Project: Managing the Prison Environment
The Course Project is designed to provide you with an opportunity to
research a topic of interest related to some aspect of correctional
administration. This project is an effort to allow you to fully explore issues
related to either correctional officials or prison inmates.
This project incorporates all TCOs.
The course project is worth 320 total points and will be graded on APA
formatting; quality of research topic; quality of paper information; proper use
of text citations; proper grammar, punctuation, usage, and sentence structure;
and the deliverable components for Weeks 1, 2, 5, and 6.
There are four components to the Course Project.
- title page, topic
discussion, and a list of three references
- annotated outline
- annotated bibliography
- Final Paper
- APA guidelines must be
followed for all course component deliverables.
- At least six authoritative,
outside references are required for the annotated bibliography and the
- All DeVry University
policies are in effect, including the plagiarism policy.
- The Final Paper is due
in Week 6 of this course.
- The Final Paper must be 8 to
10 pages of text in length, Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced,
include a cover page, introduction or abstract, body of the report,
summary or conclusion, and a works cited page.
- Any questions about this
paper may be discussed in the weekly Q & A Discussion topic or
Course Project Deliverables
Week 1–Title page, description of Final Paper topic, and references to three
outside sources. This deliverable should include a properly formatted title and
reference page and one page of text describing the topic selected, your reasons
for selecting this topic, and what you expect to learn from having explored
this topic area.
Week 2–Annotated outline for the Final Paper. Submit a polished outline for
your Final Paper. Include in your outline a brief summary, two to three
sentences, of key points for each topic area.
Week 5–Annotated bibliography for the Final Paper. Your bibliography should
include references to at least six outside sources. Also required is a brief,
one-paragraph summary of the publication and your reasoning as to why this
source is important to the topic you are investigating.
Week 6–Final Paper. Submit an 8 to 10 page paper that includes a separate
title and reference page. This paper should be well organized and follow the
outline submitted for Week 2 unless otherwise approved by your instructor. It
should also include the list of references, but not the annotations, submitted
during Week 5. The Final Paper should adhere to all APA guidelines.
Week 1–title page, topic description, and three references
This should include a properly formatted title page, a one-page topic
Week 2–annotated outline
This requires a properly formatted outline, a comprehensive outline
Week 5–annotated bibliography
A properly formatted bibliography, a one-page summary of the
Week 6–Final Paper
You will need to include a title and/or reference page, an
A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
Breakdown of Different Components
- Week 1–title page, topic
description, and three references
- properly formatted title
- one-page topic
- reference to three outside
- Total: 40 Points
- Week 2–annotated outline
- a properly formatted outline–20
- a comprehensive outline
that addresses key points–40 points
- a brief summary of key
points for all main topics addressed in the outline–20 points
- Total: 80 Points
- Week 5–annotated
- a properly formatted
- a one-page summary of the
- substantive reasons for
selecting the publication–20 points
- Total: 80 Points
- Week 6–Final Paper
- title and/or reference
- introduction or
- text or body of the
- APA guidelines–40 points
- Total: 120 Points
- Identify Course Project
- Locate three sources of
- Develop a complete outline
to include topics and subtopics.
- Complete your literature
- Develop a complete draft of
your paper by Week 4.
- Submit your Final Paper on
or before the due date.
The following are best practices in preparing this paper.
- Cover Page: Include whom you
prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date.
- Table of Contents: List the main ideas
and sections of the paper and the pages where they are located.
Illustrations should be included separately.
- Introduction:Use a header on your paper.
This will indicate that you are introducing the paper.
The purpose of an introduction or opening is to
- introduce the subject and
explain why the subject is important;
- preview the main ideas and
the order in which they will be covered; and
- establish the tone of the
Include in the introduction a reason
for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you will
cover and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the
questions you are asked to answer in each assignment.)
- Body of the Report: Use a header with the
name of the project. An example is, “The Development of Hotel X: A
World Class Resort.” Proceed to break out the main ideas: State the
main ideas, state the major points of each idea, and provide evidence.
Show some type of division, such as separate, labeled sections; separate
groups of paragraphs; or headers. Include the information you found during
your research and investigation.
- Summary and Conclusion: Summarizing is similar
to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the material in fewer words than
the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and the major
support points from the body of the report; minor details are left out.
Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how they affect the subject.
- Work Cited: Use the citation
format specified in the Syllabus.
Additional hints on preparing the best possible project follow.
- Apply a three-step process
to writing: plan, write, and complete.
- Prepare an outline of the
research paper before going forward.
- Complete a first draft and
then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.
- Use visual communication to
further clarify and support the written part of the report. Examples
include graphs, diagrams, photographs, flowcharts, maps, drawings,
animation, video clips, pictograms, tables, and Gantt charts.
- Begin the topic selection
process and your literature search on Day 1.
- Contact your instructor if
you have any questions as to the appropriateness of your topic.
- Follow APA guidelines
- If you are not familiar with
APA guidelines, several publications are available for purchase and
information is also available online, as well as in the Syllabus.
- Turn in your written
assignments before the deadline.