Research Methods in Criminal Justice

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 a Forensic Investigation major, MATH 1830 and junior standing
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

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

Grading Information

Grades will be determined based on total accumulated points throughout the semester. The breakdown of points is as follows:

Quiz 1 35 points
Quiz 2 35 points
Quiz 3 45 points
Quiz 4 30 points
Summery of Journal Article 50 points
1st Project 20 points
2nd Project 25 points
Mini Assignments (9) 90 points
News Article Assignments (2) 20 points
Participation 30 points
Total: 380 points


Grading Scale
A 342 - 380 points
B 304 - 341 points
C 266 - 303 points
D 240 - 265 points
F 0 - 239 points


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