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Online · Helms School of Government · Government

Human Resource Management in Criminal Justice Organizations

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This class will emphasize applying the theoretical knowledge discussed in class lectures to “real world” situations and events important to human resources management in criminal justice. The student will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of human resources management in a criminal justice setting through various reading and written exercises. General objectives for students are to learn and be able to apply general management principles and techniques in a public agency office setting. The role of personnel manager in a criminal justice setting is stressed throughout the course, to define and clarify responsibilities, areas of authority, decision-making, and technical knowledge of services, systems, and procedure. While the subject primarily targets personnel managers, all supervisors and managers benefit from effective personnel management skills, knowledge of services, systems, and procedures. While the subject primarily targets personnel, managers, all supervisors and managers benefit from effective personnel management skills, knowledge and abilities.





At the end of this course, the student will be able to motivate the workforce legally, ethically, and effectively in a criminal justice organization. The student will demonstrate the ability to explain institutional and legal environment of criminal justice organizations and assess practical situations in administrative issues and take principled positions. The student will identify the legal implications of diversity in criminal justice organizations and understand the composition and demographics of a changing society and workforce. The student will design and use hiring and performance measures in criminal justice administration and apply workable theories that can inform leadership and management in criminal justice organizations. Lastly, the student will explain the external and institutional politics of decision-making in criminal justice organizations and apply systematic research processes to novel problems and produce solutions in a written format.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply concepts learned in class to factual situations.
  2. Discuss contemporary issues in the personnel field.
  3. Analyze the major functions of criminal justice management.
  4. Analyze the steps of the selection process in the criminal justice context.
  5. List the steps necessary to implement human resource planning in the criminal justice context.
  6. Distinguish between policies and rules and formulate policy statements.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

More, H., Vito, G., & Walsh, W. (2012). Organizational behavior and management in law enforcement (Custom 3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 9780135071526.

Riccucci, N. M. (2018). Public personnel management: Current concerns, future problems (6th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138689718.

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. There are 4 discussion questions along with reading assignments for each Discussion Board Forum. The student will complete the assigned readings and post a thread of at least 350 words, including at least 2 citations in current APA format from at least 2 different resources. Then, the student will post replies of at least 175 words (including at least 1 in-text citation each) to 2 classmate’s threads.

Case Study Critiques (2)

The student will be required to write a critique of 2 case studies in the course. Each case study critique must be between 3–5 pages (not counting title, abstract, or reference pages) in current APA format and must discuss the major facts of the case. The student must tell whether or not he/she believes the right decision(s) was/were made and why (see additional hints on electronic instructions).

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice or true/false questions and 1 essay question, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Midterm and Final Essays (2)

Both the Midterm and Final Essays will require the student to respond to 1 broad-based question about criminal justice administration. In essence, the student will be asked to demonstrate critical thinking about controversial issues in criminal justice administration and to take a position on which course of action would be the best approach for criminal justice administrators. To adequately respond to the question, the student will need to write 3 or more pages (not counting title, abstract, or reference pages) in current APA format (see additional hints on electronic instructions).

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 75 pts ea)


Case Study Critiques (2 at 100 pts ea)



(2 at 100 pts ea)


Midterm and Final Essays

(2 at 150 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


CJUS 530

Textbooks: More et al., Organizational Behavior and Management in Law Enforcement (2012).

Riccucci, Public Personnel Management (2018).


Reading & Study




More et al: chs. 1–3

Riccucci: chs. 1–3

3 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





More et al: chs. 4–6

Riccucci: chs. 4–6

2 presentations

Quiz 1



More et al: chs. 7–8

Riccucci: chs. 7–8

3 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 2

Case Study Critique 1




More et al: chs. 9–10

Riccucci: chs. 9–10

1 presentation

1 website

Midterm Essay



More et al: chs. 11–12

Riccucci: chs. 11–13

3 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 3

Case Study Critique 2




More et al: chs. 13–14

Riccucci: ch. 14

2 presentations

Quiz 2



Riccucci: chs. 15–16

2 presentations

3 websites

DB Forum 4



More et al: ch. 15

2 presentations

1 website

Final Essay




DB = Discussion Board



NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.