Organized Crime

Course Details

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Spring 2012
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Jack Richard Bragg Jr. (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Title : ORGANIZED CRIME Author : Michael D. Lyman & Gary W. Potter Publisher : Prentice Hall Edition/Year : 5th Edition ISBN : 13 978-0-13-245777-4 Additional information : none Type : Required resource
Publication Manual of the American Psychological A
Title : Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Publisher : American Psychological Association Edition/Year : Sixth Edition Additional information : Or most current edition Type : Required resource

Course Expectations

Eleven five question surveys will comprise 20% of your grade. Eleven twenty question quizzes will comprise 50% of your grade. 1) 8-12 page biography of a organized crime figure written in APA writing style will comprise 30% of your grade. Bonus Credit may be earned by accurate, timely, Active participation for these activities will be graded based on students’ contribution to dialog through comments, which have the following qualities: Accurate description and reference of concepts, Application and experiential examples of concepts to further discussion or analysis / evaluation (beyond a simple agree or disagree) supported with source synthesis of concepts from other course or program activities (integration of learning) Unsolicited, relevant observations / ideas, contributing to Cohort members’ understanding Well-organized, clearly presented, correctly cited In the event extra credit is offered, students who have not completed all required assignments and/or taken all test/quizzes will not be allowed to improve grades with extra credit. Additional information WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IF IT APPEARS TO BE PLAGIARIZED. Students are on their honor not to give or receive information regarding surveys or quizzes.


Assignment - Gangster Paper

Biography : Due NLT midnight March 17, 2012

WRITTEN EXERCISE : Each student should research and locate an organized crime figure 1900 - to current date. You should quickly request permission for your subject (criminal) from the instructor so you can have your favorite bad guy to research. Find a source of a format for writing a biography for your gangster. The simplest way to do this is by searching in the search engines, •, •, •, •, on “HOW DO I WRITE A BIOGRAPHY? You will find many results like; Choose the biography format that you think is most appropriate for this assignment, remember to list your source of format in your references and include a short explanation why you selected it and felt it was most appropriate for this assignment and your subject. Remember this research and choice of format is part of your grade, simple and fast is not always the fastest way to an A, just as lengthy and burdensome doesn’t always score the best. Spend a little time and find a format that you think handles the topic in the most scholarly manner for this type of assignment. All papers should be submitted in MS-Word, spell and grammar checked in 12 point Arial font. Remember to take advantage of all of the rich formatting features in MS-Word, color, bold, italic, underline, inde
Second Part of Written Exercise - One Page Law Enforcement Bio : After you receive approval for your Gangster, find a law enforcement officer killed by your gangster or killed contemporary in time and location to your gangster and write a one page BIO for him or her and attach it to your Gangsta BIO.

Grading Standards

Tests and surveys will be graded by the computer.


The written assignments will be graded by the professor an the writing style for the course will be APA. Adherence to the basics of APA, running head, title page, abstract, double spaced narrative with in-text citations and a reference page is required.

Submission Format Policy

APA or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association  is the writing style for all courses I teach. If you purchase this manual you can use it again in every course I teach. The Purdue OWL APA online page is an excellent resource and students comfortabe with using an online resource may substitute this reference for the paper APA manual.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Papers are assigned on the first day of class and students will have approximately two months to complete this assignment. With this kind of flexibility there should not be any late papers. If there is an emergency or unforeseen circumstance that causes a problem please contact the professor immediately. Late papers without the instructors approval will be penalized ten points, after the initial penalty papers will be penalized two points per day.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Students should check in to the course daily or as frequent as necessary to make sure they all deadlines including interactions with fellow students.

Other Policies


Americans with Disabilities Act: Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 (Americans with Disabilities Act) in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. A copy of the ADA Compliance Document is available online at It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any disabling condition that will require modifications.

Students with special needs

If you are a student with a disability and in need of special accommodation. It is your responsibility, to contact the instructor and the Office of Disability Services in a timely manner. All effort will be made to comply with the appropriate and reasonable accommodation requests.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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