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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.
Williams, Dianne A.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Semester

F2T 2011 DL

Faculty

Williams, Dianne A.

Title

Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Criminal Justice
MBA
BS, Accounting

Office Location

Virtual

Office Hours

Available by phone 9-5 daily (EDT/EST) Leave Message if necessary

Daytime Phone

336-510-7495

E-Mail

Dianne.Williams@pirate.park.edu

diannewilliams78@gmail.com

Semester Dates

October 17th through December 11th, 2011

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Title: Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology (Ninth Edition)
Author: Thomas J. Hickey
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Year: 2010
ISBN: 9780078139437
(please verify the ISBN against the title before purchasing!)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
APA Manual--6th Edition (highly encouraged!)

Creswell, J. W. (2008). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Thousand Oaks California: Sage Publications.

Salkind, Neil, Exploring Research, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000.

Rudestam, Kjell Erik and Newton, Rae, R. Surviving Your Dissertation. Newberry Park: Sage Publications, 1992.

Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G, and Williams, Joseph M. The Craft of Research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Bolker, Joan, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998.

Fryxell, David, How to Write Fast. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. 1992.

 

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

American Justice Institute http://www.americanjusticeinstitute.com/

Basic Guide to Program Evaluation. http://www.managementhelp.org/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm

 

Annotated bibliography resources: 

www.bothell.washington.edu/library/guides/annotations.html 

http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/AnnotatedBibliography.html

 

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
This capstone course addresses 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: EN105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
 Educational Philosophy:

This course will have discussions and assignments each week, all with the goal of helping you complete the senior project, your senior thesis! There will be lectures available on how to construct each part of your thesis and discussions will support these weekly assignments. Each week you will have a portion of your thesis due--please place this in the drop box provided. I will encourage discussion, and will interact solely to encourage your interaction with each other. You are encouraged to interact with your peers and ask their help in working through issues--some of your assignments will require this.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the ethical and value questions in the criminal justice system.
  2. Criticize factual situations, applying this knowledge.
  3. Improve the ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information (in both written and oral forms), including the use of the Internet for communication and research.
  4. Design and construct the research, writing and defense of a thesis.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Participation
Class participation is a major component of this course.  Each week there will be a discussion question posed to which students will be expected to respond.  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 qualitative and a quantitative measurement. Quality is the degree to which the student addresses not only the weekly discussion topic but also the comments to other students.  Quantity is the absolute number of postings as well as the consistency of posting.  For example one could have 6 or 7 postings that did not relate to the issue and no credit would be awarded. Or, one could have 6 or 7 postings made at 11.59pm on the last day of the week - which would be heavily penalized.  Or one could have 6 or 7 postings made on the weekend only, which will be somewhat penalized. However, if the minimum number of posting were made that directly focused on the discussion topic and the student posted consistently throughout the week instead of on the weekend or last day only, and the student's posts were sufficiently substantive with respect to the discussion topic, 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. The discussion thread is a "virtual classroom" which requires participation throughout the discussion period and not just on the weekend or on the last day. 
The minimum standard for quantity is responding to the principle question and posting two comments to the postings of your classmates. Responses to Dr. Williams are not included in the quantity element for grading purposes. The discussion thread is the virtual classroom. The purpose is for interaction, debate and discussion. It is inconsistent with the virtual classroom concept to simply enter the discussion on a single day make a post and leave. 

Grading:

90% = A (exceptional work)
80% = B (outstanding work)
70% = C (meets minimum standards)
65% = D (below minimum standards)

Partcipation in 8 Discussion Areas (Current Issues)

20 points each week

160 points total

Participation in 7 Discussion Areas (Thesis-related)

10 points each week

70 points total

6 Written responses to thesis related assignments (drop box)

15 points each

90  points total

Final Thesis

 Defense   
Final Exam
430 points
50 points
200 points

 

430 points total
50 points
200 points

 

A = 900-1000 points

B = 800-899 points

C = 700-799 points

D=  600-699 points
F= Under 600 points

 

* To receive full points students should make at least three significant responses to others

Feedback

You will be receiving feedback from me periodically - some is scheduled, and some is not. The feedback I usually give comes in four forms:

1. Public reply to an individual or group in the discussion area

2. Private e-mail to express delight or concern

3. 
Final Grade Report which I will send to you by private e-mail at the end of final week of the course

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED unless you have special permission before the deadline.

