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Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Curriculum

Effective June 1, 2012


Catalog Number Course Title Credits
1-Summer Semester    
10-504-104 Criminal Justice Orientation 1
  Total 1
1-Fall Semester
10-504-900 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
10-504-902 Criminal Law
10-504-904 Juvenile Law 3
10-504-920 Corrections Security Procedures
10-801-195 Written Communication 3
OR 20-801-219 English Composition I (3)
  Total 15
2-Spring Semester
10-504-901 Constitutional Law 3
10-504-145 Rules of Evidence
10-504-903 Professional Communications 3
10-504-905 Report Writing
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3
OR 20-801-201 Fundamentals of Speech (3) 
Elective    3
  Total 18
3-Fall Semester
10-504-109 Courts and Jurisdiction 3
10-504-133 Delinquency and Deviant Behavior
10-504-140 Computer Utilization for Criminal Justice 3
10-504-908 Traffic Theory 3
10-804-107 College Mathematics 3
10-809-197 Contemporary American Society
OR 20-809-271 Intro Sociology 3
  Total 18 
4-Spring Semester
10-504-906 Criminal Investigation Theory 3
10-504-129 Interviewing Techniques 3
10-504-907 Community Policing Strategies 3
10-809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory & Applications 3
OR 20-809-225 Ethics 3
10-809-199 Psychology Human Relations 3
OR 20-809-251 Introduction to Psychology (3)
10-809-195 Economics 3
OR 20-809-287 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  Total 18


Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Courses

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.

10-504-109-00 Courts and Jurisdiction
Deals with the adversary system of criminal justice, including the various steps which precede the actual trial. Principles of constitutional, federal, state, and civil laws are analyzed as they affect law enforcement. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-129-00 Interviewing Techniques
Describes the purposes and mechanics of conducting proper interviews and interrogations, as well as securing and recording confessions. Special emphasis is given to psychological and legal aspects of various interviewing techniques. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-133-00 Delinquency and Deviant Behavior
Discusses current trends in juvenile misconduct and the relationship between society and the criminal justice system. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-140-00 Computer Utilization for CriminalJustice
Introduces the learner to the use of computer and internet technologies available to the criminal justice practitioner. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer usage, internet research methods and resources, fundamental investigative techniques of cyber-crimes, and the specialized use of criminal justice software for crime scene reconstruction and suspect facial reconstruction. Lecture. 3 credits.

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.

10-504-906-00 Criminal Investigation Theory
Focuses on the investigative process. The intent of the course is to convey an understanding of the responsibilities of the first officer responding to crime scene. An overview of the investigative process includes crime scene processing, identification and processing of evidence. Lab includes hands-on fingerprinting and latent fingerprint processing as well as crime scene analysis/investigation. Prerequisites: 10-504-121, 10-504-125, and 10-504-145. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-907-00 Community Policing Strategies
Deals with the sociological aspects of police-community interactions. The dynamics of a diverse society are explored in order to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes that reflect understanding of the diversity within communities. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-504-908-00 Traffic Theory
Provides an introduction of patrol procedures for law enforcement with emphasis on enforcement of traffic laws , investigation of traffic-related offenses and traffic accidents , and procedures and practices of patrolling the community will be discussed. Students will participate in patrolling with a police vehicle. Course includes an on-scene accident investigation. Criminal Justice students only. 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.

10-804-107-00 College Mathematics
Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra, geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurement within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying the Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures, and summarizing and analyzing data. Recommended: pre-algebra or appropriate placement scores. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-809-166-00 Intro to Ethics Theory and Application
Provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-195-00 Economics
Introduces economic tools for use in business and personal life. Covers markets, economic growth, employment, productivity, computers, and the internet, international trade, the role of government, and business cycles. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-197-00 Contemporary Amer Society
Explores the American social and political institutions affecting the individual as a citizen, worker, and participant in various social groups. Topics studied will be flexible and responsive to contemporary issues. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-199-00 Psychology of Human Relations
Focuses on improving personal and job-related relationships through understanding and applying sound psychological principles. Topics include self-concept, motivation, emotions, stress management, conflict resolution, and human relation processes. Lecture. 3 credits.