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CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
Emerick, Nicholas A.


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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice

Semester

F1B 2011 BL

Faculty

Emerick, Nick

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.A.
B.A.

Office Location

by Appointment

Office Hours

by Appointment

Daytime Phone

915-4492-4293

E-Mail

Nicholas.Emerick@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 15-October 9, 2011

Class Days

--T-Th--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

Senior standing and permission of instructor

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
This course is designed to engage the student extensively in the practice of research and academic writing in the discipline of Criminal Justice.

There is no textbook required for this course; however, there are a great deal of available resources that serve to provide guidance in completing your project. Previous program evaluations and research projects in your field of study should help you generate ideas in terms of how to approach, gather data, and evaluate a particular project. You might seek out your employer and ask for advice on what area in your workplace needs additional research or a current project that needs a substantial evaluation. Of course, I am available for any resource issues that you may confront. I have also listed resources via web-links in the syllabus as well as in www.parkonline.org in your class page.

Additional Resources:

Please use the below links for information on creating an annotated bibliography:
www.bothell.washington.edu/library/guides/annotations.html
www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/AnnotatedBibliography.html
 
APA Style Resource Page   http://www.apastyle.org  
Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals   http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill20.html
Critically Analyzing Information Sources   http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill26.htm  
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography   http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill28.htm

American Psychological Association (APA); 6 edition (July 2009) ISBN-10: 1433805618 ISBN-13: 978-1433805615

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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/.

http://www.americanjusticeinstitute.com/
http://www.fbi.gov/
http://www.managementhelp.org/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm
http://www.iacp.org/
http://www.odnetwork.org/
http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/

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:
All humans should engage in a life-long pursuit of learning and obtain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of your chosen discipline.  To that end, I work intensively to present you with the thinkers of our discipline and challenge you to absorb their academic views and develop your own, unique view.  I emphasize that students engage in critical thinking and dare to challenge the status-quo of conventional wisdom.  Students should be prepared to engage in lively debate and a passionate pursuit of knowledge and personal academic development. Park University, Fort Bliss Campus is non-traditional college format that requires the same effort as a traditional setting.  Consequently, students should expect to perform similar amounts of academic work to ensure they receive a thorough and quality education.  I integrate use of technology into courses to better prepare students for the realities of today's work places.

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. Functionally organize an academic paper in APA-6th Ed format
  2. Utilize academic research tools and sources available through credible academic journals and other resources
  3. Develop and execute a timeline for your academic project
  4. Become prepared for a graduate-level academic writing
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:

ALL CLASSWORK MUST BE SUBMITTED IN THE eCompanion DROP BOX FOR THE CLASS.

PLEASE FIND THE OUTLINE EXAMPLE IN DOC SHARING IN THE eCompanion.

The student must create a research paper using an instructor approved project topic which is chosen by the student. Students in this course must design, implement, evaluate, analyze, and/or critique a project connected to their work environment in written format. The following format may be tailored to your work environment project:

- Cover Page

- Table of Contents

- Abstract/Summary

- Introduction

- Purpose - Identify the problem/situation

- Scope - Limit your scope to a reasonable level of effort

-Review of existing literature

- Investigate to determine if others have solved similar problems. For example, what equipment and/or technology did they use? Are there other studies out there that may help you develop a solution for your problem?

- Definitions - If you use unique terms/jargon please define them.

- Methodology - How did you collect information (Document review, personnel interviews and/or observation)? What analytical techniques did you use to analyze the information collected.- Tell the story of how you developed you paper.

- Document the results of your analysis, propose a solution based on your work environment and implement the solution.

- Cite at least ten (10) sources that are obtained from valid academic sources, journals, available from the Park University online library.  No Wikipedia allowed.

- Bulky items should be placed in an appendix (Cover Letter, Questionnaire or Data Collection Instrument, and the List of Persons Surveyed or place where data was obtained).

Where privacy may be an issue, the paper should only contain generic information (No personally identifying information - use titles or numbers to identify persons). Select a topic that is related to you work area/criminal justice/enforcement activities. Your topic must be approved by the instructor by class number two. The paper should be at least 10-12 pages in length. You must use APA 6th Ed for your formatting. See Learning Rubric below for additional details for the development of your work problem analysis project.

Grading:

ALL CLASSWORK MUST BE SUBMITTED IN THE eCompanion DROP BOX FOR THE CLASS.
Week 1: Assignment 1-Acknowledgement Form (50 points)

Download form from DOC SHARING, Complete, Submit in drop box.

Week 2: Assignment 2-Research Project Topic Form-Thesis Statement (50 points)

Download form from DOC SHARING, Complete, Submit in drop box.

Week 3: Assignment 3-Project Outline (100 points)     

Download form from DOC SHARING, Complete, Submit in drop box.

Week 4: Assignment 4-Data Collection Instrument-Likert Survey (100 points)  

Download form from DOC SHARING, Complete, Submit in drop box.

Week 4: Assignment 5-Description of Data Source-Study Group (50 points)    

Download form from DOC SHARING, Complete, Submit in drop box.

