CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
S2F 2006 MY
Peters, Anthony, CPP, Network+, MCP, MCSE, CISSP, CISSP
MA, Criminal Justice, George Washington UniversityBS, University of West FloridaAS. Pensacola Junior College
Fort Myer, VA
March 20 - May 21, 2006
Saturdays at Fort Myer
8:00 - 1:00 PM
EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing.
Textbook: Taking Sides - Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Crime and Criminology, 7th ed. Edited by Richard C. Monk.
Textbooks can be purchased though 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
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: 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
Grading: 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: Class participation is expected and will form a “Plus” factor of the final grade.
• Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.
• Students are required to read all material assigned prior to class and apply the material during class discussions, activities, and exercises.
• The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence, either prior to or immediately after the absence.
• Computers are now an integral part of our educational experience.
• Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.
• Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
• Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values.
• There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.
Overview of thesis development, hypotheses, problem statements and questionnaires. Data gathering and analysis techniques.
Issues 1 -3
Framing the question. Populations to be sampled. Research using databases and official records, Using questionnaires and other survey instruments.
Interview and telephone surveys.
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.
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87Academic 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.
Academic dishonesty included committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the student.
• Cheating includes, but not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
• 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.
• Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
• Other acts include:
• Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member
• Other Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student
• Other Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.
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.
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 .