4: - Week 3 - Assignment
Outline of Final Paper
Review the Final Paper instructions in Week Five. Then, visit the Ashford Writing Center within the Learning Resources
tab on the left navigation toolbar. Review the “Sample: Outline.” Format your outline
for the Final Paper according to the “Sample: Outline.” (NOTE: In the “Sample: Outline,” it states that the thesis
statement is the last one to three sentences of the introduction.
However, the thesis statement must be one sentence in length and
the last sentence of the introduction.)
The outline must contain:
- Introduction with thesis statement
- At least five body paragraphs
- Reference page containing three scholarly resources, two of which can be found in the
Ashford Online Library
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that
will be used to evaluate your assignment.
Assume that you are a member of a team that is
conducting an investigation. Select one type of investigation from the list below.
- Sexual assault
- Theft and/or burglary
- Drug offense
- Organized crime
- White-collar crime
- Computer crime
the following questions in relations to your selection:
- Describe in detail the type of investigation you are
conducting and for what type of crime. (Describe a crime scene – This can
be completely of your own making, taken from a documented crime, a
television show, or a book you have read on a specific crime. Get
- Prepare a detailed plan that outlines the investigative
and management steps your investigation will go through, from the
beginning (when the crime was reported or discovered) to the end (when the
perpetrator will be convicted).
- Discuss the steps that are involved, who is involved,
and what role they play. Be sure to identify the role of the primary
officer at the crime scene investigation, police management, further
investigating officers or agencies, and the prosecution.
- Analyze the unique attributes this particular crime has
and how you will deal with these issues in the investigation. (For
example, is the crime scene underwater? How do you investigate? Did the
robbery involve a weapon? How do you investigate?)
- Discuss the specific laws you must adhere to in order
to create a flawless report for the prosecutor.
- Identify the specific issues you must deal with in the
investigation of this particular crime (e.g., media exposure, community
acceptance, other agencies involvement and cooperation, chain of evidence,
Final Paper must be eight to ten pages in length. Use at least four scholarly
resources, at least two of which can be found in the Ashford University
Library, to support your claims and subclaims. The Final Paper must be
formatted according to APA style, and all resources must be properly cited in
text as well as on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples
and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources
tab on the left navigation toolbar.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
- Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length,
(excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style
as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a
succinct thesis statement.
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical
- Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
- Must use at least four scholarly resources, including a
minimum of two from the Ashford University Library.
- Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate reference page, formatted
according to 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.