CJUS330: Judicial Process

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course is designed to increase the understanding of the criminal judicial process in the United States. It includes a study of the functioning of courts, judges, lawyers and law enforcement agencies, including judicial decision-making and the impact of court decisions on the American Republic.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course is designed to increase the understanding of the criminal judicial process in the United States. It includes a study of the functioning of courts, judges, lawyers and law enforcement agencies, including judicial decision-making and the impact of court decisions on the American Republic.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

You will complete 2 Discussions in this course. You will post one thread of at least 250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. You must then post 2 replies of at least 200 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, you must support all major assertions with course materials (textbook/lecture notes) applying at least 2 citations in APA format. Each reply must incorporate course materials applying at least 1 additional citation in APA format in additional to relevant Scripture/biblical support. Any additional outside sources cited must be peer-reviewed and published within the last ten years. (Required sources include the textbook, lecture material, and the Bible. In addition, you may also include scholarly peer-reviewed articles.)

Each module has a “You Decide Part 1 – Choose Your Path” assignment. Each assignment will place the student in the role of a Criminal Justice professional seeking to make informed decisions regarding important criminal justice issues. Each scenario is accompanied by critical thinking review questions. The student is allowed multiple attempts to analyze the scenario, answer the review questions, and assess the impact of his/her decisions on the issues. Each test will be open-book/open-notes. There is no time limit and no limit on the number of attempts, in order for the student to evaluate the impact of different answers to the review questions. Each “You Decide Part 1 – Choose Your Path” is worth 10 points. The highest score of all of the student’s attempts will be recorded as the grade.

Reflection Exercise Assignment

The student will demonstrate his/her ability to apply what he/she has learned over the duration of this course. For each of the two (2) questions the student chooses to answer, the student must respond using a minimum of 250–300 words. The student’s thoughtful criminal justice analysis will require that each major point be supported by the textbook and lecture materials as the primary source of authority.  Clarity, spelling and grammar are evaluated. In-text citations and all sources are to be in current APA format. A reference section must also be included.  

MindTap Quizzes (8)

Each module will have a quiz composed of questions based on the Learn material for the assigned module. Each quiz may include multiple-choice and essay questions. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 40-minute time limit. The student may attempt each quiz up to three times.  The highest score of the student’s three attempts will be recorded.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the material for one or more modules. They will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1-hour time limit. Each quiz will include multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions.

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