Police Science

Police Science Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits – This course examines the day-to-day operation of criminal justice in our society. Emphasis is on the inter-relationships of the components of law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system.

Lecture Hours: 48

CRJ135 Criminal Evidence

3 credits – Rules of evidence are essential to criminal justice system operations. This course will examine historical developments concerning evidence, types of evidence, witnesses, and the procedures used to regulate evidence.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Other Requirements: Enrollment limited to Police Science students.

CRJ141 Criminal Investigation

3 credits – This course examines the techniques and procedures used to investigate crimes.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRJ143 Police Operations

3 credits – This course examines the operational aspects of policing to include patrol theories and methods, crime response, operational skills, and factors that influence police operations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRJ151 Defensive Tactics

2 credits – This course provides instruction on self defense and control techniques necessary for law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness, officer safety, criminal and civil liability.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRJ237 Criminal and Constitutional Law, CRJ320 Criminal Justice Ethics, and CRJ285 Physical Conditioning for Public Services.

Other Requirements: Enrollment limited to Police Science students.

Course Fee: $0.00

CRJ200 Criminology

3 credits – This course explores theories of factors that influence criminal behavior, and analyzes criminal behavior in relationship to other social problems.

Lecture Hours: 48

CRJ234 Traffic Law

2 credits – This course provides in depth examination of the State of Iowa traffic laws, and how traffic code enforcement enhances public safety.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRJ237 Criminal and Constitutional Law

3 credits – This course will review the historical development of constitutional law, the philosophy of law, and the current impact on law enforcement officials. The judicial process will be examined to better understand the societal and political influences that impact current day constitutional decisions. A review of the current constitutional protections afforded to an individual. The course will also provide an examination of the elements of common offenses and the procedural safeguards in the criminal process.

Lecture Hours: 48

CRJ244 Advanced Accident Investigation

3 credits – This course covers the fundamentals of traffic investigation to include officer response, scene management, measurements, and report preparation.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Course Fee: $0.00

CRJ252 Basic Firearms

1 credit – This course covers the fundamentals of using a firearm with emphasis on safety, care, and proficient use of firearms to law enforcement standards.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Other Requirements: Enrollment limited to Police Science students.

Course Fee: $555.00

CRJ254 Advanced Firearms

1 credit – This course is an extension of Basic Firearms. Emphasis is placed on improving skills in the use of firearms and providing instruction and practice involving stress situations.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Other Requirements: Enrollment limited to Police Science students.

Course Fee: $552.00

CRJ266 Report Writing and Testifying

3 credits – Report writing and courtroom testimony skills are essential to detail officer activity and enable effective case prosecution. Report writing chronologically details officer investigative activity, and documents elements of a crime. Effective courtroom testimony is vital to the prosecution and resolution of civil and criminal cases.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in ENG105 Composition I and CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRJ282 Crime Scene Investigation

3 credits – This course involves the study of techniques and procedures used to investigate various crimes and crime scenes. The student will gain fundamental skills in photography, evidence preservation, collection, and processing; and scene measurement and documentation.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRJ285 Physical Conditioning for Public Services

2 credits – This course prepares public safety personnel for the physical demands of public safety entrance testing and work demands.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

CRJ315 Crisis Intervention

3 credits – This course uses a criminal justice perspective to examine the methods and techniques of crisis intervention, causative factors, typologies of those involved, and psycho-social factors of crisis situations. A certificate in Mental Health First Aid is included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice and CRJ237 Criminal and Constitutional Law.

CRJ316 Juvenile Justice

3 credits – This course examines the juvenile justice system from a practitioner perspective. It provides operational knowledge of how law enforcement, the courts, and correctional facilities navigate the juvenile offender.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

CRJ320 Criminal Justice Ethics

3 credits – An examination of ethical issues in the criminal justice system with an emphasis on reasoning and decision making for professional competence.

Lecture Hours: 48

CRJ322 Tactical Police Operations

2 credits – This course challenges student skills and decision making within scenario based learning activities.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ151 Defensive Tactics, CRJ254 Advanced Firearms, and EMS114 Emergency Medical Responder.

CRJ952 Internship

2 credits – This course requires 128 hours of supervised placement with a law enforcement agency. Course eligibility requires criminal background check. Placement dependent on agency assessment of student fitness to meet hiring requirements. Instructor consent required.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 128

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRJ135 Criminal Evidence, CRJ143 Police Operations, CRJ234 Traffic Law, CRJ237 Criminal and Constitutional Law, CRJ244 Advanced Accident Investigation, CRJ282 Crime Scene Investigation, EMS114 Emergency Medical Responder, and CRJ151 Defensive Tactics.

Other Requirements: Enrollment limited to Police Science students.

Course Fee: $78.00

EMS114 Emergency Medical Responder

2 credits – This course provides the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify and treat life-threatening emergencies, wounds and fractures, medical and environmental emergencies and patient access and handling. This course utilizes a combination of classroom lecture and skills practice.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $78.00

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT772 Applied Math

3 credits – This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC115 Social Problems

3 credits – This course introduces students to the sociological perspective and related critical thinking skills as a way of examining the cause and effect nature of contemporary social problems. Within this examination, emphasized are (a) the interdependence of social problems, (b) how social inequality is an inherent characteristic of all social problems, and (c) the relationship between definitions of social problems and social policies.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC205 Diversity in America

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the sociological study of majority-minority group relations. Focus will be on the basic concepts such as groups, intergroup relations, power, prejudice, and discrimination, as well as social understanding, tolerance, and acceptance. A wide assortment of minority groups, including women, racial, ethnic, the physically and mentally disabled, homosexuals, religious groups, the elderly and the young, and those singled out for their lower socio-economic status will be considered.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

 

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