CJ 202 Criminal Justice Statistics

CJ 202 IS Sec 1, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dr. Wes Jennings

Instructor name:
Dr. Wes Jennings
Chair & Professor

Wesley G. Jennings, PhD, is Chair and Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).  He has a PhD in Criminology from the University of Florida, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina.  His major research interests are quantitative methods and longitudinal data analysis.  He has been teaching for over 10 years at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level.  He enjoys teaching his students and broadening their perspectives on complex (and sometimes controversial) topics, but also values learning from his students.

Contact Information:

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Course Description

This independent study course is intended to examine descriptive, inferential, and multivariate statistics employed in criminal justice research about the nature of crimes, criminals, and the criminal justice system. The course includes 13 instructional lessons with required readings, quizzes, and/or assignments, four proctored course exams, and a proctored, comprehensive final exam.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the skills and skepticism to detect inappropriate uses of criminal justice statistical data.
  2. Differentiate the various types of statistical analysis procedures in the criminal justice field.
  3. Understand which statistical procedure is appropriate to utilize in a given situation in the criminal justice field.

Course Outline:

This course consists of thirteen instructional lessons and five examinations.

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page

The grading scale is as follows:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.