CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
FA 2011 HO
Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri – ColumbiaJ.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
August 15 – December 9, 2011
1:00 - 2:15 PM
Senior standing and permission of instructor
Bachman, Ronet and Schutt, Russell K. (2011). The
Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 4th ed., Los
Angeles: Sage. ISBN: 9781412978750
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Professor Plumb's educational philosophy is based on using a
variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive. Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work,
class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet are
significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to
analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned and apply this
information in research topics in criminal justice.
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:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning
that occurs in this course. Students
will be assessed on their class participation, performance on periodic written
assignments, examinations, and preliminary work on a thesis. There will also be opportunities to work in
groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance. See “Grading” below for greater specificity.
Students will be evaluated on the total number of points
each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be
earned in each class activity.
In determining the number of points assigned to an activity,
the major factors will be the following questions:
• Was the
• Was the
work completed correctly?
• Was the
work completed on time?
All assignments are due in the eCompanion course dropbox at
the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on
the following allocation of points:
• Participation 150
• Total 1,000
Point accumulation for grades:
• 900 - 1000
points - A
• 800 - 899
points - B
• 700 - 799
points - C
• 600 - 699
points - D
• 0 - 599
points - F
Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be
deducted. No course materials will be
accepted after the last class meeting in the last week of classes.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend class and be prompt. Class attendance is part of class
participation, which is a portion of your grade. Roll will be checked at the beginning of each
class period. Since tardy entry to a
class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in
2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will
be no excused absences. You are either
present or absent. To partially make up
for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next
class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing
the assigned reading for the class period missed. The essay must be submitted by e-mail with
the essay as an attachment. IT IS YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.
3. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to
discuss them. This is a senior capstone
course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level. This course will consist of class discussion,
small group discussion, group work, and individual reporting to the class. You are expected to take part in the
discussions and group work. Your
in-class participation is another portion of your grade. Plan to be called on individually in class to
discuss the reading material assigned.
4. Examinations. There will be a mid-term examination and a final examination in this
5. There will be periodic written assignments in this
course. Further information about these
will be provided in the website for this course. All assignments will be either completed in
class or submitted in a dropbox in the eCompanion website for this course. I will NOT accept assignments submitted by
e-mail. Please see me if you are
unfamiliar with using eCompanion.
6. Research Proposal. A research proposal is required in this course. The specifics of this requirement and the
rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed and posted on the course
7. Group Projects. There will be some group projects in this course. The specifics of this requirement and the
rubric for scoring this requirement will be posted on the course website.
8. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more
productive. Students must recognize
though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning
ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a
disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress
of the course and the needs of the students.
Science, Society, & Criminological
text ch 1
Process & Problems of
text ch 2
Written Assign 1 (20)
Research Ethics & Philosophies
text ch 3
Written Assign 2 (20)
Conceptualization & Measurement
text ch 4
Group Project 1 (30)
text ch 5
Written Assign 3 (20)
Causation & Research Design
text ch 6
Group Project 2 (30)
Class will meet online only this week
text ch 7
Group Project 3 (30)
Mid-Term Exam (125)
text ch 8
Qualitative Methods & Analysis:
Observing, Participating, & Listening
text ch 9
Written Assign 4 (20)
Analyzing Content: Historical,
Secondary, & Content Analysis & Crime Mapping
text ch 10
Group Project 4 (30)
Evaluation & Policy Analysis
text ch 11
Written Assign 5 (20)
Quantitative Data Analysis
text ch 12
Group Project 5 (30)
Reporting Research Results
text ch 13
Research Proposal due (250)
Summary & Proposal Presentations
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Final Exam (175)
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