District Syllabus
Criminal Law

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
An introduction into the specific rules of criminal law generally in 
force in the United States and the State of Florida.  Topics will 
include fundamentals of criminal law; essential elements of a 
crime; criminal liability; responsibility and capacity; defenses and 
criminal jurisdiction.

Required Materials:
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the program students will:
  1. Explain how the various criminal justice components work together to achieve justice.
  2. Understand the elements of criminal law as they are used to prosecute offenders.
  3. Identify the concepts of the US Constitution and how they apply to the Criminal Justice System.
  4. Compare the functions of the correctional field and how they interrelate with the probation and parole system.
  5. Summarize the various criminal behavioral patterns to include their origin and their outcome.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Specific Performance Outcomes:  The student will be able to:

1.  Be able to analyze the different elements involved in each case 
    and relate the specifics to how and why the behavior is 
    considered criminal or not criminal.

2.  Demonstrate a comprehension of the meaning of reasonable 
    suspicion, probable cause, clear and convincing evidence and 
    beyond a reasonable doubt and how these terms impact law 
    enforcement when enforcing the codes of criminal law.

3.  Awareness of the commonly held public beliefs regarding law 
    enforcement and the criminal justice system and how to present a 
    positive image of law enforcement in the eyes of the public.

4.  Identify the different legal rules and doctrines related to 
    admissibility in court and these should be preserved and 

5.  Understand how an effective knowledge of procedural law directly 
    impacts the prosecution of criminals under criminal law and the 
    importance of maintaining and applying procedural law daily.

Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

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Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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