Learning Outcomes & Competencies
• Express and interpret ideas clearly, using a variety of written, oral and/or visual forms;
• Use different modes of disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry to explore ideas and issues from multiple perspectives; and,
• Express ethical & social implications in one’s social, professional, artistic and/or scholarly practice.
• Summarize and interpret current issues in the field of criminal justice and how these issues impact criminal justice organizations, criminal justice personnel and other stakeholders; and,
• Analyze, critique and defend criminal justice policy and service delivery from a management point of view.
Course Specific Outcomes
• Describe the differences between tactical and strategic information.
• Understand the limitations, strengths and potentials of certain technologies such as data bases, geographic information systems and a myriad of communications schemes.
• As an online course that concentrates on technology and includes practical exercises, the learner will develop new computer skills and enhance existing skills.
• Because the study of technology requires a base of knowledge concerning technical and scientific information, the learner will increase their general knowledge of science and the scientific method while participating in this course.
• Because this course examines technology against the background of traditional law enforcement themes, theories and models, the learner will enhance their understanding of non-technological criminal justice subjects.
• Understand the role technology plays in traditional crimes and new crimes created as a result of the technology.
• Enhance their research and writing skills through course work.
Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years. He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton. He completed all of the course work in his doctoral studies in business research. Raymond is a graduate of the West Point Leadership program and has attended law enforcement, technology and leadership programs such as the National Institute for Justice, Technology Institute, Washington, DC.
Raymond is currently a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and the Union Institute and University. He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, technology and leadership. Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One. He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement. For instance, he was recently interviewed by the London Independent on the use of cellular telephone technology in explosive devices. Raymond’s complete CV can be viewed here.
|Due Dates Winter 2008||Go To|
|Semester||Session I||Session II|
|January 2||January 2||February 25||Semester/Session Begins|
|January 31||January 11||March 7||Module One|
|February 22||January 25||March 21||Module Two|
|March 21||February 8||April 4||Module Three|
|April 14||February 21||April 17||Module Four|
|April 19||February 23||April 19||Semester/Session Ends|
Expanded Descriptions of Assignments
Exams one and two will consist of 50 multiple choice, true-false or short answer questions. All of the material in the exams will come from the primary text and will be cumulative. The exams will be sent via email and should be returned via US Mail. Contact the instructor when you are ready to receive the exams.
Through the forum you will be able to participate and establish a dialogue with tutorial learners in this course as well as other courses being taught by your instructor. On the course website you will find the due dates for participation; they are roughly at the end of each module. Moreover, on the website you will find instructions on logging into the forum and hyperlinks that take you directly to the salient question. To receive full credit for participation you must answer each discussion question and respond to at least one other learner/student in the same discussion question. Minimally, you will complete two posts on the forum during each module.
The websites are hyperlinked off the course website. For this assignment, choose five of the websites. Write a one-page management briefing paper on each. Presume for this assignment that your supervisor has directed you to review these five sites and that you are to brief your agency’s chief executive on website. What information is critical for your agency’s chief executive?
Superior responses to discussion questions (the grade A) will be those responses that not only incorporate the primary text, but also the supplemental readings, additional research and the learner’s personal experiences. It is not enough to just answer the question, you must find connections.
Try This Exercises
In addition to recording what happened, you should also analyze the exercise. Ask yourself: How is this useful to criminal justice practitioners? What management, social or ethical issues are involved in the use of this technology?
Learners are required to prepare typed, 3-5 page paper on a course related issue (Fragmentation, Community Policing, or Situational Crime Prevention). At a minimum, it is expected that the learners will produce an academically sound and properly formatted work (APA format is strongly encouraged); with a minimum of three sources, not including the text book. The papers will be graded on content as well as exposition. Superior papers will incorporate management and supervision issues as well as a discussion the impact of technology in the area chosen.
The final three chapters of the primary text book will be used as broad outline for the Session/Semester project. Your task is to produce an eight to ten page analysis of the topic you choose. Recall, the three board areas of inquiry are: Personnel and Training; Implementing and Managing Technology; and, Emerging and Future Technologies. At a minimum, the paper should be 8-10 pages in length with 8-10 references. The book may be used as a reference.
In addition to being in properly formatted (APA is strongly encouraged), the paper should address the following under these specific headings; Background; Impact of Technology; Non-technology Alternatives; Stakeholders; Outcomes and Consequences (intended and un-intended); Recommendations. During the Session/Semester you are required to submit certain parts of your research/paper.
Exam One 10%
Exam Two 10%
Discussion Questions 10%
Practical Exercises 10%
Mid Term Paper 20%
Final Paper or Assignment 30%
Semester Total 100%
Final Deadline for all
All course work is due at the start of class in the week indicated on schedule. Absent prior permission, late assignments will be assessed a penalty of one letter grade per week. For information concerning the completion of course work beyond the last day of class refer to the UI&U Catalog.
Learners should be aware that there are severe consequences for violations of academic ethical conduct. Primarily, we are concerned with cheating and plagiarism. Learners who are determined to have cheated or committed plagiarism will face disciplinary action as identified within UI&U regulations. For additional clarification of cheating and/or plagiarism, refer to the UI&U Catalog for policies regarding Academic Integrity.
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