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    Sep 17, 2014

    Nov 05

    Online Start Date
    Nov 05, 2014

    Dec 17

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    Dec 17, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Core

    CJ 550: INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN PUBLIC SAFETY (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the master’s degree programs in the field of public safety and provides a foundation of the concepts and professional standards. It establishes the conceptual framework for other courses within the chosen degree plan and identifies current trends in the field. Focus is placed on ethical and social issues as related to writing, researching, and working collaboratively with other public service officials.

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 502: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the research process and the ethical context within which research should be conducted. Further, it will provide the basic skills needed to conduct and evaluate research on topics relevant to the criminal justice field. In order to accomplish these objectives, the course will focus on the nature of scientific inquiry; the connections between theory and research; designing research projects and exploring causation; sampling pro­cedures and logic; research techniques; reliability, validity, and measurement of data; and descriptive analyses of data.

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 509: COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    This course covers comparative foreign criminal justice systems, including the investigation and prosecution of international terrorists, the International Criminal Court, U.S. criminal cases affecting international relations, mutual assistance treaties, and issues concerning the formation of criminal justice systems in developing democracies. This course is especially beneficial for understanding global legal issues facing the criminal justice system.

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 526: ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS IN PUBLIC SAFETY (5 Credits)

    Effective and appropriate communication is essential for success in the academic and professional worlds. Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety is designed to prepare students for the rhetorical challenges found in their coursework, professional career, and the final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to clearly communicate complex and sophisticated materials to a wide variety of expert and nonexpert audiences using both written and oral techniques. This course will introduce students to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic and paragraph levels. Students will learn about audience and purpose as well as the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. These skills are coupled with an additional focus on the context, delivery, and medium through which students will communicate. Emphasis is also placed on accurately citing and quoting primary materials, organizational strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage skills.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 550

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    HM 500: CRISIS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS (5 Credits)

    This course will introduce students to the concepts, issues, and problems of crisis and emergency management. Topics explored include: organizing and logistics for response, managing the response organization, managing in a high-stress environment, crisis decision making, crisis communications, liability issues, and resource assessment and allocation. This course will cover the methodology and rationale behind the unified response to a terrorist, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), or disaster incidents, and students will examine these methodologies from the perspective of crisis management and consequence management.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 550 and CJ 526

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    HM 501: HOMELAND SECURITY POLICIES, PRINCIPLES, PROCEDURES, AND PLANS (5 Credits)

    This course is a critical analysis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), both the political and organizational factors involved and its structure and administration. Students will explore the evolution of homeland security as a concept, a legal framework, and a redirection of national policies and priorities, including any related issues and challenges with implementation. The DHS will be analyzed in light of the history of the terrorist threat, U.S. responses to terrorism, and fundamental policy legislation and documents, such as national security strategies, homeland security decision directives, the National Response Plan, and National Incident Management System (NIMS).

    Prerequisites Required:

    CJ 550

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    HM 503: PLANNING AND OPERATIONS IN CRISIS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course examines comprehensive strategic planning for crisis and emergency management. The theory and value of strategic planning are explained and students learn how to develop a comprehensive strategic plan.

    Prerequisites Required: HM 500 and HM 501

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    HM 598: APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT CAPSTONE (5 Credits)

    Students experience the art and science of applied research while they develop the tools of reflective inquiry and collaborative practice. Students will engage in analysis of current issues and challenges to explore and practice applied research methods as a logical extension of professional practice. Integral to this process is the examination of both informal and systematic ways to ask and answer questions. Students will conduct their own applied research project.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 502 and approval of the Dean

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Electives

    HM 540: CRISIS INTERVENTION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces the basic theories and principles of crisis intervention. The emphasis in this course is on identifying and demonstrating appropriate and differential techniques for intervening in various types of disaster and emergency management crisis situations. This course will review empirically validated approaches to crisis intervention. The course will explore the role of law enforcement in crisis situations as well as civilian and public safety personnel behavior under emergency and disaster crisis situations. In addition, assessment and diagnosis of psychological issues commonly found in crisis situations will be examined.

    Prerequisites Required: HM 500 and HM 501

    HM 510: MITIGATION AND PREPAREDNESS ISSUES FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course will explore hazard mitigation and its role in disaster management. In addition, students will study the planning process, program development, and training methods for responses to man-made and natural emergencies/disasters. Topics include government and private sector programs, new approaches, and mitigation of issues/events.

    Prerequisites Required: HM 500 and HM 501

    HM 505: PLANNING FOR WMD AND MASS CASUALTY CRISES (5 Credits)

    This course explores the critical health and medical management issues involved in crises and emergencies for the nonmedical emergency manager. The wide range of medical and health issues inherent to crises and emergencies are examined and methods for integrating medical, public health, and psychological processes into emergency management programs are developed.

    Prerequisites Required: HM 500 or HM 501

    HM 502: RISK, VULNERABILITY, AND CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT METHODS (5 Credits)

    The course examines the concepts of risk-based planning and risk management. The assessment and management of vulnerability and risk associated with terrorist and other disaster events are examined. Topics explored include: objectives of and methods for vulnerability and risk assessment for natural disasters, technological hazards, and terrorist threats; concepts of risk perception, risk communication, and risk mitigation; and the requirements and methods of critical infrastructure protection from terrorism, technological disasters, and natural disasters. Students will examine the question and make decisions regarding, "Who or what should be protected and how?"

    Prerequisites Required: HM 500 and HM 501

    Total Electives Credits: 10
    Total Program Credits: 55

    CJ 513: CRITICAL ISSUES IN TERRORISM (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide students with a critical analysis and understanding of issues related to terrorism. This includes historical analyses of the causes and effects of social, political, economic, and religious conflict as they pertain to terrorist groups from source countries; protective intelligence gathering and associated legal issues; threat assessment; emergency first-responder plans and policies; counterterrorism tactics and strategies; cyberterrorism and the role of technology; and concerns for the future.

    CJ 510: SPECIALIZED CRIMINAL STATUTES AND COMPLEX INVESTIGATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course involves the study of legislation and case law that affect the daily practice of criminal justice professionals in the context of investigative techniques and the prosecution of cases. Students examine such areas as white-collar crime; the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; money laundering; health care fraud; wire, mail, and bank fraud; identity and access device fraud; securities fraud; insurance fraud; corporate criminal liability; tax enforcement; and public corruption. In addition, the USA PATRIOT Act, Title III wiretaps, and grand jury procedures are also discussed.

    Total Electives Credits: 10
    Total Program Credits: 55

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