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Criminal Law


1.  Will I need a text for this class?

Yes, most of the assignments required of this course are taken directly from the text.  The text is California Criminal Law Concepts, 2012 edition by Hunt and Rutledge.  If you obtain the text at the West Valley Bookstore it may come packaged with a free supplemental booklet or CD.  This booklet and CD are not required or used during the course.  As long as you have the text, you are ready for class.

2.  Where can I purchase the required text?

The West Valley College Bookstore will ship orders if you call them at 408 741-2015.  If you order from a different vendor please be sure you get only the current (2012) edition.  There are a lot of earlier editions still on the shelves, even in the West Valley Bookstore!

3.  Can I complete the assignments at any time.

No, although this class is taught via the internet it is not self-paced.  Like the classroom, there are deadlines for assignments and e-homework to be submitted.  All assignments are posted on Monday and are due the following Sunday by 5:00 PM (PST).

4.  Do my college transcripts reflect that I took a class in a distance learning format.

No.  There is no difference between a class taken on campus or via distance learning. The California Community College Chancellor's Office has developed an administrative policy that requires all online classes meet the same requirements as any on-campus class.  Your transcripts will not reflect whether you attended a class in the classroom or online.

5.  What kind of technical skills and equipment do I need to be successful in an online class.

You must have a computer with internet access and an email address.  I recommend a high speed internet connection. The chapter PowerPoint presentations are best viewed in Internet Explorer.

6.  Is there a course syllabus for this class?

Yes, click here for the online version.

7.  Are there any specific times and/or dates that I must be online?

No, all assignments are posted on Monday and are due by 5 PM (PST) Sunday of the following week.  As long as you check the class website on a weekly basis and watch for newly posted assignments and announcements, you have no other "online" obligations.  Because this is a distance learning class it's very important that you have the self-discipline to stay up with the class assignments.  You must submit your assignments by the date and time due.  No late assignments are accepted.

8.  If I no longer participate in class activities or complete the assignments will the instructor automatically drop me from the class.

No.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact Admissions and Records and officially drop from the course.  This is a very important question because failing to drop the class will result in an F grade at the end of the semester.

9.  Where can I find out more information about taking a class online?

You should go to the College Orientation Website.  This site contains an abundance of resources to assist you in successfully completing your online classes.  It is best to start at the top then work your way down the menu items.  You might also want to download and print the student manual for future reference.

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