CRMJ-1020: Introduction to the Legal Process ( Online | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Charles Baker

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email cebaker@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website

http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/cebaker

Instructor Office

MAB 253b Macon Cove

Office Hours

Check course homepage on PAWS for current semester office hours.

Instructor Phone

901-333-4433

Course Information
Course Description

This course acquaints students with the judicial system's processes.  The student will acquire knowledge of preliminary courtroom procedures, motions, administrative procedures, courtroom testimony and local judicial systems procedures.  

Student Learning Objectives

The student completing Introduction to the Legal Process should:             

1.             Demonstrate an understanding of legal institutions

2.             Demonstrate an understanding of the interpreters of law;

3.             Demonstrate an understanding of the consumers of law;

4.             Demonstrate an understanding of the trial court system; and

5.             Demonstrate an understanding of appellate review.

Prerequisites

N/A

Corequisites

N/A

Instructional / Learning Methods

Course materials, including reading assignments, quizzes, and written assignments, will be posted on the course website.

Quizzes: Students will be allowed sixty (60) minutes to complete each quiz. The time period for taking the quiz begins when the student signs on and accesses the material. Students will be allowed to access each quiz only once. Each quiz will be available until the due date noted on the calendar and on the quiz.  All quizzes will be taken online only.

Exams: Students will be allowed one hundred twenty (120) minutes to complete each exam. Students must complete each exam by the deadline noted in the calendar and on the exam in the quiz section. All exams will be taken online.  Additional information regarding quizzes and exams are available on the course homepage in PAWS in the content section.  Written examinations will cover materials in the course textbook as well as materials provided online for this course. Quizzes and exams are not group projects. Please ensure that your assignments reflect only your own work, not that of others.

Written assignments: Each unit includes a discussion question. You will be required to answer that question and reply to another student's answer by the deadline indicated for that assignment. Discussion post assignments are not group projects. Please ensure that your assignments reflect only your own work, not that of others.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

David W. Neubauer and Stephen S. Meinhold, Judicial Process Law, Courts, and Politics in the United States, 7th Edition, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-1-305-50652-7.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

The final grade for the course will be calculated based on the student’s performance in completing the following items:

ITEM & MAXIMUM POINTS AVAILABLE:  

FOUR WRITTEN EXAMS: 100 POINTS EACH

FIFTEEN ONLINE QUIZZES: 10 POINTS EACH

FOUR DISCUSSION POSTS: 10 POINTS EACH

TOTAL AVAILABLE POINTS: 590 POINTS

Grading Scale

A: 531-590 points

B: 472-530.9 points

C: 413-471.9 points

D: 354-412.9 points

F: Less than 354 points

Testing Procedure / Policy

Exams will be taken by the assigned deadline as listed on the course calendar and on the exam and will be taken online only.  Makeup exams will not be offered but the Instructor reserves the right to allow for students to take exams at an alternate time based on an emergency. Exams will cover the material from the course textbook and assignments.  For each exam, please refer to that exam's testing instructions provided in the content section of the course homepage.

Major Assignments

Written assignments: Each unit has a discussion question provided by the instructor. You will be required to answer that question and reply to another student's answer via the discussion board.  Please ensure that your assignments reflect only your own work, not that of others.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Students are expected to keep up with all assignments, quizzes, and exams.  The due dates for all graded assignments are noted with that assignment and on the calendar in PAWS.  Each student is responsible for the work covered in the course and for timely submission of all assignments. Late assignments will not be accepted. Missed quizzes and tests cannot be made up.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

Students are expected to act professionally and cordially with one another when interacting with one another during this course and act in accordance with the policies of this course.  Additionally, please refer to the college's policy on academic misconduct which may be found online at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Additional Policies

College Policies:

Special Accommodation: Southwest Tennessee Community College is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified students with disabilities. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Counseling Office to arrange for appropriate accommodation. When the disability has been documented and verified, a counselor will notify the instructor regarding any special accommodation to be provided.

  Misuse of Computers: Computers located in classrooms and laboratories are for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  

Attendance Report Policy: In accordance with federal regulations and the College’s commitment to the academic success of students, faculty members are required to record and report the attendance of students for the entire semester. Further, faculty must indicate the last date of attendance for each student who has not officially withdrawn, has not been excused for absence, and has been determined to be no longer attending class.  

