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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CJE6688
Tracking Number - 4813

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-30
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: required for Cybercrime Cert. To GC. Objectives need revision. Emailed faculty 12/10/13. GC appd 12/18/13. To USF Sys 2/4/14, to SCNS 2/12/14. Approved effective 4/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-09-11
  2. Department: Criminology
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 122100000
  5. Contact Person: Scot Boeringer
  6. Phone: 8636677048
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: CJE
  9. Number: 6688
  10. Full Title: Cybercrime and Criminal Justice
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Cybercrime and Crim Just
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: Introduction to the topic of criminality in online environments. Topics include hacking, online identity theft, fraud, trade in illicit substances/items, sexual crimes online, and responses to cybercriminality

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will become an integral part of the the Cybersecurity Certificate program and is one of five courses in the sequence.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) MA with either 18 hrs in discipline or equivalent expertise in area of study.
  29. Objectives: - Learn about various aspects of criminality on the internet and/or in online contexts.

    - Compare some of the theoretical explanations of cyber crime and how they differ from theory which purports to explain non-cyber crime

    - Identify the basics of criminal activity across the various aspects of cybercrime: personal, financial, sex-related (cyberporn, onine child pornography, cybertrafficking)-

    - Learn the basics of the techniques which are used by various agencies to combat and interdict cybercriminals

    - Evaluate ways in which individuals can protect themselves from online predation, both personal and financial.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the major types of cybercriminality and how they are similar/different from their offline versions.

    2.Describe the history of online criminality from the earliest days of online communication to the present day.

    3.Compare and contrast the main theories explaining online criminality.

    4. Identify and describe industry and government responses to cybercrime, and the relative efficacy of these crime prevention tactics.

    5. Discuss the future of cybercrime and cybercrime prevention.

  31. Major Topics: online security (hacking, encryption, corporate and national security, cybervandalism)

    sexual deviance (prostitution, pornography and child pornography, fetishism and online sex organizations, and the economics of cyberporn)

    property crime (piracy, fraud, fencing, pyramid schemes)

    personal crime (cyberstalking and identity theft)

    personal and business responses (blocking software, cybersurveillance, anti-spam laws)

  32. Textbooks: 1. Taylor, Robert et al. (2011). Digital Crime & Digital Terrorism. (2nd edition) Boston: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0-13-7008771141376.

    2. Holt, Thomas (ed.). 2013. Crime On-line: Correlates, Causes, and Context. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. (2nd Edition). ISBN: 978-1-61163-105-0

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: none
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Assignment/Test Percent of Grade

    Final 15%

    Peer Evaluation 5%

    Papers 15% each (3 papers)

    Blog 15%

    Paper/Presentation 20%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments:

    1. Students will write three subject papers on topics discussed in class and text. Each paper will be worth approximately 15% of the student’s total grade.

    2. Students will compile a running "blog" through the semester, consisting of annotated hyperlinks to pages and sites which they have investigated dealing with class topics. These will, in total, comprise 15% of the student’s total grade.

    3. Students will complete a semester project (on a subject of their choice) which will be presented to the class late in the semester using a recorded format (Elluminate/Powerpoint). This will be a comprehensive project, and will be worth approximately 20% of the student’s total grade. Students will be responsible for extensive Web research and outside reading for this project, which will be both presented in class and submitted to the instructor via the Canvas system’s Turnitin anti-plagiarism utility.

    Group Discussions/Class Participation

    Peer evaluation. Students will write a thoughtful paragraph evaluating each of their peers’ presentations, and submit the compiled document to me at the end of the term. This will be worth 5% of your total grade.

    Exams: There will be a final examination covering all course material. This exam will consist of multiple-choice and written responses, and will be worth 15% of the total course points.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Assignment Policy.

    Assignments that are not turned in will receive a grade of 0. Assignments that are turned in late, i.e., by the date/time specified on the syllabus, will be eligible to receive a maximum of only 50% of the possible points for that assignment if turned in within 48 hours of the original due date, and will receive zero points if turned in later than 48 hours after the deadline. Any online assignment such as an exam MUST be taken during the time the assignment is open on Canvas. Failure to take the exam during the posted exam dates/times will result in a grade of 0 on that assignment.

    Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is unacceptable. Selected examples from the USF policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty or disruption of academic process are included in this syllabus. Students are responsible for adherence to all USF policies and procedures even if they are not specifically printed in this syllabus. The complete set of policies and procedures may be found at:

    • Procedures for Alleged Academic Integrity:

    • Procedures for Disruption of the Academic Process:

    Plagiarism is intentionally or carelessly presenting the work of another as one’s own. It includes submitting an assignment purporting to be the student’s original work which has wholly or in part been created by another person. It also includes the presentation of the work, ideas, representations, or words of another person without customary and proper acknowledgement of sources. Students must consult with their instructors for clarification in any situation in which the need for documentation is an issue, and will have plagiarized in any situation in which their work is not properly documented.

    1. Every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or appropriate indentation and must be properly acknowledged by parenthetical citation in the text or in a footnote or endnote.

    2. When material from another source is paraphrased or summarized in whole or in part in one’s own words, that source must be acknowledged in a footnote or endnote, or by parenthetical citation in the text.

    3. Information gained in reading or research that is not common professional knowledge must be acknowledged in a parenthetical citation in the text or in a footnote or endnote.

