Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
CRJ100Intro to Criminal Justice3An in-depth examination of the three components of the criminal justice system and the roles they play in society.Loading...
CRJ107Survey Crim Justice Agencies3Study of the criminal justice system through an examination of actual agencies, focusing on theoretical vs. real roles and functions of the agencies. Includes on-site visits. Prerequisite: CRJ 100 or instructor permissionLoading...
CRJ109Theories of Interviewing3The course focuses on the successful use of both interviews and interrogations for criminal justice professionals. The student will learn a "Reid"-based system which will assist the student, not only in the criminal justice field, but any other profession requiring human interaction.Loading...
CRJ111Police and Society3An examination of the role of the police in American society, and a discussion of prominent issues. The course will examine the various eras of policing agencies. The structure and style of various policing agencies will also be covered. Agency application of internal and ethical issues including use of force will be examined. Strategies and policies to improve policing work environment will also be discussed.Loading...
CRJ120Introduction to Corrections3A survey course reviewing the history, development, and function of the correctional system and programs. Introduces the history, philosophies, goals, and processes of the correctional system with an emphasis on the U.S. correctional system. Students learn about the purposes and goals, the methods to achieve the goals of the corrections system, and examine the system components from the legal, ethical, and functional perspectives.Loading...
CRJ128Victimology3This course is an overview of the study of victims. The course covers the history of victimology, the plight of crime victims, society's changing view of victims, along with the role of law enforcement, the courts and corrections in dealing with victims. Victim groups with special needs, such as police officers/correctional officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty, are also examined.Loading...
CRJ137Juvenile Law3The social and legal aspects of juvenile delinquency, plus theories on procedures, legislation, juvenile court and prevention programs.Loading...
CRJ141Criminal Investigation3Rudiments of criminal investigation: techniques, principles, problems, sources of information and evidentiary processes.Loading...
CRJ167Operating Sys. for Forensics3This course provides a comparative study of popular PC-class operating systems. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the interface, file management, resource allocation and common administration procedures of various popular operating systems. Additionally, the course describes data organization and file properties that contribute to forensic investigation. Many discussion topics are reinforced with hands-on exercises and assignments. Prerequisite: Instructor approvalLoading...
CRJ176Computer Forensics I3This course serves as a technical introduction to the search, seizure and processing of electronic evidence. Topics covered in the course include a strong emphasis on investigative documentation, recognition of potential evidence sources, sterile evidence acquisition and analysis, and data recovery methodologies. State-of-the-art hardware and software will be used in hands-on labs and case studies. Prerequisite: Instructor approvalLoading...
CRJ178E-Crime Investigative Methods3This course identifies electronic crime, instructs the student on current laws, and teaches the investigative methods used in law enforcement today to gather evidence to prosecute and testify regarding these criminal acts.Loading...
CRJ179White Collar Crime1This course provides basic understanding of white-collar crime and some of its ramifications. Special attention will be paid to the study of white collar crimes pertaining to corporate crime, occupational crime, governmental and political crime, enterprise/organized crime, prevention/control mechanisms and societal responses to these crimes.Loading...
CRJ195Crime Scene Investigation4An in-depth study into the nature of physical evidence including descriptions of forensic analysis, techniques for proper collection and preservation of evidence and interpreting the significance of scientifically evaluated evidence. Corequisite: CRJ 141Loading...
CRJ196Crime Scene Investigation 12The study of the nature of crime scenes and physical evidence including descriptions of forensic analysis, techniques for proper collection and preservation of evidence, and interpreting the significance of scientifically evaluated evidence. Specifically, the use of such techniques as they relate to homicide and death investigations, police personnel response to crime scenes, the gathering of information from witnesses, victims, and suspects, and the preparation of cases for presentation in court.Loading...
CRJ197Crime Scene Investigation 22A continuation of Crime Scene Investigation 1, the in-depth study of the nature of physical evidence including descriptions of forensic analysis, techniques for proper collection and preservation of evidence, and interpreting the significance of scientifically evaluated evidence.Loading...
CRJ220Community-Based Corrections3An in-depth examination of the components of community based corrections; the study of the principles and practices of evidence-based approaches used in today?s community corrections field; and an exploration of the use of research-proven treatment strategies by parole, probation, and community corrections practitioners in helping offenders change their behavior and live a more prosocial and law-abiding life.Loading...
CRJ222Correctional Treatment Methods3Institutional options for preventing recidivism. Introduction to therapeutic techniques. Comparison of punishment, Freudian treatments and behavior modification systems. Student presentation required.Loading...
CRJ237Criminal and Constitutional Law3The 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 and 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. Prerequisite: CRJ 100 or PRL 103 or ITR 101Loading...
CRJ238Corrections Constitutional Law3This course covers law in the field of corrections: procedural and substantive rights of both inmates and the state, "good time" detainers and how the constitutional amendments, Supreme Court rulings and case law apply to institutional, correctional and community-based settings. Prerequisite: CRJ 100Loading...
CRJ239Special-Need Offenders3This course will focus on special needs topics of those under correctional supervision including mental health, female health/pregnancy, physical disabilities, terminal illness, aging/elderly offenders, veterans, protective custody, immigrants, and LGBT offenders. Prerequisite: CRJ 100.Loading...
CRJ245Scientific Investigation3An in-depth study into forensic science examinations and analysis techniques with a focus on the crime laboratory.Loading...
CRJ264Effective Courtroom Testimony1An examination of the proper methods for preparing and delivering effective testimony as a criminal justice professional in a court of law. Corequisite: CRJ 100 or Prerequisite: Instructor Approval.Loading...
CRJ269E-Discovery III - Data Process1This course focuses on the aspects of post-acquisition data processing as part of e-discovery implementations. Additional consideration is given to review and reporting, as well as testimony expectations surrounding the e-discovery process. Prerequisite: CRJ 268 or CRJ 176Loading...
CRJ276Computer Forensics II3This course is a continuation of study relating to computer forensics and data recovery topics. Topics discussed in this course include the investigation and analysis of password-protected and encrypted data, slack space, swap files and portable data storage/communication devices including PDAs and mobile phones. Software and hardware tools are widely used through various case studies and exercises to reinforce discussion topics. Prerequisite: CRJ 176Loading...
CRJ277Adv Digital Forensic Methods4This course provides a forum for discussion and experimentation with contemporary topics relating to digital/computer forensics. Topics include evidence analysis specific to networked environments and non-conventional data devices, low-level data recovery procedures, advanced cryptography and steganography, and "live" analysis and recovery of server-oriented storage technologies. Software and hardware tools are widely used through various case studies and exercises to reinforce discussion topics. Prerequisite: CRJ 276 or instructor approvalLoading...
CRJ278Apple/Macintosh Forensics1This course provides a forensic investigation overview of contemporary Apple/Macintosh hardware and software. File system fundamentals and system artifacts that may be of evidentiary value are discussed. Additionally, investigation techniques of Apple mobile and embedded devices (running iOS) are discussed. Prerequisite: CRJ 167Loading...
CRJ292Police Phys Fitness and Cond1This course presents the specific requirements of the State of Iowa police physical fitness entry standards (Cooper Test) and academy physical training for the police officer. A fitness exam will be conducted and a personal exercise and nutrition program will be developed to meet each student's needs. Students will be evaluated at the beginning of the course to ensure they meet at least a 35% fitness level (as outlined in the State of Iowa Police Fitness Standards, Cooper Institute Standards). Each student's fitness levels will be monitored throughout the course and student adherence to exercise and nutrition prescription will be assessed. Students will be expected to improve at a minimum of 15% above the 35% level of fitness. Prerequisite: CRJ 100Loading...
CRJ293Crim Justice Report Writing1This course will help Criminal Justice students master the ability to translate actions and observations into complete, accurate and understandable written reports for law enforcement and/or corrections professionals. Emphasis will be on the purpose of reports in the criminal justice field, the uses of reports, basic report components and guidelines for good report writing. Prerequisite: CRJ 100 and ENG 105 or instructor permissionLoading...
CRJ296Latent Friction Ridge Evidence1This unit of study is intended to introduce the student to the basic preservation, development and collection of friction ridge evidence commonly found at crime scenes. Corequisite: CRJ 100 or Prerequisite: Instructor Approval.Loading...
CRJ297Death and Injury Investigations1This unit of study is intended to present a wide range of topics related to the investigation of death and injury to the human body, from the standpoint of the investigating police officer. The presentation is intended primarily for law enforcement officers and medico-legal death investigators, whose duty it is to inquire into such occurrences. The material is also suitable for college students with a minimal understanding of death and injury investigations. Prerequisite: CRJ 100Loading...
CRJ298Bloodstain Pattern Analysis1This course of study is intended to introduce the student to the basic recognition, preservation, development, and collection of bloodstain evidence commonly found at crime scenes. Corequisite: CRJ 100 or Prerequisite: Instructor Approval.Loading...
CRJ301Intro to Homeland Security3The course is an examination of the role government and, more specifically, first responders play in the current threat to our nation from terrorism. The course will examine the role, authority and history of the government when faced with these threats. The structure, style and current practices will be covered along with an attempt to discover best practices and cost-effective solutions.Loading...
CRJ302Transportation and Border Sec3This course is an examination of the field of transportation and border security. The course will examine the role of both government and private enterprise in securing one of the most vulnerable and important industries worldwide. The course will discuss the threats to this industry with a view towards passenger, cargo and infrastructure protection. Strategies and policies to improve and protect the system will be discussed. Prerequisite: CRJ 301Loading...
CRJ303Intel Analysis and Sec Mgmt3This course is an examination of the field of intelligence analysis and its role in the security of the United States and its citizens. The course examines current trends in the intelligence world. Additionally, the course explores the role of operations, operators, source development and the ever-changing world of spy versus spy. Prerequisite: CRJ 301Loading...
CRJ305Intro to Cyber Terrorism3This course explores methods cyber terrorists use to plan, communicate, fund, and ultimately wage cyber attacks. Students will consider motivators of prospective actors as well as identify the associated risks to critical infrastructure and key resources through scenarios and case studies. Lastly, an overview of policy and procedural/technical measures will allow participants to consider possible means to protect and defend vulnerable public and private resources.Loading...
CRJ330Forensic Photography I1First in a series of forensic photography courses, this specific course emphasizes photography fundamentals and practical techniques critical for authoritative crime scene and evidence documentation.Loading...
CRJ333CSI and Forensic Photography2This course emphasizes photography fundamentals and practical techniques for crime scene and evidence documentation. Concentrating on technical aspects specific to creating images for investigative purposes, topics include alternate light sources as well as an exploration of special considerations for analysis, documentation, and presentation.Loading...
CRJ928Independent Study1 Loading...
CRJ932Internship3Involves 150 hours of active internship for students in an agency other than the one in which they may be employed. Synthesis paper required. (This course is Pass/Fail.) Prerequisite: Criminal History Background Check to determine eligibilityLoading...