CRIJ140 Criminal Procedure

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ140 Criminal Procedure
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
CRIJ100 or
Corequisites
CRIJ100
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the general principles of procedural law. The major topics of study include arrest, initial appearance, hearings, grand jury proceedings, arraignment, bail, procedures, motions to suppress evidence, trial, appellate steps, warrants and the various roles of individuals working within the criminal justice system.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of the various processes employed in the movement of offenders through the criminal justice system;
      2. examine the system of checks and balances operating within the system that insures fairness; and
      3. demonstrate an understanding of the various roles and functions of individuals working within the criminal justice system.

    3. Core (if applicable
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States
    2. arrest, appearances and preliminary hearing
    3. bail
    4. indictment or information or presentment
    5. guilty pleas and plea bargaining
    6. the criminal trial
    7. sentencing, crime and corrections including the rights of prisoners
    8. appeals and habeus corpus
    9. venue and double jeopardy
    10. juvenile justice in the United States
    11. the role of the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.

    3. Core (if applicable
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011