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hcc catalogue '11-'12

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CRIM-101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 Credits

A survey of the history, philosophy and social development of police, courts and corrections in a democratic society. Identification and operations of local, state and federal agencies will be covered with criminal justice career orientation. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-102 Criminology
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the basic theories, fundamental facts, and problems associated with the science of criminology, while providing a systematic basis for the study of criminals, and criminal behavior as it relates to the criminal justice system in America. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-103 Juvenile Delinquency
3 Credits
This course studies youthful crime; its volume, causes, and trends. The prediction, prevention, treatment and control of juvenile delinquency by social control agencies is examined relative to social policies needed to reduce its incidence. The organization and procedures of the juvenile justice system will be explored. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-105 Introduction to Corrections
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the field of corrections, as it relates to the justice system. The course will focus on the history of corrections and the forms of criminal sanctions at the federal, state and local levels. Prerequisite: CRIM-101. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-106 Street Law: Introduction to Law and Legal Issues
3 Credits

This course will cover the evaluation, debate, and critical analysis of law and legal issues that affect individuals, their families, and communities. Students will learn about practical aspects of civil, criminal, constitutional, family, immigration, and consumer law in a diverse society with an orientation toward civic involvement in the local community. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-108 Cyber Law Ethical Practices
3 Credits

This course is designed to educate students in the foundations of cyber law ethical practices and to guide them in exploring topics of current concern to law enforcement, government, and business. This course covers issues, practices, and controversies in the emerging field of cyber law ethical practices and recent court cases interpreting uses of emerging and converging technologies to fight cybercrime. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-110 Criminal Investigation
3 Credits

This course focuses on the fundamental principles and procedures employed in the investigation of crime; emphasizes investigation of specific crimes, identification of information sources and procedures required for the handling of evidence and the development of a working knowledge of investigation techniques. Only students authorized by the Howard County Police Department Academy are eligible to enroll in this course. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-120 Patrol Operations
3 Credits
This course focuses on the basic police patrol methods used in a modern law enforcement agency environment. Students will develop multi-tasking skills and critical thinking skills necessary for performing effective patrol responsibilities. Only students authorized by the Howard County Police Department Academy are eligible to enroll in this course. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-126 Vehicle Law and Accident Investigation
3 Credits
This course focuses on Maryland and Federal vehicle laws, types of vehicle offenses, safety principles, citation and arrest procedures, and accident investigation procedures; details procedures and coding for the Maryland Automated Accident Reporting System. Only students authorized by the Howard County Police Department Academy are eligible to enroll in this course. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-128 Emergency Vehicle Operations
3 Credits

This course is designed to meet the MPCTC minimum training objectives and requirements for every entry-level police officer in the State of Maryland in the safe operation of an emergency vehicle. Only students authorized by the Howard County Police Department Academy are eligible to enroll in this course. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-130 Police Defensive Tactics
5 Credits
This course focuses on the principles and practical aspects of personal safety; covers methods and tactics of practical self defense including alternatives for situational defense strategies; provides rigorous conditioning exercises; develops skills in perception, analysis, escape, compromise, avoidance, blocking, throwing, and striking. Only students authorized by the Howard County Police Department Academy are eligible to enroll in this course. (5 hours weekly)

CRIM-132 Police Arsenal and Procedures
5 Credits

This course focuses on law enforcement weaponry and, specifically, the handgun, ASP baton, OC spray and other lethal and non-lethal weapons. The proper care, maintenance and use of the various weapons are highlighted. Each student will be required to demonstrate their proficiency with the various issued weapons. Only students authorized by the Howard County Police Department Academy are eligible to enroll in this course. (5 hours weekly)

CRIM-190-191 Criminal Justice Internships I and II
3-4 Credits
See COOP-201-202 Cooperative Education Work Experience I and II. The internship is a practicum with measurable learning objectives designed to broaden the educational experience. Students are assigned to ­appropriate governmental and private criminal justice agencies.

CRIM-200 Law Enforcement and the Community
3 Credits
A study of the relationship between police and the community with recommendations for ways of working together to reduce crime. Emphasis is placed on policing in a culturally diverse society. Prerequisite: CRIM-101. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-201 Introduction to Criminal Law
3 Credits

The study of substantive criminal law as applied to the local, state and federal systems. Crimes as prosecuted in a court of law are examined. Court decisions are used to address various sources and types of criminal laws. Prerequisite: CRIM-101. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-203 Restorative Justice
3 Credits

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and practice of restorative justice. Students will explore the needs and roles of key stakeholders (victims, offenders, communities, justice system), outline the basic principles and values of restorative justice and learn some of the primary models of practice. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on how the theories and practices of restorative justice radically reframe the traditional notions of the American criminal justice and education systems. Specifically, students will be challenged to examine the differences between restorative and retributive systems through a lens of multicultural perspectives and experiences. Students explore the use of restorative practices, such as reconciliation, to repair the harm to communities affected by mass victimizations or collective violence. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as CRES-203.

CRIM-210 Criminal Evidence and Procedure
3 Credits

Examines the principles and techniques of criminal procedure employed during trials to determine the admissibility of physical and testimonial evidence. An analysis of laws and court decisions relating to the admissibility is emphasized. Prerequisite: CRIM-101. (3 hours weekly)

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomechanical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial PLanning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG 
Geology - GEOL 
German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Photonics - PHOT
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST