Week 1 – Assignment

Literature Review

After reading the required chapter and articles this week, you should have an understanding of the theories of criminal behavior and how biases and assumptions influence our assessment of individuals. These assumptions may have an impact in psychology profiling utilized in police investigations as well as stress induced and cultural–based behavior patterns that may be specific to certain segments of the population. As a foundation for your assignments in Weeks One through Five and your Final Research Paper review the Infamous Serial Killers website and select from one of the following case:

Richard Ramirez (1960–2013) murdered 25 victims over a 13–year period in California

Jeffrey Dahmer (1960–1994) kidnapped, killed, and dismembered his victims in Milwaukee

Ted Bundy (1946–1989) committed murders from Washington state to Florida

David Berkowitz (1953– ) the Son of Sam killer who murdered six people in New York City

Peter Kurten (1883–1931) the Dusseldorf Vampire who murdered nine people in Germany

Joel Rifkin (1959– ) murdered 17 women in the 1990s

Charles Manson (1934– ) orchestrated the Manson Family spree killings in Los Angeles

You may also select a case you have identified, with instructor consent. Avoid using a suspect who committed suicide, was killed prior to any criminal charges filed, or in another way was not subject to the criminal justice system.

Reference the Ashford Writing’s Center sample literature review and guidelines.

In your literature review

Identify the criminal case you have selected for your Final Research Paper.

Due to the nature of the assignments, your original search may include reliable sources, including reliable media, to enable you to identify areas for further scholarly research. For example, numerous scholarly publications, including Aggression and Violent Behavior and Crime and Delinquency have published reports indicating that Ted Bundy suffered from narcissistic personality disorder. The scholarly source would then focus on the personality disorders diagnosis.

Describe the contribution of each resource to your research and findings in at least two sentences.

The Literature Review

Must be at least three double–spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a separate title page with the following

Title of paper

Student’s name

Course name and number

Instructor’s name

Date submitted

Must use at least 10 sources, five of which must be scholarly, in addition to the course texts.

Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.


Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

RUBIC


Description:

Total Possible Score: 5.00

Identifies the Criminal Case Selected for the Final Research Paper

Total: 2.00

Distinguished – Clearly identifies the criminal case selected for the Final Research Paper.

Proficient – Identifies the criminal case selected for the Final Research Paper. The identification of the criminal case is slightly unclear.

Basic – Vaguely identifies the criminal case selected for the Final Research Paper. The identification of the criminal case is unclear.

Below Expectations – Attempts to identify the criminal case selected for the Final Research Paper; however, the identification of the criminal case is significantly unclear.

Non Performance – The identification of the criminal case selected for the Final Research Paper is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Identifies Five Reliable and Scholarly Sources and Describes the Contributions of Each Source to Research and Findings

Total: 2.00

Distinguished – Clearly identifies five fully reliable and scholarly sources and thoroughly describes the contributions of each source to research and findings.

Proficient – Identifies five reliable and scholarly sources and describes the contributions of each source to research and findings. Minor details are missing or unclear.

Basic – Identifies at least three somewhat reliable and scholarly sources and partially describes the contributions of each source to research and findings. Relevant details are missing and/or unclear.

Below Expectations – Attempts to identify sources and describe the contributions of each source to research and findings; however, fewer than three sources are identified, the sources are not reliable or scholarly, and significant details are missing and unclear.

Non Performance – The identification of five fully reliable and scholarly sources and thoroughly describes the contributions of each source to research and findings is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors which may slightly distract the reader.

Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors which distract the reader.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: APA Formatting

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors.

Basic – Exhibits limited knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements.

Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Page Requirement

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Resource Requirement

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient – Uses the required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below Expectations – Uses an inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 
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