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Week 1 DQ 1


As we begin discussing the research
process, please answer and discuss the following: What is research and why is
it important? Discuss basic and applied research and the differences and
similarities between them.

 

Week 1 DQ 2

Discuss one of the following studies with
respect to research ethics.  Was the study ethical? Why or why not? 
What do you think was achieved by the study?

Tuskegee Syphilis Study, AIDS Research in
Africa & Asia, Zimbardo’s Simulated Prison Study.

 

Week 2 DQ 1

Provide a brief description of and explain
the significance of the Kansas City Gun Experiment.

 

Week 2 DQ 2

What is a hypothesis and why is it
important to the research process?

 

Week 3 DQ 1

Research data comes in one of two forms:
qualitative or quantitative. Explain the differences, provide examples, and
explain when you would use each style.

 

Week 3 DQ 2

What are the measures of central tendency
and how/when are they utilized?

 

Week 4 DQ 1

Why is it important to distinguish between
data and its interpretation?  When presenting information, what are the
advantages and disadvantages of graphic displays?  When should you use and
not use them?

 

Week 4 DQ 2

Why is it important to distinguish between
correlation and causation?

 

Week 5 DQ 1

Why is it important to consider your
audience when writing a research report?

 

Week 5 DQ 2

What is the purpose of and what are the
basic elements of a research proposal?  What information is included in
the methodology section?

 

 




Week
One: Introduction to Research in Criminal Justice





 


Details


Due


Points




Objectives


1.1  Explore the scientific approach to criminal justice research.
1.2  Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research.
1.3  Differentiate between pure and applied research.
1.4  Specify the various functions of the research process.
1.5  Summarize the meaning of research ethics and examine the codes of
ethics in criminal justice research.
1.6  Assess the nature and diversity of ethical dilemmas in
criminological research.
1.7  Explore the meaning of statistics and the basic ideas behind any
statistical study.


 


 




Readings


Read Ch.1 & 2 of Research Methods in Criminal Justice and
Criminology
.
Read Ch 1 of Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve
Readings.
Read the following items, available at
http://ecampus.phoenix.edu:
 
·        
Learning Team Handbook
·        
Guide to Charter
·        
Learning Team Charter
·        
Learning Team Evaluation


 


 




Participation


Participate in class discussion by
posting at least 2 substantive posts on 4 of 7 days.


Ongoing


2




Discussion Questions


Post your
response to Week 1 Discussion Questions in the Main forum by Day 3
(Thursday).  Responses to each question
must be 250-300 words and apply concepts and teachings from the weekly
readings.  Students are required to
respond substantively to other students.


DQ 1,
2, & APA Thursday


2




Nongraded Activities and Preparation
 


Refer to the Using MyStatsLab®
supplement on the student website.
Explore the learning tools in
MyStatsLab®, including the following:
 
·        
Help Me Solve This
·        
View an Example
·        
Textbook, Video
 
Complete the Week One Orientation in
MyStatsLab® to familiarize yourself with the tool for future
assignments.
Complete the Chapter
1 Practice Quiz in MyStatsLab® found on the student website.
Complete similar exercises for any
content from the Week One activities you do not understand.


 


 




Learning Team Instructions


Review the Research Proposal, Parts I
and II assignments, due in Weeks Three and Week Five.
 
Submit the Learning Team Charter.



Monday


1




Individual
Research
Process and Terminology Paper


To be proficient in research, one
must know language and process. During this assignment, you will familiarize
yourself with research terminology as you use the terms to write your paper.
 
Prepare a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper
in which you describe the research process.
Include the following:
 
·        
Include new terminology
learned from the reading.
·        
How will this new terminology
and knowledge apply to a career in criminal justice?
·        
How can not knowing the
proper terminology affect you as you conduct criminal justice research?
·        
How will knowing these terms
be an asset to you when evaluating and analyzing research studies or data?
Format your paper consistent with APA
guidelines.


