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CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
Plumb, Greg


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 430 Research in Criminal Justice

Semester

FA 2007 HO

Faculty

Plumb, Greg

Title

Professor of Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. History & Economics - University of Missouri - Columbia
J.D. - University of Missouri - Columbia

Office Location

Mabee (the Underground) Room 226

Office Hours

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:00-12:00; Wednesdays: 9:00-11:00; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

816-584-6506

E-Mail

greg.plumb@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 20 - December 13, 2007

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

1:50 - 4:40 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 5th Edition, by Maxfield & Babbie (Thomson Wadsworth 2008) ISBN 0-495-09476-5 

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Other materials and resources will be provided in class.

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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 instruments is required. A paper summarizing and evaluating the data-gathering instuments and comparing the data to published articles is required. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Professor Plumb'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. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned and apply this information in the examination of current legal issues and their impact on society.

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:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on periodic written assignments, examinations, and beginning work on the senior thesis.  There will also be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance.  See “Grading” below for greater specificity.

Grading:

Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity.

In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

  • Was the work completed?
  • Was the work completed correctly?
  • Was the work completed on time?

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:

  • Participation                     200
  • Written assignments          200
  • Examinations                    300
  • Thesis work                     300
  • Total                             1,000

Point accumulation for grades:

  • 900 - 1000 points - A
  • 800 - 899 points   - B
  • 700 - 799 points   - C
  • 600 - 699 points   - D
  • 0 - 599 points       - F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting in the last week of classes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.  Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.

2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences.  You are either present or absent.  To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed.  The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.

3. Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.  This is a junior level course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and individual reporting to the class.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.

4. Examinations.  There will be two examinations in this course - a Mid-Term and a Final.

5. There will be periodic written assignments in this course.  Further information about these will be provided in the website for this course.

6. Senior Thesis.  You will begin work on your senior thesis, which will be completed in CJ450 Senior Seminar.  The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed the first class meeting.

7. 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 drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
All materials, including links to reading assignments, written assignments, examinations, and the major paper will be found in the website for this course.

Week 1 Introductions

Week 2 An Introduction to Criminal Justice Research

Week 3 Ethics & Criminal Justice Research & the IRB

Week 4 General Issues in Research

Week 5 Measuring Crime & Experimental Design

Week 6 Sampling

Week 7 Survey Research & SPSS

Week 8 Review - Mid-Term Examination

Week 9 Field Research & Data of Others

Week 10 Application & Analysis

Week 11 Interpreting Data

Week 12 Writing a Literature Review

Week 13 Selecting & Describing Methodology - Preliminary Thesis due

Week 14 Gathering Data - Practice & Pitfalls

Week 15 Summary

Week 16 - Finals Week - Final Examination

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:
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 .



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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