CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
FA 2012 HO
Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri – ColumbiaJ.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
August 20–December 7, 2012
8:45 - 10:00 AM
Senior standing and permission of instructor
Dantzker & Hunter, Research Methods for Criminology & Criminal Justice, 3rd ed., Jones & Bartlett 2012, ISBN 978-0-7637-7732-6
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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:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on periodic written assignments, a research proposal, and a final examination. There will also be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance. See “Grading” below for greater specificity.
Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity.
In determining the number of points earned in an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:
All assignments are due in the eCompanion course dropbox at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:
Point accumulation for grades:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting in the last week of classes.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend class and be prompt. Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade. Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period. Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.
2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences. You are either present or absent. To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed. The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.
3. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. This is a senior level course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and individual reporting to the class. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation and group participation are parts of your grade. Plan to be called on individually in class to discuss the reading material assigned.
4. Final Examination. There will be a final examination in this course.
5. There will be periodic written assignments in this course. Further information about these will be provided in the website for this course. All assignments will be either completed in class or submitted in a dropbox in the eCompanion website for this course. I will NOT accept assignments submitted by e-mail. Please see me if you are unfamiliar with using eCompanion.
6. Research Proposal. A research proposal is required in this course. The specifics of this requirement are stated above.
7. Group Projects. There will be group projects in this course. The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed the first class meeting.
8. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
Research: What, Why, & How
text pp. 3-18
Research & Ethics
text pp. 19-30
Quiz on Syllabus (30)
text pp. 31-44
Language of Research
text pp. 45-54
Written assignment 1 (30)
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Group project 1 (50)
Written assignment 2 (30)
text pp. 55-66
Human Inquiry Approach
text pp. 67-80
Proposal topic (25)
The class will meet only online today.
text pp. 81-90
Written assignment 3 (30)
text pp. 91-108
Group project 2 (50)
Proposal survey draft (75)
text pp. 109-120
text pp. 121-138
Data Processing & Analysis
text pp. 139-156
Group project 3 (50)
text pp. 157-170
Writing the Research
Proposal draft (125)
Group project 4 (50)
The class will NOT meet in observance of Thanksgiving
Proposal final paper (75)
text pp. 185-206
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Final Examination (200)
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