Monday 


10




 

 




Week
Two: Research Designs and Data Collection Methods





 


Details


Due


Points




Objectives



 
2.1  Differentiate between types and functions of research designs.
2.2  Explore internal and external variable-related validity factors.
2.3  Describe the various classical experimental research designs.
2.4  Identify the major types of unobtrusive methods.
2.5  Distinguish between probability and nonprobability sampling plans.
2.6  Examine the features, functions, construction, and administration
of questionnaires, and their strengths and weaknesses.
2.7  Assess features and functions of observation and its strengths and
weaknesses as a data-gathering tool.


 


 




Readings


Read Ch. 3 & 5–8 of Research Methods in Criminal Justice
and Criminology
.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve
Readings.


 


 




Participation


Participate in class discussion by
posting at least 2 substantive posts on 4 of 7 days.


Ongoing


2




Discussion Questions


Post your
response to Week 2 Discussion Questions in the Main forum by Day 3
(Thursday).  Responses to each question
must be 250-300 words and apply concepts and teachings from the weekly
readings.  Students are required to
respond substantively to other students.


DQ 1,
2, & APA Thursday


2




Nongraded Activities and Preparation


Review the MyStat practice quizzes.


 


 




Learning Team Instructions


Begin working on the Research
Proposal, due in Weeks Three and Five.
Obtain facilitator approval for the
proposed topic.


Monday



1




Individual
Gathering
Research Data Paper


You are interested in conducting
research concerning police officers and their jobs. The information you want
to gather, including job satisfaction or job hazards, is up to you as long as
you clearly state the goal of your research. The method you use should be
appropriate for the goal of your research.
 
Develop a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper
addressing what you have learned about criteria for criminal justice
research, specifically with regards to what research method is appropriate in
your proposal.
 
Address the following questions:
 
·        
What is the goal or purpose
behind your proposed research?
 
·        
What type of interview
structure would you use? Why?
·        
What would be some questions
you would ask? Why? 
 
·        
What are some distinct
advantages of a qualitative data-gathering strategy, such as participant
observation, over more quantitative approaches?
 
·        
When conducting survey
research, how important is informed consent and confidentiality?
 
Include at least two references.
Format your paper consistent with APA
guidelines.


Monday



10




 

 




Week
Three: Statistics in Criminal Justice Research





 


Details


Due


Points




Objectives



 
3.1  Explore different statistical measurement types and levels.
3.2  Compute the mean, median, and mode of statistical data.
3.3  Identify the properties of the normal distribution.
3.4  Examine the role of probability in statistics and statistical
significance.
3.5  Describe the fundamentals of hypothesis testing.


 


 




Readings


Read Ch. 13 of Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Read Ch 2, 4–6, & 9 of Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve
Readings.


 


 




Participation


Participate in class discussion by
posting at least 2 substantive posts on 4 of 7 days.


Ongoing


2




Discussion Questions


Post your
response to Week 3 Discussion Questions in the Main forum by Day 3
(Thursday).  Responses to each question
must be 250-300 words and apply concepts and teachings from the weekly
readings.  Students are required to
respond substantively to other students.


DQ 1,
2, & APA Thursday


2




Nongraded Activities and Preparation


Complete the Week Three Homework:
Chapter 2 Practice & Chapter 4 Practice in MyStatsLab® found
on the student website.
 


 


 




Learning Team Instructions


Continue working on the Research
Proposal, due in Week Five.


 


 




Individual
MyStatsLab®
Quiz, Chapter 2


Access MyStatsLab®.
Complete the Week Three Quiz: Chapter
2.
 


Sunday



5




Individual
MyStatsLab®
Quiz, Chapter 4


Access MyStatsLab®.
Complete the Week Three Quiz: Chapter
4.
 


Sunday



5




Learning Team
Research
Proposal, Part I


Resources: University of Phoenix
Material: Research Proposal, Part I; and “The Literature Review; A Few Tips
on Conducting It”
Review the assignment details, located
in University
of Phoenix Material:
Research Proposal, Part I. Additional instructions are listed in Week Five.
 
Submit Part I to your facilitator for
review.


Monday 


10




 

 




Week
Four: Analysis and Evaluation





 


Details


Due


Points




Objectives



 
4.1  Describe the functions of data management.
4.2  Discuss graphic presentation and its value as a descriptive tool
in criminological research.
4.3  Examine the determination and measurement of validity.
4.4  Define reliability and the different kinds of reliability checks.
4.5  Examine various scaling and index construction methods.
4.6  Classify common errors in presenting and interpreting research
findings.


 


 




Readings


Read Ch. 9–12 of Research
Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology
.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve
Readings


 


 




Participation


Participate in class discussion by
posting at least 2 substantive posts on 4 of 7 days.


Ongoing


2




Discussion Questions


Post your
response to Week 4 Discussion Questions in the Main forum by Day 3
(Thursday).  Responses to each question
must be 250-300 words and apply concepts and teachings from the weekly
readings.  Students are required to
respond substantively to other students.


DQ 1,
2, & APA Thursday


2




Learning Team Instructions


Continue working on the Research
Proposal, due in Week Five.
Submit to the instructor the answer to
the following question in 300  - 700
words:
 
·        
What is your
hypothesis? 
·        
Describe why you feel this is
a needed study and how you think the results will be utilized.
 


Monday



2




 

 




Week
Five: Research Application in Criminal Justice





 


Details


Due


Points




Objectives



 
5.1  Discuss the importance of project replication.
5.2  Identify how findings will be utilized.
5.3  Defend major research issues and how they affect the conduct and
quality of research.
5.4  Extrapolate on issues surrounding the collection, analysis, and
utilization of research.
5.5  Describe how to write a research report.
5.6  Examine proposal writing and various funding criteria.


 


 




Readings


Read Appendices A & G of Research Methods in Criminal Justice and
Criminology
.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve
Readings.


 


 




Participation


Participate in class discussion by
posting at least 2 substantive posts on 4 of 7 days.


Ongoing


2




Discussion Questions


Post your
response to Week 5 Discussion Questions in the Main forum by Day 3
(Thursday).  Responses to each question
must be 250-300 words and apply concepts and teachings from the weekly
readings.  Students are required to
respond substantively to other students.


DQ 1,
2, & APA Thursday


2




Learning Team Instructions


Submit the Learning Team Evaluation.
 


Monday


2




Individual
Research
Article Analysis


Locate a recent criminal justice
research article from a recognized peer-reviewed professional journal or government
publication.
 
Note. Non-peer-reviewed newspaper
articles or articles from popular magazines, such as Time or Newsweek, are not acceptable. For assistance on
determining what constitutes a professional peer-reviewed resource, contact
your facilitator.
 
Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper in
which you address the following:
 
·        
Identify the purpose of the
research study, problem, and questions.
·        
Describe the design of the
study.
·        
Identify an operational
definition used by the researchers.
·        
Provide one example of
inductive logic and one example of deductive logic presented in the results.
·        
Identify whether the research
study is a quantitative or qualitative design. Explain your answer.
·        
Identify the methodology,
population, sampling methods, and return rate, if applicable.
·        
What were the findings of the
study?
·        
Describe the author’s
conclusions and recommendations.
·        
In your opinion, could the
study have been done differently or improved? Detail your response.


Monday



10




Learning Team
Research
Proposal Part II, and Presentation


This assignment is the
culmination of the Research Proposal. Both parts are reflected in the total
word count. Include a revised Part I, based on facilitator feedback, and Part
II. Additionally, your presentation must represent both parts of the
assignment.
 
Write a 1,750- to 2,850-word research
paper and prepare an accompanying presentation that meets the following
requirements:
 
·        
Incorporate feedback and
suggestions from Part I.
·        
Describe your team’s
hypotheses, research design, and methodology.
·        
Identify the types of data
chosen for collection and how the data would be used in the study to confirm
or negate the hypothesis.
·        
Outline the procedures to be
used to collect the chosen data.
·        
Describe the proposed
analysis process of the results from the proposed research.
·        
Discuss the possible
significance of the proposed research results.
·        
Provide a timeline for the
proposed research.
·        
Outline a budget and identify
resources to cover the cost of the proposed research.
·        
Complete a commentary
reflecting on the project’s reliability, and ways in which the research
project might be improved upon if replicated. 

 
Prepare a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft®
PowerPoint® presentation with speaker notes, reflecting both parts
of the proposal. All components listed above must be included.
 
Format your paper consistent with APA
guidelines.


Monday



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