CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
U1T 2007 DL
Dr. Kenneth Christopher
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Doctor of Public Administration (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1999)Master of Public Administration (Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1983)Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1976)
Park University, Parkville, MO - MA 319E (Library)
Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30am-1:30pm
June 4 - July 29, 2007
Senior standing and permission of instructor
Maxfield, M.G. & Babbie, E. (2005). Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 4th Ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson-Wadsworth. ISBN: 104815600.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Salkind, Neil. (2006). Exploring Research. 6th ed., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. eStudy Centre. Writing Essays http://www.allenandunwin.com/estudy/essaywriting.asp
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant, http://www.powa.org/thesis/index.html
Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G, and Williams, J. M. (1995). The Craft of Research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.Bolker, J. (1998). Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
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The instructor’s overarching approach to education is to emphasize the broadening of intellect as a strategy for developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. It is essential to integrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the classroom into the active lives of students, both as individuals and as members of social groups. It is not the facts we learn, but how we use them that provides us with the tools needed to better the human condition.
The instructor will use online lectures, discussions, group activities, supplementary readings, audio-visual aids, examinations, and other methods to facilitate learning. Student performance expectations:
1. The instructor assumes the student has read and understands the syllabus and expects students to ask questions if any aspect of the course requirements is unclear.
2. Students are expected to demonstrate that they are meeting the course objectives by participating in the online class; actively participating in class discussions, activities, and exercises; timely submitting all written assignments; delivering required documents; and sitting for any scheduled examinations.
3. Students are assigned readings from the required text(s) and/or supplemental text materials in advance of each class meeting and are expected to be prepared for class.
4. Students are expected to ask questions if they do not understand something.
5. The instructor encourages a mutual learning environment, where students can freely raise questions in the search for understanding. Students are expected to listen to each other, ask questions, raise concerns, and provide the respect that each individual deserves. Students are also encouraged to bring any items to class which they feel will add substantially to the learning environment.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· Class participation, exams, written exercises
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: You will be graded on the following:
Weekly submission of drop-box assignments from assigned readings. Look under the tabs for assignment and discussion in each weekly unit.
Weekly submission of discussions of issues from assigned readings. This will include required interaction with classmates. Look under the tabs for assignment and discussion in each weekly unit.
Six weekly online quizzes over assigned readings and an online mid-term examination during week 4 of the course. All quizzes and the mid-term will be a combination of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.
A proctored final examination. The final exam will be on the topics discussed weekly. For the final, there will be a combination of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank responses. A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Grading: This section lists the grading scale and weighting for all of the graded work during the course. The grading plan uses the following scale and point totals for each letter grade. A = 90- 100% (or 900 points or higher) B = 80-89% (or 800 to 899 points) C = 70-79% (or 700 to 799 points) D = 60-69% (or 600 to 699 points) F = < 60% (599 or fewer points) GRADES: Research proposal 25% Proctored Final Exam 15% Mid-Term Exam 10% Discussion Topics 16% Assignments (Drop-box) 16% Quizzes (6) 18%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
All written assignments are due by a specific date. Each week runs from Monday morning through Sunday night, 11:59 pm. Due to the accelerated nature of this course, there are no exceptions for late submissions. Assignments are either submitted on time, or the grade is forfeited (Note: See below MAKE-UP POLICY for emergencies).
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course-Specific Policies: This course is offered online, over the Internet, using the eCollege platform. This course is different than many Online classes because it involves writing an extensive paper. You will be doing reading and writing primarily by yourself, but with close contact and guidance by your instructor. You have some work with your classmates in the discussion area. 1) In one portion of the discussion area, you should respond specifically to the question, based on the text and outside readings. 2) In the second area, you should be responding to the responses of your classmates. In order to satisfactorily complete this online class, you should plan to spend twelve hours a week. I would suggest three hours be spent on the specific readings, two hours on the discussion board responses, three hours on the drop-box assignments, and four hours working on the research proposal. This is a three-credit upper-division-level college course. Please spend the needed time on the course.
Class weeks begin on Monday and end on Sunday. You will be graded on the work you completed by the end of Sunday; that is, if you have an e-mail assignment, it is due before Sunday late and if submitted later, it will be counted late. You will be graded on your participation in the two discussion areas on Sunday. Because of the difficulty of the task required in this course, you must stay current; otherwise, you will never finish. The instructor expects you to send research proposal assignments and drafts via the Internet in MS Word, not Word Perfect and not Works (that comes standard with many computers). If you plan to send by FAX or postal service, you must inform the instructor well in advance of due dates. You should use e-mail for private messages to your professor and other students and for submission of research proposal drafts. The class discussion is for public messages. The discussion area is similar to a traditional classroom where anything you say may be heard/seen by everyone in the class. Students should review the applicable online policies noted below. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification. Online Course Policies: Policy #1: Submission of Work A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am EST and Sunday at 11:59 PM EST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats. Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
Online threaded discussions are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy: Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
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If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.
Policy #4: Makeup Policy - Emergencies
Week Two - June 11-17, 2007
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 87All work submitted must be the student's own. Any assistance received by a student in preparing papers or reports must be fully acknowledged and disclosed in the work submitted. Students must cite and reference any sources from which data, ideas or words are used, either quoted directly or paraphrased.
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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Changes or Modifications: The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content and schedule without prior notice and in accordance with the requirements of the course.
Contacting the Instructor: The instructor is available and willing to assist students. Please feel free to contact the instructor at any time if there are questions or need for assistance. Appointments to meet or discuss outside of class can be arranged by contacting the instructor by telephone, e-mail, or personal communication. When calling by telephone, if it is necessary to leave a voice-mail message, please indicate a preferred time of day for a response.
Research Proposal: In CJ430, Research in Criminal Justice, the student will prepare and submit a research proposal that will serve as the cornerstone preparation of the senior thesis. 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 7th week of the course. 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.
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