CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
F1G 2012 GR
Gardner, Gary A.
B.S., Criminal Justice AdministrationM.S., General Administration
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20 August to 14 October 2012
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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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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
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 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.
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.
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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.
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