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COURSE NUMBER: CRIM101
COURSE TITLE:Criminal Law
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): CRJ 913
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:One traditional section offered spring semester only

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Examines crimes against persons, property, and state, including the elements of crimes, criminal law procedures in Illinois, and federal agency jurisdiction.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL121.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
This course is designed to present the student with the basic concepts of criminal law as it applies to the criminal justice workplace. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the different laws and their ability to interpret the elements of the crimes which will be measured by student homework assignments. The student will develop critical thinking skills in regards to the evaluating specific criminal cases and will show this understanding through class participation by directly answering questions and follow up questions during lectures/discussions.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
1. Nature, Origins, & Purpose of Law
2. Structure & Operations of the System
3. Classifications of Crime & Criminal Responsibility
4. Criminal Liability & Defenses
5. Inchoate Offenses
6. Other Typical Defenses
7. Homicide
8. Other Crimes Against Persons
9. Crimes Against Habitation
10. Crimes Against Property
11. White Collar Crime
12. Crimes Against Public Order & Morality
13. Drugs & Alcohol Related Crimes
14. Crimes Against the Administration of Justice
15. Gangs, Organized Crime, & Terrorism


TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Criminal Law, 11th edition, Joel Samaha, ISBN: 978-1-285-06191-7

EVALUATION:
Final grades will be determined by the completion of all assignments.

100-90% = A

  89-80% = B

  79-70% = C

  69-60% = D

  59-00% = F

60 points = six quizzes worth five points each
30 points = final examination
10 points = by directly answering questions and follow-up questions during lecture/discussions

The six homework assignments will be worth 10 points each and will consist of short essay questions pertaining to specific chapters in the textbook. The final examination will be worth 30 points and will consist of 60 questions including multiple choice, true/false, and fill in the blank. The final examination will cover material presented including lectures, guest speakers, films, practical exercises, and chapter readings.

Missed homework assignments must be made up prior to the next scheduled class session. It is your responsibility to contact me as soon as possible after your absence. Email me for the homework assignment.

Social Science Grading Rubric

"A" – Excellent Essays

  • Use specific and accurate terms and concepts throughout the essay.
  • Use complete sentences and paragraphs.
  • Have a clear introduction and conclusion.
  • Present and support a specific thesis throughout the essay.
  • Provide a thoughtful and supported opinion when appropriate.
  • Demonstrate excellent skills in organization and mechanics.
  • Present direct answers to all phases of the question asked
  • Demonstrates excellent use of qualitative and quantitative analysis when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates excellent use of proper citations when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates excellent use of electronic and traditional resource when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates excellent use evidence of understanding cultural and global contexts when appropriate.
"B" – Good Essays
  • Use accurate terms and concepts throughout the essay.
  • Use complete sentences and paragraphs.
  • Have an introduction and a conclusion.
  • Present a thesis and have some support throughout the essay.
  • Provide a thoughtful and supported opinion when appropriate.
  • Demonstrate good skills in organization and mechanics.
  • Present answers to all phases of the question asked.
  • Demonstrates good use of qualitative and quantitative analysis when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates good use of proper citations when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates good use of electronic and traditional resources when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates good evidence of understanding cultural and global contexts when appropriate.
"C" – Average Essays
  • Use few accurate terms and concepts.
  • Use complete sentences and paragraphs.
  • Have an introduction or a conclusion.
  • Present a thesis but have little support.
  • Provide a thoughtful opinion without support.
  • Demonstrate some skills in organization and mechanics.
  • Present some answers to the questions asked.
  • Demonstrates some use of qualitative and quantitative analysis when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates some use of proper citations when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates some use of electronic and traditional resources when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates some evidence of understanding cultural and global contexts when appropriate.
"D"- Below Average Essays
  • Use few or no terms and concepts.
  • Use some complete sentences and paragraphs.
  • Have no introduction or conclusion.
  • Present disjointed ideas without a thesis or support.
  • Provide little or no opinion when asked.
  • Demonstrate few skills in organization and mechanics.
  • Present few direct answers to the question asked.
  • Demonstrates little use of qualitative and quantitative analysis when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates little use of proper citations when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates little use of electronic and traditional resources when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates little evidence of understanding cultural and global contexts when appropriate.
"F"- Essays
  • Use no terms or concepts.
  • Use few complete sentences and paragraphs.
  • Have no introduction or conclusion.
  • Present disjointed ideas with no support.
  • Provide no opinion when asked.
  • Demonstrate no skills in organization and mechanics.
  • Present only a couple of answers to the questions asked
  • Demonstrates no use of qualitative and quantitative analysis when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates no use of proper citations when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates no use of electronic and traditional resources when appropriate.
  • Demonstrates no evidence of understanding cultural and global contexts when appropriate.


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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2017

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