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CCJO 4354
701.2168, Fall, 2016

Basic Information

Instructor Name: H. Ross Coleman


OFFICE PHONE: 210-882-9429


OFFICE HOURS: By appointment only. Due to the nature of an online class, I will be available by phone when a student needs to speak with me. You may schedule an appointment by university email.
This course is a Web Course and is conducted within Canvas at

Course Description

Course Catalog Description:

An examination of major ethical issues confronted by persons who worked in the criminal justice system. Important appellate court decisions pertaining to those issues will also be reviewed.

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course the student should be able to:

  • Differentiate between morals and ethics.

  • Articulate legitimate ethical dilemmas that arise with police, courts, and corrections practitioners.

  • Explain the philosophical foundations that underlie and mold modern ethical behavior.

  • Explain why the court actions and rules pose problems for criminal justice and society.

  • Define the behavioral and legal terminology associated with historical ethical misconduct.

  • Provide examples of misconduct associated with the police, courts and corrections.

  • Articulate court cases which are related to ethics in the criminal justice system.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Required Materials: Ethics and Criminal Justice, An Introduction , by John Klenig, Cambridge University Press, New York, New York 2008.

ISBN: 9780521682831

Important Academic Dates

UTPB Academic Calendar:

Course Overview

This course is divided into four modules. Each module will consist of assigned readings, three chapters for modules 1-3, five chapters for module 4. Each module consists of a discussion question, video, short essay assignment and a module test.

 The discussion question will be a scenario which will be provided to you. Read the scenario and provide the information requested after reading. Each discussion should include a primary response by the student, and at least two responses to the primary answer of at least two other students. This means that each student should have a minimum of three posts for each discussion. When you write your post you should write a substantive post. A substantive discussion posting consist of the following characteristics:

Reflection about meaning: describe thoughtfully what something means or new insight it provides, or raise a question as a seed for clarification or further discussion.

Analysis: discuss relevant themes, concepts, main ideas, components, or relationships among ideas. Or, identify hidden assumptions or fallacies in reasoning.

Elaboration: build on ideas of others or ideas found in the readings details, examples, a different viewpoint, or other relevant information.

Application: provide examples of how principles or concepts can be applied to actual situations, or discuss the implications of theory for practice.

Synthesis: integrate multiple views to provide a summary, a new perspective, or creative refashioning of ideas.

Evaluation: assess the accuracy, reasonableness, or quality of ideas.

Each module will contain an examination. Each test will consist of multiple-choice and/or true false questions. The test will be timed and you will know amount of time you have before you take the test.

 In addition to the module examinations, there will be four short essays a final. Each essay will be worth 5% of your total grade. The point of the essay is for you to think, be constructive of what you are writing and come to a conclusion within the subject matter. A conclusion can consists of what you believe is the outcome of the problem or situation within the topic. Much like the discussion question, come to a substantive conclusion and create an opinion on the matter. Because there are short essays, there will be no midterm for this course, and the final will cover material that was addressed in all 14 chapters. The final will consist of 50 questions and will be multiple-choice and/or true false and the test will be timed. All test questions come straight from the textbook.

Each Module contains a short essay assignment. Each essay is to be 500 words, APA style, 12-font Times New Roman or other APA accepted font, double spaced with a title and reference page. The reference page must contain a minimum of three sources not including Wikipedia. Make sure that all references are cited and to use quotations.


Course Activity


Percentage of Total grade

Module 1 Discussion



Module 2 Discussion



Module 3 Discussion



Module 4 Discussion



Module 1 Test



Module 2 Test



Module 3 Test



Module 4 Test



Short Essay 1



Short Essay 2



Short Essay 3



Short Essay 4






Total: 100%

Grading Scale:

Grade Range

Letter Grade

90 and above


80 to 89


70 to 79


60 to 69


Less than 59


Communication, Grading & Feedback: This course is presented in a fully online format. I do not have office hours posted because of the format. However, you can always email me . I have also listed my mobile phone number 210-882-9429. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me through either email or phone. I will accept text messages. If you decide to text me, please ask your question and include your name and return phone number if different than the number you are calling from. My goal is to get back in contact with you within 48 hours. In most cases it will be much sooner. I am targeting a week after close of the module having a graded. If you have any questions or comments just let me know. Don’t make inferences or assumptions- If you are not sure about something, ask.

