Criminal Justice Administration

Course Number: CRIMLJUS 7530
Course Name: Criminal Justice Administration (Online)
Course Description:    This course will provide an in-depth overview of the administration and management of criminal justice organizations with an emphasis on police organizations. Students in the course will be exposed to a theoretical and conceptual framework which may be used to analyze and more effectively deal with the complexities of contemporary issues confronting law enforcement administrators. Although centered on the law enforcement environment, the principles and issues discussed in this course would be appropriate for administrators in any criminal justice organization.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Describe the major elements of an organization.
  • Define the concepts of management and leadership.
  • Delineate the concepts associated with organizational goals.
  • Differentiate and analyze centralized organizations and decentralized organizations.
  • Understand internal and external environmental factors that influence the various agencies that identify the stages of the communication process.
  • Describe the barriers to communication in criminal justice organizations.
  • Identify the impact of the chain of command on effective communication comprise the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and analyze ways to identify and manage conflict.
  • Describe strategies to best manage conflict.
  • Identify and compare and contrast interorganizational conflict with intraorganizational conflict.
  • Describe and compare and contrast job enrichment and job enlargement strategies.
  • Describe at least two different ways a supervisor can motivate underperforming employees.
  • Describe the steps necessary to successfully implement change.
  • Analyze and describe obstacles to planned change.
  • Define strategies and various steps often used in a good decision making process.
  • Describe and analyze various obstacles in the organizational decision making process.
  • Describe the role you believe ethics plays within the decision making process.
  • Describe the ways in which organizational effectiveness can be measured.
  • Compare and contrast the goal and process models of measuring organizational effectiveness.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
Lesson 1: Criminal Justice Structures and Organizational Theory
Lesson 2: Politics and Criminal Justice Administration

Unit 2
Lesson 3: Problems of Communication
Lesson 4: Principled Leadership
Lesson 5: Ethical Decision Making
Lesson 6: Supervision, Evaluation, and Motivation

Unit 3
Lesson 7: The Selection Process
Lesson 8: Police Personalities
Lesson 9: Organizational Conflict

Unit 4
Lesson 10: Organizational Decision Making
Lesson 11: Measuring Organizational Effectiveness
Lesson 12: Job Design and Redesign
Lesson 13: Planning, Vision, and Change

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Percentage
Weekly Discussion Questions & Overall Participation in Discussions 20%
Group Projects (4) 40%
Research Paper 20%
Final Exam 20%
Total: 100%

Grading Scale
A 90% - 100% Excellent
B 80% - 89% Very Good
C 70% - 79% Adequate
D 60% - 69% Weak
F 0% - 59% Failing


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