CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
S1T 2012 DL
Eskey, Michael T.
Associate Professor - Criminal Justice
PhD - Criminology - Florida State University (1982)MS - Strategic Intelligence - Joint Military Intelligence CollegeMA - Criminal Justice - University of Nebraska at Omaha (1977)
St Simons Island, GA
1000 - 1400, Mon-Wed
January 16 - March 11, 2012
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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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Student-oriented discussions of assigned readings and topics are the focus of this course. It is expected that students will be prepared to engage in discussions of all assigned materials in the threaded discussion portion of the course activities. Students will assume the lead voice in all discussion with the role of the professor to facilitate, guide, encourage and ensure focus. All assignments are designed to evaluate the student's achievement of the performance objectives. Tests are not for the purpose of grade assignment. Rather, to ascertain the level of understanding of the basic concepts of law enforcement and policing. All materials contained in the text book are the responsibility of the student.
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 throughout the course. For the final, it will consist of fill-in-the-blank responses and is open book
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 Dr. Eskey.
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Dr. Eskey consistent with the Park policies.
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.
Course Grading Scale
This subsection should list the grading scale and weighting for all of the graded work during a course. The grading scale must use the following scale below, and point totals for each letter grade must be included.
A = 90- 100% (or 900 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (or 800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79% (or 700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69% (or 600 to 699 points)
F = < 60% (599 or fewer points)
Research proposal 25%
Proctored Final Exam 15%
Mid-Term Exam 10%
Discussion Topics 16%
Assignments (Drop-box) 16%
Quizzes (6) 18%
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...... without a valid and validated excuse.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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.
Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
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February 27 - March 4, 2012
Read chapter 10, Evaluation research and problem analysis
Quiz (30 points) to be completed by 2400 Sunday, March 4, 2012
Submit the core research proposal to the dropbox by 2400 Sunday, March 4, 2012
Identify the various methods that can be used to record observations. Offer an explanation of which method, in your opinion, is most effective and why. Also, which method, in your opinion, is least effective and why
March 5 - 11, 2012
Read chapter 11, Interpreting data
Quiz (30 points) to be completed by 2400 Sunday, March 5, 2012
Explain in your own words the logic of statistical significance and give an example to illustrate your answer. Provide an example of at least a nominal and ordinal variable and an example of a one-tailed and two-tailed test of significance.
Final proctored comprehensive examination – chapters 1 – 11.
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Additional Information:Research Proposal
In CJ430, Research in Criminal Justice, the student will prepare and submit a research proposal that will serve as the cornerstone preparation of the senior thesis. In CJ 450, Senior Seminar, the student will write and defend a senior thesis. The thesis should be based upon some topic that enables the student to do active research to add new knowledge to the topic. The thesis is prepared during the CJ 450 course, but since time must be allotted for faculty to read and grade the thesis and students to defend the thesis, they must be turned in by about the 7th week of the course. This does not allow a great amount of time for writing the thesis, so good planning is very important to ensure that a good product is produced. Part of this course will be learning about research, what it is and how to do it; and, another part will be preparing a proposal for the topic for your senior thesis. Good preparation on the proposal will provide a “”road map” for writing the thesis and make CJ 450 much easier. So, please take the proposal seriously. The more work you can do up front, the fewer problems you will have in writing the final thesis. We will discuss the proposal often in this class and I expect you to ask questions if you are having any difficulty.
An “A” proposal will contain at least 10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources. It will display the use of at least 6 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the sources cited. The proposal will demonstrate the student's ability to utilize 2 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the research subject chosen. It will have no errors in terminology and discuss more than 3 key elements, displaying exceptional understanding of the elements chosen. The proposal will show multiple instances and an exceptional understanding of the elements chosen. The proposal will be in APA format, be 8-10 pages in length, and display proper grammar and no spelling errors. It will contain a title page, review of the literature, hypothesis, a plan for conducting the study, a plan for evaluating the data, and an annotated bibliography containing 10 or more sources.
A “B” proposal will contain 8-10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources. It will display the use of at least 5 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the sources cited. The proposal will demonstrate the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives inexamining the research subject chosen. It will have no errors in terminology and discuss 3 key elements, displaying understanding of the elements chosen. The proposal will show sufficient and satisfactory understanding of the elements chosen. The proposal will be in APA format, be no less that 8 pages in length, and display proper grammar, and no more than 1 spelling error. It will contain a title page, review of the literature, hypothesis, a plan for conducting the study, a plan for evaluating the data, and an annotated bibliography containing at least 8 sources.
A “C” proposal will contain 8-10 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources. It will display the use of 4-5 outside sources and some ability to compare and contrast the sources cited. The artifact will demonstrate the student's ability to utilize 1 evaluation perspective in examining the research subject chosen. It will contain no more than 2 errors in terminology and discuss 2 key elements, displaying an understanding of the elements chosen. The proposal will display a sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts of the elements chosen. It will be in APA format, be 5-7 pages in length, display proper grammar, and contain no more than 2 spelling errors. It will contain a title page, review of the literature, hypothesis, plan for conducting the study, plan for evaluating the data, and an annotated bibliography of 6-8 sources.
A “D” proposal will contain fewer than 8 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources. It will use fewer than 5 outside sources and little or no ability to compare and contrast the sources. The proposal will contain 3-4 errors in terminology and little understanding of the elements chosen. It will not be in proper format and will contain grammar and spelling errors. The proposal will be missing one of more of the proper components.
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