PSS Course Descriptions

CCJ 3024 The Criminal Justice System (3)

This course provides an advanced overview of principles and practical applications of criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminological theory within the complex system of criminal justice. Special emphasis is placed on how the components of the criminal justice system are synthesized into a functioning process of public safety and security that adapts to control crime as it changes and how criminal elements adapt to elude the criminal justice system.

CCJ 3032 Crime in Media (3)

This course provides students with an understanding of the impact of the media on crime, criminals, the criminal justice system, and the general public. The focus of this course will be on the historical impact of media and its influences on the outcomes of both routine and sensational cases within the American criminal justice system and how media reporting affects the policy making processes and the social definitions of crime.

CCJ 3071 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice (3)

This course introduces the student to the impact of computer based technology on the practice of public safety and security. Students will conduct the principal information technology functions performed by public safety and security practitioners and evaluate the resulting benefits and technological problems.

CCJ 3484 Ethics in Policing and Intelligence (3)

This course explores ethics for both the criminal justice system and intelligence professionals. It compares and contrasts the differing roles ethics plays in policing and intelligence communities. The course probes significant past and current events to illuminate issues relevant to ethics in intelligence and policing.

CCJ 3612 Behavioral Science in Criminal Justice (3)

This course provides an understanding normal human behavior and development in social and psychological contexts. Students compare patterns of criminal and delinquent behaviors to normal behavior in light of contemporary theories and classification concepts.

CCJ 3651 Drugs and Crime (3)

This course focuses on the problems of drugs and drug control in contemporary society from the perspectives of: individual and group behavior, drug production and distribution as a socio-economic system, the impact of drug usage on the production of crime and of drug cartels on the criminal justice system itself. Students will also examine the specific strategies used by criminal justice agencies to prevent and control illicit drug use as well as licit drug abuse and the reasons for successes and failures.

CCJ 3661 Terrorism & Violence (3)

This course analyzes the interaction of terrorism and violence as they relate to public safety and security. Students will examine various aspects of domestic and international terrorist organizations from behavioral and organizational perspectives to: explain their existence, generate strategies to combat them, and protect the public from their assaults.

CCJ 3678 Policing Diversity: Race, Gender, Religion and Crime (3)

This course provides students a theoretical and practical foundation for addressing issues of diversity as public safety and security practitioners. Focus will be on an analysis of current local, regional and national demographics regarding the impact of race, ethnicity, gender and religion in criminal justice as both producers and victims of crime. Students will explore and participate in some of the various strategies-such as policies, laws and procedures-municipalities have implemented to better serve diverse populations.

CCJ 4072 Crime Mapping & Analysis (3)

This course introduces the use of geographic information systems as crime mapping techniques to analyze crime magnitude, distribution, trends, and anomalies. Emphasis will be on formulating crime analysis problems requiring spatiotemporal data, collecting and processing the data, and expressing the results in visual and verbal reports.

CCJ 4710 Applied Probability for Research & Investigation (3)

This course focuses on how probability underlies the decisions of research and investigations and how to evaluate the expression of probabilistic information being used to support such decisions. Techniques for combining multiple forms of evidence to achieve proof will be examined.

CCJ 4744 Evidential Reasoning for Research & Investigation (3)

This course introduces the formal and informal approaches for making decisions based on information that is uncertain and from diverse sources. Techniques will be examined for collecting and using both qualitative and quantitative data to draw inferences about public safety and security programs and investigations.

CJC 3311 Corrections: Practices and Perspectives (3)

This course will examine the variety of correctional approaches, philosophies and organizational systems with respect to their contribution to public safety and security and on the impact of political and economic trends on the functions of the corrections system. Particular emphasis will be placed on describing the various roles of correctional personnel and of non-correctional public safety and security personnel and on identifying the organizational processes that either enhance or impede the communication and interactions between the two groups.

CJE 3612 Interview and Interrogation (3)

This course provides both a theoretical and practical introduction to collecting reliable information via interviewing and interrogation for use in criminal justice and corporate investigations. Students will examine and evaluate the key concepts of: differential techniques of interviewing and interrogation, explanations of behavioral symptom analysis, principles of kinesics, aspects of verbalizations, explanation of legal constraints on confessions, the production of evidence indicating deception and malingering, and management aspects of the interview.

