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SPEA E272 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr.) P: completion of the natural science and mathematics requirements for the bachelor's degree or equivalent, and ECON E103. Statistics may be taken concurrently. Application of principles from the life and physical sciences to the scientific understanding and management of the environment. Emphasis will be placed on (1) the physical and biologic restraints on resource availability and use and (2) the technological and scientific options to solving contemporary environmental problems arising from this use. (Fall)

SPEA E400 Topics in Environmental Studies (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary consideration of specific environmental topics. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA H316 Environmental Health (3 cr.) An orientation to the broad concerns of environmental and health interactions. Topics considered include vector-control food sanitation, air-quality control, water and wastewater treatment and quality control, solid and hazardous waste management, industrial hygiene, radiation safety, and public safety, as well as related policy and administrative techniques. (Spring)

SPEA H320 Health Systems Administration (3 cr.) An overview of the U.S. health care delivery system. It examines the organization, function, and role of the system; current system problems; and alternative systems or solutions. (Fall)

SPEA H322 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. (Fall—Occasionally, Summer I)

SPEA H342 Community Health Education (3 cr.) A study of theory and practice in the field of professional health education; the process of behavioral change is examined; procedures for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health education practice are considered. (Occasionally)

SPEA H352 Health Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.)
P: BUS A201. A study of the financial management of health care facilities based on generally accepted business principles. Accounting and managerial control of cash, accounts receivable, inventory control, and budgeting and cost control, as well as accounting and evaluation of short- and long-term debt will be examined. (Fall)

SPEA H371 Human Resources Management in Health Care Facilities (3 cr.) This introductory course will provide a discussion of the management function, which is concerned with the intelligent acquisition, development, and use of human resources in the diverse field of health care delivery. Aspects of labor relations that relate to this field will be presented. (Spring)

SPEA H402 Hospital Administration (3 cr.) P: SPEA H320. 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. (Spring)

SPEA H411 Long-Term Care Administration (3 cr.) Nursing home regulations, legal aspects, and insurance; personnel management; medical records; diet and food service; rehabilitation; nursing services; psychiatric aspects in handling of geriatric patients; professional standards; use of volunteer groups. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA H416 Environmental Health Policy (3 cr.) P: permission of instructor. Course is intended for intensive study of selected problems in the area of environmental health management. Enrollment for students having completed field experience in this area and for others with appropriate background and interests. (Occasionally)

SPEA H441 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3 cr.) An overview of the liability and legal responsibility, as well as legal recourse that health care facilities may exercise. This course will discuss policies and standards relating to health facility administration. Included in this course is a discussion of financial aspects unique to the hospital/health care facility environment, such as third-party payments and federal assistance. (Fall)

SPEA H455 Topics in Public Health (1-3 cr.) Extensive discussion of selected topics in public health. The topic may change from semester to semester per resource availability and student demand. (Occasionally)

SPEA H465 Public Health Practicum (3 cr.) P: senior standing. Supervised orientation, observation, and instruction with local and state level health-related agencies and facilities. Primary emphasis will be placed on the student's area of concentration. (Occasionally)

SPEA H466 Public Health Field Experience (1 cr.) P: SPEA H465. Supervised advanced training in professional and technical functions in public health functions. Individualized programs may be arranged to suit the student's area of concentration. (Occasionally)

SPEA H474 Health Administration Seminar (3 cr.) P: SPEA H320 and senior standing or permission of instructor. This course will examine current issues in public health and governmental and private initiatives to resolve these issues. (Occasionally)

SPEA J101 American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.) Introduction to the criminal justice system of the United States and its function in contemporary society (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA J201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies (3 cr.) This course examines the impact of sociological, psychological, 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. (Fall, Summer I — Occasionally)

SPEA J202 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources (3 cr.) R: SPEA V261 or equivalent. 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. (Fall, Summer I— Occasionally)

SPEA J300 Historical Development of Criminal Justice Systems (3 cr.) Historical and philosophical development of criminal justice systems. Principles involved in the social control process with emphasis on legal systems. (Occasionally)

