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ADMJUS 110 - Principles & Procedures of the Justice System - Larry Alvarez

Course:Principles & Procedures of the Justice System
Professor:Larry Alvarez
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Greetings everyone and welcome!  I am Larry Alvarez and it is my honor to be your instructor this semester for Administration of Justice 101, Introduction to Administration of Justice.  I have been teaching criminal justice classes here at COC since 2004.  I have a Juris Doctorate (law) degree, a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology/Criminology.  I am recently retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, as a detective supervisor, with 24 years of law enforcement experience.  I have held a variety of assignments to include custody, crime scene investigations, academy drill instructor, tactical response teams, patrol, field training officer, vice, gangs, divisional detectives, night detectives, counter terrorism, organized crime, intelligence investigations, surveillance, undercover operations, internal affairs, and the officer involved shooting team.  I also served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the Airborne Long Range Surveillance (LRS) Teams.  As many people took the time to help me along my career path, I hope to be able to do the same for you.  I look forward to helping you identify and achieve your goals and career aspirations through this introductory criminal justice course!

Course Description

This course examines due process in criminal proceedings from pre-arrest through trial and the appeal process using statutory law and state and federal constitutional law precedents.  Includes an in-depth study of each primary segment of the administration of justice system. 

This course will use the Socratic method which is a form of cooperative argumentative dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking to draw out ideas and underlying presumptions.  We will use case studies and case briefs to identify and analyze the relevant legal, social, and ethical issues presented.  This interactive approach is designed to enhance your problem-solving skills and to acquire skills as they relate to conducting investigations relying on fact-based evidence, legal reasoning, and effective written and oral communication.  By completing case briefs, you will describe a criminal dilemma in your own words, determine what the courts decided, describe the important facts and concepts involved, use the proper legal terminology, and identify the impacted procedure on the criminal justice system.

What to Expect in this Course

Course Formats


This is class is taught in several different formats to include traditional in-person classes, Online classes, and Online Live (Zoom) classes.  This class is also taught as a full semester and short-term class.  Please check the course section for the course format you enrolled in.


Traditional In-Person Courses


These classes are taught in person.  We will meet in the designated classroom on the days and times published in the College catalog and schedule.


In-person courses will be supplemented through the use of Canvas.  Canvas is the College’s Learning Management System and distance education platform.  The use of Canvas will not substitute classroom attendance or work.  Attendance is mandatory for in-person classes and governed by the College’s attendance policy.


Important on the first day of class.  To avoid being dropped from the course as a “No Show,” you must be present in class for the first scheduled class meetingIf you are dropped from the course, you will need to re-register for the class and you risk being subject to wait listed practices.


Online Live (Zoom) Courses


Online Live courses are held during the scheduled days and times published.  Rather than meeting face-to-face and in person, we will meet in a digital classroom.  This course will meet in a Zoom conference room. You will be sent a Zoom link, inviting you to the digital classroom. 


The Zoom link will also be posted at the top of the Canvas shell for your convenience. 


This course is managed through Canvas, the College’s Learning Management System.  In order to take this course, you must have access to a computer, internet services, and a COC email account.   


Instruction for this course will be primarily synchronous in nature.  However, there may be some instances where we will occasionally meet asynchronously.  Examples of instances requiring asynchronous class meetings may include power and/or internet outages or class time dedicated for exams or movies where bandwith streaming may present additional obstacles.

Important on the first day of class.  To avoid being dropped from the course as a “No Show,” you must be present in class for the first scheduled class meeting.  If you are dropped from the course, you will need to re-register for the class and you risk being subject to wait listed practices.

Online Courses


These courses will be 100% Distance Education (DE) and will be conducted using asynchronous methods of instruction.  This course is managed through Canvas, the College’s Learning Management System.  In order to take this course, you must have access to a computer, internet services, and a COC email account.  All communications will be done through the Canvas modules, including announcements, emails, discussion boards.  If necessary, phone conferences will also be available as an additional form of communication.  This course requires a great deal of discipline, organization, reading, and participation several days a week to be successful.  You will also need to check your COC email account regularly for important class instruction and for updated links to the Zoom chat room.


Important on First Day of Class.  To avoid being dropped from the course as a “No Show,” you must login to the course website on Canvas and complete a discussion board activity by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class.  If you do not complete this assignment by the deadline, you will be dropped from this course.  Again, the website becomes available for student access at 8:00 a.m. and the assignment will be due no later than 11:59 p.m.  It is not enough to login to the Canvas course, you must also complete the discussion board activity to be counted as “present” in the course.


Types of Assessments



Distance Education classes are as rigorous as regular classes and the time commitment is the same.  Your online classes are designed to require 9 hours of work each week, which is consistent with traditional courses.  Participation will be required, sometimes even more so than traditional classes.  DE formatted classes require a lot of reading.  Canvas allows for class discussion, quizzes, and exams.  Discussion boards will require thoughtful input, reflections, postings, and responses to your fellow classmates.  Quizzes and exams are often rigidly timed and will not allow sufficient time to research your answers.  It is highly recommended that you properly prepare and study the materials before attempting quizzes and exams.  You will also need to pay close attention to due dates and details.  You must complete all assignments in each individual module by the due dates for each assignment.  Late work will not be accepted

Textbook Information

Required.  Criminal Procedure: Law and Practice, 10th Edition

Authors:  Rolando V. Del Carmen and Craig Hemmes.  Publisher: Cengage.

ISBN  139781305577367.  

Other Relevant Course Information

If there are any questions regarding this Orientation Letter, please email me at  Remember, I am here to help you do your personal best! Enjoy your journey!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 11/29/2021 Sub#: 1162