In general, there are two types of discussion questions each week. During Week 1, there is one discussion question based primarily on the readings and an ungraded introductions discussion. In Weeks 3-7 there are two questions, one based primarily on the readings, worth 15 points, and a second one related to your research paper, worth 10 points. The discussions in weeks 2 and 8 are both reading-related questions worth 15 points each.
Initial discussion posts for all discussions are due by Thursday at 11:59 pm Central Time (CT); responses to classmates must be made prior to 11:59 pm CT on Sunday, except for week 8, when the due date for responses is Saturday.
Your discussion postings must be original and intelligible. Your initial posting for each discussion should fully answer each question posed. You must respond to at least one classmate’s posting in each discussion. I encourage you to respond to 1-4 others and to read a majority of the other posts in each discussion. In your response, you should challenge, discuss, and debate. Please do not make posts such as “good post, I agree” without further comment. All posts must be intelligible and your original thought, written with proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Grades will be based on the quality of your posts and the level of your participation each week.
You will write five journal assignments that include three sections: case studies, assessment instruments, and a reflection on the weekly activities.
Case studies: Responses to the case studies must set forth and answer all questions following each case study. As you answer each of the questions, apply the chapter materials to your answer. Conclude each case study by explaining how it relates to the dominant principles from the chapter.
Assessment Instruments: For each journal you will review two different assessment instruments. For each assessment, you will need to briefly discuss it, your scores, and your reaction to it. The review should comprise one to three paragraphs.
Reflection of Weekly Activities: In this section, you should reflect on the topics covered by the weekly readings, videos, discussions and other activities by answering the question posed. Reflections should incorporate materials from the readings and at least two required videos. You may use examples from popular culture/news and from your own life and career and write in the first person where appropriate. Three to five paragraphs on your reflection should be sufficient.
Submit your completed journals as one document to the appropriate Dropbox folder in the course by Sunday 11:59 pm CT of the week they are assigned. They may be single-spaced. Spelling, diction, and sentence structure will be considered.
Leadership in Film
For this paper, you'll observe a specific character in the film you selected for leadership issues. The specific character for each film is provided in the course. You are not required to submit your film selection ahead of time, but if you have questions or need clarification there is an ungraded "Leadership in Film Topic" discussion in Week 2.
You'll discuss the plot of the film through analysis of the designated character. What traits were displayed by the leader in your film? What leadership skills did the leader exhibit? What leadership style did the leader display? Was the character an effective leader? Why or why not? You should support your assertions with at least two sources, referenced in APA format.
Upload your final paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday of Week 5 at 11:59 pm CT.
Criminal Justice - CJ - Professional Interview
For this assignment you must interview a criminal justice professional and talk about leadership issues. A criminal justice professional is someone (not a family member) who devotes or has devoted a majority of his/her work time in an administrative/managerial/leadership capacity to a police agency, a court related position, the Department of Corrections, juvenile justice, etc. Some military professionals may be valid interview subjects, depending on their title. Individuals connected to the private sector (corporate executives for example) and recently retired executives can be selected with prior approval.
After you have selected a person to interview, conduct an in-person or telephone interview with that person. Prepare a list of at least fourteen substantive questions to ask ahead of time. That list should include questions about our leadership course topics and their application to the subject of your interview. Please note that preliminary background questions (name, education, job history) and questions designed to “break the ice” do not count towards your total of fourteen. Follow up questions and responses are important. The quality and quantity of your questions are significant. Please develop some innovative questions dealing with the leadership aspects of the person’s job. You are not required to submit questions before your interview; however you may share your questions and choice of interviewee in an ungraded discussion in Week 3. The logistics of how the interview will be conducted is up to you and the person you are going to interview. Keep in mind that the purpose of this interview is to talk with a professional about the leadership related aspects of the profession.
Prepare a report of your interview. Full details and format are provided in the Content area of the course. Include interviewee information, a first person narrative about the interview process, including why you picked this person, how the interview was conducted, and a general description of the interview process, your impressions, and conclusions. You must include your questions and the interviewee’s responses.
Upload your final interview report to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday of Week 6 at 11:59 pm CT.
In Week 8, you will submit a research paper on a topic you perceive to be a critical issue in leadership today. Alternatively, you may conduct an evaluation or study of some program, policy or issue that is relevant to your job or professional goals. Examples of acceptable topics include: (1) an evaluation of a particular crime prevention program, (2) a measure of the comprehensibility of jury instructions used in State courts, (3) an evaluation of a rehabilitation program used by a local correctional facility, (4) an evaluation of different forms of probation.
Format and Length: The body of the research paper must be at least 15 pages in length. In addition, your paper should include a cover page, introduction, body, summary/conclusions, and reference page. Papers need to be typed and double-spaced, with 12-point type. Use APA style for your paper, including all in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. I strongly recommend the use of headings in your paper to help organize your thoughts.
Topic: In Week 4, you must submit a formal topic proposal to an ungraded dropbox. You will receive instructor feedback on your topic. While the topic proposal is ungraded, part of the final grade for your final paper will be based on evidence that you made use of the feedback on your proposal.
Sources: A minimum of 10 primary sources (three of which must be from peer-reviewed sources) is required, including journals, books, and other appropriate source material. Do not use college textbooks, Wikipedia, Wiki Info, Anarchopedia, or similar resources. All source material must be properly cited in the body of the paper following APA style.
Originality: Research papers must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course.
Due date: The paper is due no later than Wednesday 11:59 pm CT of Week 8 to the appropriate Dropbox folder.
The final exam includes six essay questions, weighted equally. Questions will be available in the Content area of the course on Monday of Week 8. You should use Word or another word processor to compose your essay answers. Answers for each essay should be approximately 3-5 paragraphs and you must provide support for your answers. Essay answers must be original work for this course. Do not submit work used for another course. Your final exam should be uploaded to the Final Exam Dropbox folder by Saturday of Week 8 at 11:59 pm CT.