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Nancy Carroll
CJ Instructor

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Master's Emergency Administration 2006, B.A. Psychology, FBI National Academy
With Cabrillo College since 2000

Executive Director 2009/2010
California College and University Police Chief's Association

Retired Asst. Police Chief, University of California Santa Cruz. (2008)
29 years Law Enforcement Experience serving in patrol,investigations and administration.

Spring 2015 CJ 4 Criminal Courts and Procedures

INSTRUCTOR Nancy Carroll Office: 1601

Cell: 588-0875

This course is an online Distance Education Course. The student should already be familiar with Blackboard Learning Systems.

A study of how criminal justice system functions at the state and federal level. Procedures from Federal and Sate law as they apply and effect law enforcement policies. At the end of the course the student should be able to demonstrate competency in procedural law. The student will understand the necessary requirements for and effective arrest, prosecution and incarceration.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. When presented with the procedures involved in the Justice System from arrest to release, the student will be able to recognize these concepts to the satisfaction of the instructor.

2. After developing skills in applying knowledge of the procedures involved from arrest to release to an understanding of the operation of the Justice System, the student will be able demonstrate that knowledge through a series of essay questions designed to measure his/her understanding of the Criminal Justice System.

3. After developing an appreciation of the necessity for the Justice System to operate as a cooperating system, the student will be able to state his/her appreciation by writing a research paper describing his/her competency.

4. After developing an ability to utilize material in making appropriate decisions on how to operate as a member of the system, the student will demonstrate knowledge of system membership by passing an examination to the satisfaction of the instructor.


Basic Criminal Procedure, Peoples, Edward, Prentice Hall, Inc. Third Edition 2007

Course Requirements

Assignments are given and completed on a weekly basis. The format is to complete reading assignment and study quiz for each week. In addition there is an essay question related to the reading chapter given each week.

Students are expected to participate in discussion questions and to communicate with other students.

There will be a midterm and final which the weekly lessons are designed to prepare the student for.

Each student is required to choose one of the following projects.

Attend a court trial and write a written report on that experience demonstrating critical thinking by comparing and contrasting procedures with those of the book.

Write a written report (5-7 pages) on an appropriate law enforcement topic approved by the instructor. The topic must be about subject matter covered in this course. The paper must be in APA format.

Grades will determined by the amount of points accumulated during the semester.
Grade Scale A=635-715 B=564-634 C=494-563 D=423-493

FINAL EXAMINATIONS: Final examinations are required in all courses. A schedule of final examinations is published in each class schedule. Students are to take examinations as scheduled. In case of a severe illness which prevents the student from taking the examination at the scheduled period, I should be notified as soon as possible to arrange to make up the examination missed. A doctor’s note will be required to reschedule the final exam.

*I encourage students with disabilities, including “invisible” disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning, and psychological disabilities, to explain their needs and appropriate accommodations to me during my office hours. Please bring a verification of your disability from the Learning Skills or DSP&S offices and a counselor or specialist’s recommendation for accommodating your needs. Accessibility Support 479-6679.

My expectations for you:
Login to class weekly with positive attitude and an open mind prepared to discuss topics from online assignments.
Complete weekly assignments.

Treat other people with respect; be considerate

A Note on Academic Honesty: While I encourage the formation of study groups for this class and want you to help each other to succeed, I also expect that each student will do his or her own work. It’s great to talk with each other about the course content, but it is not O.K. for you to use your friend’s work product. Think and talk with each other; write by yourself. If you are caught copying or cheating, then you may receive an “F”: in the class.

Instances of plagiarism on assignments or take-home essays (presenting the words or ideas of another author as your own – without citation) could also result in your receiving no credit for the class. All you have to do to avoid this is to write your own paper and when you DO use the words or ideas of another author, simply tell where you got that information in a footnote.

ATTENDANCE: Weekly login/attendance is need in order to do well in this course. Regardless of reasons, if you have an excessive number of absences (more than two weekly sessions) you should expect to be dropped from the class. If you think that you will miss more than this amount of classes during the semester, then you should consider dropping class. If you decide to drop the class, then you are responsible for dropping it officially.

The student should be familiar with Blackboard Distance Learning prior to taking the class. There are no on campus meetings for this class.

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