CJE 3732 Criminal Intelligence (3)

This course focuses on the production of intelligence from the analysis of multiple and diverse sources of information and on its use by formal and informal intelligence agencies. Emphasis is placed on the role of local public safety and security personnel and organizations as both producers and consumers of intelligence and on their relationship to the formal intelligence agencies.

ISC 3062 Introduction to Underwater Investigation (3)

This course presents the history, principles of basic oceanography, physics and physiology as they relate to exposure to compressed gas environments and how to deduce safe parameters from those principles. This course provides the theoretical foundation for individuals preparing to be scientific investigators underwater.

ISC 3062L Introduction to Underwater Investigation Laboratory (1)

This laboratory course presents the principles and practice of compressed-gas as a life-support system for underwater hyperbaric exposure. This course is designed to develop proficiency in the basic skills required to perform safe underwater investigations including recording observations and conducting underwater environmental surveys.

CJE 4410 Community Policing (3)

This course provides an overview of the history of community policing, its philosophy, and an analysis of contemporary issues in the policing of communities. Students will use exemplar community policing programs as case studies to examine the dynamics of citizen-police interaction, and use the problem solving process to develop crime prevention strategies and measure their effectiveness.

CJE 4611 Criminal Investigation: Theory and Practice (3)

This course introduces the student to the developmental history of criminal investigations and the theoretical premises of inductive, abductive, and deductive reasoning as the foundation of the investigative process. The student will explore and demonstrate the concepts of the investigative process, the examination of the crime scene, the types and uses of evidence, the proper documentation of the investigative process, and the necessity of due process.

CJE 4615 Conduct of Investigation (3)

This course builds on the Theory and Practice of Criminal Investigations course to provide students the practice of applying investigative procedures within legal constraints; the use of specialized documentation and analyses required in injury and death investigations, crimes against persons, and property crimes investigations; and, the combination of evidence from crime scenes, medical-legal examinations, records, and interviews to produce legal proof and articulate its reliability.

CJE 4710 Integrated Capstone Project (3-15)

This course requires the student to integrate and apply the knowledge acquired from the overall curriculum in a public safety or security internship. The Capstone Internship Program is an excellent way to investigate career possibilities and start building a resume.

CJE 4734 Intelligence Collection Strategies (3)

This course covers the production of intelligence derived from information collected from publicly available sources. Emphasis will be on using the internet to conduct relevant data collection and analysis.

CJE 3762 Forensic Science in Investigation (3)

This course combines various theories of the conduct of crime with knowledge of how physical evidence is produced during the commission of a crime to produce information that enables the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity. The course emphasizes decision-making in forensic science examinations and evaluation of their reliability.

CJE 3762L Forensic Science in Investigation Laboratory (1)

This laboratory applies various techniques for the examination of physical materials generated during the commission of a crime in order to produce information required to detect and investigate criminal activity. This laboratory emphasizes the implementation of protocols and the calculation of error rates.

ISC 3063 Scientific Underwater Investigation (3)

This course builds upon the Introduction to Underwater Investigation course by providing the technology to collect data in an underwater environment according to the scientific method. The course delineates the similarities and differences of investigative techniques used in forensic science and other science disciplines that function underwater.

ISC 3063L Scientific Underwater Investigation Laboratory (1)

This laboratory builds upon the Introduction to Underwater Investigation Laboratory course by providing the tools and techniques to collect data in an underwater environment for prolonged periods of time. The underwater data collection techniques use traditional underwater technology adapted from forensic science and various other scientific disciplines.

CJE 4764 Underwater Crime Scene Methodology (3)

This course synthesizes the various theories for the conduct of crime with the knowledge of how physical evidence is produced during the commission of a crime on, or under, the water, in order to produce information that enables the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.

CJE 4764L Underwater Crime Scene Methodology Laboratory (1)

This laboratory applies various techniques for the examination of physical materials generated during the commission of a crime on, or under, the water, in order to produce information that enables the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.

CJE 4765 Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (3)

This course combines the various analytical underwater examinations into a holistic investigation process designed to locate and detect persons and physical evidence involved in, or victims of, crimes in, or on, the water. Emphasis is placed on the theory of the technology and the scientific decision-making required for its optimum application.

