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Criminal Justice Corrections Specialist Curriculum

Effective June 1, 2012

 

Catalog Number Course Title Credits
Summer Semester    
10-504-104 Criminal Justice Program Orientation 1
  Total 1
Fall Semester
10-504-900 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
10-504-902 Criminal Law 3
10-504-904 Juvenile Law 3
10-504-920 Corrections Security Procedures 3
10-801-195 Written Communications 3
(OR) 20-801-219 English Composition 1 3
  Total 15
Spring Semester
10-504-901 Constitutional Law 3
10-504-145 Rules of Evidence 3
10-504-903 Professional Communications 3
10-504-905 Report Writing 3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communications 3
(OR) 20-801-201 Fundamental of Speech 3
  Total 15


Students must have a grade of "C" or better in any course to progress in courses which require that course as a prerequisite and a grade of "C" or better in all core courses to graduate. A cumulative G.P.A. of a minimum of 2.0 is required for graduation.

 

 

  Course Descriptions

10-504-104-00 Criminal Justice Program Orientation
Covers the following topics: program overview, related careers, college services and support services available, library resources, introduction to academic research techniques, and introduction to Blackboard. The course will help students increase critical and creative thinking skills and better prepare them for program and overall college success. Lecture. 1 credit.

10-504-145-00 Rules of Evidence
Describes the different types and degrees of evidence and stresses the importance of how evidence is developed. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-900-00 Intro to Criminal Justice
Offers a broad overview of the criminal justice system with emphasis on law enforcement and related agencies. The American criminal justice system and its components are thoroughly examined. Particular emphasis is placed on the professional development as well as scientific achievements and technological developments of law enforcement. Criminal Justice students only. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-901-00 Constitutional Law
Involves a detailed study of the legal aspects of arrest, search and seizure law. Emphasis is placed on the procedure of law and the accompanied process. Constitutional principles for procedure and constitutional safeguards outlined in the Bill of Rights as well as the balance of individual rights and freedoms against the rights of the state are explored in depth. Prerequisite: 10-504-101. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-902-00 Criminal Law
Deals specifically with substantive criminal law which includes an understanding of acts or omissions, the mental state, and other essential elements, all of which combine to constitute a crime. Prerequisite: 10-504-101. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-903-00 Professional Communications
In order to ethically discharge their duties criminal justice professionals must community on a daily basis with a wide variety of people. This course is designed to prepare the law enforcement officer to communicate with the public in a professional manner, often time under extraordinary circumstances and conditions. Whether in patrol, corrections, dispatch, or the private sector, communications is a major part of the job. Because it is such a major part of the job, it is imperative to set communication skills in the context of the criminal justice professional. Prerequisite: 10-504-101. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-904-00 Juvenile Law
Studies the juvenile justice system and how "juveniles" are legally defined. Parallels between juvenile and adult systems are also presented because certain types of offenders may be processed by either system. Criminal Justice students only. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-905-00 Report Writing
Students will explain the context of report writing, take effective field notes, organize information in reports, write narratives, describe what information should be included in certain types of reports, prepare for court, describe how to be an effective witness, and testify as a witness in court. Prerequisites: 10-504-900 and 10-801-195. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-920-00 Corrections Security Procedures
Learners will demonstrate the steps involved in receiving and releasing inmates, maintaining security, and practicing the basic principles of supervision and behavior control. Topics include: admission, release, and search procedures; use of jail locking and surveillance equipment; principles of supervision; and inmate health management procedures. All procedures are consistent with the DOJ Jail Certifiability Standards. Covers DOJ topics introduction to POSC, admit and release inmates, inmate supervision and behavior control, supervision of special inmates/crisis intervention, maintenance of jail security, supervision of juveniles, and personal stress management. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-801-195-00 Written Communication
Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-801-196-00 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects. Lecture. 3 credits.