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Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Gain a working knowledge of the law and its impact on the legal system and society.
  2. Conduct legal research utilizing both online and print resources

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the program level through student work in one or more of the following courses: PLA 1003 Intro to Law; PLA 3428 Contracts; PLA 3277 Torts.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Utilize technical skills required for legal writing and prepare various legal documents including, but not limited to, legal memoranda, case briefs and appellate briefs.
  2. Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills, with particular emphasis on effective and persuasive oral and written arguments pertaining to the legal arena.

Communication skills are assessed at the program level through student work in one or more of the following courses: PLA 1003 Intro to Law; PLA 3428 Contracts.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Discuss the impact of certain laws on the legal system and society.
  2. Recognize ethical issues that arise in the practice of law.

Critical thinking skills are assessed through student work in one or more of the following courses: CJL 4064 Constitutional Criminal Procedure; PLA 3703 Ethics.