    4. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the use of papers, reports, projects, and other such materials prepared by someone else.

    Fabrication is the use of invented, counterfeited, altered or forged information in assignments of any type including those activities done in conjunction with academic courses that require students to be involved in out-of-classroom experiences. Forgery is the imitating or counterfeiting of images, documents, signatures, and the like. Obstruction is any behavior that limits the academic opportunities of other students by improperly impeding their work or their access to educational resources.

    1. Fabricated or forged information may not be used in any laboratory experiment, report of research, or academic exercise. Invention for artistic purposes is legitimate under circumstances explicitly authorized by an instructor.

    2. Students may not furnish to instructors fabricated or forged explanations of absences or of other aspects of their performance and behavior.

    3. Students may not furnish, or attempt to furnish, fabricated, forged or misleading information to university officials on university records, or on records of agencies in which students are fulfilling academic assignments.

    4. Students may not steal, change, or destroy another student’s work. Students may not impede the work of others by the theft, defacement, mutilation or obstruction of resources so as to deprive others of their use.

    5. Obstruction does not include the content of statements or arguments that are germane to a class or other educational activity.

    Multiple submissions are the submissions of the same or substantially the same work for credit in two or more courses. Multiple submissions shall include the use of any prior academic effort previously submitted for academic credit at this or a different institution. Multiple submissions shall not include those situations where the prior written approval by the instructor in the current course is given to the student to use a prior academic work or endeavor.

    1. Students may not normally submit any academic assignment, work, or endeavor in more than one course for academic credit of any sort. This will apply to submissions of the same or substantially the same work in the same semester or in different semesters.

    2. Students may not normally submit the same or substantially the same work in two different classes for academic credit even if the work is being graded on different bases in the separate courses (e.g., graded for research effort and content versus grammar and spelling).

    3. Students may resubmit a prior academic endeavor if there is substantial new work, research, or other appropriate additional effort. The student shall disclose the use of the prior work to the instructor and receive the instructor’s permission to use it PRIOR to the submission of the current endeavor.

    4. Students may submit the same or substantially the same work in two or more courses with the prior written permission of all faculty involved. Instructors will specify the expected academic effort applicable to their courses and the overall endeavor shall reflect the same or additional academic effort as if separate assignments were submitted in each course. Failure by the student to obtain the written permission of each instructor shall be considered a multiple submission.

    Complicity is assisting or attempting to assist another person in any act of academic dishonesty.

    1. Students may not allow other students to copy from their papers during any type of examination.

    2. Students may not assist other students in acts of academic dishonesty by providing material of any kind that one may have reason to believe will be misrepresented to an instructor or other university official.

    3. Students may not provide substantive information about test questions or the material to be tested before a scheduled examination unless they have been specifically authorized to do so by the course instructor. This does not apply to examinations that have been administered and returned to students in previous semesters.

    Misconduct in research is a serious deviation from the accepted professional practices within a discipline or from the policies of the university in carrying out, reporting, or exhibiting the results of research or in publishing, exhibiting, or performing creative endeavors. It includes the fabrication or falsification of data, plagiarism, and scientific or creative misrepresentation. It does not include honest error or honest disagreement about the interpretation of data.

    1. Students may not invent or counterfeit information.

    2. Students may not report results dishonestly, whether by altering data, by improperly revising data, by selective reporting or analysis of data, or by being grossly negligent in the collecting or analysis of data.

    3. Students may not represent another person’s ideas, writing or data as their own.

    4. Students may not appropriate or release the ideas or data of others when such data have been shared in the expectation of confidentiality.

    5. Students may not publish, exhibit, or perform work in circumstances that will mislead others. They may not misrepresent the nature of the material or its originality, and they may not add or delete the names of authors without permission.

    6. Students must adhere to all federal, state, municipal, and university regulations for the protection of human and other animal subjects.

    7. Students may not conceal or otherwise fail to report any misconduct involving research, professional conduct, or artistic performance of which they have knowledge.

    8. Students must abide by the university’s policies on Misconduct in Research where applicable, which can be found in the University’s Policies and Procedures Manual at the General Counsel’s website.

    Misuse of computers includes unethical or illegal use of the computers of any person, institution or agency in which students are performing part of their academic program.

    1. Students may not use the university computer system in support of any act of plagiarism.

    2. Students may not monitor or tamper with another person’s electronic communications.

    Misuse of intellectual property is the illegal use of copyright materials, trademarks, trade secrets or intellectual properties. Students may not violate state or federal laws concerning the fair use of copies.

    Punishment for Academic Dishonesty: The punishment for academic dishonesty depends on the seriousness of the offense and may include assignment of an “F” or a numerical value of zero on the subject paper, lab report, etc., and “F” or an “FF” grade (the latter indicating academic dishonesty) in the course, and suspension or expulsion from the University. A student who receives an “FF” grade may not use the university’s Grade Forgiveness Policy if the course is subsequently repeated. An “FF” grade assigned to indicate academic dishonesty is reflected only on internal records and prevents the student from repeating the course using the Grade Forgiveness Policy. If a student who has been accused of academic dishonesty drops the course, the student’s registration in the course will be reinstated until the issue is resolved. Notice that a student has been dismissed for reasons of academic dishonest may be reflected on the student’s transcript with the formal notation: Dismissed for Academic Dishonesty.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Criminology
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