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CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
McLendon, Jesse


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CourseCJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
SemesterF2J2004
FacultyMcLendon, Jesse
TitleSenior Adjunct Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesBS - Criminal Justice
BS - Public Administration
MPA - Public Management
Daytime Phone816 274 6044 Ex 334
Other Phone816 454 5844
E-MailJesse.McLendon@park.edu
Jess-McLendon@kc.rr.com
Semester DatesOctober 27, 2004 to December 15, 2004
Class Days---W---
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
PerquisitesMA-120, Senior Status
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Jack Fitzgerald and Steven Cox. Research Methods and Statistics in Criminal Justice - An Introduction, third edition. Belmont, Ca.: Wadsworth, 2002.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Course Description:
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. Pre-requisites: MA120 and senior standing. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this course, student should be able to:

   * Demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of a variety of disciplinary research methods
   * Identify problem areas in the criminal justice system that could benefit from research
   * Select and evaluate researchable questions
   * Develop a problem statement addressed by the research question
   * Develop testable hypotheses related to the research question
   * Locate research relative to the research question
   * Develop an annotated bibliography related to the research question
   * Describe research methods used in criminal justice research
   * Design a research proposal

Course Assessment:
There will be extensive discussion of the reading assignments, which means class participation and attendance will be a very important element of a student's grade. Students will also be required to complete a written summary of all the reading assignments so that a meaningful discussion can be held. The summaries will be another assessment of the student's grade. Students will be required to complete and abstract paper outlining a research project to be completed during for CJ-450 Seminar in Criminal Justice. This abstract will be major component of the student's assessment.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will result in the lowering of the assignment grade by one letter for each week the assignment is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
* All cell phones must be turned off and pagers turned to vibrate.
*Students who arrive late and leave early will have the grade for attendance lowered 1.5 %

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsN/A
October 27thChapter Review Questions Chapters 1 & 2
Class Discussion
Library Research
Chapter 1 - Research and Criminal Justice.
Chapter 2 - Perspectives and Research.
 
November 3rdChapter Review Questions Chapters 3 & 4
Class Discussion
Library Research
Chapter 3 - An Introduction to Research Methodology and Design.
Chapter 4 - Sampling.
 
November 10thChapter Review Questions Chapters 5 & 6
Class Discussion
Library Research
Chapter 5 - Research Tools and Techniques: Survey Research Through Questionnaires and Interviews.
Chapter 6 - Research Tools and Techniques: Document Research, Physical Evidence, Observation, and Experimentation
 
November 17thChapter Review Questions Chapters 7 & 8
Class Discussion
Library Research
Chapter 7- An Introduction to Descriptive Statistics.
Chapter 8 - Descriptive Statistics: Examining Relationships Between Two or More Variables Through Cross-Tabulation.
Chapter Review Questions Chapters 7 & 8
 
November 24th Chapter Review Questions Chapters 9 & 10
Class Discussion
Library Research
Chapter 9 - Descriptive Statistics: Measuring Relationships Between Two or More Variables Through Regression and Correlation Analysis.
Chapter 10 - An Introduction to Inferential Statistics and Parameter Estimation.
 
December 1st Chapter Review Questions Chapters 11 & 12
Class Discussion
Library Research
Chapter 11 - Inferential Statistics: Hypothesis Testing.
Chapter 12 - Common Errors in Presenting and Interpreting Research Findings.
 
December 8th Chapter Review Questions Chapters 13 & 14
Class Discussion
Library Research
Chapter 13 - Preparing and Reading Research Reports.
Chapter 14 - Computers in Criminal Justice Research.
 
December 15thClass Discussion
Library Research
Chapter 15 - Conclusions. 

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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog Page 100


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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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 .

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