CRIM-106: Introduction to Criminal Justice Research

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: CRIM-106 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 1 class hour

Credits: 1

Pre-requisites (if any): (or Co-requisite:) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course

Course Description in college catalog:

This course is an entry level course designed to provide an introduction to criminal justice research by familiarizing students with current issues, techniques and evaluation of current criminal justice research. The course will provide an overview of the various approaches to criminal justice research as well as an overview of the philosophy of science and research ethics, research design issues including defining research problems and the development of relevant hypotheses, defining and measuring variables of interest, and methods of data collection.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

Dual-Joint A.S./B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice with John Jay College of Criminal Justice

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key components of criminal justice research and its applications.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to make reasoned and informed judgments on issues relating to crime research.
  3. Show the ability to debate and provide differing interpretations of criminal justice research data.
  4. Show evidence of understanding the core concepts presented in the course, especially as the relate to the development and implementation of  criminal justice research.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and moral dimensions of criminal justice research.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in regard to issues in the field of criminal justice.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of research methods in criminal justice.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:


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Final Group Project/Assignment

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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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