LEG 499

Assignment #5: Senior Seminar Project due Week 10 – In Week 1 you chose a topic area and problem or challenge within that area. Throughout this course, you have researched the dynamics of the problem. The final piece of your project is develop a viable solution that considers resources, policy, stakeholders, organizational readiness, administrative structures and other internal and external factors, as applicable. Using the papers you have written throughout this course, consolidate your findings into a succinct project. At a minimum, your project should include:

1. Identify the topical area (e.g. local police department, community jail, border patrol)
2. Define a problem or challenge within your topical area that you understand in some depth or have an interest in (examples include high crime rate, poor morale, high levels of violence or recidivism, high number of civilian complaints of harassment, inadequate equipment). Outline the context of the problem or challenge, including the history and any policy decisions that have contributed to the situation.
3. How have internal or external stakeholders influenced the situation in a positive or negative way? How will you consider stakeholders in your solution to the problem? How will you motivate individuals to buy into your solution?
4. Discuss how technologies or information systems have contributed to the problem and how you will propose technology be implemented into the solution.
5. Discuss what data you have collected or researched to indicate there is a problem. Include at least two sources of data and how each is relevant to the problem.
6. Develop an effective and efficient solution(s) and a course of action (i.e. plan) that addresses the problem or challenge.
7. Explain what methods of assessment you will employ to measure the effectiveness of your solutions.

  • This paper should be at least 10 pages in length, not including title and reference pages, and must adhere to APA style standards including the following: Double space, 1” margins, title page, in text citation references, and a reference page.
  • Compose a PowerPoint presentation which supports your paper. The presentation
  • will be delivered during week 11 and will, along with your paper, serve as your final exam. For online courses, your presentation will be posted to the discussion board.
     

 

Grading Rubric – Assignment #5:

 

Criteria

Developing

Competent

Exemplary

Weight

Argument or claim of paper

Argument is unclear, not well defined. Claims supporting the primary argument are weak, lack sufficient logic, and inconsistent throughout.

 

Insufficiently persuasive

 

Argument is sufficiently clear and defined. Claims supporting the primary argument are sufficient, show sufficient logic, and generally consistent throughout.

 

Somewhat persuasive.

 

Argument is very clear, vividly defined. Claims supporting the primary argument are strong, extremely logical, and consistent throughout.

 

 

Highly persuasive. .

 

 1

Problem discussion

Insufficiently developed. Addressed few or no research questions:

Problem, context, history, policies; influences of stakeholders, technologies, and alternatives

 

Sufficiently developed. Addressed most research questions:

Problem, context, history, policies; influences of stakeholders, technologies, and alternatives

 

Fully developed. Addressed all research questions:

Problem, context, history, policies; influences of stakeholders, technologies, and alternatives

 

2

Data support of problem

Included no sources for data and showed in sufficient relevance to the problem.

Data source(s) included did not show relevance to problem.

 

Included at least one valid source for data.

Showed sufficient relevance to the problem.

Minor issues with source(s) and/or relevance

Included two or more valid sources for data. Showed significant relevance to the problem.

1

Solution

Proposed ineffective, inefficient plan or did not propose a plan.

Weak, or not included, plan for assessing effectiveness of solution.

 

Proposed sufficiently effective plan to solve problem.

Described methods for assessing solution. Some issues with methods.

 

Proposed highly effective, efficient plan to solve problem.

Described very effective methods for assessing solution thoroughly.

 

 

3

Organization and Clarity

Insufficient organization with little or no introduction, few or no transitions,

insufficient conclusion.

 

Sufficient organization with clear introduction; some transitions, conclusion.

 

Solid organization with strong introduction, helpful transitions, effective conclusion.

 

 

 

 1

Writing – Grammar, spelling, punctuation

 

Sentence / paragraph structure, spelling, and punctuation

(6 + different errors)

 

Sentence / paragraph structure, spelling, and punctuation

(4 – 5 different errors)

Sentences / paragraph structure, spelling, and punctuation

(0 – 3 different errors)

 1

APA

Insufficient application of APA conventions:

Title page, font and spacing, pagination, in text citations, and reference page. (6 + different errors; significant issues with APA application)

 

Sufficient application of APA conventions:

Title page, font and spacing, pagination, in text citations, and reference page. (4 – 5 different errors; minor issues with APA)

 

Exemplary application of APA conventions:

Title page, font and spacing, pagination, in text citations, and reference page. (0 – 3 different errors

 1

 

 

 

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