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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 535
Course Title: Budgeting and Planning for Criminal Justice Managers
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of public sector budgeting from the perspective of agency and departmental managers. Analysis of the issues involved in planning, developing, tracking and implementing an agency or departmental budget. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Graduate standing.
 
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.

Public Budgeting Systems
By Lee, Johnson and Joyce (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)
Recommended
Local Government Budgeting
By Gianakis & McCue (Praeger Publishers)
Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To broaden the knowledge of and appreciation for the financial and economic issues faced by criminal justice managers.
  • To expose the student to important issues which are not adequately addressed in other courses.
  • To expose students to the framework for analyzing and understanding the wide variety of issues involved with planning, developing, tracking and implementing an agency or departmental budget.
  • To enable students to understand and apply assorted terms, methods, procedures and theories involved with budgeting and planning.
  • To enhance critical thinking, research and oral and written communication skills on issues connected with criminal justice budgeting and planning.
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    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Assess current problems relating to criminal justice budgeting and planning.
  • Identify and describe the financial and economic issues faced by criminal justice managers.
  • Identify, describe and apply terms, methods, procedures and theories as tehy relate to criminal justice budgeting and planning.
  • Construct, justify and evaluate actual and hypothetical agency budgets.
  • Distinguish and differentiate between budget characteristics, policies and procedures implemented at the federal, state, local and intra-agency level.
  • Identify and describe the major sources of revenue and expenditures involved with criminal justice budgeting and planning.
  • Appraise current literature, materials and developments concerning financial and economic issues connected to criminal jusitce budgeting and planning.
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    Topical Outline:
  • Overview of public sector budgeting
  • Major sources of revenue and expenditures
  • Budgeting terminology and formats
  • Budget planning and development
  • Budget implementation and tracking
  • Political and legal issues associated with budgeting and planning
  • Analytical techniques associated with proposal and evaluation of agency budgets
  • Case studies in budgeting and planning
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    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

     
    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

     
    Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: September 15, 2008
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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