CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

for S2F 2008

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


S2F 2008 QUZ


Peters, Anthony


Senior Instructor


MA, Criminal Justice, George Washington University, Washington, DC
BS, Criminal Justice, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
AS. Law Enforcement, Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, FL

Office Location

Quantico, VA

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

March 17 - May 19, 2008

Class Days

By Appointment (Individualized Instruction)

Class Time

By Appointment (Individualized Instruction)


EN105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing 3:0:3.

Credit Hours



Debating Crime, Rhetoric and Reality by David W. Neubauer, Thomson-Wadsworth, 2006 

Also see additional resources below.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

- FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin , Published Monthly, Available at the Fort Myer Library.
- Police Chief Magazine, Published Monthly, Available at the
Fort Myer Library.
- http://www.policechiefmagazine.org, Website sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Frank E. Hagan.  Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  Macmillan Publishing, 1982.
- FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Most Current Year.
- Metropolitan District of
Washington Park Site http://www.park.edu/virginia  
- Park University Library http://www.park.edu/library/index.asp
- Quantico Marine Corps Base Family Library http://www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/quanticolibrary.htm
- Fort Myer Post Library http://www.fmmcmwr.com/librarymyer.htm

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Course Description:
This capstone course addresses 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 EN 306 requirement for Criminal Justice majors. Prerequisites: EN105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

Lecture, demonstration, videos, field trips, student presentations, research assignments and class discussion will be used to stimulate learning.  I encourage students to bring their work and life experiences into the classroom to create and foster a fun and active learning environment where students can explore learning concepts, theories, and applied concepts. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively through the learning process and to respect each student's contributions to the learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the ethical and value questions in the criminal justice system.
  2. Criticize factual situations, applying this knowledge.
  3. Improve the ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information (in both written and oral forms), including the use of the Internet for communication and research.
  4. Design and construct the research, writing and defense of a thesis.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following percentages to compute your final grade:
1.  The mid-term oral presentation of your draft senior thesis will count a maximum 10%
2.  The draft copy of your senior thesis will count a maximum 30%
3.  The final oral presentation of your senior thesis will count a maximum 10%
4.  The final copy of your senior thesis will count a maximum 40%
5.  Class participation will count a maximum 10%

For the Senior Thesis, an instructor approved topic is to be chosen by the student, original research material gathered, and a paper developed which will include the following:
- Cover Page
- Table of Contents
- Abstract/Summary
- Introduction;
- Hypothesis;
- Problem statements;
- Review of the Literature;
- Operational Definitions;
- Methodology (Population Sampled, Procedure Used and Research Design);
- Analysis;
- Limitations of the Study;
- Conclusions;
- Work Cited, and
- Appendices (Cover Letter, Questionnaire or Data Collection Instrument, and the List of Persons Surveyed or place where data was obtained).

Research material to support the background for your thesis development should be gathered from, but not limited to, professional and academic media.  The original research activities may include: personnel interviews, observations, questionnaires, databases, and arrest/incident reports. A minimum of 12 academic references must be used and cited. Select a topic that is related to Criminal Justice. Your topic must be approved by the instructor by class number two.

The front piece of the paper should be 15 to 20 pages in length. The remaining number of pages will depend upon the number of issues you are researching.  You must use APA or MLA for your formatting. Margins should be 1" and the entire paper should be double-spaced. You should use the first paragraph to introduce the topic, discuss the issue, associated problems and the scope of the paper.

Grading assessment will also include such factors as: timeliness (Being on time with your presentations and papers), topic difficulty, format (APA or MLA), grammar, logical presentation, depth, range and timeliness of references.  Presentations will be assessed by logical flow, content, and communication effectiveness.  Presentation times will be assigned during the fourth class session.  Class participation will assess the discussions of assigned readings and other course related materials.  Students will be given library reading assignments.  Additional handout material will be provided by the instructor.



The final course grade will be determined by the following measurements:

1.  The mid-term oral presentation of your draft senior thesis will count a maximum 10%
2.  The mid term draft copy of your senior thesis will count a maximum 30%.
3.  The final oral presentation of your senior thesis will count a maximum 10%
4.  The final copy of your senior thesis will count a maximum 40%
5.  Class participation will count a maximum 10%

Final course grading scale:
     A . . . . . . . . . 93% or over
     B . . . . . . . . . 83% to 92.99%
     C . . . . . . . . . 73% to 82.99%
     D . . . . . . . . . 63% to 72.99%
     F . . . . . . . . . 62% and below or more than 15 course hours missed.


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments and papers are required to be submitted on time. Late submissions will result in an adjustment to the student final grade (See course assessment).  If an assignment is due on a night that the student is not present, it is the student's responsibility to get the assignment to the instructor on the due date. Five points will be deducted each day an assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted after three dates of the due date without prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Class participation is expected and will form a “Plus” factor of the final grade.
2. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.
3. Students are required to read all material assigned prior to class and apply the material during class discussions, activities, and exercises.
4. The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence, either prior to or immediately after the absence.
5. Computers are now an integral part of our educational experience.
6. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.
7. Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
8. Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values.
9. There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Number  






Overview of thesis development, hypotheses, problem statements and questionnaires. Data gathering and analysis techniques.  





Framing the question. Populations to be sampled. Research using databases and official records, Using questionnaires and other survey instruments.  



Interview and telephone surveys.  

3 &4  



Using the computer to enhance graphics.  





Data integrity issues
Pre-review of Draft Senior Thesis.  




Observations and case studies. Present and turn in draft thesis.  




Data analysis techniques – matrices, graphics and work descriptions.  

8 & 9  



Thesis review and one on one.  




Present and turn in final thesis.  


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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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