Lorain County Community College Catalog

Course Descriptions

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CRMJ 110 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3(3)
This course examines the historical and contemporary components of the U.S. criminal justice system, its development objectives and problems. Emphasis is placed on the evolution and constant changes to the system both historically and culturally. Analysis of federal, state, local criminal justice systems and agencies will include various work groups and careers available to students.

CRMJ 111 - INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS 3(3)
A comprehensive overview of the corrections system. Topics include the history and development of corrections; the role of corrections in the criminal justice system; elements of the correctional process; and examination of local, state and federal institutions; institutional structures and functions; and current and future issues in the field.

CRMJ 117 - CRIMINAL LAW 3(3)
The history and development of criminal law and procedure in the United States is explored with emphasis on the police function in the administration of justice and judicial review/enforcement defining and limiting police practices.

CRMJ 119 - LEGAL ISSUES IN CORRECTIONS 2(2)
This course provides an overview of Constitutional, substantive and procedural laws that impact the management of convicted offenders and their rights. Various current legal topics and court decisions are explored.

Prerequisite: CRMJ 111

CRMJ 121 - CRIMINALISTICS 3(4)
This course provides students an overview of criminalistics beginning with first- responder duties and ending with laboratory analysis and results. The focus will be on the application of the scientific method in the solving of crimes with particular emphasis on recording and processing the crime scene, fingerprints, trace evidence retrieval, blood and biological evidence, impression evidence including tire/shoe impressions, ballistics/firearms analysis, arson and explosives, sexual assaults, and burglary/robbery/motor vehicle and homicide investigations. Student will be required to complete and submit a crime scene investigation portfolio. (A special fee will be assessed.)

CRMJ 135 - COMMUNITY RELATIONS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2(2)
A multidisciplinary approach to relations between individuals and/or the community and the various parts of the criminal justice system. Emphasis on understanding the problems of social control, communications, prejudice, discrimination, deviance, etc. and their impact on the total criminal justice system.

CRMJ 146 - CRIMINAL JUSTICE INVESTIGATION 3(3)
Fundamental principles and techniques applicable to all criminal justice investigations from crime and trial through probation and parole are discussed. Use of witnesses, principles, records, physical evidence, and interviewing are also covered.

CRMJ 147 - PROBATION AND PAROLE 2(2)
An examination of the philosophy, history, and practice in the probation and parole of juvenile and adult offenders in federal, state and local correctional systems including community corrections options. (IN3, IN4)

CRMJ 151 - LAW ENFORCEMENT FIREARMS TRAINING 3(4)
Included in the OPOTC Basic Academy Curriculum, this course will introduce the student to the historical perspective and current use of firearms in the law enforcement profession. Students will develop safe handling techniques and firearms safety, and examine the lawful use of weapons under current legal doctrine. Lab sessions provide thorough training developing precision pistol, shotgun and police combat techniques and skills. Open to Police academy students only.

Prerequisite: Divisional approval/Police Academy students only

CRMJ 152 - LAW ENFORCMENT MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION 3(4)
Included in the OPOTC Basic Academy Curriculum, this course will develop accepted attitudes for safe driving methods and decision-making for collision avoidance while learning to simultaneously integrate the tasks of driving and law enforcement. Open to Police Academy Students only.

Prerequisite: Divisional approval/Police Academy students only

CRMJ 190 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL COURTS 3(3)
The exploration of federal, state, and local court systems, their structure, function, organization, administration, and history. An examination of the steps involved in criminal cases; problems and issues in the system such as delays, plea bargaining, and sentencing; the relationship between the courts and related social agencies; and an introduction to how significant criminal court decisions are briefed.(IN1, IN3, IN4)

CRMJ 192 - DEATH INVESTIGATIONS 3(3)
Death can occur naturally, by homicide, suicide, or accidentally. Death Investigations examines techniques used to investigate a death and its possible causes. Beginning with the initial response, students will examine the process from first responder through the medical examiner's ruling on cause of death to the courtroom. Topics include: various causes and manner of death, crime scene protection, evidence collection, preliminary investigations, interviewing witnesses and suspects, autopsies and how wounds are interpreted, and coordination with various agencies involved in the process. This course is designed for the mature student and will contain necessary graphic content.