SPEA J301 Substantive Criminal Law (3 cr.) The development, limitations, and application of substan­tive criminal law using the case-study method. (Fall)

SPEA J302 Procedural Criminal Law (3 cr.) Criminal law application and procedure from the initiation of police activity through the correctional process using the case-study method. (Spring)

SPEA J303 Evidence (3 cr.) The rules of law governing proof at trial of disputed issues of fact; burden of proof; presumptions and judicial notice; examination, impeachment, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay rule and exceptions; all related as nearly as possible to criminal as opposed to civil process. (Spring)

SPEA J304 Correctional Law (3 cr.) Legal problems from conviction to release: presentence investigations, sentencing, probation and parole, incarceration, loss and restoration of civil rights. (Occasionally)

SPEA J305 The Juvenile Justice System (3 cr.) Current developments in the legal, administrative, and operational aspects of the juvenile justice system. (Spring)

SPEA J306 The Criminal Courts (3 cr.) P: SPEA J101. 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 selections, the conduct of trials, sentencing, and appeal. (Fall, Spring)

SPEA J310 Introduction to Administrative Processes (3 cr.) Introduction to principles of management and systems theory for the administration of criminal justice agencies. (Fall)

SPEA J320 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. (Fall)

SPEA J321 American Policing (3 cr.) P: SPEA J101.
R: SPEA J201, SPEA J202. A broadly based study of the operations and interrelationships of the American policy system, including discussion of the limitations of the police function, interjurisdictional matters, and intra-agency processes. (Fall, Spring)

SPEA J322 Introduction to Criminalistics (3 cr.) R: SPEA 1301. The broad range of physical evidence developed through the investigative process and methods of identifying and establishing validity and relevance through forensic laboratory techniques. (Spring)

SPEA J326 Highway Safety Administration (3 cr.) R: SPEA J101. A survey of the agencies and institutions in the highway transportation system, their roles and function with emphasis on criminal justice agencies. (Occasionally)

SPEA J331 Corrections (3 cr.) P: SPEA J101. R: SPEA J201, SPEA J202. A survey of contemporary correctional systems including analysis of federal, state, and local correction; adult and juvenile facilities and programs; probation and parole. (Spring, Summer I)

SPEA J370 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) Selected contemporary topics in criminal justice. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA J376 Principles of Public Safety (3 cr.) Examination of threats to public safety and governmental response at various levels to those threats. Treatment of such areas as transportation and highway threats; occupational safety and health; criminal threats; emergency and disaster planning; consumer protection; and fire control and suppression. Discussion of techniques to identify and measure risk, the acceptability of risk, and governmental attempts to control risk. (Occasionally)

SPEA J380 Internship in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) P: permission of instructor. Open to interested students who qualify upon approval of the faculty. Students may be placed with various criminal justice agencies for assignment to a defined task relevant to their educational interests. Tasks may involve staff work or research. Full-time participants may earn up to 6 credit hours. May be repeated for credit. Course is graded S/F (satisfactory/ fail). (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA J410 Criminal Justice and Information Systems (3 cr.) R: SPEA 1310. Records, their use, maintenance, analysis, and interpretation. Use of computer applications and other automated techniques and devices in the criminal justice system. (Occasionally)

SPEA J433 Institutional Corrections (3 cr.) The history and development of the jail, penitentiary, prison, and reformatory. Analysis and evaluation of contemporary imprisonment. (Occasionally)

SPEA J439 Crime and Public Policy (3 cr.) P: SPEA J101. R: SPEA J201, SPEA J202. 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. (Fall)

SPEA J440 Corrections in the Community (3 cr.) A detailed analysis of correctional alternatives to incarceration that focus on the reintegration of the offender while remaining in the community. Because of their extensive use, considerable attention is given to probation and parole. Other topics include diversion community residential programs, restitution halfway houses, and home detention. (Occasionally)

SPEA J445 Trends in Correction (3 cr.) Analysis and evaluation of contemporary correctional systems. Discussion of recent research concerning the correctional institution and the various field services. (Occasionally)

