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CRMJ 1010 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

Course Outcomes:

To gain a better understanding of:

  1. How the three tiered criminal justice system works in America.
  2. How the television interferes and distorts the citizens’ view of the system.
  3. The definition of crime.
  4. Theories of crime.
  5. How the law enforcement component of the system operates at the local, state and federal levels.

a. Law Enforcement Subcultures
b. Law Enforcement Training
c. Law Enforcement Ethics
d. Law Enforcement Policies

  1. How the judicial system operates at the state and federal levels.

a. Prosecutor
b. Defense Attorney
c. Jury System
d. Sentencing 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

None

Course Topics:

Module 1 – Criminal Justice Today, Chapter 1,Assignment 1, Student Discussion 1 & Exam 1

Module 2 – Causes of Crime, Chapters 2, Assignment 2, Student Discussion 2 & Exam 2

Module 3 – Defining and Measuring Crime and Inside Criminal Law, Chapters 3 & 4, Assignment 3, Student Discussion 3 & Exam 3

Module 4 – Law Enforcement Today and Challenges to Effective Policing, Chapters 5 & 6, Assignment 4, Student Discussion 4 & Exam 4

Module 5 – Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement and Courts and the Quest for Justice, Chapters 7 & 8, Assignment 5, Student Discussion 5 & Exam 5

Module 6 – Pretrial Procedures: The Adversary System in Action and The Criminal Trial, Chapters 9 & 10, Assignment 6, Student Discussion 6 & Exam 6

Module 7 – Punishment and Sentencing and Probation and Community Corrections, Chapter 11 & 12, Assignment 7, Student Discussion 7 & Exam 7

Module 8 – Prison and Jails and Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate, Chapter 13 & 14, Assignment 8, Student Discussion 8 & Exam 8

Module 9 – The Juvenile Justice System, Chapter 15, Assignment 9, Student Discussion 9 & Exam 9

Module 10 – Homeland Security and Today's Challenges: Immigration, Cyber Crime, and White-Collar Crime, Chapter 16, & 17, Assignment 10, Student Discussion 10 & Exam 10 

Specific Course Requirements:

A basic knowledge of the World Wide Web and computer navigation is necessary.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

None.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Each student will complete ten (10) exams, there is no mid-term exam and no final exam. Each Module exam generally opens at 12:01 a.m. on Monday at the start of the Module time-period. (Please refer to the calendar for due dates). All exams close on Sunday at 11:59 pm of the assigned week or period. The Exams will cover all material covered in the Module assigned for that week or period. Students will have 30 minutes to complete each exam. The exam will consist of (25) twenty-five questions. Each question is worth (1) point. The Exams count as a total of 250 points towards the final grade. Student will have only (1) one opportunity to complete each exam and submit it through the RODP system. It is important that students log on to take Exams at a computer that will not shut down or have problems. Also if the student waits until the last day to take the exam the student assumes the risk of encountering computer problems. Only in the case where verifiable RODP computer problems occur may tests be taken after the due date. Please be forewarned, problems with the student's computer or Internet will not be accepted as a valid excuse for tardy submittals.

This course is set up to give the student ample opportunity to prepare and take each examination. Students, however, should not wait until the last day to attempt the exams. As stated earlier, only in the case where verifiable RODP computer problems occur may tests be taken after the deadline.

THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INFORMATION IS THE TEXTBOOK. OTHER SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOU IN DEVELOPING A MORE COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THE TEXTBOOK MATERIAL. IF THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE TEXTBOOK AND THE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION, THE TEXT MATERIAL WILL CONTROL FOR TEST PURPOSES.

All of the exams are to be completed online. Therefore, there are no proctored exams.

Grading Procedures:

Students are expected to complete all assignments. If a student fails to log on and respond to discussions, on a weekly basis in the discussion room, it will be reflected in their grade. Students are also required to complete all ten (10) exams in the time allotted by the professor. It is the responsibility of each student to complete these assignments on time. If a due date passes and an assignment is not complete, the student will receive a zero (0) on that assignment or exam. Late assignments will not be accepted. All assignments must be submitted through the assigned dropbox. Never submit an assignment via email.

