Senior Seminar in Criminology

Saint Leo University

CRM 499 Senior Seminar in Criminology

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Course Description: This capstone course is designed to synthesize the information and insights from the other courses in the Criminology curriculum. It includes computer-based research in crime trends and causes; a research project that evaluates criminal justice policy-making, leadership, legal issues, administrative functions, investigative tactics, and civic engagement; and an assessment of each senior criminology major’s knowledge level through the administration of a nationally based criminology achievement examination. Prerequisite: POL 123 and CRM 220 Senior standing in Criminal Justice Textbook: American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th

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ed.). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-0561-5 Learning Outcomes: Specific objectives are:

1. Criminal justice information gathering and analysis: The student must demonstrate the ability to use the library, to network, and to conduct computer-based research to gather sufficient information to successfully complete a capstone criminal justice related project.

2. Project Organization and Presentation: The student must demonstrate the ability to organize and

present a coherent public administration, community service, and policy-making initiative. This outcome connects with the Core Value of Community.

3. Core Curriculum: The student must demonstrate a mastery of the essential content of the Criminology

core curriculum. 4. Theoretical Integration and Application: The student must demonstrate the ability to integrate

theoretical knowledge with concrete information and to apply the strategies that result to the evaluation and presentation of criminal justice related initiatives.

Core Value: Community: Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve. Evaluation: Grades will be computed on the following basis:

Item Points Each Points Total

Percent Each

Percent Total

Identification of Research and Investigative Issues and Questions 100 100 5% 5%

Annotated Bibliography 100 100 10% 10% Literature Review 100 100 15% 15% Discussion (8) 100 800 2% 16% Preliminary Report – Executive Summary 100 100 24% 24% Formal Presentation 100 100 30% 30%

 

 

 

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Discussions: The discussions involve each student responding to a question or prompt posted by the instructor no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of each module. Additionally, each student will respond in a collegial manner to at least two other classmates’ initial responses no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT. Identification of Research and Investigative Issues and Questions: From the situational report, comprise a list of concerns and issues that are relative to your position. Hint: There are a least a half dozen issues and concerns for each position. You must articulate why your issue is a concern and not simply list it without explanation. For example: Do not simply list “Ticket Quotas”. If you feel this is an issue, explain why you feel ticket quotas may be problematic for the city. List those issues very specifically as this will be the launch pad for your over-all inquiry. Annotated Bibliography: Utilizing the Saint Leo Library and any other supplemental resources, locate at least ten (10) peer reviewed articles regarding your inquiry. During this assignment you will have the opportunity to examine what the experts have researched, studied, and written about in your specific discipline. There is a plethora of articles related to civil and criminal law, as well as case law, leadership issues regarding hiring, promotion, anti-discrimination, civil unrest, forensic science, DNA analysis, exhumation procedures, etc. Utilize library resources in addition to https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ in order to refresh yourself on creating an annotated bibliography. Your assignment requires 10 annotated bibliographies relative to your situation report position. Literature Review: Utilizing your annotated bibliography, create a brief literature review that synthesizes what you have learned from your research. Utilize library resources in addition to https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ in order to refresh yourself on creating a literature review. Your literature review should be 3-4 pages. Preliminary Report – Executive Summary: Create an executive summary for the Governor. In this summary, you will synopsize what you have determined and accomplished thus far and what you anticipate discovering and accomplishing in the future. Remember, the Governor is counting on you to execute your duties with precision. Your executive summary should be 4-5 pages. Formal Presentation: You will be reporting to the Governor all of your findings, actions, and remedies during this PowerPoint presentation. It is vitally important to focus on issues that you identified and why/how you dealt with those issues. Your presentation must be professionally presented with appropriate transitions, animations, video (if utilized), notes from interviews you may have had with real-life experts, and highly detailed with specificity. This will be an in-class presentation and you should have at least 15 slides. Note: Feel free to exercise as much creative license as you need. You are expected to improvise and create effects from your inquiry such as recruiting informants, obtaining subpoenas, executing search warrants, or partnering with a community civic leader. You may add to the situational report, i.e.: You identified two officers who were aware of Throtmorten’s crimes, but you cannot take out or disregard any facts that are contained within the report. So, feel free to be very creative in what you discover from your inquiry!

 

 

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Grading Scale: The final course grade will be determined by the combined scores of the above list and will be awarded as follows: Grade Score (%)

A 94-100 A- 90-93 B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B- 80-83 C+ 77-79 C 74-76 C- 70-73 D+ 67-69 D 60-66 F 0-59

 

 

 

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Course Schedule: Module 1 Current Challenges in Policing Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to:

 Explain current policing challenges.  Examine the critical roles of the criminal justice system.  Describe the challenges of policing diverse communities.

Assignments Module 2 Research and Leadership in Criminal Justice Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to:

 Describe necessary research required.  Explain pertinent issues and challenges posed by the situational report.  Examine leadership traits and ethical demands.

Assignments Module 3 APA Formatting and Police Liability Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to:

 Describe current research relative to policing and/or legal issues.  Explain the concept of liability in criminal justice.  Examine legal issues pertaining to policing.

Assignments

Items to be Completed: Due No Later Than: Read/view the content contained within the module; including the Situational Report

Post an introduction and a short biography to the class Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post an initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Begin preparations for the CRM ETS Major Field Test Module 7

Items to be Completed: Due No Later Than: Read/view the content contained within the module

Post an initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Submit the Research Identification Assignment Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Items to be Completed: Due No Later Than: Read/view the content contained within the module

Post an initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Submit the Annotated Bibliography Assignment Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Submit proctor information for the CRM ETS Major Field Test Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

 

 

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Module 4 The Criminal Justice System: Effective Research and Investigative Tactics Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to:

 Synthesize current research for utilization.  Describe investigative techniques.  Explain tactics for conducting interviews/interrogations.  Examine methods for investigating serial crimes.

Assignments Module 5 Forensics and Executive Summaries Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to:

 Describe the components of an executive briefing summary.  Evaluate the importance of forensic evidence.  Examine processes for collecting forensic evidence.

Assignments Module 6 Community Engagement and Transformational Leadership Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to:

 Explain the components of a citizen advisory council.  Describe transformational leadership.  Examine community engagement strategy.

Assignments

Items to be Completed: Due No Later Than: Read/view the content contained within the module

Post an initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Submit the Literature Review Assignment Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Complete the CRM ETS Major Field Test Module 7

Items to be Completed: Due No Later Than: Read/view the content contained within the module

Post an initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Submit the Executive Briefing Summary Assignment Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Items to be Completed: Due No Later Than: Read/view the content contained within the module

Post an initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Complete the CRM ETS Major Field Test Module 7

 

 

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Module 7 Effective Communications and Formal Presentation Preparation Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to:

 Describe the elements of a formal presentation.  Examine the benefit of team collaboration.  Explain the importance of multiple communicative techniques.

Assignments Module 8 Professional Presentation and Criminal Justice Mission Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to:

 Describe how to effectively carry out a criminal justice mission.  Explain steps taken within their track/discipline.  Create a formal presentation.

Assignments

Items to be Completed: Due No Later Than: Read/view the content contained within the module

Post a draft of your Formal Presentation to the discussion board Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post questions and comments to at least two classmates’ Formal Presentations Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Complete the CRM ETS Major Field Test Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Items to be Completed: Due No Later Than: Read/view the content contained within the module

Post an initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

Post responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT Submit the Formal Presentation Assignment Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT

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