Administration of Justice Courses Offered
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Administration 

of Justice

Courses Offered

The Administration of Justice degree or certificate prepares students for a career in criminal justice. By completing the degree or certificate requirements, the student will gain the ability to apply principles of the justice system, constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure, human relations, and concepts of criminal law as well as demonstrate proficiency in report writing and record keeping. Competencies will be assessed regularly in accordance with the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) criteria.

Administration of Justice 10
(formerly Administration of Justice 10ab)   
Introduction to Homeland Security

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Transfer CSU


Administration of Justice 11
Intelligence and Security Management

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 10 and English A 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

This course provides an overview of important components of homeland security, including various agencies and their interrelated responsibilities. Topics include historical events, critical threats, and legislative constraints that impact national security. The course clarifies the roles of military agencies and local, federal, and international law enforcement in combating terrorism and identifies characteristics, ideologies, motives, and behaviors of extremist groups that foster and support terrorist activities. Students will examine and interpret forensic evidence to reconstruct crimes of terrorism.

This course provides an overview of important components of homeland security, including various agencies and their interrelated responsibilities. Topics include historical events, critical threats, and legislative constraints that impact national security. The course clarifies the roles of military agencies and local, federal, and international law enforcement in combating terrorism and identifies characteristics, ideologies, motives, and behaviors of extremist groups that foster and support terrorist activities. Students will examine and interpret forensic evidence to reconstruct crimes of terrorism.

Administration of Justice 12
Transportation and Border Security Management

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 11 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

Administration of Justice 21
Introduction to Emergency Management

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 10 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

This course provides an overview of modern border and transportation security challenges. Different methods designed to address these challenges will be explored. The course covers a time period from post 9/11 to present. Topics associated with border security and security for transportation infrastructure include: ships, aircraft, railways, pipelines, and highways. Additional topics include technological solutions employed to enhance security of borders and transportation systems. Students will discuss the legal, economic, political, and cultural concerns as well as impacts associated with transportation and border security.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of emergency management. Students will learn the principles of emergency management, and will become familiar with the major issues confronting emergency management providers. The course will emphasize the elements of the Incident Command System. Students will participate in a series of simulated emergency management exercises. Case studies of large scale emergency events will be covered. 

Administration of Justice 26
Introduction to Terrorism and Counterterrorism

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 11 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU


Administration of Justice 49
Penal Code 832 - Arrest and Firearms

3 units; 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab per week to be arranged 
Enrollment Limitation: Students must have a Department of Justice (DOJ) background clearance prior to enrolling in this course. Recommended Preparation: English 84 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

This course will provide students with an overview of domestic and transnational terrorism. Varying definitions, perspectives, and underlying causes will be explored along with terrorist weapons of choice. Terrorist and counterterrorist organizations will be examined, as well as incidents involving terrorist efforts, successes, and failures.












This course is designed to meet the minimum requirements for training as required by Penal Code Section 832 and certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). The course is certified by P.O.S.T. in the areas of laws of arrest, ethical use of force, arrest and control methods, and firearms training. The course has 45 hours of lecture covering California laws of arrest and firearms, 9 hours of training in arrest and control methods, and 18 hours of training in the use of firearms, for a total of 72 hours. The course will cover the basic fundamentals of the laws of arrest, arrest and control methods, and the basic principles of firearms training that will enhance an individual’s ability to meet the state’s minimum requirements for employment in a law enforcement or allied agency.

Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.
Note: Students pay fees for this course for Department of Justice background check and clearance, firing range, ammunition and targets.

Administration of Justice 95/96abcd
Cooperative Work Experience Education


2-4 units; hours to be arranged 
Enrollment Limitation: Employment or volunteer work in a position related to the student’s major or career goal by the second week of the semester. Completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major. 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

Administration of Justice 99
(formerly Administration of Justice 99abc)
Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged 
Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Administration of Justice with a minimum grade of B in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, supervisor, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Administration of Justice field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare them to personal abilities and career expectations.

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Administration of Justice not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Administration of Justice projects (54 hours per unit).

Note: For eligibility requirements, go to www.elcamino.edu/admissions/credit.asp

Administration of Justice 100
Introduction to Administration of Justice

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

Administration of Justice 103
Concepts of Criminal Law I

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

 

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped those principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process are examined in a cross context, emphasis is placed on the United States justice system, particularly the structure and function of police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies. 

In this course, students examine the historical development and philosophy of law and its application to the criminal justice system. Topics covered include legal research, case law, classifications of crime, crimes against persons and property, and crimes against the state.

*Note: Some UC transferable courses have credit limitations. For details, see a counselor, the Transfer Center adviser, or the articulation officer.

 

Administration of Justice 106
Criminal Justice Recruitment and Selection

3 units; 3 hours lecture 
Credit, degree applicable 
Transfer CSU

Administration of Justice 107
Crime and Control – An Introduction to Corrections

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course presents an overview of the criminal justice recruitment and selection process, and provides opportunities to gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to be more successful at passing the various testing phases in a criminal justice testing and background investigation process. Instruction begins with the application phase, then addresses the various steps in the hiring process including: the written examination, oral interview, written and oral psychological exams, polygraph exam, physical agility test and background investigation. 

This is a basic course covering crime, criminal behavior and social attempts at controlling such behavior. Emphasis in this course is placed on traditional types of punishment, such as incarceration, as well as rehabilitation, probation, parole, and diversion. Incarceration issues include officer and inmate safety, physical security aspects of prison, and prisoner discipline and code of conduct. Rehabilitation topics include education, job skills training and parole. This course covers the basic career skills and knowledge required for employment as detention officers in custodial institutions, probation and parole. 

Administration of Justice 109
Introduction to Police Patrol Procedures

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Administration of Justice 111
Criminal Investigation

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

 This course covers the study of the history and development of police patrol. Topics covered include functions of patrol; investigative duties of the field officer; techniques for planning patrol activities; handling complaints and requests for service; field interviews; searches and arrests; civil and domestic disturbances; and the handling of traffic related problems.

This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation. Topics should include the techniques of crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, modus operandi processes, sources of information, interview and interrogation, and follow-up investigation. 

Administration of Justice 115
Community and Human Relations

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

Administration of Justice 126
Juvenile Delinquency and Legal Procedures

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Topics include the shared and conflicting values in culture, religion, and law. 

This course is an examination of the origin, development, and organization of the juvenile system as it evolved in the American justice system. The course explores the theories that focus on juvenile law, courts and processes, and the constitutional protections extended to juveniles administered in the American justice system. 

Administration of Justice 130
Criminal Procedures

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Administration of Justice 131
Legal Aspects of Evidence

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is an in-depth study of the procedures by which a criminal defendant is tried. As enumerated by the Constitution’s due process clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, this course examines how this process functions from the point at which a crime is committed to arrest, trial and appeal. 

This course covers the legal aspects evidence and the constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, and search and seizure. Topics covered include types of evidence and rules governing their admissibility, judicial decisions interpreting individual rights, and case studies viewed with respect to how they are applied in a criminal process from arrest to trial. 

Administration of Justice 132 
Forensic Crime Scene Investigation


3 units; 3 hours lecture

Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Administration of Justice 133 
Fingerprint Classification and Investigation

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides students with an introduction to forensic crime scene investigation (CSI). It examines the methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents and controlled substances. The student will gain an understanding of the workings of a CSI unit, an overview of the relationship between forensic science and law enforcement, as well as evidence collection and analysis rules.

This course covers the basic principles of fingerprints, including lifting, classification, and identification. The history of fingerprints, Henry and Battley systems, and the legal aspects of fingerprints are studied in relation to current practices and procedures.

 

Administration of Justice 134
Introduction to Crime Analysis

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Administration of Justice 135
Report Writing

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

 This course is designed to acquaint the student with the techniques necessary to develop basic crime analysis skills needed in today’s law enforcement environment. Students will analyze data and transform their analyses into specific and proactive plans to combat crimerelated problems. The course prepares law enforcement professionals, both sworn and civilian, who are integrally involved in community- based policing programs, which respond to a community’s quality-of-life issues.

In this course, students develop the ability to observe, record, and document facts, from which a police or criminal justice report could be written. Facts presented are based on simulated crimes that include crime scenes with evidence and witness statements. Students complete a variety of law enforcement report forms construct police report narratives, using proper spelling, grammar and sentence structure, and in a manner that satisfies typical requirements for a criminal investigation or prosecution.

Administration of Justice 142
Introduction to Digital Evidence

3 units; 3 hour lecture
Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 100 and English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU



Administration of Justice 150
Peace Officer Training Module - Level III

8 units; 6 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Enrollment Limitation:
1. Current medical examination conducted within six months (for safety and college liability reasons)
2. Students must apply for and receive a California Department of Justice Firearms and Arrest Clearance (Penal Code 13511.5)
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides students with an understanding of digital crime scene investigation. Topics include court presentation of evidence requirements involving digital forensic evidence requirenments involving digital forensic evidence, digital imaging, and metadata. Recognized legal and professional standards will be reviewed. Students will be exposed to  contemporary digital forensic tools and processes used in collecting digital evidence from seizure to the admission as evidence in a criminal trial. Procedural and legal issues in the handling, processing and examination of digital evidence will be studied. Students will learn about methods of handling the chain of custody regarding some digital evidence, and discovery procedures. 

This course is designed for California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified Training Module - Level III peace officer training candidates. A Level III peace officer may perform specified limited support duties that are not likely to result in physical arrests. The student will participate in a 216 hours course of instruction and training emphasizing basic law enforcement philosophy, procedures, tactics, and techniques. The course is certified pursuant to California Penal Code Section 836.6.

Note: Students who have earned credit in Administration of Justice 155 cannot receive unit credit for Administration of Justice 150.
Note: Students pay fees for this course for Department of Justice background check and clearance, firing range, ammunition and targets.

Administration of Justice 155
Peace Officer Training - Level II Module

11 units; 9.5 hours lecture, 5 hours lab
Prerequisite: Administration of Justice 150 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent Enrollment Limitation: 1. Current Penal Code 832 (P.C. 832) certification valid within the last three years; 2. Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) and First Aid certification; 3. Current Medical examination (valid within 6 months) (for safety and liability reasons); 4. Current California Department of Justice Firearms and Arrest Clearance (Penal Code Section 13511.5) (valid within 6 months).
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Administration of Justice 170
Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU





 

 

This course is designed for California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified Training Module - Level II police officer training candidates. A Level II peace officer may perform general law enforcement assignments under immediate supervision of a sworn officer. The student will participate in a 261 hour course of instruction and training emphasizing basic law enforcement philosophy, procedures, tactics, and techniques. The course is certified pursuant to California Penal Code Section 836.6.

In this course, students examine the history and development of the laws and customs of arrest, search and seizure, and the “Exclusionary Rule.” Emphasis is given to the application of these procedures as they relate to law enforcement officers and others in the apprehension of criminals and the procuring of evidence.

 

Administration of Justice 190
Law Enforcement Explorer Academy

3 units; 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab
Enrollment Limitation: Medical examination (current within last 6 months)
Credit, not degree applicable

 

This course is designed to expose the pre-employment student to the many facets of law enforcement. Instructional activities will emphasize career exploration, law enforcement history and organization, professionalism, teamwork, drill and ceremony, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and firearm safety. Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be eligible to become a member of a local Police Department Explorer Post.