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CJA470 Supervised CJ Senior Project

Lead Faculty: Dr. James E. Guffey Ph.D

Course Description

The supervised senior project is undertaken by students of criminal justice once they have completed all core courses in the program. The project is chaired and coordinated by the instructor of record. Each student will select a viable topic in criminal justice to research. Students meet as a class once a week for two months. Upon completion of the project, students present the project to the instructor, other faculty, and peers in an open forum. Grading is H, S, or U only. Accelerated study is not permitted with CJA 470. CJA 470 is two months in length. Students who do not complete the Senior Project within the two-month period are eligible, at the discretion of the instructor, to receive a grade of (IP). This allows the student up to one year to complete the project (from the start date of the class). Students who do not complete the project within one calendar year from the start date of the class will need to retake CJA 470. No grade of (I) can be given for this course. Grading is H, S, or U only. Course is eligible for In Progress (IP) grade.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a research question.
  • Formulate a testable research hypothesis.
  • Conduct a literature review.
  • Describe an appropriate research methodology to answer the research question.
  • Collect and analyze data.
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations based on the available data.
  • Make an oral presentation of research findings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding the collecting and reporting of research data.
  • Understand the role research plays in the development of criminal justice and criminology.
  • Describe how diversity issues may influence the choice of research topics, research methodology, and the application of research findings to the justice system.