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									Course ID       CRMJ 315

Course Name Research Methods in Criminal justice

Instructor’s Name       Robert E. Weltzer, PhD

Instructor’s Email

Instructor’s available office hours I will read student email inquiries and discussion board questions
five days per week, and respond within 48 hours of download. By appointment for e-chat only.

Textbook(s) and Materials
Excel Statistics: A Quick Guide. Neil J. Salkind. Sage Publications. 2011. Paperback ISBN:

Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Ronet Bachman and Russell K. Schutt.
Sage Publications. 2012. Paperback ISBN: 9781412991766

Law Enforcement research Priorities for 2011 and Beyond: Key Results of the IACP Membership Survey
and Focus Group 2009-2010. International Association of Chiefs of Police. Alexandria, VA. 2011.
Free download:


Excel for Data Analysis. National Research Center. Boulder, CO. 2003 www.n-r-

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization. Peter F. Drucker, et al.
Jossey-Bass. 2008.

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics: Excel 2007 Edition. Second Edition. Neil J.
Salkind. Sage Publications. 2010. Paperback ISBN: 9781412971027.

Link to the CMU Bookstore

Course Description (from catalog):

CRMJ 315 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3) Research methods and their application to Criminal
Justice. Prerequisite: CRMJ 201, and STAT 200 or STAT 215.

Course Objectives (or Learning Outcomes)

1. To provide a management context for the contributions of Criminal Justice research in
   meeting organizational and community needs
2. To familiarize student with research methods, process and contributions to management
   of a Criminal Justice related organization.
3. To provide student with concepts of research, including processes, ethics, analysis, and
4. To provide student with experience in planning/designing a research effort.
5. To build on prerequisite statistics course[s] to interpret findings of research efforts.
6. To develop management recommendations based on findings of research efforts.
7. To provide a research planning/management experience to student as precursor for
   capstone course.

General Education Requirements

Not stated.

Course Structure

This online course features a combination of individual and group activities, as well as an immersion in
relevant research methodologies, case studies, and statistical assignments using Microsoft Excel 2010.

The course is set in three multi-week sections, each concluding with an individual assignment, a group
assignment, and a section test. The final assignment consists of preparation and presentation of a
three-chapter proposal for potential use in the CRMJ capstone course.

Assignment Assessment Criteria/Performance Expectations [Rubric]:

   Article analysis (Individual): Each student will submit a list [one title at a time or all six at once] for
    approval by the instructor. These articles will be from professional journals related to issues in this
    course. See separate grading rubric. Up to 100 points per section; 3 sections [2 articles per
   Case studies/Problem solving (Group): As assigned. See separate grading rubric. Up to 250 points
    per section; 3 sections.
   Class participation (Individual): Active participation is expected in the discussion questions and all
    assignments. See separate grading rubric. Up to 35 points per week; 7 weeks.
   Section tests (Individual): These will be furnished and are to be completed individually in D2L. They
    are open text books, internet, etc. (unless stated otherwise in the test), but closed peers. Up to 20
    points; one test. Up to 100 points per section; 3 sections.
   Presentation (Individual): This will be an individually prepared PowerPoint presentation [10-12
    substantive slides; 15-20 minutes] of the student’s three chapter proposal. See separate grading
    rubric. Up to 250 points.

   Final Exam/Proposal (Individual): This will be an individually prepared three chapter proposal which
    MAY be useful in negotiating the final capstone project. See separate grading rubric. Up to 750

Grade           Point Range
A               2330-2610        Excellent: outstanding paper/answers; exceeds normal requirements
                                 for performance; sharp insights; could be used as exemplar; or same as
                                 above but explanations/insights are not clear.
B               2075-2329        High Quality: within normal requirements; better than average
                                 explanations; high quality work; speaks and writes well; actively
                                 participates in class discussion. Average performance for this
                                 course; good understanding of material; good explanations/
                                 presentations. Within normal requirements; explanations and
                                 presentations could be improved; good quality work.
C               1800-2074        Satisfactory: satisfactory performance; minimum requirements met;
                                 acceptable. Satisfactory performance; minimum requirements met.
D               1550-1799        Unsatisfactory: less than satisfactory performance; considered a
                                 failing grade as it will not count toward degree. Completion but the
                                 course will need to be repeated.
F               <1550            Failure.

Lesson/Instructional Materials

All assignments will be found and completed in D2L. This includes:
     - Lectures in audio and audio/video format.
     - Written discussion of specifics of each assignment, including content and grading rubric.
     - All assignments will be available in and submitted using Microsoft Office 2010 compliant


All individual and group assignments are indicated in the table below, along with their due weeks. All
assignments other than assigned chapters for reading, are due at the end of the week indicated.
Reading is expected to be completed by the start of the assigned week.