CJE 4765L Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory (1)

This laboratory course applies methodology based on advanced technology to enhance the location and detection of physical evidence used, or intended for use, in the commission of underwater crimes. Emphasis is placed on the use of the Incident Command System and the UCSI Process for management of a crime scene investigation.

CJE 4733 The Intelligence Process (3)

This course provides the student with experience using the Intelligence Cycle to produce intelligence for the various types and levels of public safety and security agencies. Emphasis will be on formulating an intelligence problem, collecting and analyzing the appropriate data, and expressing the results in decision-ready formats.

CJJ 3013 Youth Culture and Crime (3)

This course examines the similarities and differences between the adult and juvenile justice systems from multiple perspectives to include: the nature of the offenders and their crimes, the response strategies of the systems, and the formal and informal roles of the public safety and security practitioner within each system.

CJL 3133 Evidence and Criminal Procedure (3)

This course familiarizes students with the fundamentals of criminal evidence as it pertains to the legal presentations of evidence in a criminal trial, and with the role of legal counsel. Constitutional issues are examined that involve a variety of evidence from hearsay to physical evidence. Trial procedures such as expert witness testimony, police testimony and testimonial privileges are analyzed.

DSC 3013 Homeland Security and Criminal Justice (3)

This is an introductory course covering the relationship of homeland security and criminal justice agencies as it impacts public safety and security. Students will be introduced to salient issues regarding the interconnection of the homeland security mission and the roles of criminal justice agencies at the local, state, and federal levels in dealing both with terrorist threats and with natural and man-made disasters.

CJE 4655 Crime & Accident Scene Imaging & Reconstruction (1)

This course will introduce different techniques and technologies used to document, measure and map crime scenes. The student will become familiar with the collection of scientific data and the performance of measurements.

CJE 4655L Crime & Accident Scene Imaging & Reconstruction Lab (2)

This course applies the techniques of crime scene reconstruction including visual techniques like photography and videography and more advanced systems like 3D imaging. Students will be able to create images that depict an accurate reproduction of a crime scene that is fit for court.

CJE 4135 Impression and Pattern Evidence (2)

Many types of physical evidence leave impressions or patterns that can be used to connect a unknown to a crime scene. Students are introduced to the concepts of identification and individualization employed in forensic science. Students will learn how to use class characteristics, wear characteristics, and individualizing characteristics in the identification and individualization process.

CJE 4135L Impression and Pattern Evidence Lab (2)

The types of objects and materials that are taught to be detected, recovered and analyzed in this lab include but are not limited to fingerprints, bite marks, tool marks, shoe impression, ballistics, questioned documents and others.

CJE 4241 Trace & Biometric Evidence (1)

Evidence like hair, fiber, DNA , fabric, paint, soil and more are found in smaller amounts and require specialized recovery and analysis. This course teaches the properties of trace evidence that are most useful in forensic comparison. It also covers biometric identification through biological characteristics that can be used for recognition.

CJE 4241L Trace and Biometric Evidence Lab (2)

This hands on lab will teach microscopy as it relates to trace evidence and the different types of trace evidence and the techniques used to recover, store and analyze the evidence using various techniques like microanalysis, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. It also looks at the quickly evolving area of biometrics and how computer software is used to make identifications in areas like fingerprints and facial recognition.

CJE 3648 Crime Scene Professionalism (3)

A high degree of professionalism is expected from those who work in crime scene investigation. This course emphasizes the qualities that mark a true professional in the field. It covers crime scene safety, chain of custody, ethics, impartiality, the manipulation and mishandling or misinterpreting of evidence. There is a focus on contamination, report writing and courtroom reputation and presentation.

CJE 4638 Forensic Death Investigation (2)

Focuses on the investigation used to determine the cause, manner and mechanism of deaths under criminal, unusual or unexpected circumstances and presents an overview of medico legal investigative systems.

CJE 4638L Forensic Death Investigation Lab (2)

Students will explore many disciplines like pathology, osteology, forensic anthropology, and entomology. Hands on exercises will cover the latest methods and procedures for body recovery, buried bodies, using bone to determine trauma and physical characteristics like age, height and gender.

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