There are 20 opportunities to get a grade in this course, 10 exams and 10 assignments. Each assignment is worth 5 points and each exam is worth 25 points. The 10 assignments and 10 exams combine for a total of 300 points. (See table below)

ASSIGNMENT NAMENUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTSPOINTS
MODULE ASSIGNMENTS10 ASSIGNMENTS @ 5 POINTS EACH50 
MODULE TESTS10 TESTS @ 25 POINTS EACH250
TOTAL POINTS 300 POINTS*

*EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES UP TO 10 POINTS CAN BE ADDED TO THE FINAL POINT TOTAL FOR COMPLETING THE EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENT. AN ADDITIONAL POINT MAY BE ADDED TO THE STUDENT’S FINAL GRADE POINT AVERAGE BASED ON THE STUDENT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE 10 MODULE DISCUSSION BOARDS.

Extra Credit: There is a chance to receive up to 10 points of Extra Credit. The extra credit will be added to your grand point total. For example, if your grand point total is 234 points and you did not submit the extra credit assignment, that grand point total would be divided by 3 and your final score would be 78, which would be a "C". On the other hand, if your grand point total is 234 points and you submit the extra credit assignment you can receive between 0-10 points, which will be added to grand point total. If you got 9 of the 10 points on the extra credit assignment then your final grand total would now be 243 points. Your final point total is then divided by 3 which would result in a score of 81, which would be a "B".

The extra credit assignment will be posted under module five under the course content. This is the only extra credit opportunity in this class. It is an opportunity for the student to enhance their grade or to make up for a poor grade on an exam or assignment or a missed assignment or exam! 

Weekly Student Expectations:

Each student is expected to log into the class a minimum of (3) three times a week, totally (3) three hours a week. Students are further expected to complete all reading assignments, web pages assignments, discussions, written assignments and exams each week.  

Grading Scale:

A – 300 – 270,
B – 269 – 240,
C – 210 – 239,
D – 209 – 180,
F – 179 – 0. 

Assignments and Projects:

All assignments are posted within each Module. There are ten (10) Assignments, each worth 5 points. Students will be expected to respond to the Assignment by submitting a downloaded answer completed in Word for Windows. All answers are due, in the "dropbox", by 11:59 pm on the Sunday of the assigned week. The dropbox can be found by clicking on the "dropbox" tab. Once you have clicked on the "dropbox" tab you will come to a page with a list of the module assignments. You will find the appropriate assignment number for that week and click on it. Then, you will select "add new file" and upload the assignment from your computer. After you have hit the upload button you have successfully submitted your assignment to the dropbox. No late submissions will be accepted. If you submit an assignment in a format other than the approved "word" format your failure to follow directions will result in a zero for the assignment.

Class Participation:

Each student is expected to log on to the class a minimum of (3) three times a week for a total of three hours. Students are expected to complete all reading assignments, web pages assignments, on-line discussions, written assignments, and exams by the due dates posted in the calendar and respective links. Students are expected to share comments regarding the student discussion topic/question in a mature and respectful manner. To create a student posted discussion, students should click on the "compose" button. To reply to other student posted discussions, students should click on the "reply" button. The course has discussion boards assigned to each module. In the discussion boards the students are expected to discuss topics of interest in the material covered in the module and interact with other members of the class. The discussion board is an item that can be used by the instructor to award up to one full point to the student's final grade point total. The discussion board could be very important to a student who is within one point of improving their letter grade, and it is designed to be used by the instructor only to evaluate those "close" situations. The discussion board point award is only available to students who have consistently posted valuable contributions to the class discussions throughout the entire semester.

The "Reflections" section is not graded and not mandatory. It is designed to allow the student to reflect on what they learned from module to module and is a good personal summary

Late Policy:

Students need to consult the course calendar for due dates for the written assignments and exams. You will be expected to participate in the discussion board and to submit original postings and responses to classmates’ postings. Discussion board postings will not be accepted after the designated "closed" date. Assignments and Exams will be due by 11:59 pm on Sunday of each assigned time-period unless designated otherwise. Student should consult the calendar portion of the course frequently to avoid "timing" issues.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:

RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications

Email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members

Discussions:

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • 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 discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Library

The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

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 both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.


