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Republic of the Philippines

Carlos Hilado Memorial State College

Enclaro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental


Course Number: CLJ 1

Course Title: Criminal Law I
Credit: 3 units, 3 hours/week, lecture only
Prerequisite: None
Program: B.S. Criminology
Semester: First Semester, 2013-2014

Course Description:

An examination of characteristics of criminal law, the nature

of felonies, stages of execution, circumstances affecting criminal
liability, persons criminally liable; the extent and extinction of
criminal liability as well as civil liability of the offender, as well as
understanding of penalties in criminal law, their nature and
theories, classes, crimes, habitual delinquency, juvenile
delinquency, the Indeterminate Sentence Law and the Probation
Law. The course covers Book 1 (Art. 1-113) of the Revised Penal
Code and related laws.


This course is basic in the program of Criminology as it

ushers the students to the field of felonies and the respective
penalties imposed. Special laws that were passed to strengthen
and widen the efficacy of the Penal Code are replete that the
Revised Penal Code, indeed, has a pervasive effect in the
Philippine society in these contemporary times. As future police
officers, the students attain a degree of knowledge that will
enable them to understand the commission of felonies, the stage
that are attendant to the crime, the circumstances that surround
each and every criminal act. Needless to say, the course is a
basis in the preliminary aspects of police investigation which is a
must for every aspiring police officer.
NOSOF Vision

Fishery Education envisions developing a well-integrated

individual dedicated to national development and human
advancement especially in the field of Fisheries and other allied


NOSOF commits herself to produce service oriented and

professionally and technically competent graduates who shall
work for the sustainable development and for the betterment of
the human society.

Institutional Aims and Objectives

1. Provide quality and affordable education among poor but

deserving and qualified youth of the coastal community.
2. Develop technical knowledge relevant and responsive to
the demands of the fishery industry.
3. Promote sustainable fish production that is economically
viable, socially acceptable and and environmentally non-
4. Train students not only to be academically prepared and
technically equipped but also imbued with moral values in
areas of fishery business, fish processing technology and
teacher education program.
5. Establish linkages and networking with the local
government units and private sectorc in the implementation
of programs and projects in terms of fisheries management,
resource utilization, conservation, research and extension.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
1. Define and explain Criminal Law, felonies and other related
2. Discuss as well as explain the sources of Criminal Law;
3. Explain the general principles of criminal law
4. Correlate criminal law with the Fundamental Law as well
as the laws related;
5. Elucidate the constitutional rights of persons and the
statutory rights of the accused;
6. Discuss the various circumstances attendant to the act or
omission resulting to a felony;
7. Distinguish various terms, concepts, doctrines and
principles of criminal law;
8. Describe the persons who are criminally liable; and
9. Explain the concepts of felonies.

The above objectives are to be achieved through a process

involving readings, lectures, class discussions and various written

Students' mastery of the readings and lecture materials presented
in class will be evaluated on the basis of their performance on
three tests and a final exam, quizzes, participation in discussion
groups exploring aspects of various course topics, self-
assessments of required readings and class participation.
Make-up exams will be given only if you have obtained my
permission to be excused from the actual exam prior to the
time of that exam.
Students are expected to attend class regularly and to have
completed all assigned readings prior to the date for which they
are assigned. Points in this category will be earned through class
attendance and through contributions to class discussions in
class. Students who miss a class are responsible for getting
notes from someone else in the class and for finding out about
any assignments that were given out that day.

Final grades will be computed on the following basis:

Tests (Long/Term Exams) 30%

Comprehensive Final exam 30%
Discussion groups and case analysis 20%
Class participation and attendance 20%
Total 100%

Grading System/Grading Scale

1.0 95 100 2.1 84 68-69
1.1 94 97-99 2.2 83 66-67
1.2 93 94-96 2.3 82 64-65
1.3 92 91-93 2.4 81 62-63
1.4 91 88-90 2.5 80 60-61
1.5 90 85-87 2.6 79 58-59
1.6 89 82-84 2.7 78 56-57
1.7 88 79-81 2.8 77 54-55
1.8 87 76-78 2.9 76 52-53
1.9 86 73-75 3.0 75 50-51
2.0 85 70-72 5.0 70 <50

