CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
F2T 2009 DL
White, Harry O.,, Jr.
Ph.D. Urban Studies (Administration of Justice)MPA, Organizational Behavior; M.Ed., Criminal Justice Education;BS, Administration of Justice
Virtual as needed
October 19 - December 13, 2009
EN106, passing the WCT and senior standing
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Suggested Reading about Writing a Research Proposal and Thesis include:
Salkind, Neil. Exploring Research. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2006
eStudy Centre. Writing Essays http://www.allenandunwin.com/estudy/essaywriting.asp
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant, http://www.powa.org/thesis/index.html
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Educational Philosophy: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of inter-activeness based on lectures, readings, writings, and discussion thread dialogues. It is believed that such interaction will lead to the establishment of a life-long quest for knowledge and a continued appreciation for education.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
For CJ 430, all students will complete a research proposal that examines the following seven basic topical issues relating to the study of research methods in criminal justice:
1. What are the major differences between the scientific approach and the human inquiry approach to causal and probabilistic reasoning?
2. What are the major ethical considerations and issues in research and what methods are used to address these?
3. What are the various levels of measurement and the key standards for measuring validity and reliability?
4. What are the major methods of collecting data and the importance of the type of research in dictating decisions of data collection?
5. What are the major differences and usages of statistics and types of data in the various research reports and evaluations?
6. What are the characteristics and differences between quantitative and qualitative data as they apply to field research?
7. What are the different techniques and options available for collecting and recording field observations?
The research proposal will address and equitably treat each of the seven topical areas. The issues and researched material should be integrated to provide a consolidated examination of the fundamental process of research in the criminal justice field. The research proposal should contain the following technical components:
1. A cover or title page.
2. A body of text, 10 – 12 typed, double-spaced pages (2,500 to 3,000 words) in length.
3. A reference page containing a minimum of 10 course-external resources.
4. Written in APA Style.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Assignment of Grades
You will be graded on the weekly submission of drop-box assignments from assigned readings. Look under the tabs for assignment and discussion in each weekly unit.
You will be graded on the weekly submission of discussions of issues from assigned readings. This will include required interaction with classmates. Look under the tabs for assignment and discussion in each weekly unit.
There will be weekly online quizzes over assigned readings and an online mid-term examination during week 4 of the course. All quizzes and the mid-term will be a combination of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.
Proctored final examination- The final exam will be on the topics discussed weekly. For the final, there will be a combination of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank responses.
A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Other Information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, whom is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Dr. White consistent with Park policy.
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Even though this course is asynchronous there must be a schedule as a guide. Assignments and examinations cannot be made up, ex post facto. All course requirements and due dates are clearly indicated in the syllabus and outline. It is a matter of fairness because once the assignments and examinations have been posted there is potential for compromise. Therefore, make-up assignments and examinations are discouraged and will be available only for emergency reasons, appropriately documented. Further, the date due is the last but not the first date any assignment can be submitted. In other words papers, these tasks can be completed or accomplished at any time, before the deadline. It is a good idea to accomplish the task early so that personal events do not preclude a timely completion of the assignment.
I DO NOT ACCEPT ANY LATE WORK.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Course-Specific Policies:
This course is offered online, over the Internet, using the eCollege platform. This course is different than many Online classes because it involves writing an extensive paper. You will be doing reading and writing primarily by yourself, but with close contact and guidance by your instructor.
You have some work with your classmates in the discussion area. 1) In one portion of the discussion area, you should respond specifically to the question, based on the text and outside readings. 2) In the second area, you should be responding to the responses of your classmates.
In order to satisfactorily complete this online class, you should plan to spend twelve hours a week. I would suggest three hours be spent on the specific readings, two hours on the discussion board responses, three hours on the drop-box assignments, and four hours working on the research proposal. This is a three-semester upper-division-level college course. Please spend the needed time on the course.
Class weeks begin on Monday and end on Sunday. You will be graded on the work you completed by the end of Sunday; that is, if you have an e-mail assignment, it is due before Sunday late and if submitted later, it will be counted late. You will be graded on your participation in the two discussion areas on Sunday. Because of the difficulty of the task required in this course, you must stay current; otherwise, you will never finish.
Dr. White expects you to send research proposal assignments and drafts via the Internet in MS Word, not Word Perfect and not Works (that comes standard with many computers). If you plan to send by FAX or postal service, you must inform the instructor well in advance of due dates.
You should only use your Park e-mail for private messages to Dr. White and other students and for submission of research proposal drafts. The class discussion is for public messages. The discussion area is similar to a tradition classroom where anything you say may be heard/seen by everyone in the class.
Students should review the applicable online policies noted below. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
Online Course Policies:
Policy #1: Submission of Work:
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am CST and Sunday at 11:59 PM CST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.
Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation
General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy: Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?). If you don't see your question there, then please contact Dr. White.
Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.
If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.
If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.
Class participation is considered a major component of this course. Each week there will be discussion questions posed for comment by each student. 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 quality and quantity measurement. Quality is the degree to which the student addresses specific issues and comments of others. Quantity is the absolute number of postings. For example one could have 6 or 7 postings that did not relate to the issue and no credit would be awarded. However, if the minimum number of posting, three (3) to each colleague posting,were made that directly focused on the discussion issue 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. Responding to comments or questions posed by Dr. White are not included in the Quantity component of the grading scheme.
When making comments to colleagues postings must be based on substantive evidence in support of your posting. A simple agree or disagree are insufficient and inconsistent with the discussion and debate concept of the virtual classroom.
The discussion thread is a "virtual classroom" which suggests participation throughout the discussion period. The opportunity to make comments and participate is limited to question 1 (through Wednesday) and question 2 (through Sunday). Comments or postings after those dates will not be evaluated for grading purposes. Additionally, single day participation during the window of opportunity is inconsistent with the virtual classroom concept and will result in a lower evaluation as to quality.
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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
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Last Updated:9/27/2009 2:47:36 PM