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CJ 441 Senior Writing Project
Graves, Scott Wakefield


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CJ 441 Senior Writing Project

Semester

F1B 2012 BLH

Faculty

Graves, Scott

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.A.-Webster University
M.B.A.-Specialization in Criminal Justice-Northcentral University
B.S. Management/Human Reources-Park University

Office Location

by Appointment

Office Hours

by Appointment

Daytime Phone

915-562-8450

E-Mail

sgraves@park.edu

Web Page

https://my.park.edu/ics/

Semester Dates

August 20, 2012 through October 10, 2012

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Prerequisites

Senior standing and permission of instructor

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
None required.   However, it is strongly recommended that each student obtain APA software or the APA textbook in order to be able to comply with the requirements of the course.

Additional Resources:

Please use the below links for information on creating an annotated bibliography:
 
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

Suggested Reading about Writing a Research Proposal and Thesis include:

Salkind, Neil. Exploring Research. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2006

eStudy Centre. Writing Essays http://www.allenandunwin.com/estudy/essaywriting.asp

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant, http://www.powa.org/thesis/index.html

Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G, and Williams, Joseph M. The Craft of Research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1995.

Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1998.

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Course Description:
CJ 441 - Senior Writing Project This capstone course may be taken instead of CJ 440, Internship in Criminal Justice. It is designed for students currently employed in a criminal justice field who do not need the practical experience of an internship. Students in this course must design, implement, evaluate, analyze, and/or critique a project connected to their work environment in written format. This course may be taken online or an independent study in a face to face setting. The department chair must approve students to substitute this course for the internship. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
All people should engage in a life-long pursuit of learning and obtain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of your chosen academic 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 conventional wisdom.  Students should be prepared to engage in lively debate and a passionate pursuit of knowledge and personal intellectual development. Park University's Fort Bliss Campus is a 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, high-quality education.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and analyze different approaches to a problem/situation in your work environment
  2. Design a possible correction solution to the problem/situation
  3. Apply the corrective solution or offer it to your organization as a possible solution
  4. Design an annotated bibliography with at least 10 sources
  5. Defend the senior writing project face-to-face or telephonically to the instructor


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of in-depth research in a specific knowledge area.
  2. Organize a group of participants for the research project.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to edit properly in APA 6th Edition format.
  4. Utilize eCompanion as the primary assignment submission mechanism.
Core Assessment:

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:

THIS COURSE IS A BLENDED COURSE INVOLVING BOTH CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE AND STUDY AS WELL AS ONLINE WORK TO SATISFY THE 40 HOUR COURSE REQUIREMENT.  CLASSES WILL MEET EACH MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY FOR 1.5 HOURS PER SESSION AND THE STUDENT WILL CONDUCT A MINIMUM OF 2 ADDITIONAL HOURS OF ONLINE WORK WEEKLY.

ALL WORK FOR THIS COURSE WILL BE SUBMITTED ONLINE IN ASSIGNMENT DROP-BOXES THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY-PROVIDED eCompanion SYSTEM.

For the paper, an instructor approved project is to be 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

- Investigation 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.

- 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 20 pages in length. You must use APA for your formatting. See Learning Rubric below for additional details for the development of your work problem analysis project.

Grading:

Assignments and Grading Scheme:
1. Identification and approval of research project. (25 points)
2. Submission and approval of project outline. (25 points)
3. Submission and approval of data collection method (SURVEY). (50 points)
4. Submission and approval of data collection source (DEMOGRAPHIC). (25 points)
5. Submission and acceptance of annotated bibliography. (50 points)
6. Submission of first draft (95% Complete!). (100 points)
7. Use of appropriate number and style of matrices, charts, and graphics. (25 points)
8. Submission of final draft. (200 points)-Must include recommended revisions from first draft.
9. Defense/presentation of research project in class. (100 points)
10. Participation in class sessions. (160 points)-Defined as participating in class discussions and exercises for the entire duration of the class period.

Total possible course points: 760 points
 
684-760        A
608-683        B
532-607        C
456-531        D
below 456     F
            

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments turned in late will undergo the noted reduction in points:

Late one day worth 75% of score.
Late two days worth 50% of score.
Late three days worth 25% of score.
Late four days worth 5% of score.
Late five days worth 0

