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hcc catalogue '11-'12

Course Descriptions


CRIM-101   Introduction to Criminal
3 Credits

A sur vey of the history, philosophy and social development of police, courts and corrections in a democratic society. Identification  and opera- tions 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 as- sociated 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 correc- tions 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 communi- ties. 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 in- terpreting uses of emerging and converging  tech- nologies 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 informa- tion 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 proce- dures and coding for the Maryland Automated Accident  Reporting  System. Only students authorized by the Howard County Police Department Academy are eligible to en- roll 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 Acad- emy are eligible to enroll in this course. (3 hours weekly)

CRIM-130   Police Defensive Tactics
5 Credits

This course focuses on the principles and practi- cal aspects of personal safety; covers methods and tactics of practical self defense including alternatives for situational defense strategies; provides rigorous conditioning  exercises; de- velops 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
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
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
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 funda- mental 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 multi- cultural perspectives and experiences. Students explore the use of restorative practices, such as reconciliation, to repair the harm to communi- ties affected by mass victimizations or collective violence. (3 hours weekly)  NOTE: Also listed as CRES-203.

CRIM-210   Criminal Evidence and
3 Credits

Examines the principles and techniques of criminal procedure employed during trials to determine the admissibility of physical and tes- timonial evidence. An analysis of laws and court decisions relating to the admissibility is empha- sized. 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 
Biomedical 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 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
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 
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 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST