CJ 441 Senior Writing Project
U1T 2007 DL
Williams, Dianne A.
Ph.D Criminal JusticeMBABS, Accounting
June 4th, 2007 to July 29th, 2007
There is no approved text for this course. There is, however, a great deal of literature available that will provide guidance in completing your project. Previous program evaluations should offer suggestions in terms of how to approach, gather data, and evaluate a particular project. Of course, I am available for any particular resource issues that each student may confront. The additional resources list provided with the syllabus includes online full-text sources.
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American Justice Institute http://www.americanjusticeinstitute.com/
Basic Guide to Program Evaluation. http://www.managementhelp.org/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm
Annotated bibliography resources:
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Students in this course must identify a problem/situation in their work environment which could be improved, research possible solutions to the identified problem/situation., evaluate these, propose a solution based on their work environment, implement the solution or propose the solution to appropriate person(s). Students must write a 20 page paper explaining their project.
Link to Class RubricGrading:
90% = A (exceptional work)80% = B (outstanding work)70% = C (meets minimum standards)65% = D (below minimum standards)
Partcipation in Discussion Area
5 points each week
40 points total
Responses in Discussion Area to classmates or the professor *
5 points each week
150 points total
120 points total
Defense of Project
100 points total
50 points total
A = 450-500 points
B = 400-449 points
C = 350-399 points
D= 325-349 points
* To receive full points students should make at least three significant responses to others
You will be receiving feedback from me periodically - some is scheduled, and some is not. The feedback I usually give comes in four forms:1. Public reply to an individual or group in the discussion area2. Private e-mail to express delight or concern3.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED unless you have special permission before the deadline.
If personal computers malfunction, please make other arrangements to seek online access through public library computers, community colleges, etc. I recommend that you do NOT wait until the last minute to submit assignments, as computer errors or glitches can be expected. In a course of this type, which hinges on completion of a single project, if something can go wrong, it will.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Students should use e-mail for private messages to the professor and other students. The Discussion area is for public messages.
2. THE DROPBOX Use the the Dropbox to turn in homework assignments. The Dropbox is the second tab from the right at the top of your screen. Follow the instructions in Homework to submit your work.
3. Students are expected to complete more than an hour per week in the discussion area and several hours working on their project. Students taking an internship must work 135 hours for three hours of credit and then spend several hours meeting with the professor, writing weekly journal entries, and writing a brief four to five page paper. In an eight-week format, you should be working on the project for more than ten hours and in the conference area for more than one.
4. In order for you to be marked present each week, you must be in the classroom, the discussion area. You must write a progress report about the topic of discussion and significantly respond to those of others. Two weeks of absence and you are dropped from the course.
5. If personal computers malfunction, please make other arrangements to seek online access through public library computers, community colleges, etc. I recommend that you do NOT wait until the last minute to submit assignments, as computer errors or glitches can be expected. In a course of this type, which hinges on completion of a single project, if something can go wrong, it will.
Weekly Entries in the Discussion Area about Your Project (40 points). This should be a descriptive as well as a reflective entry in the discussion area. Thus, you may write that you interviewed Captain John Smith and he possessed a wealth of information (descriptive) but then add that you wish you had tape recorded your session because you forgot some crucial points (reflective). In the first week you may be discussing several projects and then commenting about why you decided on the project you did.
Discussion and Responses (40 points). These responses are to entries posted by your classmates. You should post at least three times and they must be significant. You should spend more than an hour preparing these minimally three responses. Posting responses similar to others will not be meaningful , and the response "I agree" or the comment "this is an interesting subject" will not be considered significant. Quality counts more than quantity here. Since you are employed in the CJ field, you should have information to share about where classmates might look for information
Project (370 points). The project requires development and then a written report about what you studied, implemented, analyzed, with a minimum of 20 pages and an annotated bibliography. Sections of the paper could be introduction, description of the problem/situation, perhaps background of the problem or situation, proposed or implemented solution, evaluation or critical analysis of the solution, need for further exploration, conclusion. Of course the chapters in your paper depend on the student and the project.
Project Defense (50 points). You must have a face to face or telephonic discussion with the professor. The purpose of this is to guarantee that the paper's author is the person receiving a grade.
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.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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APA Style Thread
APA style is the accepted editorial style approved by the American Psychological Association. Basically, APA style is a means of correctly referencing and citing work within a written document. To help you correctly use APA style in your work for this course, you should visit the “Sample APA Reference Page” provided by the Academic Support Center at Park University (http://www.park.edu/support/citeapa.asp).
Proctor Qualification Thread
For this class, you must defend your project face to face or telephonically. The proctor's role is simply to identify you for the professor. For example, the proctor will say, "I am Captain Jones and I have standing before me Officer Smith. I can verify that he has been working on a project in this department for the last eight weeks because he has talked with me about it several times." If defense is face to face, you do not need a proctor.
Park University site administrators or adjunct faculty are preferred. Appropriate proctors may also include any college or university faculty member or administrator, K-12 school officials, military education officers, pastors, chaplains, senior personnel in your place of employment, US Embassy or Consular officers.
The following persons do not qualify as appropriate proctors: family members, neighbors, co-workers, friends, and immediate supervisors.
All students within the Kansas City metropolitan area should use a Park University proctor at the home campus or at one of our local sites – MetroPark Downtown or Independence. Any student within a two-hour drive of a Park University site should use a Park University proctor. A list of all Park University sites is located at: http//www.park.edu/dist/res.htm
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.
Welcome to Senior Writing Project! You will be working with other students and your professor but on your own project. I am here to facilitate and guide you, but you are responsible for your learning process. Your classmates will enrich your experiences with this course.
THIS IS A UNIQUE COURSE FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY WORKING IN A CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD. If you are not currently working in CJ, then you must complete an internship. All Criminal Justice graduates from Park University will take CJ 450, Senior Seminar, and then either this course or CJ440, the internship.
You may design and propose a project in your working environment; design, implement and evaluate a project; or analyze and critique an existing project. Primarily you will be working on your project and discussing it with your professor and classmates. Occasionally you will write up a part of your project and place this is the dropbox for evaluation and comment by the professor.
The course does not have a text and does not have weekly assignments. You are expected to have meaningful discussions with your classmates and professor and to work on your project. You should spend at least 135 hours on this course.
I will work to stimulate your interest and learning; however, you will be expected to display initiative and a program of self-study as well.
Last Updated:5/6/2007 4:36:21 PM