At a Glance:

Contact: Mortissa Harvey
Mortissa Harvey, Instructor, Criminal Justice
Phone: 404-225-4577
Email:
Campus: Main
Department: Business & Public Service Technologies Division
, Program Chair
Email: mharvey@atlantatech.edu
Direct: (404) 225-4577

 

 

Criminal Justice Technology

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice Technology Diploma program emphasizes a combination of criminal justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.  Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the corrections, security, investigative, and police administration fields. Completion of the Criminal Justice Technology Diploma does not ensure certification of officer status in Georgia. Students must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council.

Minimum Program Length: 4 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost: $8,370

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Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age.
  • Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply.
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Currciulum (48 - 50 hours)
General Education Courses (9 hours)
3
45
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
PSYC
1010
3
45
Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Courses (39 - 41 hours)

This student success course is designed to transition, connect, and acclimate new students to Atlanta Technical College. The course creates an awareness of various campus resources and holistic skill sets necessary to achieve educational and career success. Through the nurturing of academic, personal, social, occupational, and technological talents, students develop the academic and professional skills necessary to be successful in college and the global community.

Introduces the development and organization of the criminal justice system in the Untied States.  Topics: include the American criminal justice system; constitutional limitations;organization of enforcement, adjudication, and corrections; and career opportunities and requirements.
CRJU
1030
3
45
Provides an anlaysis of all phases of the American correctional system and practices, including its history, procedures, and objectives.  Topics include: history and evolution of correctional facilities; legal and administrative problems; institutional facilitites and procedures; probabtion, parole, and prerelease programs; alternative sentencing; rehabilitation; community involvement; and staffing.
This course examines the principles of the organization, administration, and duties of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Topics include: history and philosphy of law enforcement, evaluation of administrative practices, problems in American law enforcement agencies, emerging concepts, professionalism, and community crime prevention programs.

This course introduces criminal law in the United States, but emphasizes the current specific status of Georgia criminal law.  The course will focus on the most current statutory contents of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) with primary emphasis on the criminal and traffic codes.  Topics include: historic development of criminal law in the United States; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 40-Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; and Supreme Court rulings that apply to criminal law.

This course provides an exploration ethics and cultural perspectives in criminal justice. In presenting ethics, both the individual perspective and the organizational standpoint will be examined. Four areas of ethical decision making opportunities are studied including: law enforcement ethics; correctional ethics; legal profession ethics; and policymaking ethics. The presentation of cultural perspectives is designed to aid law enforcement officers to better understand and communicate with members of other cultures with whom they come in contact in the line of duty. Topics include: defining and applying terms related to intercultural attitudes, role-play activities related to intercultural understanding, developing interpersonal/intercultural communication competence, and development of personal intercultural growth plan.

This course emphasizes those provisions of the Bill of Rights which pertain to criminal justice.  Topics include: characteristics and powers of the three branches of government; principles governing the operation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.

CRJU
2050
3
45
Introduces the procedural law of the criminal justice system which governs the series of proceedings through which government enforces substantive criminal law.  The course offers an emphasis on the laws of arrest and search and seizure; the rules of evidence, right to counsel, and the right and duties of both citizens and officers.  The course covers in depth appropriate Case Law and court rulings that dictate criminal procedures on the State and Federal Level.
CRJU
2070
3
45

Analyze the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency, and examines processes in the field of juvenile justice.  Topics include: survey of juvenile law, comparative analysis of adult and juvenile justice systems, and prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency.

3
135

This course will cover the history of both juvenile and adult probation as well as the history of parole.  The probation and parole systems will be covered generally with a special emphasis on the Georgia systems and related laws.  Topics include: history and philosophy of probation and parole; function of the probation and parole systems; Georgia law related to probation and parole; characteristics and roles of probation and parole officers; and special issues and programs of probation and parole.

Select Three of the Following (9 - 11 hours)
3
45

This course will cover the history of both juvenile and adult probation as well as the history of parole.  The probation and parole systems will be covered generally with a special emphasis on the Georgia systems and related laws.  Topics include: history and philosophy of probation and parole; function of the probation and parole systems; Georgia law related to probation and parole; characteristics and roles of probation and parole officers; and special issues and programs of probation and parole.

3
45

This course presents the knowledge and skills associated with police patrol operations. Emphasis is placed on patrol techniques, crimes in progress, crisis intervention, domestic disputes, Georgia Crime Information Center procedures, electronics communications and police reports. Topics include: foundations, policing skills and communication skills.

This course explores the managerial aspects of effective and efficient police administration.  Emphasis is directed towards increasing organizational skills and overcoming interdepartmental and inter-agency non-communication.  Topics include: environmental management, human resources, and organizational concerns.

This course presents the fundamentals of criminal investigation.  The duties and responsibilities of the investigator both in field and in the courtyard room are highlighted.  Emphasis is placed on techniques commonly utilized by investigative personnel as well as the procedures used for investigating various crimes.

3
75

This course presents students with practical exercises dealing with investigating crime scenes and gathering various forms of physical evidence.  Emphasis is placed on crime scene assessment, search, fingerprinting, and evidence collection.  Topics include: crime scene management, evidence characteristics, identification, documentation and collections as well as techniques for developing and lifting latent fingerprints.

Presents the fundamentals for the community-oriented policing philosophy, including the comparison of traditional and community policing philosophies; law enforcement and community relationships; importance of political and public support and involvement; attitudinal changes involving the roles of police management, supervisors and line personnel; creation of partnerships with community organizations, businesses, private security, other governmental agencies, and special interest groups; and police problem-solving methodologies. Topics include: foundations of community-oriented policing, partnerships and problem-solving in community-oriented policing, and community-oriented policing projects and programs.

The origin, history and role of forensic science in the investigative process.  Philosophical, rational and practical framework that supports a case investigation will be outlined.  The unifying principles of forensic science, the rooting of forensic science in the pure sciences, and the unique ways in which a forensic scientist must think will also be discussed.  The special areas of forensic science will be explored.

CRJU
2060
3
45

Introduces the nature, extent, and factors related to criminal behavior, and the etiology of criminal offenses and offenders. Topics include: sociological, psychological, and biological causes of crime; effectiveness of theories in explaining crime; theory integration; and application of theory to selected issues.

CRJU
2110
3
45

The course provides an introduction to the principles of homeland security, roles and responsibilities of constituencies and implications for criminal justice fields. Topics include: intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, domestic counterterrorism, protecting critical infrastructure, defending against catastrophic threats, and emergency preparedness and response.

CRJU
2201
3
45

This course examines the historical context on the development, functions, and controversies in the courts system. Topics include: introduction to the courts; participants of a trial; courtroom processes; and the post-conviction process.

This introductory course will provide a broad overview of the areas in forensic science covered in higher level courses. Topics include the recognition, identification, individualization and evaluation of various types of physical evidence, forensic science and the law, and ethics in forensic science. The relationship of forensic science to the natural sciences and the use of the scientific method in forensic science will also be explored.

A study of the methods and techniques of scientific crime scene investigation and analysis using principles from biology, chemistry, and physics to document, recognize, preserve and collect physical evidence. Topics covered include video recording, photography, sketching, and searching of crime scenes along with proper collection and preservation methods.

Bloodstain pattern analysis is a tool used in crime scene investigations to reconstruct events and evaluate statements. Lectures on terminology and theory coupled with practical laboratory exercises will provide students with the basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis. The understanding of scientific principles related to bloodstain pattern analysis and its relation to case work will be explored in addition to the identification and documentation of bloodstains and bloodstain patterns.