Discussion posts are worth 10 points each. All initial Discussion posts are due on Wednesdays by 11:59 PM CT. In order to earn maximum points, you must post and then respond to at least two (2) postings by other classmates. These response posts are due on Sundays by 11:59 PM CT (except in Week 8, when response posts are due by Saturday by 11:59 PM CT). Your initial post and response posts must be submitted in paragraph form. Each initial post must be a minimum of 250 words and each response post must be a minimum of 100 words.
Discussion topics may or may not be rooted in the textbook. Research is required for every discussion and a minimum of two (2) references is required for each discussion. You must use APA writing style for your citations.
Assessment of your post is based on how well it is written (spelling, grammar, and organization count). It will also be based on how complete your post is and on how well you are able to support your conclusions with information from the assigned readings. Your responses must add value to the content of your classmates' postings and must be focused on research as opposed to merely agreeing with what was said.
Apart from the regular Discussion questions, you must submit the following Research Paper components to the appropriate Discussion area for peer review in the following weeks:
Research Topic - Week 2
Research Paper Outline - Week 4
Draft Research Paper - Week 6
There are two essay assignments that are due in Weeks 2 and 5. These assignments must be submitted using the corresponding folder in the Dropbox area of the course. Essay assignments are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM CT.
Each Essay Assignment is worth 20 points. You will be expected to submit a title page, reference page, and a minimum of two full pages of meaningful discussion. At least two scholarly references must be included, and they should be in APA format. References must also be properly cited in the body of your essay, and the citations must match the listed references. For more information on APA formatting, visit the Columbia College Writing website referenced in the "Start Here" module in the Content area of the course. All written assignments must be prepared in MS Word.
All assignments will be evaluated for originality. You must submit original work. Any material taken from outside sources must be properly cited. Be sure to review the Plagiarism Tutorial located in the Content area of the course.
Dropbox Essay Assignments that are not properly submitted will not be accepted. They must be uploaded into the course Dropbox area. Do not submit assignments via email. Late submissions will not be accepted, so plan ahead.
Research references may come from the World Wide Web, the library, other textbooks, interviews with individuals currently employed or retired from the criminal justice system, and other valid resources. Resources used must be cited and referenced using APA format. References obtained from the internet must identify the specific website. Listing generic webistes such as google.com, wikipedia.com, etc. is not acceptable.
Full assignment details are posted in the Content area of the course. The Research Paper assignment consists of four components which are due in separate weeks.
Research Paper Topic - Due Week 2
Your research paper will be on a current law enforcement topic that involves the community. In Week 2, you must post in the Discussion forum titled "Research Paper Topic Discussion." Your discussion will include your topic and the reason you chose it. You must respond to two other students' postings. In these responses, make suggestions on possible facets of the topic to consider, possible resources to use, or issues that might be encountered. You will also need to submit your topic to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 PM CT Sunday of Week 2.
Research Paper Outline - Due Week 4
In Week 4, you will need to post the outline of your paper into the Discussion labeled "Research Paper Outline Discussion." Along with the outline, you will need to include five of the ten required sources for your paper. One of the sources included must be a primary source. You must respond to at least two other students' postings. For your response to peer posts, you should make suggestions, ask questions, or suggest sources. Your responses need to be substantive; posts such as, "I like your argument," or "good sources," will not fulfill the response requirement. You must also submit your outline and resources to the corresponding Dropbox folder by 11:50 PM CT Sunday of Week 4.
Draft Research Paper - Due Week 6
In Week 6, you will need to post a draft of your paper into the Discussion labeled "Draft Research Paper Discussion." Your submission must include your full paper and all ten required sources. Your responses to your classmates' posts must be substantive and include suggestions, ask questions or suggest sources. You must also submit the draft of your paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 PM CT Sunday of Week 6.
Final Research Paper - Due Week 7
Your final research paper must be submitted to the corresponding Dropbox folder by 11:59 PM CT Sunday of Week 7. It must be prepared in MS Word, double-spaced, and properly cited, and referenced in APA format. You may not write the paper in the first person. The paper must include a title page, a reference page, and a mnimum of 15 pages of meaningful discussion. The paper must include a minimum of ten (10) references (with citations). One of the references must be from a primary source and four must be from peer-reviewed academic journals.
There are six (6) quizzes in the course which are worth 20 points each. Quizzes become available on Monday at 12:01 AM CT and are due at 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of the assigned weeks. They can be accessed in the Quizzes area of the course. Each quiz covers the chapters from the weekly readings and consists of twenty (20) questions including multiple choice and true/false. You will have 60 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only have one (1) attempt. Once the quiz is started, it cannot be stopped. It is a good idea to click "save" after responding to each question. Any answers submitted after the time-limit will not be scored. If you miss the quiz deadline, you cannot make it up.
There are two (2) exams in this course, the Midterm Exam (Week 4) and the Final Exam (Week 8). The Midterm Exam will open on Monday at 12:01 a.m. CT of Week 4 and will remain open until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 4. The Final Exam will open on Monday at 12:01 a.m. CT of Week 8 and will remain open until Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8. Each exam is to be taken through the Quizzes area of the course by the assigned due date. Both exams are non-proctored and will be open book/open note exams. Each exam will have a 120-minute time limit with a five (5)-minute grace period, and only one attempt is allowed for each. Answers submitted after that time will not be scored. Each exam is worth 60 points and will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions worth 1 point each and 2 essays worth 5 points each. The Midterm exam will cover Chapters 1-9. The Final Exam will cover Chapters 10-14.