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Course Description: Current issues and trends in criminal justice with emphasis on group discussion. Each student will be required to prepare, submit and defend a senior thesis. Successful completion of the thesis is mandatory. This course will satisfy the EN306 requirement for Criminal Justice majors. Pre-requisites: EN105, EN106, passing the WCT and senior standing. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: Instructor Grove's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive. Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet are significant components of this learning process.
Learning Outcomes:§ To provide students an opportunity to explore a specific topic in criminal justice through the examination of related research.
§ To give students an opportunity to apply what they learn from the examination of the topic in preparation of their Senior Thesis.
§ Students will prepare and present research reviews that will prepare them to write a research paper.
§ Students will learn what research is.
§ Students will know and understand what the tools of research are.
§ Students will learn how to focus research and get to the heart of a topic.
§ Students will plan their research design.
§ Students will complete four research designs by preparing their research reviews.
Course Assessment: Students will be required to complete all assignments; class attendance and participation are absolutely essential. Satisfactory participation in this class may prove difficult if you have not completed the required reading assignments.
Grading: Participation 10%
Individual Oral Presentations 15%
Total points possible 100%
A 90 – 100%
B 80 – 89.99%
C 70 – 79.99%
D 60 – 69.99%
F 59 and below
Late Submission of Course Materials: The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”. If students know they are going to miss it is their responsibility to submit the assignment prior to the due date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 1. Instructor is not responsible for contacting absent students or providing items from missed classes.
2. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is evident in your grades through the oral presentations, chapter discussions, etc. Also, assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
3. No makeup exams will be given unless the student Students must make arrangements to take tests prior to the due date if they are not going to be present.
4. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
5. No late assignments are accepted for any reason.
6. Attendance is taken at the beginning and end of class. You must be present at both to receive the participation points in full for the evening along with active participation in class discussions.
7. No extra credit is given.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Session Assignments
Week 1 Chapters 1,2, and 3
Week 2 Chapters 4 and 5 –
Week 3 Chapters 6,7,8, and 9 – Submit 1st paper
Week 4 Midterm
Week 5 Chapters 10,11, and 12 – Submit 2nd paper
Week 6 Chapters 13, 14, and 15
Week 7 Chapters 16 and 17 – Submit 3rd paper
Week 8 Remaining Chapters
Week 9 Submit 4th paper and give their presentation
* Surprise quizzes over chapter readings may be given at the discretion of the instructor on any night.
*Chapters for the week should be read and ready for discussion prior to class.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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