Research Methods in Criminal Justice

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Course Number: CRIMLJUS 3900
Course Name: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (Online)
Course Description:    An introduction to research methods in criminal justice and criminology, with applications to both pure and applied research. The course provides a basic conceptual framework for understanding and interpreting criminal justice research as well as designing, conducting, and evaluating research projects.
Prerequisites:    CRIMLJUS 2130 and CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C" or better in each, MATH 1830, and junior standing or consent of the instructor
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

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Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the various methods of conducting empirical research.
  • Define key research terms and concepts.
  • Be critical consumers of research.
  • Identify the steps in the research process.
  • Develop research questions and hypotheses.
  • Find and summarize literature and statistics relevant to a particular research question.
  • Operationalize a research question.
  • Demonstrate basic analytical logic given appropriate summary data.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Introduction to Criminal Justice Inquiry
Unit 2: Structuring Criminal Justice Inquiry
Unit 3: Modes of Operation
Unit 4: Application and Analysis

Number of Exams:  There are 4 quizzes for this course.

Number of Assignments:  There are 14 discussions, 9 mini-assignments, 1 article summary, 2 news article assignments, and 2 projects for this course.

Number of Projects:  There are no group projects for this course.

Grading Information

Grades will be determined based on total accumulated points throughout the semester. The breakdown of points is as follows:
Task Points
Quiz 1   35
Quiz 2   35
Quiz 3   45
Quiz 4   30

Summary of Journal Article   50
1st Project   20
2nd Project   25
9 Mini Assignments   90
2 News Article Assignments   20
Participation   30
Total 380 points

The following grading scale will be used:
A = 342-380
B = 304-341
C = 266-303
D = 240-265
F = 239 or below

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