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Criminal Justice (CRJ)

CRJ-100 Intro to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
Survey of the American criminal justice system, the early, middle and late stages of the criminal justice system are analyzed within the framework of law and research.
CRJ-101 Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
Through study of various models of ethics, students will learn how to evaluate difficult moral and ethical decisions they are likely to face as a practitioner in the law enforcement or corrections field. 
CRJ-110 Patrol Procedures, 3 cr.
Broad examination of the various structures and functions of American Law Enforcement agencies and their functional units. The exploration of police procedures revolves around the topics of discretion, effectiveness and efficiency, and constitutional limits.
CRJ-115 Motor Vehicle Law, 1 cr.
Working professionals in law enforcement design a course of study for the students. The content of this course varies with time. Students will be introduced to the Iowa Motor Vehicle Code. Students will investigate laws pertaining to traffic, OWI, and commercial vehicle regulations. The Implied Consent Law will also be examined.
CRJ-116 Law Enforcement Seminar II, 1 cr.
Working professionals in law enforcement design a course of study for the students. The content of this course varies with time.
CRJ-117 Independent Study Law Enforcement, 1 cr.
Course taken to investigate substantive issues in law enforcement.
CRJ-120 Intro to Corrections, 3 cr.
Survey of correctional theory and practice including such topics as: historical foundations of contemporary corrections, applied theory, evaluation research, sentencing and crime prevention.
CRJ-121 Corrections Seminar I, 1 cr.
Students explore human service topics. This is often done with the assistance of correctional professionals or human service personnel in related fields.
CRJ-122 Corrections Seminar II, 1 cr.
See CJ128A. In some circumstances students can work with clients if the setting is different from the agency they choose for their field experience.
CRJ-123 Service Learning Project, 1 cr.
This course provides the student with the opportunity to become engaged in a community service project.
CRJ-130 Criminal Law, 3 cr.
This course examines the elements of criminal law. Including the categories of crime by type, defenses, and individuals involved. The course also includes the historical development of criminal law. Prerequisite: CRJ-100
CRJ-131 Criminal Law and Procedure, 3 cr.
Examination of the more common crimes, criminal defenses and the procedures used to process a criminal case from arrest to final disposition.
CRJ-133 Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 3 cr.
This course examines the protections afforded to individuals by the US Constitution. Specific areas addressed include initial contact with law enforcement and continues through post-conviction relief. Students should gain an understanding of criminal procedures through statutory and precedent case review. Prerequisite: CRJ-100, CRJ-130
CRJ-136 Correctional Law, 3 cr.
Examines the law in the correctional setting with obligations of correctional workers. Prerequisite: CRJ-120
CRJ-141 Criminal Investigation, 3 cr.
Covers fundamentals of investigation including interviewing and interrogating; collecting and preserving evidence; modus operandi; crime scene search; etc.
CRJ-160 Intro Forensic Investigation, 3 cr.
An introduction to forensic investigation that exposes students to various disciplines and techniques in forensic investigation. Topics included are forensic anthropology, forensic deontology, forensic entomology, forensic serology and criminalistics.
CRJ-166 Intro/Digital File Sys Forensic, 3 cr.
This course will provide Computer Forensics students with a solid foundation in the computer industry’s most popular file systems, with an emphasis on forensic processing. The course will begin with a brief overview of hard drive technology and proceed into the abstract world of logical structures. We will begin dissecting logical structures with a look at PC based partitions followed by a forensic minded look at the data structures of the following file systems: le Allocation Table (FAT.x), New Technology File System (NTS), EXT.x and USF 1 and 2.
CRJ-170 Overview of Cybercrime, 3 cr.
This course identifies and discusses the nature of the successful cyber crime investigation and the proper preparation for trial. Students will have a better understanding of current technology used in these crimes.
CRJ-172 Cyber Investigations, 3cr.
This course is an introduction to the recovery, analysis, and documentation of digital evidence. Knowledge and practical experience will be gained by analyzing several case studies. Special computer skills and tools will be introduced. Legal concerns and ethical conduct will be emphasized.
