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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 580
Course Title: Capstone/Intensive Writing Seminar
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: This culminating experience requires students to refine their writing skills. Numerous assignments are given to students with special attention to paper preparation in APA format, critical thinking content, identification of salient topics in the field, and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of required graduate foundation courses and an additional 18 semester hours of required graduate core courses.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): 12 semester hours of required graduate foundation courses and an additional 18 semester hours of required graduate core courses.
Text(s): The nature of the course does not facilitate the use of a particular text. The student is expected to integrate previous material and engage in research, statistical analysis, original writing and oral presentation of findings. The student may benefit from consulting one or more previous texts from MSCJ courses (i.e. Research Design) and by purchasing the APA guidelines.

Course Objectives
  • To undergo a culminating experience at the conclusion of the MSCJ studies.
  • To integrate and synthesize the student’s previous MSCJ course work.
  • To become exposed to terminology and techniques employed in statistical analysis, data collection and interpretation.
  • To apply scholarly methods and theories to real and hypothetical problems in the justice system.
  • To enhance critical thinking, research, writing and presentation skills on criminal justice issues.
    Measurable Learning
  • Identify and apply generally accepted research techniques to issues in the Justice system.
  • Display technological skills connected to scholarly research and its preparation and analysis.
  • Distinguish between various types of research.
  • Conduct research and prepare a written literature review.
  • Describe and apply the legal and ethical constraints involved with human subjects research.
  • Collect and interpret data on relevant topics concerning the Justice system.
  • Formulate appropriate research questions through application of generally accepted techniques.
  • Apply recognized techniques of statistical analysis to assorted research questions.
  • Integrate previous MSCJ course work with generally accepted scholarly techniques and submit a written report and deliver an oral presentation synthesizing all of the above.
    Topical Outline:
  • Research techniques
  • Data collection and interpretation
  • Legal and ethical issues with scholarly research
  • Literature reviews
  • Statistical analysis and interpretation
  • APA format and scholarly writing

    A primary purpose of the culminating experience is to assess learning outcomes in the major. It demonstrates the following set of characteristics:
  • The experience occurs after the completion of appropriate foundational skills, electives, and requirements.
  • Assessment instruments used in the experience measure student achievement of the stated learning objectives for the major.
  • Departmental faculty use the information given by assessment to improve teaching and learning in the major.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Michael Lyman Date: September 21, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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