Course Descriptions - Criminal Justice Management

CJM 209 CRIME, JUSTICE, AND SOCIETY

This course will discuss the historical development of policing, management of security organizations, and the relationships of the various criminal justice organizations.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 210 CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

This course will provide an in-depth examination of the crimes and actions most encountered by the private industry and the public law enforcement officer. We will also examine recent court decisions. Students will become acquainted with concepts of search and seizure, individual restraint, and limitations of personal freedom and expression.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 302 SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS: CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

This course will cover investigative methodologies, financial and quantitative data analysis, investigative plans, multi-disciplinary teams, and best practices. Students will also examine legal and ethical duties and issues, use case study analysis to emphasize background verifications, employee misconduct, employee and external fraud, and joint investigations with law enforcement. Overall, students will understand how properly conducted investigations may be used as a risk management tool.

Prerequisite: CJM 209              3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 333 PHYSICAL SECURITY: SYSTEM DESIGN, INTEGRATION AND CONTROL

Physical security includes an assembly (combination) of security-related equipment, devices, and technologies, designated and arranged to signal (alert) personnel to negative (loss causing) event or circumstances. Topics to be covered in this course include controlling and monitoring the access of persons and vehicles, prevention and detection of unauthorized intrusions and surveillance, safeguarding negotiable documents, proprietary information, merchandise, and buildings. Students will learn that critical to effective physical security is identifying and assessing the security (asset protection) requirements related to (anticipated) risks and threats to a given facility’s perimeter, interior, and contents.

Prerequisite: CJM 302              3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 345 AMERICAN CORRECTIONS

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the American Correctional system and to cover the history of corrections, punishment of offenders, the prison experience, incarceration of women, and institutional management. Formerly SOC 145.

Prerequisite: Any CJM, PSY, or SOC course             
3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 347 EMERGENCY PLANNING AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT

This course will cover topics such as risk identification and assessment of multi-hazards whether natural and man-made, violence in the workplace, development of crisis and disaster incident management programs, and business/agency continuation planning. Students will understand that natural and man-made hazards represent a threat to the financial welfare of a corporation/agency and the safety of its employees and visitors. Students will have the opportunity to be certified in many of the ICS levels as well as FEMA certifications.

Prerequisite: CJM 209              3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 375 research methods in criminal justice management

This course introduces students to scientific methodology as it relates to criminal justice in order for students to become researchers and understand the field of research as it relates to criminal justice. This course provides students with an understanding of the methods of research available to criminologists and the police. It also connects theory to data, and emphasizes the ability to comprehend the logic behind statistical tests of significance. Understanding the development and testing of hypotheses, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of findings is the underlying theme of the course.

Prerequisite: CJM 209, CJM 210, CJM 302         3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 390 INTERNSHIP

This internship will afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to the real world. The criminal justice management internship program works closely with the Washington Center at the Fisher Institute, Career Services, as well as independently placing students in convenient locations. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 as well as 60 credits completed is required; the internship consists of 120 hours of work.

Prerequisite: CJM 209 and CJM 210      3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 3xx forensic Analysis and Interpretation

This course will explore the application of science to criminal investigations. Emphasis will be placed on the recovery of evidence from the crime scene through the analysis at the crime lab, and its interpretation in the courts. Specific topics will include: the collection of evidence, death investigations, and the use of fingerprint, firearms, tool marks, and bloodstain pattern analysis. Analysis of drug tests and trace evidence (hair and fibers) will also be covered. Multiple case studies will be used to relate classroom principles to real world examples. Course under development at the time of publication.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 417 HOMELAND SECURITY/TERRORISM

This course will cover the historical foundations of terrorism. Students will learn ideologies, organizational structures, and methods of operations.

Class discussions will provide an overview of the problem of terrorism, and explore public and private sector terrorism. Students will discuss and understand the concepts of domestic terrorism and its implications as well as political and social ramifications.

Prerequisite: CJM 347              3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 470 special topics in Criminal justice management

This course is offered on an occasional basis and addresses topics and themes of special interest not covered in the standard course offering in criminal justice.

Prerequisite: CJM 209 and CJM 210      3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 480 ADVANCED ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE MANAGEMENT

This capstone course will examine state-of-the-art (best practice) methodologies, strategies and approaches relevant to the acquisition of skills, competencies and conceptual (big picture) expertise necessary for successful and effective security management, as well as research emerging in the field of criminal justice. This course will emphasize qualitative and quantitative (analytical) approaches relevant to the accurate forecasting, identification and assessment of security-related issues, and concerns in multi-national environments using problem-based learning as the primary instructional strategy.

Prerequisite: CJM 209, CJM 210, CJM 302, and CJM 333 or CJM 417. CJM concentrations only.                   3 Hours, 1 Semester

CJM 4xx criminology

Within the field of criminal justice, it is necessary to understand why some people commit crimes and others do not. Crime rates throughout the world are continuously monitored and everyone wants to know the profile of the typical offender; yet it’s relevant that we explore the principles and theories that correlate with crime rates and its offenders. This course will explore historical and contemporary theories of the causes of crime; including theories derived from biological, psychological, sociological, geographic, economic, and political perspectives. Course under development at the time of publication.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

This publication provides information concerning the programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student.

The policies and procedures contained in the 2016-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

NICHOLS COLLEGE
Center Road
P.O. Box 5000
Dudley, Massachusetts 01571-5000
Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016
Volume XLVIII