CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
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Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. History & Economics - University of Missouri - ColumbiaJ.D. - University of Missouri - Columbia
Mabee (the Underground) Room 226
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:00-12:00; Wednesdays: 9:00-11:00; and by appointment
August 20 - December 13, 2007
1:50 - 4:40 PM
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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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
· Class participation, exams, written exercises
Link to Class RubricClass 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.
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:
All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:
Point accumulation for grades:
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
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.
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 .
Last Updated:8/13/2007 11:15:08 AM