Last Revised on April 28, 2017

 

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

Course Outcomes:

To gain a better understanding of:

  1. How the three tiered criminal justice system works in America.
  2. How the television interferes and distorts the citizens’ view of the system.
  3. The definition of crime.
  4. Theories of crime.
  5. How the law enforcement component of the system operates at the local, state and federal levels.
    1. Law Enforcement Subcultures
    2. Law Enforcement Training
    3. Law Enforcement Ethics
    4. Law Enforcement Policies
  6. How the judicial system operates at the state and federal levels.
    1. Prosecutor
    2. Defense Attorney
    3. Jury System
    4. Sentencing 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

None

Course Topics:

Module 1 – Criminal Justice Today, Chapter 1,Assignment 1, Student Discussion 1 & Exam 1

Module 2 – Causes of Crime, Chapters 2, Assignment 2, Student Discussion 2 & Exam 2

Module 3 – Defining and Measuring Crime and Inside Criminal Law, Chapters 3 & 4, Assignment 3, Student Discussion 3 & Exam 3

Module 4 – Law Enforcement Today and Challenges to Effective Policing, Chapters 5 & 6, Assignment 4, Student Discussion 4 & Exam 4

Module 5 – Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement and Courts and the Quest for Justice, Chapters 7 & 8, Assignment 5, Student Discussion 5 & Exam 5

Module 6 – Pretrial Procedures: The Adversary System in Action and The Criminal Trial, Chapters 9 & 10, Assignment 6, Student Discussion 6 & Exam 6

Module 7 – Punishment and Sentencing and Probation and Community Corrections, Chapter 11 & 12, Assignment 7, Student Discussion 7 & Exam 7

Module 8 – Prison and Jails and Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate, Chapter 13 & 14, Assignment 8, Student Discussion 8 & Exam 8

Module 9 – The Juvenile Justice System, Chapter 15, Assignment 9, Student Discussion 9 & Exam 9

Module 10 – Homeland Security and Today's Challenges: Immigration, Cyber Crime, and White-Collar Crime, Chapter 16, & 17, Assignment 10, Student Discussion 10 & Exam 10 

Specific Course Requirements:

A basic knowledge of the World Wide Web and computer navigation is necessary.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

None.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Each student will complete ten (10) exams, there is no mid-term exam and no final exam. Each Module exam generally opens at 12:01 a.m. on Monday at the start of the Module time-period. (Please refer to the calendar for due dates). All exams close on Sunday at 11:59 pm of the assigned week or period. The Exams will cover all material covered in the Module assigned for that week or period. Students will have 30 minutes to complete each exam. The exam will consist of (25) twenty-five questions. Each question is worth (1) point. The Exams count as a total of 250 points towards the final grade. Student will have only (1) one opportunity to complete each exam and submit it through the RODP system. It is important that students log on to take Exams at a computer that will not shut down or have problems. Also if the student waits until the last day to take the exam the student assumes the risk of encountering computer problems. Only in the case where verifiable RODP computer problems occur may tests be taken after the due date. Please be forewarned, problems with the student's computer or Internet will not be accepted as a valid excuse for tardy submittals.

This course is set up to give the student ample opportunity to prepare and take each examination. Students, however, should not wait until the last day to attempt the exams. As stated earlier, only in the case where verifiable RODP computer problems occur may tests be taken after the deadline.

THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INFORMATION IS THE TEXTBOOK. OTHER SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOU IN DEVELOPING A MORE COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THE TEXTBOOK MATERIAL. IF THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE TEXTBOOK AND THE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION, THE TEXT MATERIAL WILL CONTROL FOR TEST PURPOSES.

All of the exams are to be completed online. Therefore, there are no proctored exams.

Grading Procedures:

Students are expected to complete all assignments. If a student fails to log on and respond to discussions, on a weekly basis in the discussion room, it will be reflected in their grade. Students are also required to complete all ten (10) exams in the time allotted by the professor. It is the responsibility of each student to complete these assignments on time. If a due date passes and an assignment is not complete, the student will receive a zero (0) on that assignment or exam. Late assignments will not be accepted. All assignments must be submitted through the assigned dropbox. Never submit an assignment via email.

