2021 - 2022 Dallas College Catalog

2021 - 2022 Catalog
Course Descriptions for Criminal Justice

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Course Number: CJSA 1308 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Criminalistics I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to the field of criminalistics. Topics include the application of scientific and technical methods in the investigation of crime including location, identification, and handling of evidence for scientific analysis. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: CJSA 1330 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Cybercrimes

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An introduction to cybercrime. Topics include specific laws, investigative techniques, and criminological theories applicable to computer crime. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: CJSA 1347 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Police Organization and Administration

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Study of the principles of organizational structure and administration. Topics include theories of management, motivation, and leadership. Focus on a quality approach toward police community interaction. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: CJSA 1348 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Ethics in Criminal Justice

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Ethical philosophies and issues pertaining to the various professions in the criminal justice system. Includes ethical issues emanating from constitutional conflict with public protection and individual rights, civil liberties, and correctional policies. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: CJSA 1382 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization are offered through a cooperative agreement between the college, employer and student. Under supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Directly related to a specific discipline, specific learning objectives guide the student through work experience. The course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec., 15 Ext.)


Course Number: CJSA 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: CJSA 1393 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: CJSA 1400 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Death Investigations I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Concepts, investigations process, scene management, required documentation, and case management for incidences of natural, accidental, and suicidal deaths. Follows the Department of Justice National Guidelines for Death Investigations and meets the criteria for academic credit recognition from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: CJSA 1401 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Death Investigations II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Concepts, investigations process, scene management, required documentation and case management for incidences of homicide, undetermined causes of death, and sudden infant death. Exploration of various federal, state, and local investigative requirements. Follows the Department of Justice National Guidelines for Death Investigations. Also meets the criteria for academic credit recognition from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: CJSA 1471 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Forensic Science I

This is a Local Need Course.
Course Description: An introduction to crime scene investigation, evidence gathering, and preservation. Utilizing lecture and lab, presents the methods, procedures, techniques for the analysis and preservation of crime scene evidence appropriate for first responders to a crime scene. In the process, students will have "hands on" experience as well as practical understanding of the basic operation of a forensic lab. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: CJSA 1472 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Forensic Science II

This is a Local Need Course.
Course Description: A forensic science lecture course focused on research in adolescent and adult neuropsychology. A study of the latest research from neuroimaging related to biological templates for violence within the brain. The psychotherapy and known offender characteristics will be analyzed and discussed. Also demonstrated are how forensic specialists analyze mens rea (criminal mind), MO (modus operandi), signature, and criminal aftermath activity as part of crime scene analysis. (4 Lec.)


Course Number: CJSA 2323 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Criminalistics II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Theory and practice of crime scene investigation. Topics include report writing, blood and other body fluids, document examination, etchings, casts and molds, glass fractures, use of microscope, and firearms identification. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


Course Number: CJSA 2332 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Criminalistics III

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study of the practical aspects of criminalistics procedures. Topics include crime scene investigation, collecting and preserving evidence, and testifying in court. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: CJSA 2334 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A series of lectures and class participation exercises presenting selected topics currently confronting criminal justice personnel and the public they serve. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: CJSA 2382 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC, ECC, MVC

Course Title: Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization are offered through a cooperative agreement between the college, employer and student. Under supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Directly related to a specific discipline, specific learning objectives guide the student through work experience. The course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec., 15 Ext.)


Course Number: CRIJ 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Course Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice

This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Dallas College Core Curriculum course.
Course Description: This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045124


Course Number: CRIJ 1306 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Course Title: Court Systems and Practices

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This course is a study of the court system as it applies to the structures, procedures, practices and sources of law in American courts, using federal and Texas statutes and case law. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045424


Course Number: CRIJ 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Course Title: Crime in America

This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Dallas College Core Curriculum course.
Course Description: American crime problems in historical perspective, social and public policy factors affecting crime, impact and crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and prevention of crime. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4504015225


Course Number: CRIJ 1310 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Course Title: Fundamentals of Criminal Law

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This course is the study of criminal law including application of definitions, statutory elements, defenses, and penalties using Texas statutes, the Model Penal Code, and case law. The course also analyzes the philosophical and historical development of criminal law and criminal culpability. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045424


Course Number: CRIJ 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Juvenile Justice System

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: A study of the juvenile justice process to include specialized juvenile law, role of the juvenile law, role of the juvenile courts, role of police agencies, role of correctional agencies, and theories concerning delinquency. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045224


Course Number: CRIJ 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Community Resources in Corrections

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: An introductory study of the role of the community in corrections; community programs for adults and juveniles; administration of community programs; legal issues; future trends in community treatment. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045324


Course Number: CRIJ 2313 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Course Title: Correctional Systems and Practices

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This course is a survey of institutional and non-institutional corrections. Emphasis will be placed on the organization and operation of correctional systems; treatment and rehabilitation; populations served; Constitutional issues; and current and future issues. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045424


Course Number: CRIJ 2314 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Criminal Investigation

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045524


Course Number: CRIJ 2323 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This course covers police authority, responsibilities, and constitutional constraints. Topics include laws of arrest, search and seizure, and police liability. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045624


Course Number: CRIJ 2328 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Course Title: Police Systems and Practices

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This course examines the establishment, role and function of police in a democratic society. It will focus on types of police agencies and their organizational structure, police-community interaction, police ethics, and use of authority. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045724


Course Number: HMSY 1337 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Introduction to Homeland Security

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Overview of homeland security. Evaluation of the progression of homeland security issues throughout Texas and the United States. An examination of the roles undertaken and methods used by governmental agencies and individuals to respond to those issues. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: HMSY 1342 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Understanding and Combating Terrorism

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Study of terrorism and reasons why America is a terrorist target. Includes methods of combating domestic and international terrorism terrorist operations, cyber-terrorism, narco-terrorism, the mind of the terrorist, and organized crime's impact on terrorism. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: HMSY 1470 (4 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Cyber Terrorism

This is a Local Need Course.
Course Description: Use of cyber-crime by terrorist organizations and their impact on our nation’s information based infrastructure, government, corporate, and private institutions and citizens. Includes a study of the uses of computer forensics and methods to defend against cyber-attacks. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: HMSY 2306 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Organized Crime and Terrorism

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Examination of links between organized crime and terrorism. Includes information concerning current terrorist groups; ties to ethic-related organized crimes; and terrorist organization’s use of black marketing, money laundering, identity theft, credit card theft, and fraud to fund terrorism. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: PSYT 2321 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Crisis Intervention

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Examination of crisis management and intervention theories in assisting clients in crisis situations. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: PSYT 2335 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year on any campus of Dallas College.

Course Title: Family Systems

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Examine the American family from historical and modern perspectives. Emphasis on current issues regarding structures of relationships, marriage, and social change. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: PSYT 2345 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): BHC, CVC, EFC, MVC

Course Title: Principles of Behavior Management and Modification

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An analysis of behavior management and cognitive theories and techniques with emphasis on their applications. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SLPS 2330 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Security of Computers and Data

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Cyber theft and computer fraud. Includes physical protection of computers and peripherals. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


Course Number: SLPS 2333 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Private Investigation

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: The private investigation process. Includes techniques and procedures involved and legal issues applicable to private investigations. (3 Lec.)



ACGM (Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual) Courses

Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for general academic transfer among community, state, and technical colleges in Texas; and state public four-year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.


WECM (Workforce Education Course Manual) Courses

Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.