- Term Paper: (20%)
A research paper on a theory and/or topic on criminal behavior. The paper should be approximately 8 pages in length and address and should address a specific crime or set of crimes, or a specific type of offender or offenders, using one or more selected theories from this course.
Overall Letter Grade Scheme: The final course grade, as well as all tests, papers and projects assigned throughout the semester, will be based on the typical letter grade system as follows:
A = 90 – 100 B = 80 – 89 C = 70 – 79 F = 69 & Below
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Term Paper Grading:
Organization, including use of A.P.A. format 20%
Use of Outside References, including quality and quantity 20%
Topic, consisting of both the report on the chosen theory of interest
and student demonstration of points germane to this course 20%
Comprehensiveness, thorough and in-depth coverage 20%
Writing Style, subjective assessment by the instructor 20%
The term paper should be well organized with an introduction, main body, and conclusion, it should clearly state the purpose of the paper and emphasize this point in the conclusion. The term paper MUST be written in APA format. It should have a Title Page, an Abstract Page, and Reference Page. The term paper should employ extensive references. The term paper should be written in a manner that utilizes concepts discussed and covered throughout the course. The term paper must contain a minimum of eight pages of content, exclusive of the title page, abstract page, and/or the reference page(s). Failure to meet this minimum page requirement will result in the deduction of points from the grade, at the discretion of the instructor.
NOTE THAT LATE TERM PAPERS WILL BE PENALIZED BY 25 POINTS THE FIRST DAY AND 10 ADDITIONAL POINTS FOR EACH DAY THERAFTER.