CJ430 Research in Criminal Justice

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CJ 430 

Research in Criminal Justice

Fall 2004

John Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Mackay  Rm. 20C

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30-9:00; 11:00-12:00. Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30-12:00; and, by appointment 

Phone: (816) 584-6302; pager, (816) 247-2533

e-mail:           john.hamilton@park.edu

Dates of Course:    August 23, 2004- December 17, 2004

Location of course: Mackay 31

Class times: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-2:15

Credit hours:                       3






The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.




An introduction to the history, nature, structure, and function of the criminal justice system on America, with comparisons to systems in other nations.  An examination of the various aspects of the administration of justice systems, including law enforcement, courts, correctional agencies (including probation and parole), including the increasing role of private entities in the system. 




The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactive ness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings.  The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.



          Students excelling in this class will:

1.         Distinguish the terminology and concepts associated with research and be able to discuss these

2.         Design a research project using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Science Research)

3.         Organize a research project, working with aspects of the research process, and be able to analyze and discuss the research of others

4.         Construct a survey with classmates, administering the survey, compiling the data, input the data into SPSS, and analyze the collected data

            5.         Design a tentative proposal for writing the senior thesis



            Salkind, Neil. 2003. Exploring Research. 5th Ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.  ISBN 0-13-098352-7



            Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examination, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.



Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.



          Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment.  Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for the student receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Class attendance is a major portion of the “Class Participation” grade




          Assignments should be turned in on or before the due on which they are due.  Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence.  The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail, or pager) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused.  Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date.  Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.



            Assessment of learning will be through tests, quizzes, exercises, papers, and presentations.          



            It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity.  There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class.  Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. 



          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




            The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.



August 24                   Introduction to course

            August 26                   Chapter 1: The Role and Importance of Research

            August 31                   Chapter 1 Exercises due in writing: #1,2,5,8,9, and 10

            September 2             Read Chapter 2: The Research Process

            September 7             Chapter 2 Exercises due in writing: #1,2,3,5,6, and10

September 9             Chapter 3: Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research

September 14           Chapter 3 exercises due: #1,2,4,6,7,and 9

September 16           Chapter 4: Sampling and Generalization

September 21           Chapter 4 exercises due: #1,2,3,7,9,and 10

September 23           Test #1

September 28           Chapter 5: Measurement, Reliability, and Validity

September 30           Chapter 5 exercises due: #1,2,3,4,5,and 8

October 5                   Chapter 6:  Methods of Measuring Behavior

October 7                   Chapter 6 exercises due: #2,4,5, and 6

October 12                 Chapter 7:  Data Collection and Descriptive Statistics

October 14                 Chapter 7 exercises due: #1,3,4,6,7, and 9

October 19                 Fall Break – No class

October 21                 Fall Break – No class

October 26                 Chapter 8: Introducing Inferential Statistics

October 28                 Chapter 8 exercises due: #2,4,5,6,8, and 9

November 2               Chapter 9: Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Correlational Methods

November 4               Chapter 9 exercises due: #3,4,5,8,10, and 12

November 9               Chapter 10: Nonexperimental Research: Qualitative Methods and exercises #5 and #5 due

November 11             Veteran’s Day – No class

November 16             Test #2

November 18             Chapter 11: Pre- and True Experimental Research Methods

November 23             Chapter 11 exercises due: #5,6,7, and 9

November 25             Thanksgiving – No class

November 30             Chapter 12: Quasi-Experimental Research: a Close Cousin and exercises #1,2, and 5

December 2              Chapter 13: Writing a Research Proposal

December 7              Chapter 14: Writing a Research Manuscript and Research Proposal is due

December 9              Review for final examination

            (FINAL EXAMINATION: 12/14/04  1:00-3:00)




            Two tests                                            200 points                              20%

            Comprehensive final                         160     “                                   16%   

            Twelve written exercises                  240     “                                   24%

            Project using SPSS                          100      “                                  10%

Class participation                            200     “                                   20%

            Writing a Research Proposal          100                                         10%  

                        TOTAL                                    1000


In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=less than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner.  Five points will be deducted for work submitted late.