Syllabus Entrance
Printer Friendly
Email Syllabus

CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
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 430 Research in Criminal Justice-Blended Course

Semester

S1B 2013 BLH

Faculty

Graves, Scott

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.A., M.B.A.

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

Jan 14th-Mar 10th, 2013

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 6:30 PM: 2 hours per week in online module

Prerequisites

Senior standing and permission of instructor

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Babbie, E & Maxfield, M. (2009) Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 2nd Ed., Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0-495-50385-9.

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.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


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 instruments and comparing the data to published articles is required. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of instructor. 3:0:3

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

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.


  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:

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:

There is a core assessment research proposal that is due in week seven. The topic for the proposal must be related to criminal justice. The student must present the topic for instructor approval of the topic in week one. Remember that a research proposal is not a term or research 'paper' rather an outline for conducting research that tests a hypothesis of the presence or absence of a relationship between two variables of interest.

You will be graded on the weekly submission of drop-box assignments (review questions and exercises) from assigned chapters. Look under the tabs for assignment and discussion in each weekly unit.

You will be graded on the weekly submission of review questions and exercises. Participation in classroom discussions and debate between and among colleagues will occur in the classroom. Student participation in classroom discussions will be graded (participation) based on the quality and frequency of student input. 

There will be six weekly online quizzes over assigned readings and an online mid-term examination during week 4 of the course. The final exam will be on the topics discussed weekly.

Grading:

To Receive a Grade in the Course

The final research proposal must be submitted to the designated drop box by the end of week 7.  

Course Grading Scale:

A = 90- 100% (or 900 points or higher)

B = 80-89%   (or 800 to 899 points)

C = 70-79%   (or 700 to 799 points)

D = 60-69%   (or 600 to 699 points)

F = < 60%    (599 or fewer points)

GRADES:

Research proposal                            225 points

Mid-Term Exam                                90 points

Discussion Participation                     144 points (9.6 points per session)

Assignments (Drop-box)                    36 points each (144 total)

Quizzes (6)                                         27 points each (162 total)

Final Exam                                         135 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments and examinations cannot be made up, ex post facto. All course requirements and due dates are clearly indicated in the syllabus and the eCompanion virtual classroom. It is a matter of fairness because once the assignments and examinations have been posted there is potential for compromise. Therefore, make-up assignments and examinations are discouraged and will be available only for emergency reasons, appropriately documented. Further, the date due is the last but not the first date any assignment can be submitted. In other words papers, these tasks can be completed or accomplished at any time, before the deadline. It is a good idea to accomplish the task early so that personal events do not preclude a timely completion of the assignment.

I DO NOT ACCEPT ANY LATE WORK ---- without a VALID .... and VALIDATED Excuse.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course is offered partially in-person and online, over the Internet, using the eCollege platform. This course is different than many other classes because it involves writing an extensive paper. You will be doing reading and writing primarily by yourself, but with close contact and guidance by your instructor.

Discussion/Participation points are acquired by your classroom interaction regarding the topic (s) under discussion. If you are absent you cannot receive participation points. Student input during discussions must be thoughtful and must include critiquing of other students comments.

In order to satisfactorily complete this class, you should plan to spend twelve hours a week. This is a three-semester upper-division-level college course. Please spend the needed time on the course. Class weeks begin on Monday and end on Sunday allowing nine full days for participation. Because of the difficulty of the task required in this course, you must stay current; otherwise, you will never finish.

All class work must be submitted via the eCompanion designated drop box and in MS Word format. No other document format is acceptable.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Jan 14 & 16, 2013

Read chapter 1, Criminal justice and scientific inquiry

Quiz 1 to be completed by 2400 Sunday.

Week 2

Jan 21 & 23, 2013

Read chapter 2, Ethics in criminal justice and chapter 3, General issues in research design

Quiz two to be completed by 2400 Sunday.

Assignment  1. Submit your research topic, problem statement, research hypothesis, null hypothesis, and at least five references (articles, websites, books) in APA 6 format.

Week 3

Jan 28 & 30, 2013

Read chapter 4, Concepts, operationalization and measurement; chapter5, Experimental and quasi-experimental design

Quiz three to be completed by 2400 Sunday

Assignment 2: Decide on your methodology and write a detailed methodology about what you are going to do.

Week 4

Feb 4 & 6, 2013

Read chapter 6, Sampling

Read Constructing a Questionnaire in Doc Sharing.

Quiz (30 points) to be completed by 2400 Sunday.

Assignment 3: Proposal including appendices, tentative charts or tables, chapters, etc. Include completed literature review.

Mid-term to be completed by 2400 Sunday November 18, 2012

Week 5

Feb 11 & 13, 2013

Read chapter 7, Survey research and other ways of asking questions

Read chapter 8, Field research

Quiz (30 points) to be completed by 2400 Sunday.

Assignment 4: Submit the questionnaire that you utilized with your classmates in the designated drop-box. Submit an excel spreadsheet that provides the variables utilized data entry. Identify the type of variables utilized in your questionnaire.

Week 6

Feb 18 & 20, 2013

Read chapter 9, Agency records, content analysis, and secondary data

Quiz (30 points) to be completed by 2400 Sunday, December 2, 2012

Week 7

Feb 25 & 27, 2013

Read chapter 10, Evaluation research and problem analysis

Quiz (30 points) to be completed by 2400 Sunday, December 9, 2012

Submit the core research proposal to the dropbox by 2400 Sunday.

Week 8

Mar 4 & 6, 2013

Read chapter 11, Interpreting data

Quiz (30 points) to be completed by 2400 Sunday

Final proctored comprehensive examination – chapters 1 – 11.

Special thanks to Dr. Mike Eskey from whose syllabus I borrowed heavily.

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
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 another's 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 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:





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 

Copyright:

This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:12/7/2012 1:02:30 PM