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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 330
Course Title: Management of Criminal Justice Agencies
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examines criminal justice agencies within the context of current management principles, organizational theory, and administrative practices. Prerequisites: CJAD 101 and ENGL 111.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisites: CJAD 101 and ENGL 111

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

Management and Supervision in Law Enforcement
By Bennett, Wayne and Karen Hess (West Publishing)
Police Administration: Structures, Processes, and Behavior
By Swanson, Charles R., Leonard Territo and Robert W. Taylor (Prentice Hall)
Justice Administration Police, Courts, and Corrections Management
By Peak, Kenneth J. (Prentice Hall)

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the history, evolution and present application of management theory in public organizations
  2. Articulate the roles and procedures followed by managers in public organizations
  3. Identify and describe important ethical, legal and political issues faced by managers in criminal justice organizations
  4. Explain common terminology and best practices used by managers in the Criminal Justice System
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • The evolution of American policing
  • Politics and police administration: external and internal controls
  • Organizational theory
  • Concepts of police organizational design
  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal and organizational communication
  • Human resource management
  • Stress and criminal justice personnel
  • Labor relations
  • Legal aspects of agency administration
  • Planning and decision making
  • Information systems and applications
  • Financial management
  • Productivity, quality, and evaluation of agency service

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: October 24, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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