CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

for S2G 2008

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.


S2G 2008 GRX


Gardner, Gary A.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S., Criminal Justice Administration
M.S., Administration

Office Location

Education Center, Grand Forks AFB, ND

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

701 746-4154

Other Phone

701 213-2265 (CELL)




Semester Dates

March 17 - May 11, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 6:29 PM


EN 105 and EN 106

Credit Hours


Neubauer; Debating Crime, Rhetoric and Reality; 2001; Wadsworth.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Professional Criminal Justice periodicals and APA Publication Manual, fifth edition, provided by the instructor.

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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:
Lectures, discussions, video presentations and case studies.

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:

Submit and defend a senior thesis paper, fifteen to twenty (15-20) pages. 
The thesis paper will include the following format style and information:
Introduction - This is a brief synopsis of what your research paper is about.  Use this section to tell the reader(s) what you are presenting in your paper.
Problem Statement - This is where the researcher will present their thesis statement or hypothesis.  This section must state if the research has a positive, negative or null outcome.  An example would be:  Parole and Probation has a significant affect on reducing recidivism (positive outcome);  Parole and Probation does not have a significant affect on recidivism (negative outcome); Parole and Probation does not show any difference in recidivism (null hypothesis).  The problem statement tells the reader(s), what you as the researcher want to show with the data you have gathered and are presenting.
Methodology - This section explains the data you have collected and how you will use the information to prove, disprove, or show no difference for what you presented in your problem statement.
Limitations - This section describes any limitations the researcher encountered while collecting data and compiling their report.  An example could be; During the research of the Death Penalty, it was noted that several States do not provide current data on the number of inmates on death row in that State.  Limitations could include, but are not limited to: insufficient data available; outdated data; or data was not previously correlated in this field.
Review of Literature - This is the body of the report.  It is used to present the data you, as the researcher, have collected, and the information you want to present to defend your problem statement. 
Presentation and Review of Data - You will present statistics, charts, graphs, metrics or whatever you have designed to defend your problem statement.  This must be from data you have gathered and correlated.  You MUST have results of the data which are your own.  Researchers often use surveys and questionnaires to gather information.  If a student decides to use either of these methods, the instructor must first review and approve any survey or questionnaire.
Summary - Summarizes what the researcher has discovered and presented during their research and data gathering.  It is important that the researcher does not use any personal "feelings" about the research.  The researcher MUST only summarize or conclude what the data gathered shows.
Bibliography - This section identifies ALL reference material(s), such as books, newspapers, magazines, other research papers, Internet information, and anything used that was not the researchers.  The bibliography MUST be in alphabetical order and ALL SOURCES MUST BE LISTED.


Research and defense of thesis (15-20 pages):                    80%
Spelling and grammar:                                                         10%
APA format:                                                                        10%
Total:                                                                                  100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments.  Written assignments, to include any draft(s) of thesis, are due on the date assigned.  Late drafts and/or final thesis will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
This course is an Individualized Instruction (I.I.).  The student and instructor will decide on assignments and assignment due dates at each class meeting.

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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