CJ 441 Senior Writing Project
FA2 2011 HOZ
Dr. Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Doctor of Public Administration (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1999)Master of Public Administration (Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1983)Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1976)
MA 208-B (Academic Underground)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am-12noon or by appointment
October 17 - December 9, 2011
There is no required text for this course. There is, however, a great deal of literature available that will provide guidance in completing your project. Previous program evaluations should offer suggestions in terms of how to approach, gather data, and evaluate a particular project. Of course, I am available for any particular resource issues that each student may confront. The additional resources list provided with the syllabus includes online full-text sources.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: The instructor will be using eCompanion during the term for instructor-student communications, class participation and discussion, distributing handouts and supplemental readings, document sharing, recording grades, posting PowerPoint slides, webliography, etc. Students can access the course website using their student ID and OPEN password via:
From time to time, the instructor will refer students to supplemental required readings, audiovisuals, case studies, articles, computer resources, etc. which will be posted on eCompanion and/or provided as supplemental handouts in class. It is the student's responsibility to have reliable access to eCompanion and maintain currency on all assigned material.
Basic Guide to Program Evaluation. http://www.managementhelp.org/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm
Annotated bibliography 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
The instructor's overarching approach to education is to emphasize the broadening of intellect as a strategy for developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. It is essential to integrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the classroom into the active lives of students, both as individuals and as members of social groups. It is not the facts we learn, but how we use them that provides us with the tools needed to better the human condition.
The instructor will use lectures, class discussions, group activities, handouts, supplementary readings, audio-visual aids, examinations, case studies, and other methods to facilitate learning. Student performance expectations:
The instructor encourages a mutual learning environment, where students can freely raise questions in the search for understanding.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Students in this course must identify a problem/situation in their work environment which could be improved, research possible solutions to the identified problem/situation., evaluate these, propose a solution based on their work environment, implement the solution or propose the solution to appropriate person(s). Students must write a 20 page paper explaining their project.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Project Defense (50 points)
You must have a discussion with the professor about your project. Instructions for the defense will be provided after the course begins.
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
Below 60% = F
Partcipation in Discussion Area
10 points each week
80 points total
150 points total
120 points total
Defense of Project
100 points total
50 points total
A = 450-500 points
B = 400-449 points
C = 350-399 points
D= 300-349 points
F= Below 300 points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
ALL COURSE ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS, QUIZZES, DISCUSSIONS, ETC. ARE DUE AS PUBLISHED ON THE COURSE WEBSITE, THE COURSE SCHEDULE, AND COURSE SYLLABUS:
Classroom Rules of Conduct: If you have ANY accessibility or issue of disability, please notify the instructor for furher assistance.
Week 1: 10/17-10/23 Introductions and Identify problem
Week 2: 10/24-10/30 Define Project and implementation
Week 3: 10/31-11/6 Create an Outline of our proposed project
Week 4: 11/7 - 11/13 Create your Bibliography
Week 5: 11/14 - 11/20 Submit your first draft
Week 6: 11/21 - 11/27 Make revisions to your first draft
Week 7: 11/28 - 12/4 Submit your final draft
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.
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 .
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am CST and Sunday at 11:59 PM CST. 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.
General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, 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.
Make it a habit to check the ANNOUNCEMENTS on the COURSE HOME page every time you log on. You may find the answers to 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.
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 helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.
Last Updated:10/18/2011 6:08:02 PM