Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Budgeting and Planning for Criminal Justice Managers
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):
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 Learning Outcomes
Describe the processes involved with planning, developing, tracking and implementing an agency or departmental budget.
Describe the financial and economic issues faced by criminal justice managers.
Articulate the major sources of revenue and expenditures for Criminal Justice agencies.
Explain important terms and theories associated with the budget process.
Articulate solutions to real and hypothetical budget problems.
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
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.