School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice: Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Pittsburgh, PA Campus

Course Descriptions

CJ123P Criminal Law | 4 credit hours

This course introduces the student to criminal law, which involves the imposition of penalties for engaging in criminal conduct. The course also explores the distinction between criminal law, which typically is enforced by the government, and civil law, which may be enforced by private parties. Prerequisites: GE175P American Government or equivalent, GE217P Composition II or equivalent, An introductory level Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies course

CJ131P Introduction to Criminal Justice | 4 credit hours

This survey course introduces the student to the scope, principles and purposes of the American criminal justice system with emphasis on crime, law enforcement, courts and corrections.

CJ132P Criminal Justice Organization and Administration | 4 credit hours

This course examines the organization, administration and practice of police, courts and correctional organizations at the federal, state and municipal levels. Prerequisite: CJ131P Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ133P Criminology | 4 credit hours

This course offers an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to the study of crime. It includes an overview of criminological theories of causation, treatment and punishment. Prerequisite: CJ131P Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ151P Principals of Policing and Law Enforcement | 4 credit hours

This course is an introduction to policing and law enforcement in America including a historical and social review of policing and law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on contemporary strategies used in modern law enforcement organizations and administration to combat and prevent crime.

CJ152P Law Enforcement Reporting and Recording | 4 credit hours

This course introduces students to fundamental guidelines for reports common to the criminal justice community. The course also studies how computers and technology are used as tools in this process. Prerequisite: GE217P Composition II or equivalent

CJ211P Correctional Programs Probation and Parole | 4 credit hours

This introduction to the probation and parole system in the United States tracks the progress of an individual through each phase of the system. Prerequisite: CJ131P Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ241P Criminal Investigation | 4 credit hours

This course explores theoretical and practical aspects of criminal investigation and introduces the student to investigative processes, procedures and challenges. Prerequisite: CJ131P Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ242P Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation | 4 credit hours

This course explores the evolution and role of forensics in criminal justice and scientific crime scene investigation. Emphasis is placed on identification and detection methods and the collection and gathering of evidence. Prerequisites: CJ241P Criminal Investigation, TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145P Introduction to Computing or TB150P Computing and Productivity Software

CJ243P Introduction to the Criminalistics of Cybercrime | 4 credit hours

This course examines the scope of cybercrimes and the cybersecurity threat and legal considerations facing law enforcement and cybersecurity professionals in dealing with discovering, investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes. The role of intrusion detection in information security and different tools used to detect intrusion will also be discussed. Prerequisite: CJ242P Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation

CJ253P Policing Techniques Interviewing and Interrogation | 4 credit hours

This course explores police techniques and tactics used to combat and prevent crime. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and working skills involved in the art of interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects, and the relevant legal parameters that must be followed during field procedures. Prerequisite: CJ151P Principles of Policing and Law Enforcement

CJ261P Essentials of Security | 4 credit hours

This course offers an overview of security elements and types of security organizations with a focus on security measures used to protect lives, property and proprietary information through risk management and asset protection. Prerequisite: CJ131P Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ264P Transportation Security | 4 credit hours

This course examines current and future threats to the transportation systems and discusses methods and technologies designed to confront these threats. Coverage of relevant security issues relating to transportation by sea, land, pipeline and air will be included.

CJ299P Criminal Justice Capstone | 4 credit hours

This course provides a culminating experience after two years of study in the criminal justice program. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate competency and knowledge they have learned throughout the program. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including CJ242P Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation or equivalent

GE117P Composition I | A 4 credit hour Composition course

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE127P College Mathematics I | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184P Problem Solving; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE175P American Government | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

This course covers principles and theory related to the United States government, including the development and foundations of the Constitution, the organization and function of the federal government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship between states and the federal government. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

GE184P Problem Solving | A 4 credit hour Science course

This course introduces students to problem solving techniques and helps them apply the tools of critical reading, analytical thinking and mathematics to help solve problems in practical applications.

GE217P Composition II | A 4 credit hour Humanities course

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

GE347P Group Dynamics | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

In this course, students examine elements of successful teams and small decision-making groups. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process techniques. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

GE375P Psychology | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioristic, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Primary focus is on exploring how selected principles of psychology apply to students'' personal lives and social behavior. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, and information gathering and analysis as they practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4 credit hours

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers | 4 credit hours

Organization of a typical Personal Computer (PC) is examined in a given popular operating systems environment. Terminology and concepts related to major PC hardware components and their functions will be discussed consistent with industry standards and practices.

TB332P Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development | 4 credit hours

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course

 
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