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PCJ-Prof Studies Crim Justice

PCJ747 - Financial Investigations

This course introduces the student to current perspectives dominant in the field of financial investigations. Concepts of law and evidence, sources of information, accounting, methods of tracing funds, banking and financial record keeping, and interviewing tactics will all be covered. Primary emphasis will be placed on legal principles and applications of financial investigation techniques, and the pertinent crimes. (3 crs.)

PCJ748 - Criminal Justice Organization and Management

This course is the study of command-level problems and trends in criminal justice organizations and management. These include the functional concepts of the administrative process as well as the principles of organizing, controlling, planning and leadership relating to criminal justice agencies. (3 crs.)

PCJ749 - Seminar in Justice Studies

This course for advanced graduate students allows the opportunity for scholarly research in a specific topic relevant to the justice system. The course is a seminar because it offers students the chance to interact in small groups and meet closely with the instructor. A focused, esoteric examination of a specifically approved research topic is the course's chief purpose. Authorship of a large research paper shared with the class and instructor is required. (3 crs.)

PCJ750 - Sexual Assault Investigations

The investigation of sexual offenses requires both the humanity of the investigator and the technical expertise of those remaining at the crime scene. How the forensic sciences play out in these forms of investigation is crucial to course purpose and content. How evidence is collected, identified and processed, as well as its suitability for use in the field, and its subsequent admissibility into court, are central themes throughout the course. Students are also exposed to case law and statutory materials dealing with sexual offenses and actual case studies for application and critique. (3 crs.)

PCJ751 - Executive Protection

This course develops an understanding of the principles, planning, tactics and techniques used in executive protection (EP). This course will teach students fundamentals of EP, such as advance site survey development, protective formations and protective threat assessments. This work provides students with the tools they need to know and appreciate the profession. Students learn what to expect when they are in positions of confidence and trust. Students also examine the full implications of being responsible for the safety and lives of others. The course emphasizes the basic elements of EP and its practical application. (3 crs.)

PCJ752 - Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law

This course concentrates on the role of digital imaging and forensic photography as protocol for law enforcement professionals. Students learn the basic theories behind digital imaging, its equipment and functionality requirements, its methods and processes of development, and the challenges associated with the integrity of said evidence. More specifically, the course will weigh and evaluate actual case law concerning digital imagery, provide advice and counsel on how digital may be legally challenged, and what the typical pitfalls of this evidentiary form may suffer from. Case law and case exercises are part of the course’s aim. (3 crs.)

PCJ755 - Polygraph and Lie Detection

Polygraph testing is used for three main purposes: event-specific investigations (e.g., after a crime), employee screening and pre-employment screening. This course explores the different uses involved in the search for different kinds of information. This exploration includes how the polygraph measures several physiological processes (e.g., heart rate) and changes in those processes. It also includes examination of the charts of those measures in response to questions on a polygraph test. This course focuses mainly on validity because a test that is reliable (i.e., produces consistent outcomes) has little use unless it is also valid (i.e., measures what it is supposed to measure). It evaluates available scientific evidence on polygraph test validity coming from studies of specific-event investigations. (3 crs.)