College of Professional Studies

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

PPOL 10100 The American Criminal Justice System
PPOL 12000 Contemporary Health Issues
PPOL 16200 Environment and People
PPOL 17000 Introduction to Public Affairs
PPOL 20100 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies
PPOL 20200 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources
PPOL 22100 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
PPOL 26300 Public Management
PPOL 26400 Urban Structure and Policy
PPOL 30000 Statistical Techniques
PPOL 30100 Substantive Criminal Law
PPOL 30200 Procedural Criminal Law
PPOL 30500 Juvenile Justice
PPOL 30600 The Criminal Courts
PPOL 31600 Environmental Health Science
PPOL 32000 Health Systems Administration
PPOL 32001 Criminal Investigation
PPOL 32100 American Policing
PPOL 32200 Principles of Epidemiology
PPOL 33100 Corrections
PPOL 33900 Legal History and Public Policy
PPOL 34800 Management Science
PPOL 35200 Healthcare Finance I
PPOL 36200 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
PPOL 36600 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations
PPOL 37000 Seminar in Criminal Justice (variable title)
PPOL 37100 Human Resources Management in Healthcare Facilities
PPOL 37101 Financing Public Affairs
PPOL 37200 Government Finance and Budgets
PPOL 37300 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
PPOL 37600 Law and Public Policy
PPOL 37700 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America
PPOL 38000 Internship in Public Affairs
PPOL 39000 Readings in Public Affairs
PPOL 40200 Hospital Administration
PPOL 40500 Public Law and the Legislative Process
PPOL 40600 Public Law and the Electoral Process
PPOL 40700 Public Law and Government Relations
PPOL 41100 Chronic and Long-Term Care Administration
PPOL 43900 Crime and Public Policy
PPOL 44100 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration
PPOL 45000 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (variable title)
PPOL 45600 Topics in Public Law
PPOL 45800 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations
PPOL 49000 Directed Research in Public and Environmental Affairs

PPOL 10100 The American Criminal Justice System  3 cr.

Introduction to the criminal justice system of the United States and its function in contemporary society.
The American Criminal Justice System (J101) is a prerequisite for all other criminal justice courses. This course is an Indiana Core Transfer Library course.

PPOL 12000 Contemporary Health Issues 3 cr.

An examination of current public health, environmental health, and health service delivery issues in the United States. Topics include the organization and costs of health systems, access to care, and the interrelationships between risk factors and health; also environmental challenges facing our society and their impact on health.

PPOL 16200 Environment and People 3 cr.

An interdisciplinary examination of the problems of population, pollution, and natural resources and their implications for society.

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PPOL 17000 Introduction to Public Affairs  3 cr.

Broad coverage of public affairs through critical and analytical inquiry into policy-making at all levels of government. Particular emphasis on intergovernmental relations as they affect policy in the federal system.

PPOL 20100 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies   3 cr.

This course examines the impact of sociological, biological, and economic theories of crime and the practice of criminal justice. Focus is upon the nature and importance of theory, context of theoretical developments, methods for the critical analysis of theoretical developments, and policy implications of the varying perspectives considered.
Prerequisite: PPOL 10100

PPOL 20200 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources  3 cr.

Course examines basic concepts of criminal justice. Students become familiar with research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. Students will learn to critically evaluate existing research. Students will become familiar with existing sources of criminal justice data and will learn to assess the quality of that data.
Prerequisite: PPOL 10100

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PPOL 22100 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector  3 cr.

This course provides a broad overview of the U.S. nonprofit sector. Topics include the sector's size and scope and its religious, historical, and theoretical underpinnings. It also examines perspectives on why people organize, donate to, and volunteer for nonprofit organizations, and looks at current challenges that the sector faces.

PPOL 26300 Public Management  3 cr.

This course is an examination of the management process in public organizations in the United States. Special attention will be given to external influences on public managers, the effects of the intergovernmental environment, and in particular, problems of management in a democratic, limited government system.

PPOL 26400 Urban Structure and Policy  3 cr.

An introduction to urban government and public policy issues. Topics include urban government structure and policy making, the economic foundations and development of cities, demography of cities and suburbs, land-use planning, and other selected urban policy problems.

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PPOL 30000 Statistical Techniques  3 cr.

An introduction to statistics. Nature of statistical data. Ordering and manipulation of data. Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference decision. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics discussed may include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, nonparametric methods. Credit given for only one of the following: PPOL 30000, ECON 27000, SOC 35100, POL 39500, PSY 20100, STAT 30100.
Prerequisite: MA 14000

PPOL 30100 Substantive Criminal Law  3 cr.

The development, limitations, and application of substantive criminal law utilizing the casestudy method.
Prerequisite:  PPOL 10100

PPOL 30200 Procedural Criminal Law  3 cr.

Criminal law application and procedure from the initiation of police activity through the correctional process utilizing the case-study method.
Prerequisite:  PPOL 10100

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PPOL 30500 Juvenile Justice   3 cr.

This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice system’s response to abused, neglected, and dependent children; juvenile misconduct; and delinquent behavior. An extensive review of the development of recent legal changes to the court, options for prevention, treatment of juvenile offenders, and possible system reforms.
Prerequisite:  PPOL 10100

PPOL 30600 The Criminal Courts  3 cr.

An analysis of the criminal justice process from prosecution through appeal. The organization and operation of felony and misdemeanor courts are examined. Topics include prosecutorial decision-making; plea-bargaining; judicial selection; and the conduct of trials, sentencing, and appeal.
Prerequisite:  PPOL 10100

PPOL 31600 Environmental Health Science 3 cr.

A study of human interaction with the environment and potential impacts of environmental agents on health and safety. Hazards from natural sources and human activities that contaminate our air, land, water, food, homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces are examined. Environmental control activities, including pollution control technology and policy, are also examined.

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PPOL 32000 Health Systems Administration 3 cr.

An overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Examines the organization, function, and role of the system; current system problems; and alternative systems or solutions.

PPOL 32001 Criminal Investigation  3 cr.

Theory of investigation, crime-scene procedures, interviews, interrogations, surveillances, and sources of information; collection and preservation of physical evidence; investigative techniques in specific crimes.
Prerequisite:  PPOL 10100

PPOL 32100 American Policing  3 cr.

This course will examine the history, evolution, and organization of policing in the United States. Emphasis is placed on such major contemporary issues as the police role, discretion, use of force, corruption, accountability, and community policing.
Prerequisite:  PPOL 10100

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PPOL 32200 Principles of Epidemiology  3 cr.

A basic overview of epidemiologic methodology and techniques. Both communicable and chronic disease risk factors will be discussed, along with data acquisition, analysis techniques, and current published epidemiological studies.
Prequisite: MA 14000 or equivalent course.

PPOL 33100 Corrections  3 cr.

This course examines the historical development of the American correctional system; the study of administration of local, state, and federal corrections programs, including jail, probation, community corrections, and prisons. Includes the study of punishment rationales, current correctional policies, and possibilities for reform.
Prerequisite: PPOL 10100

PPOL 33900 Legal History & Public Policy  3 cr.

This course will cover a specific policy issue in American history (such as race relations or political protest/dissent) during specific time periods and focus on the role played by the U.S. Supreme Court in dealing with that issue.

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PPOL 34800 Management Science  3 cr.

Introduction to management-science models and methods for policy analysis and public management. Methods include decision analysis, linear programming queuing analysis, and simulation. Computer-based applications are included.
Prerequisites:  PPOL 30000 or STAT 30100, MA 14000, 15300, or 21300.

PPOL 35200 Healthcare Finance I  3 cr.

First of a two-course sequence on the financial management of healthcare organizations; introduces financial environment of providers and concepts of financial accounting critical to decision-making.  Topics include financial statement analysis (specific emphasis on unique features of healthcare financial statements), accounting and managerial control of cash, accounts receivable, inventory, and budgeting.

PPOL 36200 Nonprofit Management and Leadership  3 cr.

Students in this experiential course prepare themselves for this field as well as public and private sector jobs that intersect with the nonprofit sector. This course provides an overview of nonprofit management practices, including governance, leadership, planning, performance measurement,
marketing, finances, ethics, team management, and staff and volunteer relations.

PPOL 36600 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations  3 cr.

This course provides an introduction to the management of people in public organizations. Focus is on behavioral science in management and related analytical and experiential applications.

PPOL 37000 Seminar in Criminal Justice  3 cr. (variable title)

Selected contemporary topics in criminal justice. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite:  PPOL 10100

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PPOL 37100 Human Resources Management in Healthcare Facilities  3 cr.

