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CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


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Course

CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice

Semester

FA 2006 HO

Faculty

Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.

Title

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

Monday and Friday 8:30-10:30; Tuesday and Thursday 11:30-12:30

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302

Other Phone

pager (816) 247-2533

E-Mail

john.hamilton@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 21-December 15, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Prerequisites

Senior standing and permission of the instructor

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Salkind, Neil. 2006. Exploring Research. 6th Ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.  ISBN 0-13-193783-9

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Course Description:
This capstone course is an examination of the research methods with application most commonly utilized in criminological and criminal justice research. Development and implementation of an original data-gathering instrument is required. A paper summarizing and evaluating the data-gathering instruments and comparing the data to published articles is required. PREREQUISITES: Senior standing and permission of instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness 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.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish the terminology and concepts associated with research and are 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, compile the data, input the collected information into SPSS, and analyze the collected data.
  5. Design a tentative proposal for writing the senior thesis.


Core Assessment:

·        Class participation, exams, written exercises


·        Project

·        Research proposal

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

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

Grading:

            Two tests                                            200 points                              20%

            Comprehensive final                         100                                        10%   

            Four written exercises                      100                                        10%

            Project using SPSS                          150                                        15%

Class participation                            200                                        20%

            Writing a Research Proposal          250                                         25%   

                        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.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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. 

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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

August 22   Introduction to course

            August 24   Chapter 1 The Role and Importance of Research

            August 29  Chapter 1

            August 31 Chapter 2 The Research Process: Coming to Terms

            September 5 Chapter 2

September 7 Labor Day – No class

September 12 Chapter 13 Writing a Research Proposal

September 14 Chapter 3 Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research and submission of research questions

September 19 Chapter 3

September 21 Chapter 4 Sampling and Generalizability

September 26 Chapter 4 Submission of hypotheses

September 28 Chapter 5 Measurement, Reliability, and Validity

October 3 Chapter 5

October 5 Chapter 6 Methods of Measuring Behavior

October 10 Chapter 6

October 12 Test #1

October 17 Fall Break – No class

October 19 Fall Break – No class

October 24 Chapter 7 Data Collection and Descriptive Statisitics

October 26 Chapter 7

October 31 Chapter 8 Introducing Inferential Statistics

November 2 Chapter 8 Submission of annotated bibliography of 10 sources

November 7 Chapter 9 Non-Experimental Research: Descriptive and Correlational Methods and submission of written exercises

November 9 Chapter 10 Non-Experimental research: Qualitative Methods

November 14 Chapter 11 Pre- and True Experimental Research Methods

November 16 Chapter 11

November 21 Chapter 12 Quasi-Experimental Research

November 23 Thanksgiving Recess – No class

November 28 Chapter 12

November 30 Group Reports

December 5 Group Reports

December 7 Chapter 14 Writing a Research Manuscript

(FINAL EXAMINATION: 12/14/06 8:00-10:00)

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Additional Information:

Thesis Proposal


 


            In CJ 450, Senior Seminar, the student will write and defend a senior thesis.  The thesis should be based upon some topic that enables the student to do active research to add new knowledge to the topic.  The thesis is prepared during the CJ 450 course, but since time must be allotted for faculty to read and grade the thesis and students to defend the thesis, they must be turned in by about the 12th week of class.  This does not allow a great amount of time for writing the thesis, so good planning is very important to ensure that a good product is produced.  Part of this course will be learning about research, what it is and how to do it, and another part will be preparing a proposal for the topic for your senior thesis.  Good preparation on the proposal will provide a “”road map” for writing the thesis and make CJ 450 much easier.  So, please take the proposal seriously.  The more work you can do up front, the fewer problems you will have in writing the final thesis.  We will discuss the proposal often in this class and I expect you to ask questions if you are having any difficulty.


 


            An A proposal will contain at least 10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources.  It will display the use of at least 6 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the sources cited.  The proposal will demonstrate the student's ability to utilize 2 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the research subject chosen.  It will have no errors in terminology and discuss more than 3 key elements, displaying exceptional understanding of the elements chosen.  The proposal will show multiple instances and an exceptional understanding of the elements chosen.  The proposal will be in APA or MLA format, be 8-10 pages in length, and display proper grammar and no spelling errors.  It will contain a title page, review of the literature, hypothesis, a plan for conducting the study, a plan for evaluating the data, and an annotated bibliography containing 10 or more sources.


 


            A B proposal will contain 8-10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources. It will display the use of at least 5 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the sources cited.  The proposal will demonstrate the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in examining the research subject chosen.  It will have no errors in terminology and discuss 3 key elements, displaying understanding of the elements chosen.   The proposal will show sufficient and satisfactory understanding of the elements chosen.  The proposal will be in APA or MLA format, be no less that 8 pages in length, and display proper grammar, and no more than 1 spelling error.  It will contain a title page, review of the literature, hypothesis, a plan for conducting the study, a plan for evaluating the data, and an annotated bibliography containing at least 8 sources.


 


            A C proposal will contain 8-10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources.  It will display the use of 4-5 outside sources and some ability to compare and contrast the sources cited.   The artifact will demonstrate the student's ability to utilize 1 evaluation perspective in examining the research subject chosen.  It will contain no more than 2 errors in terminology and discuss 2 key elements, displaying an understanding of the elements chosen. The proposal will display a sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts of the elements chosen.  It will be in APA or MLA format, be 5-7 pages in length, display proper grammar, and contain no more than 2 spelling errors.  It will contain a title page, review of the literature, hypothesis, plan for conducting the study, plan for evaluating the data, and an annotated bibliography of 6-8 sources.


 


            A D proposal will contain fewer than 8 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources.  It will use fewer than 5 outside sources and little or no ability to compare and contrast the sources.  The proposal will contain 3-4 errors in terminology and little understanding of the elements chosen.  It will not be in proper format and will contain grammar and spelling errors.  The proposal will be missing one of more of the proper components.     


 


           



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact assembles at least 10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles at least 8-10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles 8 or fewer sources from only one resource The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact will display the use of at least 6 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the sources cited. The artifact will display the use of at least 5 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the sources cited. The artifact will display the use of fewer than 5 outside sources and show little ability to compare and contrast the sources cited. The artifact does not display an ability to compare and contrast sources cited. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the research subject chosen The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 1 evaluation perspective in examining the research subject chosen The artifact contains a lack of understanding of evaluation perspectives Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact contains no errors in terminology The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology The artifact contains 3-4 errors in terminology The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact discusses more than 3 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements chosen The artifact discusses 2 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements chosen The artifact discusses fewer than 2 key elements and displays little understanding of the elements chosen The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1,3,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 8-10 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 5-7 pages in length, displays proper grammar and no more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and 2 or more spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and multiple spelling errors 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Review of the Literature

-Hypothesis

-Plan for conducting the study

-Plan for evaluating the data

-Annotated bibliography containing 10 or more sources

 
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Review of the Literature

-Hypothesis

-Plan for conducting the study

-Plan for evaluating the data

-Annotated bibliography of 8-10 sources

 
The artifact does not contain one or more of the following:

-Title page

-Review of the Literature

-Hypothesis

-Annotated bibliography of sources

 
The artifact is missing most of the required elements 
Relationship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
MLL or GE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Does not apply to course Does not apply to course Does not apply to course Does not apply to course 

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