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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
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
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 %
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
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Park University 2004-2005 Undergradute
Catalog Page 100
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