CRM 419

CRM 419
Research Paper Guidelines and Rubric
• Select a topic on a supervisory/management issue impacting law enforcement or the criminal
justice system.
• The topic is your choice, but must relate to this class. The best place to look for a topic is the
Table of Contents in your textbook.
• The paper will be a minimum of 1500 words, written, and formatted according to APA guidelines.
• Proper content, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure are expected.
• You must dedicate a portion of your paper to the Saint Leo University Core Value of Responsible
• A minimum of five (5) references are required (Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable reference for
academic assignments).
• You will submit your Research Paper Topic to the classroom Assignment box for instructor
approval during Module 2 (this is a non-graded requirement).
• You will submit your final Research Paper to Chalk and Wire in Module 7.
• IMPORTANT: The Research Paper you submit for this class CANNOT be the same in whole or
part as any assignment that you have previously submitted while attending Saint Leo University.
• Save your file in the following format: LastName.FirstName_AssignmentTitle
(for example: Smith.John_ResearchPaper).
You will be graded on the following:
1. Thoroughness. How extensively does the paper develop the issue? Does the student show
depth and understanding of the subject, or is the analysis superficial? Does the paper clearly
identify its focus and logically analyze and discuss the topic?
2. Scholarly quality. Does the assignment meet acceptable college level standards with
respect to form and substance? Are the ideas presented in a clear, concise manner? Are
there numerous typographical, spelling, or grammatical errors? (Each such error deducts
points off the grade.)
Rating TOTAL
0 Novice Basic Proficient Exceptional –
The paper extensively develops the selected
topic and discusses how it impacts the
administration of law enforcement.
0 12 14 14 16
Shows depth and understanding of the
subject, with appropriate analysis.
0 8 10 12 14
Clearly describes how the SLU core value of
responsible stewardship relates to the topic.
0 8 10 12 14
Clearly identifies focus and logically analyzes
and discusses the topic.
0 8 10 12 14
Meets acceptable college level standards with
respect to form and substance. 0 8 10 12 14
Ideas presented in a clear concise manner. 0 8 10 12 14
APA style and format. 0 8 10 12 14

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