Week 5: Assignment 6-Annotated Bibliography (minimum ten) 200 points        

Download form from DOC SHARING, Complete, Submit in drop box.

Week 6: Assignment 7-First DRAFT (100 points)        

APA 6TH ED EXAMPLE IN DOC SHARING

Week 7: Assignment 8-Charts/Matrices (50 points)      

Download form from DOC SHARING, Complete, Submit in drop box.

Week 8: Assignment 9-Final Draft (200 points)

APA 6TH ED EXAMPLE IN DOC SHARING

Week 8: Assignment 10-Power Point (50 points) Present Your Paper in Class (50 points)        

Download form from DOC SHARING, Complete, Submit in drop box.

Total possible course points: 1000 points
 
900-1000      A
800-899        B
700-799        C
600-699        D
below 600     F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Turning in assignments late is highly discouraged.  The class is structured to make assignments sequential so you can receive feedback and then make the changes necessary to successfully accomplish the next assignment in sequence.  Consequently, the late work policy is designed to encourage turning in work on time and to discourage late work, which will place you behind in the course.

Work turned in by the due date will receive FULL credit with consideration for grading input.  Example:  You turn in assignment 1 on time and through grading you receive a score of 95.  You will receive the full 95 as your score.

Work turned in 1 day late will have 10% deducted from your grade for that assignment.  Example:  You turn in assignment 2 one day after the due date.  Through grading you receive a score of 100.  You will be deducted 10 points from the score of 100 for turning in the assignment late and your grade would be 90 points.

Work turned in 2 days late will have 30% deducted from your grade for that assignment.  Example:  You turn in assignment 4 two days after the due date.  Through grading you receive a score of 100.  You will be deducted 30 points from the score of 100 for turning in the assignment late and your grade would be 70 points.

Work turned in 3 days late will have 70% deducted from your grade for that assignment.  Example:  You turn in assignment 6 three days after the due date.  Through grading you receive a score of 100.  You will be deducted 70 points from the score of 100 for turning in the assignment late and your grade would be 30 points.

Work turned in 4 days late or later will receive a grade of ZERO (no credit).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should arrive for class on time and stay the entire length of class.  Students arriving thirty minutes after class commences will be marked unexcused/absent.  Students leaving before the class ends will be marked unexcused and absent. Students must treat all in class with respect and dignity.  Abusive conduct will not be tolerated.  Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated.  Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing.  Absences should be kept to a minimum.  Students that are absent cannot participate and will be given the indicated grade point reduction for each absence whether excused or unexcused.  Leveling work for absences may include detailed written summaries of chapters or completion of review questions or definitions at the end of chapters, or any other class-related assigned task as determined by the instructor.  Late class work will not be accepted.  Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence.  Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action. NO CELL PHONES, WILL BE USED DURING ANY PORTION OF CLASS TIME. STUDENTS MAY USE E-BOOKS DURING THE CLASS. ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES SHOULD BE SHUT OFF DURING CLASS PERIOD. STUDENTS USING PHONES OR OTHER DEVICES WILL BE ASKED TO TURN THEM OFF AND STOW THEM IN PURSES OR BACK PACKS.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One Auh 16 & 18
Introduction, Problem Identification, APA 6 Ed. Expectations and Examples, paper development, data collection instruments and analysis. See eCompanion dropbox list for assignment due.
Week Two Aug
23 & 25
Define and present your project and how you will implement it. Research Techniques and ideas of approach. See eCompanion dropbox list for assignment due.
Week Three Aug
30 & Sep 1
Create an outline of your project proposal, your map to success, data collection and fact gathering. See eCompanion dropbox list for assignment due.
Week Four Sep
6 & 8
Create annotated bibliography, using computer graphics and charts to enhance your presentation.  See eCompanion dropbox list for assignment due.
Week Five     Sep 
13 & 15 
Submit your first draft, discussion on difficult issues encountered on your road to the draft paper. See eCompanion dropbox list for assignment due.                                                   
Week Six Sep
20 & 22
Make revisions to your first draft, revision and tracking techniques, evaluation of alternative approaches. See eCompanion dropbox list for assignment due.
Week Seven Sep 
27 & 29
Submit your final draft, one-on-one review of paper with instructor.Presentations. See eCompanion dropbox list for assignment due.
Week Eight Oct
4 & 6
Overview of class, presentation and defense of project and methodology. See eCompanion dropbox list for assignment due.

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
Students must be aware that I will strenuously review their work for plagiarism. I will give a plagiarism presentation on the first day of class that defines plagiarism and explains how students intentionally and inadvertently commit plagiarism. Please be aware that I take plagiarism very seriously and I will apply sanctions to students that proffer class work that is plagiarized. So, please DO NOT plagiarize!

Plagiarism includes using another person's work, wholesale, without citation or the overuse of anothers work. Further, it is plagiarism to copy another person's work identically and submit it as your own. In any written work the majority of the writing should come from the mind of the student and not another. Papers that exceed 10% of anothers work will be given an F and considered plagiarism. You can check your work's originality for free at plagiarismchecker.com

Please think about your topics and use original thought during your work.

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 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 .

Additional Information:






Bibliography:



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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