SPEA J460 Police in the Community (3 cr.) In-depth examination of crime as an urban policy problem, focusing on the role of police and victims in defining crime as a policy problem, and their roles in seeking to reduce the incidence of crime. (Occasionally)

SPEA J470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 cr.) P: senior standing or consent of department. Emphasizes current developments in legal, administrative, and operational aspects of the criminal justice system. (Occasionally)

SPEA J480 Research in Criminal Justice (1-6 cr.) P: junior standing, five courses in criminal justice, and consent of departmental chairperson. Individual research under guidance of faculty member. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA K300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.) P: MATH M014 or equivalent. R: MATH M118. Introduction to statistics; nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference and decision: estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, nonparametric methods. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA V100 Current Public Affairs Topics (1-3 cr.) Readings and discussions of current public issues and problems. May be repeated for credit with different topics. (Occasionally)

SPEA V170 Introduction to Public Affairs: National and International Issues and Analysis (3 cr.) Broad coverage of public affairs through critical and analytical inquiry into policy making at national and international levels of government. Particular emphasis on intergovernmental relations as they affect policy in the federal system. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA V260 Topics in Public Affairs (3 cr.) Selected topical courses that are specifically chosen as appropriate to fulfill the SPEA requirement of "public affairs option." Topics vary from semester to semester. (Occasionally)

SPEA V261 Computers in Public Affairs (3 cr.) An introduction to computer applications in public affairs. Topics include basic terminology, core concepts, and issues associated with managing operating systems, designing networks, and applying user information technology to public affairs problems. Issues of security and ethics in computing are also considered. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA V263 Public Management (3 cr.) Managers in the public sector must operate under special constraints that are different from those in the private sector. This course examines 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 peculiar problems of management in a democratic, limited government system. (Fall)

SPEA V264 Urban Structure and Policy (3 cr.) An introduction to urban government and public policy issues. Topics include urban government structure, intergovernmental relations, social and demographic trends in urban patterns, urban economic structure, selected urban problems, and policy alternatives. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA V270 Survey of Administrative Techniques (3 cr.) Introduction to principles of supervisory management and systems theory for the administration of public agencies. Credit not given for both SPEA V270 and SPEA 1310. (Fall)

SPEA V340 Urban Government Administration (3 cr.) Structure of local government in the United States, federalism and intergovernmental relations, policy problems faced by local officials, and the implications of those problems for local government and administrators. (Occasionally)

SPEA V346 Introduction to Government Accounting and Financial Reporting (3 cr.) P: BUS A201 or consent of instructor. No previous knowledge of accounting is assumed. An introduction to government accounting, including comparison with accounting for the private sector, intended as background for use of financial administrators. The course deals primarily with municipal accounting. It also includes accounting by and for the federal government, auditing practices, and financial reporting. (Summer I)

SPEA V348 Management Science (3 cr.) P: MATH M118 or MATH M125, SPEA K300. 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. Prior familiarization with computers (e.g., CSCI C201) is recommended, though not required. (Fall)

SPEA V352 Personal Career Planning (1 cr.) P: junior standing. Investigation of careers, the world of work, and the career planning process. The focal point is the student and his/her goals. Provides assistance in developing practical, meaningful, and realistic insight into the nature of making a public-career choice in today's world. Course is graded S/F (satisfactory / fail). (Occasionally)

SPEA V365 Urban Development and Planning (3 cr.) P: SPEA K300 and SPEA V264. This course identifies the major problems associated with urban development in the United States and investigates the potential of public planning strategies and tools to deal with those problems. An emphasis is placed on the application of analytical approaches to problem definition and solution. (Spring, Summer I)

SPEA V366 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. (Spring, Summer I)

SPEA V368 Managing Government Operations (3 cr.) P: SPEA V348. Application of analytical techniques to operating decisions in public sector management. Cases are used extensively to illustrate the application of techniques such as charting, capacity and demand analysis, forecasting, performance measurement, decision analysis, queuing/simulation, Markov modeling, and cost- effective analysis to design, scheduling, inventory, assignment, transportation, and replacement decisions. (Occasionally)

