand the issues resulting in decisions as offenders move through the sentencing and correctional process.

Course Policies

a)    This is an online distance learning course. Students must complete required course work on time and in the appropriate sequence. 

b)   Students must login to the online classroom at least every other day to  check the course calendar, read  announcements and new discussion board postings, take quizzes, submit written  assignments and post discussion board messages. Students are responsible for keeping up with and adhering to the due dates and other instructions posted there in the course calendar and announcements areas of the Blackboard online classroom. 

c)    Students must maintain a working email address and check it every 48 hours. Students must respond to email messages within 48 hours.

d)   Ask questions about the course in the Bb Discussion Board designated for that purpose rather than via email. Throughout the semester, please use discussion board to post any questions you have about the course. This way course such questions which others may also have may be answered for all class members to see. This saves the instructor having to answer the same question over and over via email.

e)    Email the instructor about exceptional, personal issues that you think should remain private.  If routine course related questions are emailed to the instructor, they will not be answered. To ensure your questions are answered, post them in the appropriate Bb Discussion Board Conference. 

f)      Unless otherwise indicated, grades for properly submitted written assignments will appear in the Bb online grade book within 10 days. 

g)    Code of Academic Integrity students taking this course are bound by the Prince George's Community College Code of Academic Integrity which may be found at http://www.pgcc.edu/students/academic-integrity/index.html .  It is the responsibility of all students to know and abide by this code.
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. Students will not receive credit for work not completed by the due date except for medical and family emergencies.

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.






The History of Crime and Corrections  (chapter 1)

2 Sentencing and the Correctional Process (chapter 2)
3 Jails  (chapter 3)
4 Probation and Intermediate Sanctions  (chapter 4)
5 Prison Systems  (chapter 5)
6 Parole and Prisoner Reentry  (chapter 6)
7 The Clients and Adult Correctional Agencies (chapter 7)

Mid-term Exam

The Juvenile Correctional System  (chapter 8)

9 Special Offenders  (chapter 9)
10 The Management of Prisons  (chapter 10)
11 Prison Life for Inmates (chapter 11)
12 The World of Prison Staff  (chapter 12)
13  Spring Break
14 Custody and Treatment  (chapter 13)

Legal Issues and the Death Penalty (chapter 14)


Online Discussion Board Questions (14) Comment: You will have at least 14 online discussion board conferences during the semester and there are no make up assignments for missed conferences. Conference grades accumulate reaching 280 points.  20 280
Mid-Term Exam Comment: On campus in the testing center 300 300
Final Exam Comment: On campus in the testing center 400 400
Extra Credit Project (2) 10 20

Semester Letter Grade

Total Usable Points Earned










599 or less