If personal computers malfunction, please make other arrangements to seek online access through public library computers, community colleges, etc.  I recommend that you do NOT wait until the last minute to submit assignments, as computer errors or glitches can be expected.  In a course of this type, which hinges on completion of a single project, if something can go wrong, it will.
 
For those assignments which are accepted after the deadline the penalty will be applied as follows:
 
Submission of Late Work: Each week runs from Monday morning through Sunday night, 11:59 pm, Central Standard Time. I submit the discussion grades for the previous week on Monday morning and these grades are not changed. Late submissions for assignments with a valid and validated excuse will be downgraded per day for each day that the assignment is late. The term paper may not be turned in late without a submission of all work completed on the paper. Based on this submission, the instructor will make a decision on whether or not to accept a late term paper.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Students should use e-mail for private messages to the professor and other students. The Discussion area is for public messages.

2. THE DROPBOX
 Use the the Dropbox to turn in homework assignments. The Dropbox is the second tab from the right at the top of your screen. Follow the instructions in Homework to
 submit  your work.

3. Students are expected to complete more than an hour per week in the discussion area and several hours working on their project. In an eight-week format, you should be working on the project for more than ten hours and in the discussion area for more than one.

4. In order for you to be marked present each week, you must be in the classroom, the discussion area.  You must write a progress report about the topic of discussion and significantly respond to those of others.  Two weeks of absence and you are dropped from the course.

NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED unless you have special permission before the deadline.

5. If personal computers malfunction, please make other arrangements to seek online access through public library computers, community colleges, etc.  I recommend that you do NOT wait until the last minute to submit assignments, as computer errors or glitches can be expected.  In a course of this type, which hinges on completion of a single project, if something can go wrong, it will.
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 discussion area, you should be sharing your insights and progress on your thesis with them. 2) In the second area, you should be discussing the readings and answering questions about the current issue. EACH area requires a MINIMUM of your initial response and 3 to your classmates for full credit.

In order to satisfactorily complete this online class, you should plan to spend twelve hours a week. I would suggest eight hours be spent working on the thesis. This may include time in Discussion Area 1 or reading and writing on your own. Then you should spend some time reading and analyzing the current issues and answering the questions posed by the instructor in Discussion Area 2.

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.

The instructor expects you to send thesis assignments and drafts via the Internet in MS Word, not Word Perfect.

You should use e-mail for private messages to your professor and other students and for submission of thesis 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 CT and Sunday at 11:59 PM CT. 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.

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 emails, 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 your instructor.

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 help-desk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the help-desk for assistance.
If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

 

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week one (17 - 23 Oct 11)
 
Discussion topics: Prospects on debating crime,Intended topic and tentative hypothesis

Thesis task:      Determinetopic - develop a working list of references (In APA format)

 

Week two (24 - 30 Oct 11)

Discussion topic: Debating Crime and guns and debatingthe limits of police power, Methodology examples

Thesis task:      Write themethodology section of your thesis

 

Week three (31 Oct - 6 Nov 11)

Discussion topic: Debating the role of crime victimsand debating the fairness of courts, Outlines

Thesis task:      Write areview of literature (APA format)

 

Week four (7 - 13 Nov 11)

Discussion topic: Debating sentencing and debating"Equal justice under law" Race and Gender, Abstracts

Thesis task:      Submitdraft to partner for review

 

Week five (14 - 20 Nov 11)

Discussion topic: Debating prisons

Thesis topic:     Put paper intoappropriate format and sent to professor for review

 

Week six (21 - 27 Nov 11)

Discussion topic: Debating juvenile delinquency,Components of the thesis

Thesis task:      Continueworking on draft and send to professor and partner

 

Week seven (28 Nov - 4 Dec 11)

Discussion topic: Waging Holy war: public morals andprivate vices, Defending and presenting a thesis

Thesis task:      Preparefinal draft, proofread, and submit to professor prior to end of week

 

Week eight (5 - 11 Oct 11)

Discussion topic: Debating the criminal justicesystem, Closing comments

Thesis task:      Defend thesisto the professor

Final Exam:  Proctored

 
Each student will be an important member of the learning community and class participation represents a substantial component of this course. Moreover, the learning created through class discussion/postings, collaborative group work, and experiential learning will be essential for developing an understanding of course material.

 

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .

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