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Topic: Measuring gang-related crime is an example of trying to measure a particular dimension of crime: motive. Other examples are hate crimes, terrorist incidents, and drug-related crimes. Specify conceptual and operational definitions for at least one of these types. Find one news article and one research report that presents an example.
CJUS 740

Discussion Assignment Instructions

You will take part in 5 Discussions in which you will post a thread presenting your scholarly response on the assigned topic, writing 750–850 words (supported with at least four cites) by Thursday at 11:59pm. Then, you will post replies of 250–300 words (supported with at least two cites) each to 2 or more classmates’ threads by Sunday at 11:59pm. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least four (4) scholarly citations in current APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least two (2) scholarly citation(s) in current APA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. The original thread must incorporate ideas and several scholarly citations from all of the required readings and presentations for that Module: Week. The reply posts can integrate ideas and citations from the required readings and presentations for other Modules: Weeks. Integrate Biblical principles in your personal thread and in all replies to peers.

Topic: Measuring gang-related crime is an example of trying to measure a particular dimension of crime: motive. Other examples are hate crimes, terrorist incidents, and drug-related crimes. Specify conceptual and operational definitions for at least one of these types. Find one news article and one research report that presents an example.
Replies: Respond to 2 classmate’s threads and state why you agree or disagree with their statements. Be sure to use specific examples from the course material and textbook.
Submit your thread by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of Module 4: Week 4.

Textbook Research methods in criminal justice and criminology by Maxfield and babies 8th edition. Chapter 4

CJUS 740

Discussion Grading Rubric

Criteria

Levels of Achievement

Content

(70%)

Advanced

92–100%

Proficient

84-91%

Developing

1–83%

Not present

Thread:

Content

6.5 to 7 points:

All key components of the Discussion prompt are answered in the thread.
· The thread is well-developed and fully addresses all aspects of the question.
· The thread is factually correct, is reflective, and is a substantive contribution.
· The thread advances discussion.
· The thread contributes to discussion with clear, concise comments.

5.75 to 6.25 points:

Most of the key components of the Discussion prompt are answered in a thread.
· Major points are stated clearly for the most part.
· Additional academic reference support and/or examples is needed
· Thoughtful analysis is clearly demonstrated for the most part.

1 to 5.5 points:

The key components of the Discussion prompt are not adequately answered.
· Not all the major points are clearly stated and supported.
· Lacks academic support and/or examples.
· Thoughtful analysis is not clearly demonstrated.

0 points

Not present

Thread:

Research Engagement

6.5 to 7 points:

· A minimum of two peer-reviewed/scholarly sources are referenced and integrated.
· Peer-reviewed articles are recent and relevant.

5.75 to 6.25 points:

· A minimum of two peer-reviewed/scholarly sources are integrated somewhat.
· Academic quality is lacking.

1 to 5.5 points:

References are not peer-reviewed/scholarly sources and/or appropriately integrated.

0 points

Not present

Replies:

Content

6.5 to 7 points:

At least 2 substantive replies given in response to classmates’ threads that:
· Relate to the concepts learned through the required readings and
· Share relevant additional knowledge.

5.75 to 6.25 points:

At least 2 substantive replies given in response to classmates’ threads. More attention should be given to:
· The concepts learned through the required readings and
· Shared relevant additional knowledge.

1 to 5.5 points:

· Missing one reply.
· Reply posts are redundant.
· New ideas, research, and/or analysis are not adequately included.

0 points

Not present

Replies:

Research Engagement

6.5 to 7 points:

A minimum of 2 academic /scholarly source is referenced and integrated.

5.75 to 6.25 points:

A minimum of 1 academic /scholarly source is referenced and integrated somewhat. Academic quality is lacking.

1 to 5.5 points:

References are not academic/scholarly sources and/or appropriately integrated.

0 points

Not present

Thread & Replies

Biblical Worldview

6.5 to 7 points:

The post brings clarity to issues being discussed, relating issues to scriptural/biblical principles and experience.

5.75 to 6.25 points:

The post brings some clarity to issues being discussed, relating issues to scriptural/biblical principles and experience.

1 to 5.5 points:

· Attention is needed to clarify issues being discussed, relating issues to scriptural/biblical principles and experience.
· Not present on one to two responses.

0 points

Not present

Structure (30%)

Advanced

92–100%

Proficient

84-91%

Developing

1–83%

Not present

APA, Grammar, Spelling, & Structure

9.25 to 10 points:

· Academic/scholarly sources are referenced and cited appropriately. The thread correctly references literature, readings, or personal experience to support comments.
· This section must be balanced in the “spirit of APA” as Bb DB’s create internal formatting errors.
· Minimal to zero errors in spelling, grammar, and structure.

8.75 to 9 points:

· Some errors in APA.
· Some errors in spelling, grammar, and structure.

1 to 8.5 points:

· Numerous errors in APA.
· Numerous errors in spelling, grammar, and structure.

0 points

Not present

Word Count

4.75 to 5 points:

· Required word count (500-700 words) is met for the initial response.
· At least 2 substantive replies of 200-300 words for each reply.

4.25 to 4.5 points:

· Required word count (250–300 words) is not met for the initial response, but student has posted at least 200 words and/or;
· Only 1 substantive reply of 100–150 words for each reply.

1 to 4 points:

Initial post less than 200 words and/or replies lack depth and contain only a few sentences.

0 points

Not present

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