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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Grove, Cloyd


Mission Statement: 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.

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

Course

CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Semester

S2Z 2006 ML

Faculty

Grove, Cloyd

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Masters of Human Services
B. S. Sociology/Psychology

Office Location

None

Office Hours

None

Other Phone

(406) 452-5425

E-Mail

cgrove@park.edu

groves20@bresnan.net

Semester Dates

March 20 - May 21, 2006

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
"Practical Research, Leedy, 8th edition

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Will be handed out.


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:
  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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Assess 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.
  4. Design and construct the research, writing and defense of a thesis.
Class 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. Students will be requires to submit 4 individual papers relating to their thesis topic, and present an oral summary of their research.

Grading:
Students will complete four separate papers on the topic they have chosen for their thesis and present a oral summary of their research findings.
                                         Total
Each Paper  20%                             80%  
Oral Summary                                10%
Class Participation and Attendance          10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
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.

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 the presentation    
*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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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