Prerequisite: CRMJ 110

CRMJ 193 - INTRODUCTION TO HOMELAND SECURITY 3(3)
This course will introduce students to the vocabulary and important components of Homeland Security. We will discuss the importance of the agencies associated with Homeland Security and their interrelated duties and relationships. We will examine historical events that impact Homeland Security. We will explore state, national, and international laws impacting Homeland Security. We will examine the most critical threats confronting Homeland Security. (In1, In2, In3)

CRMJ 219 - MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN CORRECTIONS 2(2)
This course examines the high prevalence of mental health problems among prison and jail inmates and the current ideologies and polices followed to diagnose and treat inmates incarcerated in long-term and short-term correctional facilities. (IN1, IN4)

Prerequisite: PSYH 151

CRMJ 225 - TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION 3(4)
This course examines the objectives and functions of conducting a traffic accident investigation including planning, locating and analyzing evidence, fact gathering, processing the accident scene, measuring, diagramming, and reporting. (A special fee will be assessed.

CRMJ 226 - JUVENILE DELINQUENCY 3(3)
This course examines the origins of American juvenile justice and the historical shifts that have occurred since the beginning including the nature, theoretical causes, prevention, treatment, and control of delinquency; and includes an overview of the Ohio juvenile justice systems, its laws, purpose, and operations.

Prerequisite: SOCY 151 or divisional approval

CRMJ 231 - INTRODUCTION TO POLICE OPERATIONS 3(3)
An in-depth analysis of law enforcement in the United States, both historical and current, including police operations, its relationship with government and society, organizational structure, management, policing styles, discretion, ethics and deviance, civil liability, and the future role of policing.

CRMJ 232 - POLICE SUPERVISION 3(3)
Administration and supervision of criminal justice organizations with emphasis given to law enforcement agencies. Management and supervision problems are reviewed, analyzed, and discussed.

CRMJ 285 - CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP I 2(3)
This course will provide the student an observational experience in a criminal justice agency under the direction of experienced and qualified personnel. Classroom theory will be compared to the roles and responsibilities of the professional in the field as well as the day-to-day operation of the agency. The student will be required to spend a minimum of 120 clock hours at the agency spread over the semester. The student's schedule and hours will be agreed upon by the agency and student prior to the start of the internship. In addition, attendance at a two-hour weekly seminar is required. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: 30 semester hours completed or approval by faculty coordinator.

Prerequisite: 30 semester hours completed or approval by faculty coordinator and host agency

CRMJ 286 - CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP II 2(3)
This course will provide the student an observational experience in a criminal justice agency under the direction of experienced and qualified personnel. Classroom theory will be compared to the roles and responsibilities of the professional in the field as well as the day-to-day operation of the agency. The student will be required to spend a minimum of 120 clock hours at the agency spread over the semester. The student's schedule and hours will be agreed upon by the agency and student prior to the start of the internship. In addition, attendance at a two-hour seminar is required. Laboratory required.

Prerequisite: CRMJ 285 and approval by faculty coordinator and host agency

CRMJ 298 - CRIMINAL JUSTICE PORTFOLIO DEVELOP 1(1)
This course will provide an overview of electronic portfolio development of prior learning and/or on-going learning in the field of criminal justice. Portfolios may be used to assess and compare learning with actual course requirements or job requirements. Students will learn to select, categorize and document their achievements and accomplishments for review and assessment related to academic placement and/or employment. They will evaluate knowledge and skills acquired from previous experience or training on the job, in the community, in military service, through travel, or through personal development. Students will comprehend and appreciate life/work experiences and how those relate to prior or on-going experiences and they will demonstrate the ability and skill to develop a comprehensive electronic portfolio.

CRMJ 299 - INDIV STUDIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1(1)
An in-depth study of various areas in the criminal justice system. Topics will vary. Repeatable up to a total of four (4) credit hours.

Prerequisite: Second-year standing and divisional approval