There are 16 discussion assignments in the course, with two topics each assigned per week (three in Week 1 including the Introductions topic, worth 10 points). Each topic is worth 15 points.
Discussion topics will become available at 12:01 am CT Monday each week. You must post your original response to each discussion topic/prompt by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. You must then respond to at least two other student initial responses within each discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. This only changes in Week 8 where all responses are due on Saturday.
While not required, students are encouraged to read as many postings as possible each week.
There are 8 Current Events discussion assignments in the course, one each week. Each week you will choose a relevant article in the news and answer the prompts assigned in the discussion topic. A link must be provided to the article, as well as the source. Each Current Event assignment is worth 15 points. Current Events discussion topics will become available on the Monday of each week and all work must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must post your original response to each discussion topic/prompt by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. You must then respond to at least two other student initial response within each discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Friday.
Job Posting Assignments
There are 3 Job Posting discussion assignments in the course, in Weeks 2, 4, and 6. Each Job Posting assignment is worth 10 points. Job Posting assignments will require you to locate current job opportunities in the criminal justice field in the areas of Court or Juvenile Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, and Adult Corrections/Probation Parole Officer that will correlate with your Interview Assignments. Sources may include newspapers, state job service websites, federal agencies, or publications. A list of resources will be provided in the Content area, however they can be found on other reputable sources so long as a link is provided.
Once selected, a summary of the job announcement, the source, and application procedures should be posted to the discussion topic. Job Posting discussion topics will become available on the Monday of each week and all work must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. You must post your original response to each discussion topic/prompt by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must then respond to at least two other student initial response within each discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.
There are 3 Interview discussion assignments in the course, in Weeks 3, 5, and 7. The goal of the Interview Assignments is to gain exposure and additional information about positions in the courts or juvenile areas, law enforcement, or parole/probation that may be new or unfamiliar to you.
You will be required to locate an individual subject working in the assigned area (cannot be a coworker), develop appropriate interview questions, and schedule and interview the person about their position and area of work. Interview subjects can work at the local, state, or federal level.
There are no set questions for the assignments, but students must devise a list of questions that must be finalized prior to interviewing the chosen subject.
Once the interview is complete, a brief report must be created and submitted to the appropriate discussion topic. This report can be pasted into the body of the message as long as formatting is maintained, or it can be attached as a document. It should be a full compilation of all the results of your interview in question and answer format, and contain an evaluation statement of the significant information learned. Subject contact information should be provided if at all possible, but if there are privacy concerns, it can be emailed to the instructor.
You must post your interviews by 11:59 pm CT Friday of the week it is due to the appropriate discussion topic. Once the report has been submitted, you must reply to at least two other classmate’s post for full credit by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. Interview Assignments are worth 75 points each.
You will complete a Research Paper on a topic you perceive to be a critical issue today facing Criminal Justice. The Research Paper must be a minimum of 10 pages of text in the body of the paper, not including the cover page or reference pages.
You will begin the project by submitting a research question for approval by the instructors in Week 2. It must be submitted to the appropriate discussion topic no later than 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 2. It is worth 20 points.
You will format your paper in MLA or APA style, and must include at least 10 primary sources. These include journals, books, and another appropriate source material. The Research paper should include a title page, introduction, body, summary/conclusions, and a reference page. It should be original work, and papers used for other courses/institutions are not permitted. It must be typed, double-spaced and submitted digitally. The final Research Paper is worth 255 points and is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 7 to the appropriate dropbox.
In a two-part assignment, you will prepare and complete a professional resume. The first draft will be due to the Student Resume Workshop discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 3. It is worth 20 points. Once an initial draft has been submitted, you will then critique at least two classmate’s resumes by 11:59 PM CT Sunday. All work must be completed by Sunday.
You will utilize the feedback from both classmates and the instructor to revise your resume. The revised Professional Resume will be due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 8. It will be worth 80 points. (Note: Do not include your SSN on your resume.)