METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY

SCHOOL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

 

CJS 490 Criminal Justice Capstone Course Syllabus

Spring Semester 2010 – 4 Semester Credits

Mondays 1 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

MIDWAY 154

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Instructor:                     Deborah A. Eckberg, Ph.D.

Office Location:            Midway 100B

Office Hours:                Tuesdays          10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

                                    Wednesdays     10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

                                    Thursdays         10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

                                    *Other times by appointment

Telephone Number:      651-999-5896

E-mail:              deborah.eckberg@metrostate.edu

Course dates:               1/11/10 – 5/3/10

Course prerequisites:    CJS 483 Research Seminar

 

***THIS CLASS IS REQUIRED FOR THE CJ/LE MAJOR. STUDENTS MUST EARN A C- TO HAVE IT COUNT TOWARD THE MAJOR***

 

Important dates:

January 11 –     Spring 2010 Semester Begins

January 17 –     Last day to drop Spring 2010 courses with a refund

January 18 –     Martin Luther King, Jr.  holiday/no classes/buildings closed

February 2 –    Precinct Caucus/no evening classes

February 15 – President’s Day/classes held/building open

March 4 –        Last day to register for spring 2010 alternative learning strategies/internships

March 7-13 –   Spring Break/no classes/offices open

April 11 –         Last day to withdraw from Spring 2010 courses

May 4 –           Spring 2010 semester ends

May 7 –           Spring 2010 grades are due from faculty (midnight)

 

Course Description

The criminal justice capstone course is designed to assist students in the integration and synthesis of their undergraduate experiences from both a theoretical and practical framework. The end product, a Senior Thesis, will provide a means for demonstrating mastery of the discipline and a vehicle for future work and study in the criminal justice profession.

 

Texts

Use texts from your Research Seminar class.

 

Learning Outcomes

1.      Knowledge of field: knows and can apply relevant philosophies related to the substantive areas of criminal justice

2.      Written communication: completion of a senior thesis that will demonstrate the synthesis of theory with practice

3.      Critical thinking: can apply the basic research methods used in criminal justice and understands the relationship between academic knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge to the field

 

Competence Statement

Students will know the concepts and functions of criminal justice at an advanced level of study and can analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply this knowledge to the criminal justice profession and the communities they serve.

 

Writing Format

ALL WRITING ASSIGNMENTS require APA citation format.

 

Course Requirements

 

1.      Senior Thesis (50 points)

A senior thesis provides students with a sense of coherence in their program of study.  As a culminating experience, students are expected to integrate, extend, critique, and apply the knowledge gained in their major to the problem they have chosen to study.  This will provide students with a deeper appreciation of the complexities of the discipline.

Students are expected to follow the assigned format for the thesis. The thesis will contain the following:

Approval Page

Title Page

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Review of the Literature

Chapter 3: Methodology

Chapter 4: Analysis of the Data

Chapter 5: Discussion and Implications

References

Appendixes:

  A. Questionnaire or Survey

  B. Qualifications of the Researcher

** See handout for complete details on how to write up a qualitative/quantitative thesis.

COMPLETED THESIS: after your defense, make the corrections recommended by your group and instructor and prepare a finished copy.  This copy will be placed in a black bound binder (Kinkos) with the name of the thesis and your name on the front.  Your thesis will be placed in the School of Law Enforcement's Library.

  1. Defense (10 points)

The defense of the thesis provides students with the opportunity to discuss the findings of their research in front of the class. Each student will prepare and present a presentation that will last approximately 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation of your thesis and 10 minutes for questions from your group members). This is a core requirement of the class (failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the course). Presenters must use Power Point Slides for their presentations. The presentation needs to go beyond simply reading from each slide. Be prepared to discuss your findings and respond to questions from your group members.

  1. Critique of Classmates’ Theses (10 points)

Students will be placed into groups of four.  Each student will evaluate the papers for the other individuals within their group. You will write a one to two page critique for each thesis focusing on the following:

    1. What are the strengths of the study?
    2. What are the weaknesses of the study?
    3. How would you improve the study?
    4. What are your overall reactions to the study?
    5. Write at least 4 questions to ask the presenter during their defense (bring these to class the day of the presentation. Hand in to instructor after the presentation).

Upload your critique to the following TWO places on D2L:

1.      On the discussion page under the student’s name that you are reviewing

2.      In the drop box under that assignment (critique)

 

4.      Assignments (10 Points Each --  50 points total)

There will be 5 assignments designed to guide you through the writing of your thesis. Completed assignments will be uploaded to the D2L drop box.

Late assignments will be docked 1 point per day. After 10 days, the assignment will be worth 0 points.

Resubmissions must be uploaded within 7 days of instructor providing feedback (this is the date that the instructor puts feedback in the drop box). It is your responsibility to check the drop box and know when the revised submissions are due. After the new 7 day due date, late resubmissions will be docked 1 point per day. In other words, after a maximum of 10 additional days, the assignment will be worth 0 points.

  1. Attendance (4 points per class/24 points total)

Each student is expected to attend class, be on time and stay throughout the class period. This is a four credit class and is scheduled for 3 hours and 20 minutes. We will not be meeting every week. When we do meet, it is critical that you are in class. The structure and purpose of this class is different from other classes. The goal is to complete your capstone project. I will be walking you through how to complete the different parts of the thesis each class period that we meet. When we have completed the task for that week, we will adjourn.

Any student who misses 2 or more class periods will receive a failing grade.

Total points for the course: 144 points.

