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2014 - 2015 Catalog
Course Descriptions for Criminal Justice


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CJLE 1429 (4 Credit Hours) New course added after June 9, 2014
Offered at CVC, EFC, MVC

Basic Peace Officer V
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Supplemental course taken in conjunction with Basic Peace Officer Courses I, II, III, and IV. Satisfies or exceeds the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approved Basic Peace Officer Academy Course #1000. NOTE: This course may be offered only by institutions licensed as a Police Academy by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (2 Lec., 8 Lab.)


CJLE 1506 (5 Credit Hours) New course added after June 9, 2014
Offered at CVC, EFC, MVC

Basic Peace Officer I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Basic preparation for a new peace officer. Should be taken in conjunction with Basic Peace Officer II, III, IV, and V (supplement) to satisfy the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approved Basic Peace Officer Training Academy. NOTE: This course may be offered only by institutions licensed as a Police Academy by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (3 Lec., 8 Lab.)


CJLE 1512 (5 Credit Hours) New course added after June 9, 2014
Offered at CVC, EFC, MVC

Basic Peace Officer II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Basic preparation for a new peace officer. Should be taken in conjunction with Basic Peace Officer I, III, IV, and V (supplement) to satisfy the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approved Basic Peace Officer Academy. NOTE: This course may be offered only by institutions licensed as a Police Academy by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (3 Lec., 8 Lab.)


CJLE 1518 (5 Credit Hours) New course added after June 9, 2014
Offered at CVC, EFC, MVC

Basic Peace Officer III
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Basic preparation for a new peace officer. Should be taken in conjunction with Basic Peace Officer I, II, IV, and V (supplement) to satisfy the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approved Basic Peace Officer Academy. NOTE: This course may be offered only by institutions licensed as a Police Academy by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (3 Lec., 8 Lab.)


CJLE 1518 (5 Credit Hours) New course added after June 9, 2014
Offered at CVC, EFC, MVC

Basic Peace Officer III
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Basic preparation for a new peace officer. Should be taken in conjunction with Basic Peace Officer I, II, IV, and V (supplement) to satisfy the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approved Basic Peace Officer Academy. NOTE: This course may be offered only by institutions licensed as a Police Academy by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (3 Lec., 8 Lab.)


CJLE 1524 (5 Credit Hours) New course added after June 9, 2014
Offered at CVC, EFC, MVC

Basic Peace Officer IV
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Basic preparation for a new peace officer. Should be taken in conjunction with Basic Peace Officer I, II, III, and V (supplement) to satisfy the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approved Basic Peace Officer Training Academy. NOTE: This course may be offered only by institutions licensed as a Police Academy by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (3 Lec., 8 Lab.)


CJLE 2420 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, MVC

Texas Peace Officer Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: This course is a study of the techniques and procedures used by police officers on patrol. Includes controlled substance identification, handling abnormal persons, traffic collision investigation, note taking and report writing, vehicle operation, traffic direction, crowd control, and jail operations. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


CJLE 2421 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, MVC

Texas Peace Officer Law
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: This course is a study of laws that are directly related to police field work. Topics include traffic, intoxicated driver, Penal Code, elements of crimes, the Family Code, Alcoholic Beverage Code, and civil liability. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


CJLE 2522 (5 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, MVC

Texas Peace Officer Skills
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: This course includes the demonstration and practice of the skills expected of a police officer. Topics include patrol, traffic stops, use of force, mechanics of arrest, firearms safety and emergency medical care. (4 Lec., 4 Lab.)


CJSA 1308 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC

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.)


CJSA 1348 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

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.)


CJSA 1382 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, ECC, MVC

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.)


CJSA 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, MVC

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.)


CJSA 1393 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, MVC

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.)


CJSA 1400 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC

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.)


CJSA 1401 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC

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.)


CJSA 1482 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, ECC, MVC

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., 21 Ext.)


CJSA 2323 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC

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.)


CJSA 2332 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC

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.)


CJSA 2334 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, MVC

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.)


CJSA 2382 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, ECC, MVC

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.)


CJSA 2482 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC, ECC, MVC

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., 21 Ext.)


CRIJ 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

Introduction to Criminal Justice
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Course Description: This course is a study of history and philosophy of criminal justice including ethical considerations. Topics include the definition of crime, the nature and impact of crime, an overview of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, court system, prosecution and defense, trial process, and corrections. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045124


CRIJ 1306 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC

Court Systems and Practices
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: The judiciary in the criminal justice system is explained. The structure of the American Court System is defined. Prosecutional right to counsel is explained. Other areas covered are pretrial release, grand juries, adjudication process, and types of rules of evidence and sentencing. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2201015424


CRIJ 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

Crime in America
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Course Description: American crime problems are studied in the historical perspective. Social and public policy factors affecting crime are discussed. The impact of crime and crime trends are shown along with the social characteristics of specific crimes. The prevention of crime is emphasized. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4504015225


CRIJ 1310 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC

Fundamentals of Criminal Law
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: A study of the nature of criminal law is presented. The philosophical and historical development of criminal law is covered. Major definitions and concepts are given. The classification of crime is covered. The elements of crimes and penalties are discussed using Texas statutes as illustrations. Criminal responsibility is defined. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2201015324


CRIJ 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC

Juvenile Justice System
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: A study of the juvenile justice process. Topics 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


CRIJ 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC

Community Resources in Corrections
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: An overview of diversionary practices and treatment programs available to offenders in a local context. Topics include selected recognized models and future trends in community treatment. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045324


CRIJ 2313 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

Correctional Systems and Practices
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: A study of the role of corrections in the criminal justice system. Topics include organization and theory of correctional systems, institutional operations, management, alternatives to institutionalization, treatments and rehabilitation, and current and future issues. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045424


CRIJ 2314 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC

Criminal Investigation
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Study of investigative theory, the collection an preservation of evidence, sources of information, concepts of interviewing and interrogation, the use of forensic sciences, and trial preparation. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045524


CRIJ 2323 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC

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


CRIJ 2328 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

Police Systems and Practices
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Exploration of the profession of police officer. Topics include organization of law enforcement systems, the police role, police discretion, ethics, police-community interaction, and current and future issues. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301045724


FORS 2440 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC

Introduction to Forensic Science
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Survey of the procedures of crime scene investigation in gathering evidence and applicable scientific technologies that follow established protocols by first responders; a preview of how criminalists in forensic laboratories will process the gathered evidence will be presented. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301065124


FORS 2450 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC

Introduction to Forensic Psychology
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.
Course Description: Survey of current perspectives and technologies in the analysis of the criminal mind as suggested by crime scene evidence; introductory applications of forensic psychology including the history and current practice of criminal profiling in the apprehension of criminals such as serial killers and sexual predators. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4301065224


SLPS 2333 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Cedar Valley College.
Offered at EFC

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.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM 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.


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