CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
U1Q 2011 FEW
Miller, Stephen J.
Criminal Justice/Adjunct Faculty
MPA Public Administration, BA History/Political Science, AS Business Administration/Accounting
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
307 221 2294
June 6, 2011 to July 31, 2011
5:00 - 10:00 PM
Senior Standing or permission of the instructor
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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.
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
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:
Final exmaination, research paper, presentation and data collection plan.
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:
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
Presentation of Data and Research
Read Chapters 9 and 10
Week Seven: July 18, 2011 to July 24, 2011
Read Chapters 11 and 12
Week Eight: July 25, 2011 to July 31, 2011
Classroom Research Presentation
Research Paper Submission
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