This course covers the function of management, which is concerned with the acquisition, development, and use of human resources in the field of healthcare delivery. Labor relations relating to healthcare delivery are also included.

PPOL 37101 Financing Public Affairs  3 cr.

A survey of economic and political theories of market failures, public expenditure evaluation, economic stabilization, systems of redistribution and fiscal federalism. Examples and applications to contemporary government decisions.
Prerequisites: PPOL 17000, ECON 20100, and ECON 20200.

PPOL 37200 Government Finance and Budgets  3 cr.

Study of fiscal management in public agencies, including revenue administration, debt management, and public budgeting.

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PPOL 37300 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector  3 cr.

The organization and operation of public personnel-management system, with emphasis on concepts and techniques of job analysis, position classification, training, affirmative action, and motivation.

PPOL 37600 Law and Public Policy  3 cr.

The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the origins, process, and impact of law in the making and implementing of public policy. The course's major objective is to provide students with the substantive concepts necessary to understand the judicial system and law in its various forms.

PPOL 37700 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America  3 cr.

An introduction to the American legal system, including the Constitution, courts system, and administrative law in federal and state agencies. Readings and discussion center around current issues affected by the legal process.
Prerequisite: PPOL 37600.

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PPOL 38000 Internship in Public Affairs  1-6 cr.

Open to interested students upon approval of the faculty. Students are placed with public agencies or governmental units for assignment to a defined task relevant to their educational interests in public affairs. Tasks may involve staff work or research. Full-time participants may earn up to 6 credits.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Course is graded S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory).

PPOL 39000 Readings in Public Affairs  1-3 cr.

Independent readings and research related to a topic of special interest to the student. Written report required. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PPOL 40200 Hospital Administration  3 cr.

The study of organization, structure, function, and fiscal operations within hospitals. The role of the hospital in the community, relationship to official and voluntary health agencies, coordination of hospital departments and managerial involvement will be examined.

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PPOL 40500 Public Law and the Legislative Process  3 cr.

This course focuses on Congress as a policy-making body in the U.S. public law system. It covers the constitutional framework for congressional operations as well as technical aspects of the legislative process such as bill drafting and analysis, the role of leadership, and the prerogatives of individual members.

PPOL 40600 Public Law and the Electoral Process  3 cr.

The purpose of this course is to facilitate understanding of the interaction of electoral politics and policy. It covers the legal framework of the evolution of the "right" to vote, the impact of the judiciary on the structure of elections, limitation on campaign practices, and the importance of legislative districting and its control.

PPOL 40700 Public Law and Government Relations  3 cr.

The purpose of this course is to build understanding of government relations work as applied to careers in the field. It covers the historical evolution of the constitutional right to petition the government with an understanding of the limitations imposed on the process. The interaction of public and private sectors is included.

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PPOL 41100 Chronic and Long-Term Care Administration  3 cr.

Administering programs across the continuum of care including nursing homes, hospice, home health, and assisted living; Medicare and Medicaid financing; quality improvement; care management; and needs of special populations, particularly, vulnerable elders.

PPOL 43900 Crime and Public Policy  3 cr.

A detailed examination of the major efforts designed to control or reduce crime. A review of existing knowledge is followed by an investigation of current crime control theories, proposals, and programs.
Prerequisite: PPOL 10100; senior standing or consent of instructor.

PPOL 44100 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration  3 cr.

An overview of the liability and legal responsibility, as well as legal recourse healthcare facilities may exercise. This course will discuss policies and standards relating to health facility administration. Also included is a discussion of financial aspects unique to the hospital/healthcare facility environment, such as third-party payments and federal assistance.

PPOL 45000 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs  1-3 cr. (variable title)

Extensive analysis of selected contemporary issues in public affairs. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

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PPOL 45600 Topics in Public Law  3 cr.

Extensive analysis of selected contrmporary issues in public law. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

PPOL 45800 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations

Course builds an understanding of the practice, philosophy, law, and theory of fundraising. Students establish an organization's value base and mission, prepare funding appeals, evaluate readiness for a campaign, assess funding sources, implement fundraising vehicles, evaluate effectiveness, and discuss stewardship of contributions.

PPOL 49000 Directed Research in Public and Environmental Affairs  1-3 cr.

To be arranged with the individual instructor and approved by the chairperson of the undergraduate program. May be repeated for credit up to 9 hours.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

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