Police Science

Police Science Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Year: 2016–2017

Semester 1

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits—Composition I 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

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts -OR-

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in MAT063 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology -OR-

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC115 Social Problems -OR-

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC205 Diversity in America

3 credits—Introduction to the sociological study of group relations in the United States. Basic concepts such as culture, groups, inequality, prejudice and discrimination will be explored. Focus will be on class, race, and gender, however other statuses (such as sexual orientation, religion, age, and abilities) will also be discussed. Students will gain a better understanding of the relationship between individuals and society, as well as the experiences of minority groups.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

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

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 2

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

CRJ252 Basic Firearms

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

Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $743.50

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $422.00

Semester 3

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.

Enrollment limited to Police Science students.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): Must be in program major. A minimum grade of C in CRJ100, CRJ237, CRJ320, and CRJ285.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

CRJ254 Advanced Firearms

1 credits—This course expands skills developed in Basic Firearms, and includes skill and proficiency development with shotgun and patrol rifle.

Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 or CRJ252.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $743.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100 and CRJ237.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 4

CRJ141 Criminal Investigation

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

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in ENG105 and CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ100.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ151, CRJ254, and EMS114.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

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.

Co-op Hours: 128

Prerequisite(s): Must be in program major. A minimum grade of C in CRJ100, CRJ135, CRJ143, CRJ234, CRJ237, CRJ244, CRJ282, EMS114, and CRJ151.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

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Administrative Secretary

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Health Education and Services Center 222
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Program Contacts

Program Advisors

Patrick Fisher
Health Education and Services Center 222A
319-296-2329 ext.1330
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Jane Wagner
Health Education and Services Center 222B
319-296-2329 ext.1400
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Grundy Hall 135
319-296-4457
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