Each week will have two (2) Discussion topics/questions to answer. Discussion topics will become available at 12:01 am Monday and all work must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday (11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8).
You must make one initial post per topic by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. You must then respond to at least three (3) student initial posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday (11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8).
Initial Discussion posts must be at least 100 words. Replies must be in complete sentences. Quotes and references must have appropriate attribution. Each Discussion is worth 15 points.
In a 1-2 page, double-spaced paper, describe how the National Crimnial Justice Referral Service (www.ncjrs.gov) may be helpful to your studies in CJAD 421. Additionally, explore the website and its various menu and topical areas.
The completed short summary must be submitted to the dropbod by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 1. The Online Activity is worth 20 points.
Each week will have one (1) short written paper assignment with prompts/questions to answer. Assignments must be completed using Microsoft Word in 1-2 pages, double-spaced with proper in-text citations and references provided on a separate page.
Completed Assignments should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the week they are due (except in Week 8 where they are due at 11:59 pm CT Saturday). Each Assignment is worth 35 points.
You will complete a Research Paper after compiling research on an organized crime group, an organized crime figure, or an organized crime control effort.
The Research Paper will have several smaller building assignments in Weeks 2, 4, and 5. The final Research Paper is due to the dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Thursday of Week 8.
Your final Research Paper should be 6-10 pages (double-spaced) highlighting the research and findings of the research, as well as original insight and reflection. The paper should include an introduction, body, and conclusion and be organized into paragraphs with approximately eight sentences developing a single topic. Additionally, it will be supported by the inclusion of an Annotated Bibliography. The Annotated Bibliography should contain at least 6-8 references from books or peer-reviewed journal articles. College textbooks and pop websites such as Wikipedia are not appropriate sources.
References and graphics/infographics do not count toward the page total. It must be completed in APA or MLA style and produced in Microsoft Word (.DOC/DOCX file format). Proper grammar, punctuation, correct spelling, and other aspects of correct composition should be maintained.
Students will be directed toward specific websites and library resources available on organized crime. The completed Research Paper is worth 270 points.
Research Paper: Topic (Week 2)
In Week 2, you will choose a topic for the Research Paper. The topic may include any organized crime (including criminal street gangs) figure, or group, or a law enforcement investigatory or suppression process used in combating organized crime. Once your topic is chosen, submit it to the appropriate dropbox for instructor feedback by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 2. The Paper Topic is ungraded and worth 0 points.
Research Paper: Outline (Week 4)
In Week 4 you will devise an Outline for your Research Paper. The Research Paper Outline should be composed of three main topics, supported by sub-topics, exclusive of the introduction and conclusion.
Once the Research Paper Outline is complete, submit it to the appropriate dropbox for instructor feedback by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4. The Research Paper Outline is worth 25 points.
Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography (Week 5)
In Week 5 you will develop an Annotated Bibliography for your Research Paper. The Research Paper Annotated Bibliography should contain at least 6-8 references from books or peer-reviewed journal articles. College textbooks and pop websites such as Wikipedia are not appropriate sources.
Once the Annotated Bibliography is complete, submit it, in proper APA/MLA citation format, to the appropriate dropbox for instructor grading by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 5. The Research Paper Annotated Bibliography is worth 25 points.
There will be Quizzes in Weeks 2-8. Each Quiz is open-book and will include 20 multiple-choice questions. There is a 30-minute time limit for each Quiz.
Quizzes will open at 12:01 am CT Monday and remain open until 11:59 pm CT Sunday (except in Week 8, where they are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday of the week assigned. Each Quiz is worth 20 points.