Criminal Justice (CRJS) 485

Police Management (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Courses: None

Cross-listed Course: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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CRJS 485: Police Management provides a broad understanding of the organizational behaviour theories and management competencies relevant to the criminal justice system, within the scope of law enforcement. In this course, you will learn the important components of organizational behaviour.


Unit 1: Law Enforcement Organizations: Evolving Theories and Strategies

Unit 2: Dynamics of Management: Managers and Organizational Behaviours

Unit 3: Leadership: The Integrative Variable

Unit 4: Determinants of Human Behaviour

Unit 5: Motivation: The Force Behind Behaviour

Unit 6: Conflict: Nature, Causes, and Management

Unit 7: Decision-Making: The Essential Element in Applied Management

Unit 8: Power: Its Nature and Uses

Unit 9: Groups and Teamwork: Human Dynamics at Work

Unit 10: Change: Coping with Organizational Life

Unit 11: Performance Management and Developing Effective Organizations

Unit 12: Emerging Trends and Issues


Your final grade in Criminal Justice 485: Police Management will be based on your performance on four discussion board posts (20%), four case studies (20%), two written assignments (30%), and a final research paper (30%).

To receive credit for the course, you must achieve a grade of at least 50% on each assignment and an overall course grade of at least 50%. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment for Credit Weighting
Four discussion board posts 20%
Four case studies 20%
Essay 1 15%
Essay 2 15%
Research Paper 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Most of the course materials for CRJS 485 are available online through the myAU portal. There is a textbook, and it will be sent to you before your course start date.

More, H. W., Vito, G. F., & Walsh, W. F. (2012). Organizational behavior and management in law enforcement. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, October 9, 2012.
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