CRJ-173 Intermediate Digital Forensics, 3 cr.
This course will build upon concepts presented in Introduction to Digital Forensics. Students will get experience with data acquisition and analysis tools (GUI and CLI), advanced data recovery techniques, email investigations, and guidelines for report writing and expert witness testimony.
CRJ-200 Criminology, 3 cr.
Scientific study of the nature and causes of criminal behavior and social deviance.
CRJ-201 Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
Juvenile justice system is examined from historical constitutional and operational perspectives. Theories concerning juvenile delinquency are explored.
CRJ-207 Drug Use and Abuse, 3 cr.
Designed to help the student understand sociological aspects of drug use, abuse and treatment.
CRJ-208 Introduction to Private Security, 3 cr.
This course will introduce the student to the private security profession in America and current trends in the industry.
CRJ-214 Survival Spanish for Criminal Justice, 2 cr.
This program is designed to provide non-Spanish-speaking criminal justice students and police officers with functional skills in Spanish. Spanish phrases, commands, and questions practical to daily police and corrections work are covered. No prior knowledge of Spanish necessary.
CRJ-218 Field Experience I - Law Enforcement, 2 cr.
Course designed to provide students with on-the-job experience in a law enforcement agency of their choice. The student will also learn the requirements of the law enforcement profession. Prerequisite: CRJ-100
CRJ-219 Field Experience II - Law Enforcement, 3 cr.
Continuation of CRJ-218. Prerequisite: CRJ-218, completed 9 credits of Criminal Justice courses obtaining a 2.5 GPA in Criminal Justice courses and a 2.0 Cumulative GPA.  
CRJ-220 Community-Based Corrections, 3 cr.
Presents the theoretical and philosophical basis of probation, parole and other community based correctional programs.
CRJ-225 Field Experience I-Corrections, 2 cr.
On-the-job experience in a correctional agency. Students also learn the requirements of a career in the correctional field and receive training in how to find a job.
CRJ-226 Field Experience II - Corrections, 3 cr.
Continuation of CRJ-225.
CRJ-250 Firearms, 1 cr.
Introduction to police firearms safety and care; use of deadly force; chemical agents; firing range safety; latest techniques of combat shooting; and recreational shooting.
CRJ-270 Forensics Computer Science I, 3 cr.
An introduction to the technical aspects of digital evidence identification, collection and analysis. Curriculum will build upon concepts presented in Computer Hardware/A+ and Overview of Cyber Crime. Topics covered will include digital file systems, data recovery and preservation, keyword searches, hard drive and floppy disk imaging, data compression and encryption. Students will receive hands-on training via case study scenarios using state of the art forensic hardware, software and methodologies, utilizing both manual and automated processes.
CRJ-271 Internet Criminal Investigation, 3 cr.
An in-depth study of the structure, protocols and technology of global Internet communication with an emphasis on criminal investigation. Topics covered include TCP/IP, network security, computer viruses and the tracking of Internet activity occurring through email, chat rooms and news groups. Current trends in Internet criminal activity will be discussed and students will perform research on relevant cases and topics.
CRJ-272 Forensics Computer Science II, 3 cr.
This course will provide Computer Forensics students with an introduction to the Linux operating system as a forensic tool for investigators. Students will be introduced to the Linux architecture by installing and configuring Red Had Linux 9.0 and working at the shell prompt. This will be followed by using Linux based tools for forensic analysis of computer systems.
CRJ-273 Comp Forensics Capstone Project, 2 cr.
Presents the theoretical and philosophical basis of probation, parole and other community based correctional programs.
CRJ-900 CJ with the Expert, 1 cr.
Supplemental enrichment course related to Criminal Justice which may include special projects or papers.
CRJ-901 CJ in the Big City, 1 cr.
Supplemental enrichment course related to Criminal Justice which includes special projects; projects may include tours, Ride-Alongs, question and answer sessions with professionals and others affected by the criminal justice field.
CRJ-920 Field Experience, 5 cr.
Course for students who wish to take all their experience at one time.
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