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.  Students that are absent cannot participate and will be given the indicated grade point reduction for each absence whether excused or unexcused.  Unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action. Cell phones may not be used during exams and students should not text during class time.  Students found using the TEXT function of any electronic device during class time or examinations will be asked to leave the classroom.  Texting during tests will result in a failing grade for the exam.  Students found "surfing or facebooking," will be asked to turn off their devices.  The instructor reserves the right to ask any person disrupting the class to leave the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One Aug
20/22
Introduction, Problem (Thesis) Identification, APA 6 Ed. Discuss class expectations and review examples, paper development, data collection instruments and analysis.  Students are expected to conduct the online component of this period of study.
Week Two Aug
27/29
Define your project and how you will implement it. Research Techniques and ideas of approach. Discuss areas of CJ in the community that need research or explanation.  Students are expected to conduct the online component of this period of study.
Week Three Sep
3/5
Create an outline of your project proposal, your map to success, data collection and fact gathering. Explanation of how data is useful to understanding problems.  The importance of the outline will be emphasized heavily.  Students are expected to conduct the online component of this period of study.
Week Four      
Sep
10/12
Create annotated bibliography (AB), using computer graphics and charts to enhance your presentation. Discuss the purpose of the AB and how it is instrumental to organizing your study.  Students are expected to conduct the online component of this period of study.
Week Five     Sep
17/19
Discuss the first draft, discussion on difficult issues encountered on your road to the draft paper.  Students are expected to conduct the online component of this period of study.
Week
Six
Sep
24/26
Submit your first draft.  Discuss likely revisions and tracking techniques, evaluation of alternative approaches.  presentation and defense of project and methodology.  Students are expected to conduct the online component of this period of study.
Week Seven Oct
1/3
Submit your final draft by Oct 8th latest. Presentation and defense of project and methodology.  Students are expected to conduct the online component of this period of study.
Week Eight Oct
8/10
Submit your final draft by Oct 8th latest.  Overview of class, presentation and defense of project and methodology.  Students are expected to conduct the online component of this period of study.

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 another's 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:



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Judge and provide evidence of that judgment of a problem/situation in the student's work environment. Investigate the identified problem/situation using more than 10 sources Judge and provide evidence of that judgment of a problem/situation in the student's work environment. Investigate the identified problem/situation using eight to ten sources Judge and provide evidence of that judgment of a problem/situation in the student's work environment. Investigate the identified problem/situation using more than six to eight sources (e.g. no evidence of operationally defined competency) No evidence supporting the problem/situation in the work environment 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Using many  (more that 10) sources of academic (books, journals, etc) and practical evidence (interviews, observations), constructs at least five possible corrective solution(s) to the identified problem Using some (eight to ten) academic (books, journals, etc) and practical evidence (interviews, observations), constructs five possible corrective solutions to the identified problem Using six to eight academic (books, journals, etc) and practical evidence (interviews, observations), constructs less than five corrective solutions to the identified problem. Use of no or appropriate academic (books, journals, etc) and practical evidence (interviews, observations).  Constructs no solutions for the identified problem. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2, 3, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Compare and contrast more than 10 sources of corrective data and write a proposal to implement a solution Compare and contrast 10 sources of corrective data and write a proposal to implement a solution Compare and contrast less than 10  sources of corrective data and write a proposal to implement a solution No solution proposed 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Implement the solution and report the results for two weeks or provide clear evidence of submission of  the proposal to the appropriate persons in the work environment Implement the solution  or submit the proposal to the appropriate persons in the work environment Solution proposed but no evidence of implementation or submission of proposal No evidence of proposal 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Uses terminology from research and the work environment correctly, and identifies at least 10 concepts relating to the solution Uses terminology from research and the work environment correctly, and identifies at least 5 - 9 concepts relating to the solution Uses terminology from research and the work environment correctly, and identifies at least 3 - 4 concepts relating to the solution Uses terminology from research and the work environment correctly, and identifies less than 3 concepts relating to the solution 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
No errors in the paper on the following: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting No more than 5 errors in the paper on the following: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting No more than 10 errors in the paper on the following: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting Contains more than 10 errors in the paper on the following: works cited, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, APA or MLA formatting 
First Literacy (or Disciplinary Competency)                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Community and Civic Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Demonstrates an understanding of the complexity of issues surrounding Senior Writing Project by discussing more than five issues Demonstrates an understanding of the complexity of issues surrounding Senior Writing Project five issues Demonstrates an understanding of the complexity of issues surrounding Senior Writing Project by discussing less than five issues No demonstrated evidence of an understanding of the complexity of issues surrounding Senior Writing Project 
Second Literacy (or Disciplinary Competency)                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
Ethics and Values                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Analyzes more than five ethics and value questions relating to the selected Senior Writing Project Analyses three to five  ethics and value questions relating to the selected Senior Writing Project Analyzes three to five ethics and value questions relating to the selected Senior Writing Project No demonstrated acquisition of tools for analyzing ethics and value questions relating to the selected Senor Writing Project 

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