CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

for F1T 2008

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CJ 450, Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


F1T 2008 DLA


Nuttall, Dennis L.


Senior Instructor, Criminal Justice


Masters of Science, Administration
Bachelor of Arts, CJ Admin

Office Location


Office Hours

8 AM- 10 PM MST, by cell phone or e-mail

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

18 Aug - 12 Oct, 2008

Class Days

Begins on Monday and ends on Sunday, weekly.

Class Time

24 hours a day


EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing.

Credit Hours



Title: Debating Crime: Rhetoric and Reality

Author: David W. Neubauer

Publisher: Wadsworth, Thomsom, Leaning

Year. 2001

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Additional Resources:

Make sure you review the "lecture" tab each week for resources on completing your thesis.  This will ensure you are on track in your thesis paper preparation.

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Course Description:
This capstone course addresses current issues and trends in criminal justice with emphasis on group discussion. Each student will be required to prepare, submit and defend a senior thesis. Successful completion of the thesis is mandatory. This course will satisfy the EN 306 requirement for Criminal Justice majors. PREREQUISITES: EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The course will have discussions and assignments each week, all with the goal of helping you complete the senior project, your senior thesis.  There will be lectures available on how to construct each part of your thesis and our discussion will support these weekly assignments.  Each week you will have a portion of your thesis due--please place this in the drop box provided. I will encourage discussion, and will interact solely to encourage your interaction with each other.  You are encouraged to interact with your peers and ask their help in working through issues--some of your assigments will require this!

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the ethical and value questions in the criminal justice system.
  2. Criticize factual situations, applying this knowledge.
  3. Improve the ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information (in both written and oral forms), including the use of the Internet for communication and research.
  4. Design and construct the research, writing and defense of a thesis.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

You will have minor writing assignments due each week, all with goal of helping you form your thesis paper for final submission.  You will submit your thesis in Week 7 and then defend it in Week 8.  You will complete a proctored final exam in Week 8 also, which will be open book and open note.
(See grading plan below for weighting of assignments)


All graded items (including final grade) are based on the following matrix:

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)

Your thesis (your CORE ASSESSMENT, due Week 7) 50%
Defense of thesis (Week 8) 5%
Participation in discussion area 1 (weekly) 5%
Participation in discussion area 2 (weekly) 5%
Written responses to discussion question in area 2 (weekly) 20%
Final exam on current issues (Week 8) 15%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each week runs from Monday morning through Sunday night, 11:59 pm. I enter grades AND ATTENDANCE for the previous week based on status from Monday morning and these grades are not changed.
Discussions or assignments posted on midnight Sunday, or after, will be graded as a zero.  If you feel you need more time on a specific assignment due to circumstances beyond your control, you must contact me BEFORE the due date.  Please do not assume you will receive an extension or "Incomplete" for a specific assignment or course grade.  You must contact me and gain my approval before going past a deadline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet. Students are expected to devote a minimum of four hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system - the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. In addition, students are expected to devote a minimum of another four hours per class week studying the text and other online resources.

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully submitted, or postmarked, so that they are in my hands on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted. NOTE: Because this is an online course designed to get feedback on assignments to you directly via Internet, you must make prior arrangements with me before submitting a paper via fax or the postal service. If you ever have problems submitting your assignments to the Dropbox, notify me immediately, and we'll get the problem solved.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The following table is a brief synopsis of the assignments and discussion topics.  


Weeks Discussion topics Thesis tasks Inclusive Dates
one Prospects on debating crime Determine topic - develop a working bibliography 18-24 Aug
two Debating Crime and guns and debating the limits of police power Write the methodology section of your thesis 25-31 Aug
three Debating the role of crime victims and debating the fairness of courts Write a review of literature 1-7 Sep
four Debating sentencing and debating "Equal justice under law" Race and Gender Do more research 8-14 Sep
five Debating prisons Put paper into appropriate format 15-21 Sep
six Debating juvenile delinquency Write rough draft and send to professor and partner 22-28 Sep
seven Waging Holy war: public morals and private vices Prepare final draft, proofread, and submit to profesor 29 Sep - 5 Oct
eight Debating the criminal justice system Defend thesis to the professor and complete final 6-12 Oct


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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism, especially for a class in Criminal Justice, simply will not be tolerated and will be grounds for immediate removal from the course.  If you have doubts, ask the question first to make sure you are properly giving credit to your sources.

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 "F".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Contact me for any questions on the attendance policy.

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Syllabus is subject to change.  Students MUST periodically check the announcement area and Pirate E-mail for changes to requirements. All e-mails will be sent to the students Pirate e-mail, and students are responsible for e-mails sent to this e-mail address, even if the e-mail is forwarded to personal e-mail server. It is suggested that the student select the "save a copy" option in the Pirate web mail, in case of lost, forwarded e-mails.


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