unit two of course project
In this unit (Part 2 of the course project), you will use the resources you gathered in Part I of the course project. For this
part of the project, you are required to prepare a detailed outline of your proposed exploration of the topic identified. You
will outline, point by point, the main ideas or contributions that this new technology will make to the field. For each point,
include the scholarly material that will be used to support the content of your paper. The outline must include the following:
a project topic (related to computer applications for criminal justice),
a thesis statement,
a brief introduction to the topic, and
at least three specific points that will be discussed on the chosen topic.
o Within each main point, there must be two or more specific sub-topics that will be discussed and include a
citation for the materials from which that information will come.
This assignment will also require an annotated bibliography with references that are in APA format for each of the
scholarly sources that you have identified. Each annotation should be a summary of the study that includes the sample,
the method, the findings, and a brief statement about how you see it contributing to your thesis. The annotated
bibliography is a transitional step in writing a research-style paper and is not included in the final submission (Unit VIII);
however, the sources will appear in the reference section.
The annotated bibliography must contain a minimum of 12 sources. Eight of those sources must be from scholarly and
peer-reviewed works (journals or law reviews only). The other four sources may come from professional journals (e.g.,
reports from the Bureau of Justice Statistics [BJS], governmental databases, or those sources found through the use of
the National Criminal Justice Reference Service [NCJRS] but not newsletters, bulletins or other non-peer-reviewed
sources). The journal articles and studies should be no older than seven years from publication date, and the four
professional journals can be no older than five years from publication. If you have a source that cannot be attributed to an
author, governmental body, or a publication that meets the description of “scholarly” given here, you should not use it, and
it will not count against the required number of sources. Students may exceed the minimum number of required sources as
long as the criteria for “credible” and “scholarly” are met.