SPEA V372 Government Finance and Budgets (3 cr.) P: junior standing. Study of fiscal management in public agencies, including revenue administration, debt management, and public budgeting. (Fall)

SPEA V373 Personnel Management in the Public Sector (3 cr.) P: junior standing or permission of instructor. The organization andoperation of public personnel management systems with emphasis on concepts and techniques of job analysis, position classification, training, affirmative action, and motivation. (Spring)

SPEA V375 Emergency Services Administration (3 cr.) An overview of management principles and functional components of Emergency Medical Service systems. (Occasionally)

SPEA V376 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 major objective of the course is to provide students with the substantive concepts necessary to understand the judicial system and law in its various forms. (Fall)

SPEA V377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America (3 cr.) P: SPEA V376. An introduction to the American legal system, including the Constitution, courts system, and administrative law in federal and state agencies. Readings and discussion center on current issues affected by the legal process. (Spring)

SPEA V380 Internship in Public and Environmental Affairs (1-6 cr.) P: permission of instructor. Open to interested students upon approval of 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 credit hours. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA V390 Independent Readings in Public and Environmental Affairs (1-3 cr.) P: permission of instructor. Independent readings and research related to a topic of special interest to the student. Written report required. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA V421 Metropolitan Development (3 cr.) Discussion of the process of development in metropolitan regions. Includes topics such as economic development, land-use evolution, and demographic change. Consideration of relevant policy issues. (Occasionally)

SPEA V432 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3 cr.) An introductory overview of labor relations in the public sector. Course includes the development, practice, and extent of the collective bargaining process and administration of the labor agreement by state and local governments. (Occasionally)

SPEA V442 Topics in Fiscal Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA V372 or permission of instructor. Comprehensive study of techniques of public fiscal management, primarily at the state and local level, and discussion of current issues. May be repeated for different topics. (Occasionally)

SPEA V444 Public Administrative Organization (3 cr.) A review of research findings and analysis of the operation of public agencies and their performance. (Occasionally)

SPEA V447 Federal Budget Policy (3 cr.) Examination of the institutions and processes involved in putting together the annual federal budget, with emphasis on the role of the Appropriations and Budget Committees in Congress and the White House and Office of Management and Budget in the executive branch. Selected major policy areas will be considered. (Occasionally)

SPEA V449 Policy Senior Seminar (3 cr.) P: SPEA V348. Discussion of the role of policy analysts in government. Applications of analytical tools to substantive policy areas such as transportation, community development, education, poverty, manpower, and health. (Occasionally)

SPEA V450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (1-3 cr.) Extensive analysis of selected contemporary issues in public affairs Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for different topics. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA V461 Computer Applications in Public Affairs (3 cr.) P: CSCI 0201 or SPEA K201, SPEA K300, SPEA V348, and senior standing. This course provides students with the essentials of computer hardware and software needed to operate effectively in a public sector environment. The course will emphasize public sector applications using software packages on microcomputers and minicomputers.(Occasionally)

SPEA V468 Research Methods in the Applied Social Sciences (3 cr.) This course will introduce the student to the basic methods, issues, analytical techniques, and ethical considerations of evaluation research. (Occasionally)

SPEA V472 Policy Processes in the U.S. (3 cr.) P: senior standing and completion of two SPEA core courses. Intended as an integrative senior course, primarily for SPEA students. Course content includes analytic perspectives of the policy process, the centers of policy, and the public interest. Selected cases involving problem analysis and decision making on public issues are included, as well as discussion of current policy issues. (Occasionally)

SPEA V473 Management Applications Seminar (3 cr.) The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to apply the techniques they have learned to actual situations. Special attention will be paid to feasible as contrasted to desirable solutions. Emphasis will be given to the contextual factors involved in developing feasible solutions. (Occasionally)

SPEA V490 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. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPEA V499 Honors Thesis (3 cr.) Required of seniors in the Honors Program. Research and paper to be arranged with individual instructor and approved by the campus SPEA Honors Program director. May be repeated for credit. (Occasionally)