Student Conduct and Academic Honesty

Students should review the Metropolitan State Student Handbook (on the university web-site) for information regarding the university's academic conduct code and plagiarism.

 

Plagiarism
In simple terms, plagiarism is using another person's words or ideas and presenting them as your own, without acknowledging the original source. This is a very serious offense and in many schools are grounds for expulsion. Plagiarism often takes the form of a student's copying information from one source and presenting it in a paper or report without the use of footnotes or direct mention of the source in the body of the paper.

 

Naturally, students are expected to read and use a variety of sources when writing a paper, but when the exact words (or words with a slight modification) or ideas of others are used, the sources should be properly acknowledged. When instructors read student papers, they want to know which ideas are the student's and which belong to other sources.

 

It is also unacceptable to turn in another person's paper or examination as your own. In such cases, instructors may impose sanctions such as a failing grade. If you have questions about the use of footnotes or other notations, consult William Coyle's Research Papers, available at the Metropolitan State Bookstore or ask for assistance in the Writing Center.

 

Finally, it is unacceptable to turn in a paper for this class that you have also submitted, either previously or simultaneously, to another class. All written work must not only be original, but also written exclusively for this class. That being said, you may have written some sections of this paper in your Research Seminar or Literature in Criminal Justice classes; you may use those sections, with the necessary revisions, for your capstone thesis.

Any incidence where a student is caught plagiarizing will receive an F in this course.

Desire to Learn (D2L)

All lecture notes, assignments, announcements, grades, etc. will be posted on D2L. Students are expected to check D2L regularly for course information. If you miss a class, you are required to obtain the lecture notes from D2L, and also consult with other students to see what was missed. I will not always adhere 100% to the lecture notes, so it is your responsibility to find out what else was discussed in class.

 

Instructor Availability

The best way to reach me is generally e-mail. I check e-mail throughout the day, every day, and will respond to you as soon as possible. However, you can always call my office and leave me a message if I am not immediately available.

 

 


Grading:

TASK

POINTS

Completed thesis

50 points

First draft of completed thesis

10 points

Critique of classmates’ theses

10 points

Defense of thesis

10 points

Chapter 1 and qualifications

10 points

Chapter 3 and survey

10 points

Chapter 2 and reference list

10 points

Chapter 4

10 points

Attendance

24 points

TOTAL POINTS

144 points

 

 

 

 

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS=144

Points

Percent

Grade

 

Points

Percent

Grade

135-144

94-100

A

 

109-114

76-79

C+

129-134

90-93

A-

 

105-108

73-75

C

124-128

86-89

B+

 

101-104

70-72

C-

119-123

83-85

B

 

86-100

60-69

D

115-118

80-82

B-

 

85 & lower

Below 60

F

 


 

Schedule of Classes and Assignments

                       

Week

Date

Topic

Assignments and Due Dates

1

January 11, 2010

Introduction to Class

 

Writing Chapter 1

 

Developing problem statement

 

Nothing due

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January 18, 2010

NO CLASS – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

2

January 25, 2010

Writing the Review of the Literature (Chapter 2)

 

Developing outline for Review of the Literature

Reference list

First draft of Chapter 1 and qualifications of researcher:

due to D2L drop box by 1 p.m. on January 25

3

February 1, 2010

Writing Methodology (Chapter 3)

 

Developing hypotheses

 

Writing survey/interview questions

Nothing due

4

February 8, 2010

NO CLASS

 

Instructor will review your survey/interview and notify you when you have clearance to start collecting your data

First draft of Chapter 3, survey/interview and cover letter

due to D2L drop box by 1 p.m. on February 8

5

February 15, 2010

NO CLASS

Collect data

6

February 22, 2010

NO CLASS

Collect data

7

March 1, 2010

NO CLASS

Collect data

 

First draft of Chapter 2 and reference list due to D2L drop box by 1 p.m. on March 1

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March 8, 2010

NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK

 

 

 

Schedule of Classes and Assignments (continued)

 

Week

Date

Topic

Assignments

8

March 15, 2010

NO CLASS

Collect data

9

March 22, 2010

Writing Analysis of the Data (Chapter 4)

 

Writing Discussion and Implications (Chapter 5)

Bring your completed surveys to class

10

March 29, 2010

NO CLASS

 

First draft of Chapter 4 due to D2L drop box by 1 p.m. on March 29

11

April 5, 2010

NO CLASS

 

INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS WITH INSTRUCTOR TO REVIEW FIRST DRAFT OF CHAPTER 4 (if necessary)

 

12

April 12, 2010

NO CLASS

Revised draft of Chapter 4

due to D2L drop box by 1 p.m. on April 12

13

April 19, 2010

NO CLASS

Completed first draft of entire thesis

due to D2L drop box AND discussion page by 1 p.m. on April 19

14

April 26, 2010

Defense of thesis

Critiques for each member of group

due to D2L drop box AND discussion page by 1 p.m. on April 26

15

May 3, 2010

Defense of thesis

Final thesis due to instructor (include prior corrected copy of thesis)

Disclaimer: This syllabus is a working document that may need to be modified as the course gets underway. Any and all changes made by the instructor will be communicated to the students both in-class and on D2L. It is the students’ responsibility to be aware of any changes made to the course plan.


 

UNIVERSITY RESOURCES 

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TTY:  651-772-7687

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Midway IT - Computer Services

651-999-5845 

 

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If you need assistance in improving your study skills or note taking, student counseling may help.  They can also assist with stress and anxiety.  This is a free and confidential service.  For more information call 651-793-1558. 

 

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