There are 20 opportunities to get a grade in this course, 10 exams and 10 assignments. Each assignment is worth 5 points and each exam is worth 25 points. The 10 assignments and 10 exams combine for a total of 300 points. (See table below)

ASSIGNMENT NAMENUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTSPOINTS
MODULE ASSIGNMENTS10 ASSIGNMENTS @ 5 POINTS EACH50 
MODULE TESTS10 TESTS @ 25 POINTS EACH250
TOTAL POINTS 300 POINTS*

*EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES UP TO 10 POINTS CAN BE ADDED TO THE FINAL POINT TOTAL FOR COMPLETING THE EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENT. AN ADDITIONAL POINT MAY BE ADDED TO THE STUDENT’S FINAL GRADE POINT AVERAGE BASED ON THE STUDENT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE 10 MODULE DISCUSSION BOARDS.

Extra Credit: There is a chance to receive up to 10 points of Extra Credit. The extra credit will be added to your grand point total. For example, if your grand point total is 234 points and you did not submit the extra credit assignment, that grand point total would be divided by 3 and your final score would be 78, which would be a "C". On the other hand, if your grand point total is 234 points and you submit the extra credit assignment you can receive between 0-10 points, which will be added to grand point total. If you got 9 of the 10 points on the extra credit assignment then your final grand total would now be 243 points. Your final point total is then divided by 3 which would result in a score of 81, which would be a "B".

The extra credit assignment will be posted under module five under the course content. This is the only extra credit opportunity in this class. It is an opportunity for the student to enhance their grade or to make up for a poor grade on an exam or assignment or a missed assignment or exam! 

Weekly Student Expectations:

Each student is expected to log into the class a minimum of (3) three times a week, totally (3) three hours a week. Students are further expected to complete all reading assignments, web pages assignments, discussions, written assignments and exams each week. 

Grading Scale:

A – 300 – 270,
B – 269 – 240,
C – 210 – 239,
D – 209 – 180,
F – 179 – 0. 

Assignments and Projects:

All assignments are posted within each Module. There are ten (10) Assignments, each worth 5 points. Students will be expected to respond to the Assignment by submitting a downloaded answer completed in Word for Windows. All answers are due, in the "dropbox", by 11:59 pm on the Sunday of the assigned week. The dropbox can be found by clicking on the "dropbox" tab. Once you have clicked on the "dropbox" tab you will come to a page with a list of the module assignments. You will find the appropriate assignment number for that week and click on it. Then, you will select "add new file" and upload the assignment from your computer. After you have hit the upload button you have successfully submitted your assignment to the dropbox. No late submissions will be accepted. If you submit an assignment in a format other than the approved "word" format your failure to follow directions will result in a zero for the assignment.

Class Participation:

Each student is expected to log on to the class a minimum of (3) three times a week for a total of three hours. Students are expected to complete all reading assignments, web pages assignments, on-line discussions, written assignments, and exams by the due dates posted in the calendar and respective links. Students are expected to share comments regarding the student discussion topic/question in a mature and respectful manner. To create a student posted discussion, students should click on the "compose" button. To reply to other student posted discussions, students should click on the "reply" button. The course has discussion boards assigned to each module. In the discussion boards the students are expected to discuss topics of interest in the material covered in the module and interact with other members of the class. The discussion board is an item that can be used by the instructor to award up to one full point to the student's final grade point total. The discussion board could be very important to a student who is within one point of improving their letter grade, and it is designed to be used by the instructor only to evaluate those "close" situations. The discussion board point award is only available to students who have consistently posted valuable contributions to the class discussions throughout the entire semester.

The "Reflections" section is not graded and not mandatory. It is designed to allow the student to reflect on what they learned from module to module and is a good personal summary.

Late Policy:

Students need to consult the course calendar for due dates for the written assignments and exams. You will be expected to participate in the discussion board and to submit original postings and responses to classmates’ postings. Discussion board postings will not be accepted after the designated "closed" date. Assignments and Exams will be due by 11:59 pm on Sunday of each assigned time-period unless designated otherwise. Student should consult the calendar portion of the course frequently to avoid "timing" issues.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:

RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications

Email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members

Discussions:

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • 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 discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Library

The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

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 both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.


Last Revised on May 2, 2017