CJ 441 Senior Writing Project
S1T 2010 DL
Williams, Dianne A.
Ph.D. Criminal JusticeMBABS, Accounting
Available by phone 9-5 daily (EDT/EST) Leave Message if necessary
January 11th, 2010 to March 7th, 2010
There is no approved text for this course. There is, however, a great deal of literature available that will provide guidance in completing your project. Previous program evaluations should offer suggestions in terms of how to approach, gather data, and evaluate a particular project. Of course, I am available for any particular resource issues that each student may confront. The additional resources list provided with the syllabus includes online full-text sources.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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American Justice Institute http://www.americanjusticeinstitute.com/
Basic Guide to Program Evaluation. http://www.managementhelp.org/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm
Annotated bibliography resources:
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.
Educational Philosophy: The educational philosophy of this class is one of interactiveness based on the weekly discussion topics. In addition to the research paper, the main focus of this class is student-oriented discussions. Students are therefore expected to log in on a minimum of 3 different days during the week as opposed to only on the last day or only on the weekend. Indeed, students will be penalized for this trend. It is expected that students will be prepared to engage in discussions of each weekly topic (all of which are geared toward the research paper). The role of the professor in the weekly disussion will be that of a facilitator and guide to make sure you stay focused and that you are making progress toward the final project. The 8 weeks are structured in such a way as to walk you through the process of completing your 20 page research paper. Each week touches on a different part of the paper and each week builds on the preceeding week.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Students in this course must identify a problem/situation in their work environment which could be improved, research possible solutions to the identified problem/situation., evaluate these, propose a solution based on their work environment, implement the solution or propose the solution to appropriate person(s). Students must write a 20 page paper explaining their project.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Class participation is a major component of this course. Each week there will be a discussion question posed to which students will be expected to respond. Additionally, it is expected that students will engage others in discussing the issues raised in the thread. To receive maximum credit for participation there is both a qualitative and a quantitative measurement. Quality is the degree to which the student addresses not only the weekly discussion topic but also the comments to other students. Quantity is the absolute number of postings as well as the consistency of posting. For example one could have 6 or 7 postings that did not relate to the issue and no credit would be awarded. Or, one could have 6 or 7 postings made at 11.59pm on the last day of the week - which would be heavily penalized. Or one could have 6 or 7 postings made on the weekend only, which will be somewhat penalized. However, if the minimum number of posting were made that directly focused on the discussion topic and the student posted consistently throughout the week instead of on the weekend or last day only, and the student's posts were sufficiently substantive with respect to the discussion topic, then maximum credit would be awarded. The issue of quality and quantity are interrelated because simply making two comments to a couple of postings and leaving no other evidence of being involved in the discussion is insufficient for granting credit. The discussion thread is a "virtual classroom" which requires participation throughout the discussion period and not just on the weekend or on the last day.
The minimum standard for quantity is responding to the principle question and posting two comments to the postings of your classmates. Responses to Dr. Williams are not included in the quantity element for grading purposes. The discussion thread is the virtual classroom. The purpose is for interaction, debate and discussion. It is inconsistent with the virtual classroom concept to simply enter the discussion on a single day make a post and leave.
90% = A (exceptional work)
80% = B (outstanding work)
70% = C (meets minimum standards)
65% = D (below minimum standards)
Partcipation in Discussion Area
5 points each week
40 points total
Responses in Discussion Area to classmates or the professor *
5 points each week
150 points total
120 points total
Defense of Project
100 points total
50 points total
A = 450-500 points
B = 400-449 points
C = 350-399 points
D= 325-349 points
* To receive full points students should make at least three significant responses to others
You will be receiving feedback from me periodically - some is scheduled, and some is not. The feedback I usually give comes in four forms:
1. Public reply to an individual or group in the discussion area
2. Private e-mail to express delight or concern
Late Submission of Course Materials:
NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED unless you have special permission before the deadline.
If personal computers malfunction, please make other arrangements to seek online access through public library computers, community colleges, etc. I recommend that you do NOT wait until the last minute to submit assignments, as computer errors or glitches can be expected. In a course of this type, which hinges on completion of a single project, if something can go wrong, it will.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Students should use e-mail for private messages to the professor and other students. The Discussion area is for public messages.
2. THE DROPBOX
Use the the Dropbox to turn in homework assignments. The Dropbox is the second tab from the right at the top of your screen. Follow the instructions in Homework to
submit your work.
3. Students are expected to complete more than an hour per week in the discussion area and several hours working on their project. In an eight-week format, you should be working on the project for more than ten hours and in the discussion area for more than one.
4. In order for you to be marked present each week, you must be in the classroom, the discussion area. You must write a progress report about the topic of discussion and significantly respond to those of others. Two weeks of absence and you are dropped from the course.
5. If personal computers malfunction, please make other arrangements to seek online access through public library computers, community colleges, etc. I recommend that you do NOT wait until the last minute to submit assignments, as computer errors or glitches can be expected. In a course of this type, which hinges on completion of a single project, if something can go wrong, it will.
Weekly Entries in the Discussion Area about Your Project (40 points). This should be a descriptive as well as a reflective entry in the discussion area. Thus, you may write that you interviewed Captain John Smith and he possessed a wealth of information (descriptive) but then add that you wish you had tape recorded your session because you forgot some crucial points (reflective). In the first week you may be discussing several projects and then commenting about why you decided on the project you did.
Discussion and Responses (40 points). These responses are to entries posted by your classmates. You should post at least three times on multiple days and these posts must be significant. You should spend more than an hour preparing these minimally three responses. Posting responses similar to others will not be meaningful , and the response "I agree" or the comment "this is an interesting subject" will not be considered significant. Quality counts more than quantity here. Since you are employed in the CJ field, you should have information to share about where classmates might look for information
Project (370 points). The project requires development and then a written report about what you studied, implemented, analyzed, with a minimum of 20 pages and an annotated bibliography. Sections of the paper could be introduction, description of the problem/situation, perhaps background of the problem or situation, proposed or implemented solution, evaluation or critical analysis of the solution, need for further exploration, conclusion. Of course the chapters in your paper depend on the student and the project.
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.
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 .
Last Updated:12/9/2009 3:56:54 PM