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CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


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Course

CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice

Semester

FA 2009 HO

Faculty

Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.

Title

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

: Monday: 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302

Other Phone

pager (816) 247-2531

E-Mail

john.hamilton@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 14 - December 12, 2009

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  

Maxfield, Michael G. and Earl R. Babbie. (2009). Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 2nd ed. Belmont, CA:Wadsworth.

ISBN: 0495503851  

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Course Description:
CJ430 Research in Criminal Justice: This capstone course is 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 instruments is required. A paper summarizing and evaluating the data-gathering instuments and comparing the data to published articles is required. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
 

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish the terminology and concepts associated with research and are able to discuss these.
  2. Design a research project using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Science Research).
  3. Organize a research project, working with aspects of the research process, and be able to analyze and discuss the research of others.
  4. Construct a survey, with classmates, administering the survey, compile the data, input the collected information into SPSS, and analyze the collected data.
  5. Design a tentative proposal for writing the senior thesis.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1.Articulate research issues that affect how the criminal justice system operates in society
  2. 2.Develop and/or apply criminal justice strategies for problem-solving in real-life situations
Core Assessment:

·        Class participation, exams, written exercises


·        Project

·        Research proposal

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
 

Assessment of learning will be through tests, quizzes, exercises, papers, and presentations.          

Grading:
 

GRADING PLAN:

  

            Mid-term Exam                                 200 points                             22%

            Final Exam                                        200     “                                   22%   

            Research Proposal                          250     “                                   28%

            Class participation                           100     “                                   11%

            Proposal presentation                       50                                           6%

            Periodic assignments/quizzes        100                                         11%

                        TOTAL                                   900    

          
 
 
In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=less than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner. Twenty-five points will be deducted for proposals submitted late, and up to five points will be added for papers submitted prior to the due date.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Assignments should be turned in on or before the due on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence. The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail, or pager) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused.  Twenty-five points will be deducted for proposals submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date. Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity. There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class. Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. It is imperative that students ask questions if they do not understand the material being presented.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

August 18                   Introduction to course

August 20                   Discussion of Proposal and pp.70-76 “How to Design a Research Project”

            August 25                   Chapter 1 “Criminal Justice and Scientific Inquiry”                                                                      and using library resources

            August 27                   Chapter 1

September 1             Chapter 2  “Ethics and Criminal Justice Research”

September 3             Chapter 2

September 8             Chapter 3 “General Issues in Research Design”

September 10           Chapter 3

September 15          Chapter 4 “Concepts, Operationalization, and                                                                             Measurement”          

September 17           Chapter 4     

September 22          Chapter 5 “Experimental and Quasi-Experimental                                                                      Design”         

September 24           Chapter 5

September 29           Chapter 6 “Sampling”        

October 1                   Chapter 6     

October 6                   Review            

October 8                  Mid-Term Exam

October 13               Fall Break – no class

October 15               Fall Break – no class

October 20                Chapter 7 “Survey Research and Other Ways of                                                                         Asking Questions”               

October 22                 Chapter 7

October 27                 Chapter 8      “Field Research”      

October 29                 Chapter 8     

November 3               Chapter 9      “Agency Records, Content Analysis,                                                                      and Secondary Data”          

November 5               Chapter 9

November 10        Chapter 10   “Evaluation Research and Problem                                                                        Analysis”

November 12         Chapter 10  

November 17         Chapter 11   “Interpreting Data”

November 19         Chapter 11  

November 24           Review and Research Proposals due

November 26           Thanksgiving Break

December 1              Research Proposal Presentations 

December 3              Research Proposal Presentations

 (Final Examination: 12/10/2009  8:00-10:00)

RESEARCH PROPOSAL:

          The Research Proposal involves three components: 1) Developing a research question and hypothesis; 2) completing a literature review; and, 3) developing a methodology/plan for answering your research question. You must select a topic for your proposal that is related to the flied of Criminal Justice. The topic will require approval from the instructor. Your topic should not be so broad that you will not be able to gather information to address your research question. The objective of preparing the proposal is to demonstrate knowledge about how a study should be planned and carried out. More detailed information about the proposal will be provided during the second week of class. 
 
 

PERIODIC ASSIGNMENTS/QUIZZES:

            In order to help the learner gauge their progress in learning and being able to apply the material presented in this course, five periodic assignments or quizzes worth 20 points each will be assigned during the semester. Each quiz/assignment will be announced at least one week ahead of the due date so the student will have time to prepare for the quiz/assignment. It will be important for students to ask questions if they are having difficulty understanding the material the quiz/assignment is addressing.

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:
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact assembles at least 10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles at least 8-10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles 8 or fewer sources from only one resource The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact will display the use of at least 6 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the sources cited. The artifact will display the use of at least 5 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the sources cited. The artifact will display the use of fewer than 5 outside sources and show little ability to compare and contrast the sources cited. The artifact does not display an ability to compare and contrast sources cited. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the research subject chosen The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 1 evaluation perspective in examining the research subject chosen The artifact contains a lack of understanding of evaluation perspectives Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact contains no errors in terminology The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology The artifact contains 3-4 errors in terminology The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact discusses more than 3 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements chosen The artifact discusses 2 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements chosen The artifact discusses fewer than 2 key elements and displays little understanding of the elements chosen The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1,3,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 8-10 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 5-7 pages in length, displays proper grammar and no more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and 2 or more spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and multiple spelling errors 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Review of the Literature

-Hypothesis

-Plan for conducting the study

-Plan for evaluating the data

-Annotated bibliography containing 10 or more sources

 
The artifact contains the following:

-Title page

-Review of the Literature

-Hypothesis

-Plan for conducting the study

-Plan for evaluating the data

-Annotated bibliography of 8-10 sources

 
The artifact does not contain one or more of the following:

-Title page

-Review of the Literature

-Hypothesis

-Annotated bibliography of sources

 
The artifact is missing most of the required elements 
Relationship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
MLL or GE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Does not apply to course Does not apply to course Does not apply to course Does not apply to course 

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