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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)
Local Government Budgeting
By Gianakis & McCue (Praeger Publishers)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the processes involved with planning, developing, tracking and implementing an agency or departmental budget.
  2. Describe the financial and economic issues faced by criminal justice managers.
  3. Articulate the major sources of revenue and expenditures for Criminal Justice agencies.
  4. Explain important terms and theories associated with the budget process.
  5. Articulate solutions to real and hypothetical budget problems.
  6. Analyze and evaluate the operational, legal, and ethical problems faced by criminal justice professionals.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • 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

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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: April 15, 2015
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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