UCF-COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND LEGAL STUDIES
Instructor: Adjunct Professor Randall A. Mingo RMINGO@MAIL.UCF.EDU
Evening telephone # (407)-823-6433 No office hours, scheduled appointments please.
This undergraduate course serves as an introduction to the careers available in the discipline of criminal justice and focuses on the components of the criminal justice process, (law enforcement, courts, and corrections). Students will be provided with an overview of each organizational structure of the criminal justice agencies with particular attention given to requirements of employment. Additionally, current issues associated with employment opportunities will be examined. Topics will be enhanced by guest lectures from practitioners and recruiters.
By completion of this course, “Careers in Criminal Justice”, students should be able to:
· Recognize and describe different organizational structures of the criminal justice system.
· Understand the human resources/personnel systems in criminal justice organizations.
· Develop an effective job-seeking strategy and understand the effective elements of a job application, resume, interview and follow-up process.
· Effectively research job opportunities and vacancy openings utilizing the Internet, journals, periodicals, newspapers and practitioner networking.
· Understand the requirements necessary to successfully compete for an employment opportunity/ position in the criminal justice field.
Delucia, R.C., and Doyle, T.J. (1998). Career planning in criminal justice: third edition. Anderson Publishing Company, Oh.
The job hunting handbook: job outlook to the year 2006. (1998). Dahlstrom and Company Publishing, NH.
Recommended Readings: Career journals/periodicals/newspapers (i.e. The Police Chief, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Law Enforcement Technology, Corrections Today, Security World, Chronicle of Higher Education, Campus Law Enforcement Journal).
The following information is how students in this course will earn their final grade:
Pop Quiz # 1 10 points A: 90-100%
Pop Quiz # 2 10 points B: 80-89%
Online project 20 points C: 70-79%
Reaction paper # 1, #2 10 points each D: 60-69%
Resume project 25 points F: below 60%
(Draft-cover letter & resume= 10 pts, Final-cover letter & resume= 15 pts)
Interview panel participation 25 points
(Interview= 20 pts, Thank you letter= 5 pts)
State Application (hand written) 5 points
Attendance and participation 10 points
Midterm exam * 100 points
Final exam * 100 points
325 points total
There will be two “pop quizzes”, each quiz carries a grade value of 10 points. No make up Quiz will be given.
There will be two formal examinations, one midterm and one final examination with grade values of 100 points each. The final examination is comprehensive. Both the midterm and final examination will cover class lectures, required text materials and speaker presentation material. NO MAKEUP EXAMINATIONS WILL BE GIVEN WITHOUT THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE INSTRUCTOR OR A DOCUMENTED EMERGENCY.
Resume Project: Students will be required to submit a rough draft of their resume and cover letter, then a final error free version. The final resume must meet professional standards and can be utilized by the student for an immediate or future job search. In addition to submitting a final resume for grading, a final resume copy must be furnished to the interview panel at the time of the students stress interview. A written thank you letter to the panel is required. The resume project carries a total grade value of 25 points.
Interview Panel: Each student will complete an oral interview with a panel of criminal justice professionals. The oral interview process carries a grade value of 20 points.
A thank you letter carries a value of 5 points.
Attendance/Participation: Each student is required to attend and participate in class meetings. Students are permitted one absences from class without penalty. A second unexcused absence will result in a loss of half of the participation points. A third unexcused absence will result in a loss of all participation points. AN EXCUSED ABSENCE IS ONE THAT YOU HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE INSTRUCTOR, OR IN WHICH YOU HAVE A DOCUMENTED EMERGENCY APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR. Please show respect for your fellow classmates, guest lectures, and the instructor by being on time for class. MISSING ATTENDANCE CALL COUNTS AS AN ABSENECE. Attendance/Participation carries a grade value of 10 points.
Reaction Papers: The class meeting after designated guest speakers (you will be told which speakers), each student will turn in a typed, grammatically correct reaction paper. Content, format and spelling will also be considered for grading purposes. All papers will be: two full pages in length, 12-font only, double- spaced only, 1” margins. The reaction paper must include:
· The student’s name and the class date of the lecture.
· The guest speaker’s name and organization represented.
· What topic points did you find the most interesting?
· What topic points did you find the least interesting?
· Are you interested in the career/profession the speaker reviewed? Why/why not?
· Did the speaker change or reinforce your opinion about this career field?
· Do you feel that this presenter was a good speaker? Why or why not.
All papers must be neatly typed on a word processor or computer. Handwritten papers will not be accepted. Reaction papers carry a grade value of 10 points each. Late papers will receive a maximum grade value of 5 points only.
Tuesday January 07 th 2003: Orientation, syllabus handout-course overview and emergency contact 3x5-card completion. Lecture: Public speaking with confidence.
Tuesday January 14 th 2003: Lecture: Step #1 in Career Planning “self-assessment” desired individual qualities in CJ.
Tuesday February 04 th 2003 Lecture: Professional job requirements, searching postings and vacancy announcements, understanding the required KSA’s. The criminal justice employment Background Investigation (BI) components and process. Chapter 10 of text Careers in Criminal Justice Pg. 133-153. What is FTO and OJT training?
Tuesday February 18 th 2003: Lecture: Federal criminal justice opportunities. Chapter 2 pages 20-52. Guest speaker: 1900-2000 hours. Note: Draft cover letter and resume due. Note: A reaction paper will be due on this speaker (due February 25th, 2003)
NOTE: Midterm examination MARCH 11th, 2003 from 1900-2045 hours!
NOTE: This schedule is subject to change without prior notice with the exceptions of noted midterm and final examinations. Every effort will be made to maintain scheduled classes and lectures. Guest Speaker availability will remain flexible to aid in any scheduling conflicts the guest speakers encounter. It remains the student’s responsibility to attend all scheduled class meetings and submit all required assignments.
Class lectures will be expanded to cover additional material if time permits.
*Students are responsible for adherence to the UCF Golden Rules of conduct.