Text indicators for table:
     Fundamentals of Research In Criminology and Criminal Justice: B&S
     Excel Statistics: A Quick Guide: S

Section            Date      Assignments        Course      Text          Text S          Other       Lecture       Points
                                                Objective   B&S                           Readings    Audio/Video
Sec0               >5/14     Section Test       0                                         Syllabus    No            20
oneself with
course content,
Sec1               5/14-20   Discussion         1           Ch 10 &                       IACP,       Yes           35
Understand                   Questions                      12                            Section V
need for and
contribution of
in a Criminal
Sec2                                            1           Ch 1          Parts I & II
Societal setting                                                          Introductions
of Criminal
Sec3               5/21-27   Discussion         2           Ch 2 & 3      Ch 3 & 7                    Yes           35
Process and                  Questions
ethics of
including IRB
Sec4                                            3           Ch 6          Ch 1 & 2
Causation &
Sec5               5/28-     Individual         3           Appendix                      Course      No            100
                   6/3       project: Analyze               A,B,C                         materials
                             2 articles                     (online)
                             Group project:     5                                         Course                    250
                             Case analysis/                                               materials
                             Problem solving
                             Individual test:   3                                         Course                    100
                             Section test                                                 materials
Sec6               6/4-10    Discussion         2           Ch 4          Ch 5 & 6                    Yes           35
Concepts and                 questions
Sec7                                            3           Ch 5          Ch 4 & 8
Population and
Sec8               6/11-17   Discussion         5           Ch 8,         Ch 9 & 10                   Yes           35
Qualitative                  questions                      Appendix
data analysis                                               F
Sec9                                            5           Ch 9,
Content                                                     Appendix
analysis                                                    F
Sec10              6/18-24   Discussion         5           Ch 11,                                    Yes           20
Quantitative                 questions                      Appendix
data analysis                                               F
Sec11              6/25-     Individual         3           Appendix                      Course      No            100
                   7/1       project: Analyze               A,B,C                         materials
                             2 articles                     (online)
                             Group project:     5                                         Course                    250
                             Case analysis/                                               materials
                             Problem solving
                             Individual test:   3                                         Course                    100
                             Section test                                                 materials
Sec12              7/2-8     Discussion         4           Ch 7,                                     Yes           20
Survey                       questions                      Appendix
research                                                    F
Sec13              7/9-15    Discussion         4                                         Course      Yes           35
Proposal                     questions                                                    materials

Sec 15       7/16-22   Individual         3    Appendix              Course       No        100
                       project: Analyze        A,B,C                 materials
                       2 articles              (online)
                       Group project:     5                          Course                 250
                       Case analysis/                                materials
                       Problem solving
                       Individual test:   3                          Course                 100
                       Section test                                  materials
Sec16        7/23-26   Individual         7                          Course       No        250
                       presentation:                                 materials
                       Proposal           7                          Course                 750
                       submission                                    materials

                                                                             Total Points    2610

Quizzes and/or Exams

Section tests will be open book, but closed peers. They will be accessed through D2L and returned in a
similar manner. Separate directions will be provided before the end of the preceding week.

Assignment Submission:

It is assumed that students will perform professionally at the upper Baccalaureate level in preparing
work required for this class. All papers must be submitted on their due date. All documents are to be
typed, spell-checked and grammar checked, submitted e-copy, double spaced, and prepared in APA
format. Students are welcome to use any .docx or .pdf compatible software program to prepare
assignments for e-copy submission.

Late Assignments:

Late Assignments: Assignments are due at end the class session indicated in this syllabus. Late
assignments are not generally accepted. However, extenuating circumstances may suggest some
moderation in this policy, as negotiated with the faculty member in advance.

Make-ups and Rewrites:

Make-Ups and Rewrites: due to the accelerated nature of this course, rewrites are not accepted.

Class Attendance and Reading Assignments:

These are compulsory. Students are required to actively participate in class discussion and problem-
solving activities. A student who is unable to participate in a class [all or part of each week] for which
he/she is scheduled must notify the instructor PRIOR to that class week. An additional assignment
will be completed by that student.

Class Participation:

A student’s course participation grade will be based on the professor’s assessment of the quality of
the student’s constructive contributions to the learning experiences of all course participants. A high
participation grade may be earned by asking text-informed questions about course subject matter
and/or providing informed and literature supported responses to discussion questions. Simply
logging into classes will not earn participation credit. When posting in a class session, a student must
address the members of the class, not just the professor. Exchanges will be orderly, cooperative,
informed – in short, constructive. Every student will be involved in class discussions but no one
student may dominate any discussion. A student must contribute constructively to class discussion
with support from assigned readings to receive a high course participation grade.

Communications Policy: Instructor Response Time and Assignment Feedback

Since this course is conducted completely online, the primary means of communication will be through a
posted Discussion Board for common questions and answers. Individual questions, issues, needs, etc.,
can be posted directly to the instructor’s email. I will check my email and the discussion board 5 days
per week, with responses posted within 48 hours after download.

Academic Integrity Policies

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Other Policies and Services

Educational Access Services: “In coordination with Educational Access Services, reasonable
accommodations will be provided for qualified students with disabilities. Please meet with the
instructor the first week of class to make arrangements. Nancy Conklin, the Coordinator of Educational
Access Services, can be contacted at 248-1826, or in person in Modular F, in the parking lot between the
Maverick Pavilion and the ACB.”

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