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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 2010 HO

Faculty

Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.

Title

Associate Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Tuesday: 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Thursday: 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302

E-Mail

john.hamilton@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 16 - December 11, 2010

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Prerequisites

Senior standing and permission of the instructor

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Bachman, Ronet and Russell K. Schutt. (2011). The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 4th ed., Los Angeles:Sage.

ISBN: 9781412978750      

Additional Resources:
Any additional resources will be provided by the instructor

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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

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 data from various sources.
  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, and analyze the collected data.
  5. Design a tentative proposal for writing the senior thesis.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Articulate research issues that affect how the criminal justice system operates in society
  2. Understand how to design a research project using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Science Research).
Core Assessment:

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:
 

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

Grading:
 

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. The research proposal must be submitted by the designated date to allow time for the instructor to read and evaluate the submission. Late proposals will not be accepted.

 

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. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

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

August 16                   Introduction to course and Chapter 1

August 18                   Chapter 1 – “Science, Society, and Criminological Research

            August 23                   Chapter 2 – “The Problems and Process of                                                          Criminological Research”

            August 25                   Chapter 2

August 30                   Chapter 3 – “Research Ethics and Philosophies”

September 1             Chapter 3

September 6            Labor Day

September 8            Chapter 4 – “Conceptualization and Measurement”

September 13           Chapter 4

September 15           Chapter 5 – “Sampling”       

September 20           Chapter 5      

September 22           Chapter 6 – “Causation and Research Design”

September 27           Chapter 6

September 29           Chapter 7 – “Research Designs”   

October 4                   Chapter 7      

October 6                  Mid-term exam       

October 11               Fall Break – no class

October 13               Fall Break – no class

October 18                 Chapter 8 – Survey Research”

October 20                 Chapter 8

October 25               Chapter 9 – “Qualitative Methods and Analysis:                                Observing, Participating, and Listening”           

October 27                 Chapter 9

November 1               Chapter 10 – “Analyzing Content: Historical,                                                         Secondary, and Content Analysis and Crime  Mapping”

November 3               Chapter 10

November 8               Chapter 11 – “Evaluation and Policy Analysis”

November 10            Chapter 12 – “Quantitative Data Analysis 

November 15            Chapter 12

November 17            Chapter 12

November 22            Chapter 13 – “Reporting Research Results”        

November 24            Review and Research Proposals due

November 29            Research Proposal Presentations

December 1              Research Proposal Presentations

 (Final Examination: 12/6/2009 1:00-3:00)

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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