Time Management: A student should expect to spend three hours on preparation and learning assignments for every semester credit hour. If a class is a 3-semester credit hour class, it is expected that a student should spend about 9 hours out of class on assignments in addition to 3 hours of in-class time for a total of about 12 hours per week to obtain an "A" in a class. It is important to develop a Time Management Plan to be successful. Do not procrastinate!


  1. Discussion Board: Discussion Board is primarily for discussing course related topics and issues.
    Best practices are:

    1. Read all message postings in online discussion.

    2. Respond to the question directly

    3. Reply to minimum of two other student posts.

    4. Use a person's name in the body of your message when you reply to their message.

    5. Avoid postings that are limited to 'I agree' or 'great idea', etc.

    6. Ensure responses to questions are meaningful, reflective.

    7. Support statements with concepts from course readings, refer to personal experience, examples.

    8. Follow Rules of Behavior.

  2. Rules of Behavior: Discussion areas are public to every student in this class (including your instructor) who will see what you write. Please pay attention to the language you use and adhere to the following guidelines:

    1. Do not post anything too personal.

    2. Do not use language that is inappropriate for a classroom setting or prejudicial in regard to gender, race, or ethnicity.

    3. Do not use all caps in the message box unless you are emphasizing (it is considered shouting).

    1. Be courteous and respectful to other people on the list

    2. Do not overuse acronyms like you would use in text messaging. Some of the list participants may not be familiar with acronyms.

    3. Use line breaks and paragraphs in long responses.

    4. Write your full name at the end of the posting.

    5. Be careful with sarcasm and subtle humor; one person's joke is another person's insult.

  1. Make-Up/Late Submission Policy:
    All course activities must be submitted before or on set due dates and times. If the student is unable to abide by the due dates and times, it is her/his responsibility to contact the instructor immediately.

  2. Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism/Cheating: The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. Any suspicion of academic dishonesty will be reported and investigated. A student who engages in scholastic dishonesty that includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and collusion will receive an “F” for the course.

    All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. For complete information on UTPB student conduct and discipline procedures consult the university’s handbook at:

    Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor, or the attempt to commit such acts.

    Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the appropriation of, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means material that is attributable in whole or in part to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one's own academic work being offered for credit.

  3. Attendance and Class Participation: Regular and active participation is an essential, unmistakably important aspect of this online course. Students will log on a minimum of three times every seven days. All students are expected to do the work assigned, notify the instructor when emergencies arise.

  4. Tracking: The learning management systems have a tracking features. Statistics are collected that quantifies how often and when students are active in the course and provides information if the student has accessed different pages of the course.

  5. Absenteeism: All the course activities have set dates to be completed and submitted. After the due dates the activities will not be available for the students. Not logging into an online course is considered absenteeism. Contact instructor immediately in case of emergency medical situation.

  6. Course Incomplete/Withdrawal/Grade Appeal:
    All students are required to complete the course within the semester they are signed up. Incomplete grades for the course are rarely given, will only be granted if the student provides a valid, documented excuse for not being able to complete the course on time, and has contacted the instructor prior to the scheduled last class to request an extension. The student signs a contract that includes the incomplete course activities and the new due dates.

    Find information and dates regarding drops and withdrawals at

    For grade appeal process go to

    NOTE: The due dates and times for the activities will adhere to the Central Time Zone.

  7. Accommodation for Students with Disabilities: Americans with Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities that are admitted to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin may request reasonable accommodations and classroom modifications as addressed under Section 504/ADA regulations. The definition of a disability for purposes of ADA is that she or he (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantively limits a major life activity, (2) has a record of such an impairment or, (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

    Students who have provided all documentation and are eligible for services will be advised of their rights regarding academic accommodations and responsibilities. The University is not obligated to pay for diagnosis or evaluations nor is it obligated to pay for personal services or auxiliary aids. Students needing assistance because of a disability must contact Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department, 432-552-2630, Leticia Madrid,, no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

Computer Skills, Technical & Software Requirements

This course requires use of Word processing and the ability to access You Tube for viewing. Students will need to create word processing documents, save files, submit files as an attachment for turning in papers.

Students can use cloud version of Word, PowerPoint and other Microsoft products through use of their UTPB Outlook 365 and UTPB email address. For more information refer to Student Services below or visit:

To obtain software licensing and media for selected Microsoft titles at very low cost through a software agreement visit:

Computer Technical Requirements: Information at

Online Student Authentication

UTPB requires that each student who registers for an online course is the same student who participates in, completes, and receives credit for the course. This course satisfies student authentication by:
Proctored exams using an approved photo ID*.

