In the Unit 3 Assignment, you will use the information provided about the program and classes, combined with your intended career and academic goals, to review and select the elective classes for your Customized Degree Plan. This will give you a preliminary academic map to work toward your degree goal throughout your study at Kaplan University.
This Assignment has two parts:
In Part I you will create your Customized Degree Plan in an Excel spreadsheet and select your electives. Part II asks you to explain the reasoning behind your choices in your degree plan.
Part I: Customized Degree Plan
As you may have noticed, your degree plan has both required courses and courses that you get to choose, called electives. To create your Customized Degree Plan, you will choose each of the elective classes that will fulfill the elective credit hour requirements in your degree plan. The point of this exercise is to get you actively involved in your class choices based on your career plans.
Think about the career plan you have made for yourself and decide whether you are more interested in pursuing a more general knowledge of the public safety field or perhaps a more specialized area. Cater your elective choices to fit your career needs. You may choose to follow the sample degree plans provided or create your own elective choices.
Download Sample Degree Plan
In Doc Sharing, there are sample degree plans provided for the Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) and the Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (MSHSEM). Go to Doc Sharing and click the “Sample Customized Degree Plan” category. You should see a list of documents similar to the following.
MSHSEM Degree Plan.xlsx
Student Template for MSHSEM Degree Plan.xlsx
MS Criminal Justice Degree Plan.xlsx
Student Template MSCJ Degree Plan.xlsx
Download and review the sample degree plan for your respective program and the associated student template for the degree plan. You will use the student template to create your customized degree plan.
After downloading and reviewing the sample degree plan for your program, you will choose each of the elective courses that will fulfill the elective credit hour requirements in your degree plan.
For help in choosing electives, go to the Kaplan University course catalog and read the descriptions for all the elective courses that seem of interest to you. These course descriptions should help you to further understand the skills and knowledge that will be featured in the courses available.
Note: You can access the catalog athttp://catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu/Program.aspx
After reading the course descriptions, make your elective choices and use the student template to complete your customized degree plan. Be sure you have met the appropriate amount of credits for your elective options. Remember your customized degree plan will serve as a guide for ongoing conversations with your advisor.
Part II: Explanation of Your Choices
To complete this portion of the Assignment, go to Doc Sharing, click the “Sample Customized Degree Plan” category and download the file CJ550 Unit3 Part II Assignment Template.doc. You will use this template to record your answers to the questions below about your Customized Degree Plan:
Why have you chosen the elective classes included in your degree plan?
What skills and knowledge do you expect to learn from these classes?
How will these individual skills and knowledge help you in your field?
How will these electives further your career goals in general?
Answer each question in paragraph form. Your responses should be double-spaced, using 12 pt. Arial font, and Standard American English. Your answers will be based on your thoughts and, therefore, will not require outside citations. However, if you do cite outside references, you will have to provide the source information. In addition, your Assignment should demonstrate careful proofreading.
Directions for Submitting Your Assignment
Your degree plan should be in an Excel spreadsheet and your explanation of choices should be in a Word document. Save your documents with a name you will remember. Be sure to include your name, class and section number.
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