HN304 Honors Scholarship II

for SP 2013

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HN 304 Honors Scholarship II


SP 2013 HOC


Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


Ph.D. - University of MIssouri-Kansas City
M.P.A. - University of MIssouri-Kansas city
B.A. - University of Kansas

Office Location

Hawley Hall Room 308

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday 8:30-10:30 Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-11:00; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302


Semester Dates

January 14, 2013-May 11, 2013

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


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Course Description:
HN304 Honors Scholarship II Prerequisite: HN 303 This course is the second of three during which students will develop an independent research project working with a faculty mentor. Goals for this semester include submission of required progress reports, construction of a complete advanced draft, completion of all research measurements, measureable progress toward research project completion, and clear articulation of research findings. 2:0:2

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Complete research on parental kidnapping
  2. Research legal aspects and punishments for ransom and parental kidnapping
  3. Prepare rough draft of the findings
Class Assessment:
  • Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor
  • Submission of 10 written progress reports at interval agreed upon by the advisor and student
  • Attendance at Honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee
  • Completion of IRB submission, study materials, data collection, paper draft
  • Presentation of research progress at an agreed upon venue, conference, or seminar.


1.   Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor ------ 10%
2.      Submission of 10 written progress reports at intervals agreed upon by the advisor and student ----- 30%
3.      Attendance at honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee/Director ----- 10%
4.      Rough Draft of Project Narrative ----- 40%

5.   Oral Presentation to Honors Committee- 10%        

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submissions after May 3, 2013 will not be accepted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Topics for discussion will be determined through the meetings between the instructor and student.  The topics will be guided by student progress in researching necessary material for the final paper and presentation.

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 ( or Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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: .


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