Statement of
Plagiarism and Cheating
Definitions of Plagiarism:
"Take and use another author's thoughts, writings...as one's own."
(The Concise Oxford Dictionary)
"The appropriation or imitation of the language, ideas, and
thoughts of another author and representation of them as one's
original work." (The Random House Dictionary of the English
Cheating in any form may result in expulsion from the course with
an “F” or 5.0 for the course.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. Getting help from a fellow
student to solve a problem or to complete an assignment is not
cheating. However, copying a major portion of an assignment
from someone else (to get it done on time) or using someone
else’s work in any way is cheating in the form of plagiarism.
If two or more students each turn in an assignment that is
essentially a copy of another’s work, this will be considered
cheating. Instances of outright copying will result in no credit for
the assignment for both the individual(s) who copied and the
individual who was copied from (if known about). Serious or
repeated instances of cheating may result in an automatic failure
of the course.
Class Policy
It should be understood that the instructor expects that student to
complete ALL assignments and requirements that the regular
students have to do. Work must be turned in by the same
deadlines, and all policies (including absenteeism) are in force.
There are no removals, incomplete and no grade status. At the
end of the semester, students are given either a passing or a
failing grade.
The 20% Rule is applied. For a course that meets twice a week
(over fifteen weeks), that is a total of 30 class meetings. 20% of
30 is 6. After that many (6) absences, the student will be
administratively withdrawn (grade of "W") from the course. For a
course that meets three times a week (over fifteen weeks), that is
a total of 43 class meetings (45 minus Advising Day and Break),
and 20% of 43 is 9. These numbers amount to three weeks of
absences. If a student manages to bypass administrative
withdrawal, and has accumulated 20% absences by the end of
the course, a final grade of 5.0 is turned in. There are additional
procedures, as per the College Catalog, and as follows:

Schedule of Absenteeism Penalties
A. Half letter grade drop;
instructor will speak with
A. Three (3) student about absences;
absences student is dropped from any
course that meets one day a
week (8 week courses)
B. Full letter grade drop;
B. Four (4) instructor notifies Advisor,
absences Student Support, and speaks
with student again
C. Two letter grade drop;
C. Five (5) instructor notifies Advisor,
absences Support, Head of Instruction,
Registrar, and student
D. Student is dropped from
D. Six (6) any course that meets two
absences days a week (15 week
E. Student is dropped from any
E. Nine (9)
course that meets three days a
week (15 week courses)

Excuses are only allowed for cases of illness, unavoidable

circumstances, or college extracurricular activities approved by
the Head of Instruction. Illnesses should be documented by a
medical professional or by the College Nurse. Unavoidable
circumstances should be described in writing, and the Instructor
reserves the right to override what the student deems as
unavoidable. Extracurricular activities are normally notified to the
faculty via memos/letters from the administration/organization.
The Three Tardies Equals One Absence Rule is applied.
Tardiness is defined as fifteen minutes of any class meeting time,
regardless of whether it occurs at the beginning of class (late), the
middle of class (break), or end of class (leaving early). Anyone
suspected of abusing or exploiting this definition by deliberately
and repeatedly keeping it just under fifteen minutes will be
penalized the same as others, and referred for behavioral
disruption. No sleeping, music, TV, or electronic devices are
allowed in class. Follow the calendar religiously; do not skip
chapters or assignment sequences. Read everything and pay
close attention (taking notes) to what the instructor says in class.
Each student is responsible, on their own, for obtaining material
they may have missed in class. Do not ask for the instructor's
Roll is taken every class meeting by signature. Use a
distinctive signature consistently, and do not print or make other
marks on the roll sheet (unless instructed to do so). Above all, do
NOT sign for someone else, as this constitutes a serious offense
(cheating), and any suspected cases of it are investigated and
penalized without recourse to appeal. If an asterisk (*) appears
behind your name code on the grades page, that means a pattern
of absenteeism has been detected in your case, and that
absenteeism penalties may apply if performance does not
In the event that the college cancels classes for any reason
(e.g., weather, special holidays), the material scheduled for the
cancelled date is automatically rescheduled for the next class
meeting. This includes exams or other work due on the cancelled
date. In the event that the instructor cannot make it to a class
meeting, there will be an announcement on the announcements
bulletin, there will also be a note on the classroom door, or an
SMS message to an officer of the class.
In the event you cannot get into my office area to drop off
assignments, or the school loses it's email or Internet connectivity,
send your work via an office staffs addressed to me with the date
and time (staff will usually date/time stamp it also, if available). If
the school's Internet is down, be patient. ALWAYS place your
(full) name on all assignments before turning them in, and always
put your name somewhere in the body of your email message.

Course Outline
Meeting Topic
1-2 General Provisions, Date of Effectiveness
and Application of Provisions
3 Felonies and Circumstances which affect
4 criminal liability
5  Felonies
6  Justifying circumstances
7  Exempting circumstances
8  Mitigating circumstances
9  Aggravating circumstances
 Alternative circumstances
10 Persons criminally liable for felonies
11-12 Penalties
 Penalties in general
 Classification of penalties
 Duration of penalties
 Application of penalties
 Execution and service of sentence
13 Extinction of Criminal Liability
 Total extinction
 Partial extinction
14 Civil Liability
 Persons civilly liable for felonies
 What civil liability includes
 Extinction and survival of civil liability
15 Probation Law
16 Indeterminate Sentence Law

This is simply a beginning of the semester syllabus, not a
contract. Syllabus content may be modified or enhanced upon
the consent of the class.
I, ____________________________ have read, agreed and
understand the syllabus for CLJ I, First Semester 2013-14, as
presented to me.

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