  • Presentation of approved photo ID* through a web cam and video recorded proctoring during assessment (Respondus Monitor)

*Approved photo identifications are: passports, government issued identification, driver’s licenses, military ID from DoD; dual credit and early college high school students use school district identifications.

Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor for Online Exams

This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and Monitor for online exams. Watch this short video ( to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and Monitor.

Download and install LockDown Browser from this link:

To take an online test, open LockDown Browser which opens Canvas and navigate to the exam. (You cannot access the exam with a standard web browser.)

When taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:

  • Setup web cam for exams using Monitor.

  • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted.

  • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.

  • Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices.

  • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test.

  • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted.

Preparation for Emergencies

Computer Crash: Not having a working computer or a crashed computer during the semester will NOT be considered as an acceptable reason for not completing course activities at a scheduled time. NOTE: Identify a second computer before the semester begins, that you can use when/if your personal computer crashes.
Complete Loss of Contact: If you lose contact with course connectivity completely (i.e. you cannot contact me via Canvas or email), you need to call instructor, and leave message regarding connectivity loss and contact information.
Lost/Corrupt/Missing Files: You must keep/save a copy of every project/assignment on an external drive, UTPB Outlook 365 OneDrive, or personal computer. In the event of any kind of failure (e.g. virus infection, student’s own computer crashes, loss of files in cyberspace, etc) or any contradictions/problems, you may be required to resubmit the files.

End-of-Course Evaluation & Instructor Evaluation

Every student is encouraged to complete an end-of-course evaluation/survey provided by UTPB. During the last few weeks of class, you will receive an announcement through email notifying you that the Course/Instructor Survey is available. You may follow the link in the email to complete the survey using the same credentials to access your courses here. When entering the emailed Survey link you will see a list of surveys for you to complete. Another way to find End-of-Course Evaluations is through you account > My Surveys & Evaluations are on the first page after you login.
The survey is anonymous and you responses are confidential. Your feedback is critical to us and to your instructor as we strive to improve our offerings, and our support of you, the students.

Student Support Services



ADA Accommodation/Support

Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department
(432) 552-2630


UTPB E-Advisor at


(432) 552-0220

Email, Outlook 365,

Information Resources Service

Financial Aid and Scholarship

(432) 552-2620


(432) 552-2370
The J. Conrad Dunagan Library Online at


(432) 552-2635

Student Services

Technical Support

Canvas 1-866-437-0867

Tutoring & Learning Resources

If you are taking courses through UTPB the following links provide services: Smarthinking Online Tutoring (provides tutoring services), SmarterMeasure (measures learner readiness for online course).

Disclaimer & Rights

Information contained in this syllabus was to the best knowledge of the instructor considered correct and complete when distributed for use in the beginning of the semester. However, the instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of UTPB to make changes in the course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation. The students will be informed about the changes, if any.

Copyright Statement

Many of the materials that are posted within UTPB courses are protected by copyright law. These materials are only for the use of students enrolled in the course and only for the purpose of the course. They may not be further retained or disseminated.




Due Date

Module 1

Chapter 1 Civil Society: It’s Institutions and Major Players

Chapter 2 Crime and the limits of criminalization

Chapter 3 Constraints on governmental agents

Discussion Assignment Due –September 2

Short Essay Assignment Due- September 9

Test -September 16

Module 2

Chapter 4 Tensions and the police role

Chapter 5 The Burdens of discretion

Chapter 6 Coercion and deception

Discussion Assignment Due- September 23

Short Essay Assignment Due- September 30

Test- October 7

Module 3

Chapter 7 Prosecutors: seeking justice through truths

Chapter 8 Defense Lawyers: zealous advocacy?

Chapter 9 The Impartial Judge

Discussion Assignment Due- October 14

Short Essay Assignment Due- October 21

Test- October 28

Module 4

Chapter 10 Juries: The lamps of liberty

Chapter 11 Punishment and its alternatives

Chapter 12 Imprisonment and its alternatives

Chapter 13 The role of correctional officers

Chapter 14 Reentry and collateral consequences

Discussion Assignment Due- November 4

Short Essay Assignment Due -November 11

Test- November 30


Cumulative Material covered will be Chapters 1 thru 14

December 8

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