CJ450 SrSem in Criminal Justice

for U1HH 2005

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CourseCJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice PA
FacultyBailey, Jack Lee
TitleInstructor/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMS, Corrections, Xavier University
Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist-National Association of Forensic Counselor/American College of Certified Clinical Counselors
Certified Professional in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice-National Association of Forensic Counselors
Office LocationHome-2137 Kittyhawk Ave, Springfield, OH  45503
Office HoursMay contact me by email, mail, or phone (leave message) anytime.
Daytime Phone(937) 399-2877
Other PhonePark Office, WPAFB- (937) 904-4806 or 904-4868
Semester DatesMay 30, 2005 to July 31, 2005
Class Days-M-----
Class Time5:30 - 10:30 PM
PerquisitesEN 105, EN106, passing WCT and senior standing
Credit Hours3

Hagan, Frank E.  Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology, 6th Edition.  Allyn & Bacon, Needham Heights, MA  2003   ISBN 0-205-36677-5

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Students may wish to consult other resources on research methodology as well as various sources for research materials.  The students needs to consult resources on various writing styles.  The three styles accepted are the MLA, APA, and Chicago.  The Chicago style is preferred by this instructor.  Three helpful resources are:

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Turabian; The Elements of Style by Strunk and White; and A Pocket Style Manual by Hacker.

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:
To present the studentwith several propositions using current research methodologies dealing with the myths, realities, and public perception relating to crime issues and problems existing in the United States.  Examined will be the interaction that does/does not exist among various components in and around the criminal justice system and the validity of various reserach modalities.

Learning Outcomes:
Successful completion should enable students to understand research issues within the criminal justice system; identifying some of the varous theories that attempt to explain crime, criminality, and causal factors; define to some degree the various roles of the components of the system as they attempt to interact; explore/differentiate between liberal and conservative views/approaches to the crime problem; and select a relevant criminal justice topic, identify and provide resource materials, and develop, submit, and defend a thesis.

Course Assessment:
Each student will take a mid term exam, final exam, and present a research thesis (including an oral presentation).  The thesis shal consist of a minimum of 10 pages narrative (typed, double spaced) and shall also include at least a cover page, table of contents page, and works cited page (all of which are not included in the minimum of 10 pages).  Papers are critiqued for proper grammer, punctuation, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure, and content.  Students are encouraged to turn in preliminary drafts for perusal.

MId Term Exam         35%
Final Exam            35%
Thesis                30%

GRADE SCALE           92-100 = A
                     83-91  = B
                     74-82  = C
                     65-73  = D

Below 65, or 3 unexcused absences in a term, or 2 consecutive unexcused absences in a term = F

Regarding exams, a combination of styles of questions are used (true/false, yes/no, fill in, multiple choice, and narrative).  The instructor has the option of granting full or partial credit for any exam question.  The instructor has the discretion of determining what is good or subpar work on thesis papers, and has the discretion as to point deduction for work considered subpar.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are expected to take exams and submit the thesis on the assigned dates.  Allowances can be made for any documented illness/emergency/work related issue.  If a student cannot complete the course due to some unforseen situation, an incomplete may be granted if the student files for an incomplete with the university which has to be approved by the instructor if proper documentation is submitted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
A college classroom is designed to be non-threatening.  Open discussion of subject matter is encouraged.  However students are expected to respect the rights and feelings of others at all times.  Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of alcohol or drugs, etc.  Students who are dismissed from the class may be given a failing grade, suspension, or expulsion from Park University.  Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expultion from Park Univesity.  Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior towards administrative or support stafff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
May 30        Holiday-no class-to be made up later

June 6        Orientation/Syllabus
             Chapter 1-Intro to Criminal Justice Research
                       Methods:Theory and Method
                     2-Ethics in Criminal Justice Research

June 13       Chapter 3-Research Design:  The Experimental
                       Model and Its Variations
                     4-An Introduction to Alternative Data
                       Gathering Strategies and the
                       Special Case of Uniform Crime
                     5-Sampling and Survey Research;

June 20       Chapter 6-Survey Research:  Interviews and
                       Telephone Surveys
                     7-Participant Observation and Case

June 27       MId Term Exam
             Chapter 8-Unobtrusive Measures, Secondary
                       Analysis, and the Uses of Official
                     9-Validity, Reliability, and
                       Triangulated Strategies

July 4        Holiday-no class-to be made up later

July 11       Chapter 10-Scaling and Index Construction
                     11-Data Analysis: Coding, Tabulation,
                        and Simple Data Presentation
July 18       Chapter 12-Data Analysis:  A User's Guide to
                     13-Policy Analysis and Evaluation

July 25       Final Exam
             Turn in Final Thesis and Presentation

Regarding the 2 holidays, those dates have to be made up.  Dates will be presented to the class for those times to be made up and the schedule listed above can be amended.

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
My own philosophy is that any student who cheats should receive no less than a failing grade for the course.  Information can sometimes be gathered and presented through accident or ignorance.  When unsure, consult the instructor.

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
This is a serious matter and is not roletated, so the student when in doubt needs to not only refrain from being tempted to do it, but should consult the instructor.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
As mentioned in the Late Submission of Course Material, the student must provide documentation to receive credit for an excused absence.

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:

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