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CJ 441 Senior Writing Project
Kurita, Sue M.


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

S2B 2013 BL

Faculty

Kurita, Sue M.

Title

Judge

Degrees/Certificates

BA University of Texas El Paso
MA Webster University
JD Texas Tech University School of Law

Office Location

500 E. San Antonio Street, Suite 1106

Office Hours

15 minutes before class and by appointment

Daytime Phone

915 546-3868

E-Mail

skurita@park.edu

mskurit@aol.com

Semester Dates

March 17, 2013 to May 10, 2013

Class Days

-----F-

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

None required.
An APA manual or soft ware is recommended to be used to comply with the course requirements.
 

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

www.bothell.washington.edu/library/guides/annotations.html

www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/AnnotatedBibliography.html

 
APA Style Resource Page   http://www.apastyle.org  

Defining Your Topic   http://www.unisa.edu.au/archpg/application/defining.asp  

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:
CJ441 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:

 I emphasize critical thinking and encourage open and respectful debate. I foster an educational environment for the pursuit of knowledge and individual intellectual development.  Students will be expected to utilize information and experience from the criminal justice area to use in their project.

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. 1.Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of in-depth research in a specific knowledge area.
  2. 2.Organize a group of participants for the research project.
  3. 3.Demonstrate the ability properly write in APA 6th Edition format.
  4. 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:
 

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:
 

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 acceptance of annotated bibliography. (50 points)

6. Submission of first draft (95% Complete!). (50 points)


7. Submission of final draft. (100 points)-Must include recommended revisions from first draft.
 
8. Defense/presentation of research project in class. (100 points)

9. Participation in class sessions. (100 points)-Defined as participating in class discussions and exercises for the entire duration of the class period.

 

Total possible course points: 500  points

450-500        A

400-449        B

350-399       C

300-349        D

below 300     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 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One

March 22

Introduction, Problem (Thesis) Identification, APA 6 Ed. Discuss class expectations and review examples, paper development, data collection instruments and analysis.  .

Week Two

March 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. 

Week Three

April 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. 

Week Four      

April 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. 

Week Five    

April 19

Discuss the first draft, discussion on difficult issues encountered on your road to the draft paper. 

Week
Six

April 26

Submit your first draft.  Discuss likely revisions and tracking techniques, evaluation of alternative approaches.  presentation and defense of project and methodology. 

Week Seven

May 3

Submit your final draft by May 8th latest. Presentation and defense of project and methodology. 

Week Eight

May 10

Submit your final draft by May 8th  latest.  Overview of class, presentation and defense of project and methodology. 

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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 .



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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