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CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
Miller, Stephen J.


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

U1Q 2011 FEW

Faculty

Miller, Stephen J.

Title

Criminal Justice/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MPA Public Administration, BA History/Political Science, AS Business Administration/Accounting

Office Location

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Office Hours

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Daytime Phone

307 221 2294

E-Mail

Stephen.Miller03@park.edu

sjmiller@sjmillerassociates.com

Web Page

http://sjmillerassociates.com

Semester Dates

June 6, 2011 to July 31, 2011

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Prerequisites

Senior Standing or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Title: Researh Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 5th Edition
Author: Michael G. Maxfield and Earl R. Babbie
Publisher: Wadsworth, Thomson, Leaning
Year: 2008-5th Edition
ISBN: 10 0495-09476-5

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Additional Resources:

Suggested reading and resources for research include:
 
eStudy centre, Writing Essays http://www.allenandunwin.com/estudy/essaywriting.asp
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant, http://www.powa.org/thesis/index.html
 
Other resources and sources of research data include:
 
City of Cheyenne Planning Office http://cheyennecity.org/
Cheyenne Police Department http://cheyennecity.org/
Cheyenne Laramie County GIS Cooperative http://clcgisc.com/
U.S. Department of Justice, National Institutes of Justice, http://nij.gov/
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm
U.S. Census Bureau http://2010.census.gov/2010census/
University of Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center http://wysac.uwyo.edu/
University of Wyoming Geographic Information Center GIS http://www.uwyo.edu/wygisc/
Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation http://www.attorneygeneral.state.wy.us/dci
 

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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

CJ430 Research Topic:  Study the impact of crime rates and associated social and economic impact issues, with the issue of neighborhood deterioration in the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The research will identify and examine the highest high crime rate areas in the community.

Students will then determine the extent of the problem and which approaches are applicable to prevent crime, lower crime rates, and stabilize neighborhoods. This can include options such as   community policing, changes to municipal ordinances and regulations,  nuisances, graffiti control, neighborhood parking, building code enforcement, basic city services such as trash removal, street and ally repairs, or other methods. Students will be expected to research strategies and programs used in other communities in the state or region to deal with crime rates and related quality of life issues in neighborhoods.

Students will identify a criminal justice issue related to crime in neighborhoods, develop a hypotheses involving the issue, prepare a data collection plan; determine what type and how data will be analyzed; gather data; develop conclusions and recommendations based on data, and research into methods used in other cities of similar size in the state or region to deal with the criminal justice issue examined.

Students will utilize geographic information system (GIS) data and techniques where applicable and possible. Students will work as a group or in teams to gather data, examine current research and literature to prepare a paper and class room presentation.

Students will present the research findings in a classroom presentation and with submission of a research paper document the results of the project.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor will use lectures, assigned reading, classroom discussion, research, internet resources and examinations to provide the student with a both theory and the application of theory in a real world setting.

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.


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:

Final exmaination, research paper, presentation and data collection plan.

Grading:

Grading Scale:

A=90-100%
B=80-89%
C=70-79%
D=60-69%
F=<60% 

Grades:

Data Collection Plan 15%
 
Final Research Paper 40%

Final Examination 30%

Classroom Presentation 15%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 Approval must be obtained from the instructor for late submission of required work.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend class.
Participate in classroom discussions and activities.
Respect the opinions of fellow students.
Submitt assignments in time.
Turn off cellular telephones or place in silent or vibrate mode.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

  

Week One: June 6, 2011 to June 12, 2011

Overview of course requirements

Overview of criminal justice research

How to identify a criminal justice research topic

How to develop a problem statement

How to develop a hypothesis

How to prepare a data collection plan

Sources of criminal justice data

Read Chapters 1 and 2

Week Two: June 13, 2011 to June 19, 2011

Submission of research topic, problem statement, hypothesis

Review of community based policing programs in Wyoming and surrounding states

How to gather and organize data

Read Chapters 3 and 4

Week Three: June 20, 2011 to June 26, 2011

Submission of data collection plan

How to organize and present data

Use of Geographic Information System (GIS) data

How to prepare results of analysis

Criminal justice program assessment and research

Read Chapters 5 and 6

Week Four: June 27, 2011 to July 3, 2011

Bias in Data Collection and Research

Data Collection Review

Read Chapter 7 and 8

Week Five: July 4th to July 10, 2011

July 4th Holiday

Week Six: July 11, 2011 to July 17, 2011

Political implications in Criminal Justice Research

Data Collection Review

Presentation of Data and Research

Read Chapters 9 and 10

Week Seven: July 18, 2011 to July 24, 2011

Data Collection Review

Course Review

Read Chapters 11 and 12

Week Eight: July 25, 2011 to July 31, 2011

Final Examination

Classroom Research Presentation

Research Paper Submission

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 .

Additional Information:
Students are expected to check the document sharing for this class on  a regular basis for articles posted by the instructor. 



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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