22200 Section 001 6-9 p.m. Monday Brewer 123

Prerequisites: Senior, Criminal Justice major, Undergraduate level CJ 101 Minimum Grade of C and Undergraduate level CJ 300 Minimum Grade of C and Undergraduate level CJ 302 Minimum Grade of C and Undergraduate level CJ 325 Minimum Grade of C and Undergraduate level CJ 301 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate level CJ 201 Minimum Grade of C

Course Description: Introduction to crime mapping, geographic information science (GIS), spatial analysis, and display and presentation of spatial data. A research proposal, research report, and presentation exploring spatial patterns related to criminal justice are required.

Professor: Dr. Miriam Helen Hill
Office: 205 Martin Hall
Office Hours: Mondays 1:45-5:45 OR by appointment and through Blackboard IM, Blackboard Virtual Office Hours, or AOL IM
E-mail addresses: that will go to
Telephone: 256-782-8063 (please, contact me by e-mail)

Purpose of the Course: This course provides a basic understanding of the spatial analysis of issues related to criminal justice and crime mapping using ArcGIS from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI). Skills developed include asking and investigating spatial problems, displaying and presenting spatial information, and conducting and reporting spatial research in areas relevant to criminal justice.

Behavioral Objectives: The student will be able to:
Text: Rebecca Paynich and Bryan Hill, Fundamentals of Crime Mapping, Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2010, 978-0-7637-5575-1.

Software Requirements: Software required ArcGIS 10.0 (available from professor), MS Office 2007 or 2010

Other Requirements: USB 2 G jump drive, microphone and speakers or headset, computer capable of running ArcGIS 10 (see for details).

Class Homepage: The class homepage is at and is linked to Dr. Hill's webpage at This site is mirrored at The syllabus is, also, linked to the class homepage.

Reading Assignments: Use the attached schedule to complete the work BEFORE the due dates as indicated.

Grading: Laboratory assignments will count for 20% of the grade. Quiz scores will be 20%. The research proposal will be 15%. The research report will be 30%. The presentation of the research report will be 15%. Bonus points may be awarded for exceptional work and extra credit activities. The grading scale used is above 90% A; 80-90% B; 70-80% C; 60-70% D; and below 60% F. All work MUST be submitted before the DUE date. No late work will be accepted. Some assignments must be submitted through the class shell in Blackboard at Invalid data submissions and papers without names will receive no credit.

Laboratory Assignments: Weekly laboratory assignments will be assigned and instructions available either in class, the textbook, or in the Blackboard shell. In some instances, submission of assignments to the Blackboard shell will be required. Laboratory grades will be reported as percentages and the final laboratory score will be calculated as total%/(n-1). Late Assignments will not be accepted.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be completed during class as both announced and unannounced activities. No make ups will be provided. The quiz score will be calculated as total%/(n-1).

Research Proposal: The research proposal is an important preliminary research document and may include additional sections when used for a grant proposal. The format must follow the prescribed structure using all headings and subheadings. The font must be Times New Roman 12 point written with Microsoft Office 2007 (2010) using the full functionality of the Reference Ribbon. All sources must be thoroughly and correctly documented. The format of documentation for the research report will be APA as defined by Microsoft Office 2007 (2010). The research proposal must be completed before the deadline and edits and revision must be included in the research report.

The research topic must incorporate the testing of a research hypothesis, brief review of the extant literature, the collection of spatial data, the manipulation and analysis of this spatial data in ArcGIS, the application of appropriate spatial statistics, the construction of appropriate maps, graphs, and tables, and the testing of the statistical significance of the results on a topic relevant to criminal justice. The topic will be mutually agreed upon between the student and the professor. If possible, the topic should reflect the student's area of study and career goals. The final paper should be of a quality suitable for professional publication or presentation. Research Report: The format of the research report must follow the prescribed structure using all headings and subheadings. Other requirements match those of the research proposal.

Presentation: The research report will be reworked and presented to the class. This should be suitable for a professional conference. To reduce workloads, this should be prepared AFTER the acceptance of the research report. Documentation of sources shown are required on the appropriate visual aid and will be in APA format. The approximate length of the presentation should be between ten and fifteen minutes.

Portfolio: Although a portfolio will not be required for the course, the students should save their work to build a portfolio of professional accomplishments.

Class Membership: Class members are expected to answer and ask questions, be involved in activities, and to facilitate an educational academic atmosphere. Proper attitude and behavior are expected. At all times presence should facilitate a smooth flow of intellectual ideas, knowledge, and intelligent discussion. Failure to contribute or promote this important goal demonstrates poor professional development.

Note: All materials presented in this class are done so with educational goals in mind and are not intended to cause distress of any nature. Please be aware that controversial materials, theories, exhibits, etc. will be presented in this class. If you are unwilling or unable to view these presentations in the educational light in which they are presented, then you need to reconsider your enrollment in this class.

Answers and grading will usually be succinct and to the point. No value judgment of you, your personality, character, or your intelligence is intended. Feedback is provided so that you can learn from your mistakes and improve the work that you are doing. The focus will center on what you can improve, and it is up to you not to lose sight of the accomplishments and progress that you are making. Do not get discouraged, but you must strive continually to improve your work. GIS is complex and multifaceted, and your work will contain far more things done correctly than the few things highlighted for improvement.

Citation of Sources: All sources must be properly credited. Work containing copyright violation or plagiarism will be rejected. Use APA format AS DEFINED by Microsoft Word 2007 (2010) for the documentation format. Entering the requested information correctly into the software with the APA setting will automatically generate the correctly formated information.

Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is defined to include any form of cheating or plagiarism. A discussion of the topic is set forth in the student handbook. Working and studying with classmates are beneficial and to be encouraged. Copying work is not to be confused with comparing work and discussing similarities and differences. You are responsible for both understanding answers submitted and the completion of the materials. The material in this course is important not just for your grade but, also, for your future profession. SafeAssign will be used to check for plagiarism. Thoroughly document your work!

Notice: This syllabus is in no way binding. All information is subject to change. Any changes made by the professor will be announced to the class in class, through emails, or posting to the Announcements area of Blackboard.

Questions or problems: Please contact the professor. Asking questions is an extremely important part of the learning process. Be specific. For e-mail exchanges, incomplete information and vague questions only expand the time it will take for you to get an adequate response. Expect that I will ask you questions to ascertain what you understand so I can begin the answer from that point.

Making Contact: When e-mailing the professor, provide detailed information. Identify yourself, the course, the level, and the specific assignment. This will facilitate a more rapid and accurate response. We will use Blackboard IM to facilitate communication. If GEM (JSU e-mail system) is not your primary e-mail, place a forward on that account, and test it to be sure that it is functional. Blackboard uses GEM for e-mail contacts.

Disabilities: According to Public Law 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jacksonville State University will provide reasonable access and appropriate accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled students. If you need such access or accommodations, please consult with Disability Support Services and your professor immediately. Where extended testing sessions are allocated, Blackboard continues to function after the original time settings are reached, and the scores and actual times used are reported. By clicking on the ! or grade, both student and faculty can view these reports and verify completion within the appropriate time limits.

Class Schedule: Use the outline provided to complete the assignments BEFORE the designated dates.

DATEWEEKChapterResearch Progress
January 23 1 1  
30 2 2  
Feb. 6 3 3 
13 4 4 topic selection
20 5 5 
27 6 6 hypothesis
March 5 7 7  
12 8 8 proposal
19 9 9  
April 2 10 10  
9 11 11 draft report
16 12 12 final report
23 13   presentations
*Any major changes to this schedule will be announced. All grades are final at 11:55 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2012.