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CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
Gardner, Gary A.


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 430 Research in Criminal Justice

Semester

F1G 2012 GR

Faculty

Gardner, Gary A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S., Criminal Justice Administration
M.S., General Administration

Office Location

226 Stenn Blvd, bldg#101, Grand Forks AFB, ND

Office Hours

M-F  7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Daytime Phone

701  747-7164

Other Phone

701 741-2328  (Cell)

E-Mail

gary.gardner@park.edu

g3mgardner@gfwireless.com

Semester Dates

20 August to 14 October 2012

Class Days

-MTWRF-

Class Time

11:00 - 12:00 AM

Prerequisites

Senior Standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Maxfield, Michael G. & Babbie, Earl Robert;  Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 2nd ed., 2009; Wadsworth, Inc.
ISBN 13: 978-0-495-50385-9
ISBN 10: 0-495-50385-1
 
Myers, Laura B. & Myers, Larry J.;  Classroom Activities for Criminal Justice, 2008; Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
ISBN 13: 978-0-495-10382-0
 
Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice, 2007;  Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
ISBN 13: 978-0-495-00041-9

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Current periodicals, publications and articles dealing with issues in Research in the Criminal Justice field.  All additional resources will be provided to the student(s) by the instructor, at no cost, however, all materials must be returned to the instructor at the end of the semester.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, discussions, readings, case studies on current research in Criminal Justice.  A research proposal along with a midterm and final examination will be required to ensure all students grasp material presented and concepts discussed during the semester.

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:
A Research Proposal, 10-12 pages (double spaced) with a cover page or title page and a minimum of 10 course related external resources will be turned in prior to the end of the semester.  The Research Proposal will be in APA format.  The midterm and final examinations will each contain 8 essay questions and each student will be required to answer 5 on each examination.

Grading:

The Research Proposal will be worth 50% of the students final grade.  The midterm and final examinations will be woth 20% each for a total of 40% of the students final grade.  Class participation will be worth 10% of the students final grade.  The midterm and final examinations will each contain 8 essay questions and each student is required to answer 5 essay questions on each examination.
 
A  90% or above
B  80%-89%
C  70%-79%
D  60%-69%
F  59% and below and/or two or more unexcused absences.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text and other publications and periodicals provided by the instructor.  Written assignments are due on the dates assigned and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated with the instructor beforehand.  Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during the students absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and will be part of the final grade.  Students are expected to come to class prepared and to be on time.  Attendance will be taken each class meeting.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must make up any missed work.  Each student is reposible for providing justification for an unexcused absence.  Two or more unexcused absences are excessive and will result in a failing grade for the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

20-24 Aug - Chpts 1 and 2 - Examine Criminal Justice and Scientific Inquiry and Ethics and Criminal Justice Research.  Discuss topics for Research Proposal.
 
27-31 Aug - Chpt 3 - Examine General Issues in Research Design.  Watch video, "CRIMESCENES", an interactive criminal justice cd-rom, version 2.0, by Bruce L. Berg, PhD, California State University, Long Beach.  Discuss video.  Approve topics for Research Proposal.
 
03 - 07 Sep - Chpt 4 - NO CLASS 03 Sep - Labor Day.  Discuss Concepts, Operationalization, and Measurement.  Conduct an activity from the "Classroom Activities for Crimnal Justice" textbook, dealing with questions about research methods.
 
10 - 14 Sep - Chpts 5 & 6 - Dsicuss Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs and examine Sampling.  FIRST DRAFT OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL DUE.  Review chapters 1 through 6.  MIDTERM EXAM on chapters 1 through 6 on 14 Sep.
 
17 - 21 Sep - Chpts 7 & 8 - Examine Survey Research and Other Ways of Asking Questions and discuss Field Research.  Conduct an activity from the "Classroom Activities for Criminal Justice" textbook.
 
24 - 28 Sep - Chpt 9 - Discuss the usefullness of Agency Records, Content Analysis, and Secondary Data for for research in criminal justice and criminology.  Discuss Part I "Communication Essentials" and Part II, "Academic Research and References" from the "Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice" textbook.
 
01 - 05 Oct - Chpt 10 - Discuss the importance of Evaluation Research and Problem Analysis.  Conduct an activity from the "Classroom Activities for Criminal Justice" textbook.  Examine Part III, "Professional Communication Skill" in the "Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice" textbook.
 
09 - 12 Oct - Chpt 11 - Discuss Interpreting Data.  Review of chapters 7 through 11.  FINAL EXAMINATION ON 12 OCTOBER.  FINAL RESEACH PROPOSALS DUE.
  
 
 

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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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:
If you are unable to attend a class meeting, you must contact the instructor prior to the class or you will receive an unexcused absence.  Please contact the instructor with any questions or concerns regarding this syllabus or class content. The class will have 11 meetings that will be an additional 5 minutes longer to make up for the class missed on 03 September for Labor Day.  The class and instructor will decide which 11 classes to extend for 5 minutes each.



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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