Dropping a Class: When a student no longer wants to be enrolled in a given class, the student may officially drop or withdraw from the class within the prescribed time allowed for dropping or withdrawing from a class as noted on the College’s Academic Calendar in the front of the Class Credit Schedule each semester. The date on which the student drops or withdraws from class impacts the amount of refund to which the student may be entitled. Classes dropped by the 14th day of classes are dropped from the academic record. Courses from which a student withdraws after the 14th day of classes are graded with the grade of W and are listed on the student’s permanent academic record. To drop or withdraw from a class, the student must:               

Obtain a drop/add form from an academic advisor or other designated STCC personnel.

Complete the form with the assistance of the advisor or other designated STCC personnel. Students enrolled in remedial or developmental (R/D) courses must obtain permission to drop R/D courses from Developmental Studies departmental personnel.

Deliver the drop/add form to the Admissions and Records Office for processing, making sure that the signature or initials of the person processing the form are affixed to the form.

Wait for any refund due you to be mailed by the Bursar’s Office. (Drop or withdrawal dates, credit hours dropped, and number of remaining class hours impact refunds due; refunds are not due in many instances.)  

Withdrawing from the College: When a student must stop attendance in all classes or withdraw from the only class in which he or she is enrolled, a Withdrawal Request Form must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office for processing. The student must withdraw within the prescribed time period allowable as published on the College’s Academic Calendar in the front of the Class Credit Schedule each semester. Withdrawals from courses occurring after the published last date to withdraw with a grade of W will result in the grade of F being assigned for each course. When the student stops attending classes and/or fails to submit the Withdrawal Request Form to the admissions and Records Office, a grade of F will be assigned for each class. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw. When extenuating circumstances prevent the student from carrying out this responsibility in person, the student should immediately contact a counselor in the Counseling Center for appropriate procedures to follow. To withdraw from the College, the student must:

Obtain a Withdrawal Request Form from an academic advisor or other designated STCC personnel.

Complete the form with the assistance of the advisor or other designated STCC personnel. Students enrolled in remedial or developmental (R/D) courses must obtain permission to withdraw from R/D courses from Developmental Studies departmental personnel.

Deliver the Withdrawal Request Form to the Admissions and Records Office for processing, making sure that the signature or initials of the person processing the form are affixed to the form.

Wait for any refund due you to be mailed by the Bursar’s Office. (The date of withdrawal and the class(es) from which you withdraw are factors in determining whether or not you are entitled to a refund.)    

Unofficial Withdrawals and Class Attendance: When a student enrolls in a course or courses and stops attending the course or courses, the student is considered as unofficially withdrawn. A grade of F will be assigned to the student for the course at the end of the term. Attendance is monitored by each faculty member and is reported according to federal requirements. Faculty must report no shows (students who never attend class) and the last date of attendance for any student who is determined to have stopped attending class. Students receiving federal financial aid and/or veterans educational benefits may be required to repay such funds when classes are not properly attended.

Instructor's Policies:

Academic Dishonesty: Unless an assignment is given as a group assignment, all assignments must be wholly a student’s own work. Any assignment that does not meet this requirement will receive a zero, and the Professor reserves the right to assign a grade of F for the course.   Further, any cheating, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, will result in one of the following: 1) the student will receive an “F” or a zero for the exercise or examination, 2) the student will have his/her grade reduced for the course affected by the misconduct, or 3) the student will receive an “F” in the course.  This includes any attempt on the part of the student to cheat.

Library Materials: Any student destroying or otherwise damaging library materials, or intentionally interfering with other students’ access to library materials, will receive a grade of F for the course.

Student E-mail and Course Website:  Each student has a Southwest e-mail account. Students are responsible for regularly checking their Southwest e-mail and PAWS e-mail for communications from the professor. In addition to e-mail, students are responsible for checking PAWS course website for course material, such as files, links, and assignments that are posted under this course, CRMJ 1020, Introduction to the Legal Process, noting any and all deadlines for assignments, quizzes, and exams.  Any student wishing to contact the professor by e-mail may do so either by emailing the professor directly to the professor’s e-mail address listed above or through the e-mail feature on the PAWS website.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Please refer to your calendar in PAWS for due dates for all assignments, quizzes, and exams. 

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30

Gill

  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Whitehaven

  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.