CJ450 SrSem in Criminal Justice

for F2F 2004

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3. COURSE TITLE: Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
6. TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Senior Instructor
9. FACULTY OFFICE NUMBER: (703) 550-4044
10. FACULTY PARK E-MAIL ADDRESS: ajpeters@cox.net
12. DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: Oct 18–Dec 18, 2004
13. CLASS SESSION DAYS: By Appointment
14. CLASS SESSION TIMES: By Appointment
15. PREREQUISITE: EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing

17. MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

18. VISION STATEMENT: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovating educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

19. COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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

20. FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: Lecture, demonstration, videos, field trips, student presentations, research assignments and class discussion will be used to stimulate learning. I encourage students to bring their work experiences into the classroom.

21. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Understand the approaches to thesis formats; appreciate the various methods of research; understand the problems associated with research methodologies; writing footnotes; present thesis approach; appreciate the concepts of criminal justice research; demonstrate knowledge of interpreting results; develop and present a formal senior thesis to the class. Students will be required to develop one introduction, one research conclusion, ten research questions, ten hypotheses, ten problem statements, one page list of limitations, one page of variables, and a template for analysis. Students in this course will be required to apply criminal justice concepts in pursuit of literacy, Specifically:

Ø Critical Literacy - Students will build and expand their mastery of the basic skills in communication, computing, information management as they apply to the methods and approaches to developing a senior thesis. Recognition of the diversity in the processes and methods of critical thinking and problem-solving, and research methods that contribute to the enhancement of society. Appreciation of the history and variety of approaches for examining and using information, and their technological application in contemporary life. Understanding the problems associated with various research methodologies. Acquisition of tools for gathering, retrieving, evaluating, and communicating information and data. These tools should include the basic skills in writing, speaking, listening, computing and the use of computers, and problem solving.

Ø Civil Literacy - Understand the complexity of the American social, political, economic, and criminal justice systems. Acquire tools for responsible citizenship involvement and for participation in the systems. Recognize the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships. Build an appreciation for the geographical and historical roots shaping the systems.

Ø Values Literacy - Understanding the importance of value concerns in human life, and the ability to distinguish them from factual matters. Recognizing the major ways proposed for resolving value questions, and the ability to evaluate them and use them where appropriate. Appreciating the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments. Acquiring tools for analyzing value questions, and acquisition of a set of personal values that are continually held up for review even as one tries to live by them.

22. COURSE TEXTBOOKS: Taking Sides - Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Crime and Criminology, 4th ed. Edited by Richard C. Monk. Students are also required to have a reference book with APA or MLA style guidelines.

23. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES: No supplemental resources are required. However, the following reading list may be used to broaden your knowledge about selected topics:

Ø Talarico, Susett M. Criminal Justice Research - Approaches, Problems & Policy. Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing Company, 1980
Ø Gwynn Nettler. Responding to Crime. Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing Company, 1982.
Ø Gwynn Nettler. Explaining Criminals. Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing Company, 1982.
Ø Frank E. Hagan. Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Macmillan Publishing, 1982.
Ø FBI. Uniform Crime Report. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Most Current Year.

24. ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Park University policy prohibits cheating on examinations/tests, plagiarism on writing assignments or other course activities. Students who engage in these dishonest activities may be dropped from the course, given a failing grade and/or suspended or expelled from the university.

25. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is defined as: “The appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work . . . sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.” Submitting someone else's work as your own will not be tolerated. If determined by the instructor that this form of academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of F and dropped from the course. The second violation is automatic expulsion from the school. The Assistant Vice President will be notified in writing of the actions taken.

26. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance will form a portion of the final grade. Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time for each class meeting. Roll will be checked each class meeting. No more than three classes (15 Hours) may be missed for any reason. This includes excused as well as unexcused absences. Reporting to class late or leaving early counts towards the 15 hours of class that can be missed. Students who exceed 15 hours of absences will be given a failing grade for the course based on excessive absences. A student’s absence may be explained but not excused. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable. However, students are responsible for all work undertaken during their absence. Excessive absences will be reported and appropriate adjustments will be made in the student's final evaluation.

27. LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Assignments and papers are required to be submitted on time. Late submissions will result in an adjustment to the student final grade (See course assessment).

28. COURSE ASSESSMENT: The mid-term presentation and draft copy of your paper will count 40%. The final presentation and paper, due on the last day of class, will count 60%. Grading assessment will include such factors as: timeliness (BEING ON TIME WITH YOUR PRESENTATION AND PAPERS), topic difficulty, format, grammar, logical presentation, depth, range and timeliness of references. Presentation time will be assigned during the fourth class session. Be prepared to discuss assigned readings. Students will be given library reading assignments. Additional handout material will be provided by the instructor.

29. CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Civil class participation is required for the successful completion of this course. Students are expected to maintain proper behavior. Unruly conduct will not be tolerated. Students are required to maintain care with class room furniture and equipment. All trash will be removed and disposed of properly.

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 special 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and or/State Law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability.


Meeting Chapter
Number Date Topic Assignment

1 *TBD* Data gathering and analysis techniques 1-3

2 *TBD8 Using questionnaires 4

3 *TBD*Interview and telephone surveys Using the computer to enhance graphics 5

4 *TBD* Data integrity, Pre-Review of Draft
Senior Thesis 6

5 *TBD* Observations and case studies 6

6 *TBD* Data analysis techniques 7

7 *TBD* Present and turn in draft thesis 8

8 *TBD* Thesis review - Interpretation
of research results 9

9 *TBD* Present and turn in final thesis

31. GRADING PLAN: The mid-term presentation and draft copy of your paper will count 40%. The final presentation and paper will be due on the last day of class will count 60%. Grading assessment will include such factors as: timeliness (BEING ON TIME WITH YOUR PRESENTATION AND PAPERS), topic difficulty, format, grammar, logical presentation, depth, range and timeliness of references. Presentation time will be assigned during 4th class session.

Grading Scale:

A . . . . . . . . . 95% or over
B . . . . . . . . . 86% to 94.99%
C . . . . . . . . . 75% to 85.99%
D . . . . . . . . . 70% to 74.99%
F . . . . . . . . . 69% and below

MAKING UP MISSED FINAL EXAMINATIONS: Making up missed final examinations (timely submission of required papers): Only extraordinary circumstances warrant a student's being allowed to make up a missed final examination. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled exam or by the end of the first working day after the day of the missed exam to request permission to take a make-up exam. In the process of determining whether a make-up exam should be allowed, the burden of proof is on the student. The instructor has the right to request verification of excuses offered by the student.

The student who is denied permission to take a make-up exam may appeal immediately to the Academic Director or Resident Center Administrator. The appeal must be made by the end of the first working day after the day of the denial. The appeal will be forwarded immediately to the Assistant Vice President for Extended Learning whose decision will be final.