PSLI Curriculum Modules  
MODULE ONE:

ORGL/CRJS 410:   Foundations of Modern Leadership in Modern Organization

PURPOSE:

Identifies the type of leadership that is required to create and maintain high levels of excellence in organizations.  Students will examine these concepts from  individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational points of view.  Students will gain a better understanding of their own leadership style and are encouraged to develop a leadership action plan.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Students will demonstrate the ability to discuss and understand the following issues of Foundations of Leadership In A Modern Organization in a substantive way:

  • Definition of leadership and the differences between managing and leading.
  • Nature of leadership and its importance for organizations.
  • Principal contingency models of leadership and the situational factors, which establish a leaders' effectiveness.
  • Personal characteristics which are associated with effective leaders.
  • Overall effectiveness of transactional and transformational leaders and their impact upon their followers and the organization.
  • Development of effective leaders and a self-leadership culture within an organization.
MODULE TWO:

ORGL/CRJS 420:  Leadership and Human Behavior in Organizations

PURPOSE:

This course identifies the type of leadership that is required to provide a foundation for the understanding of the individual, interpersonal and group behavior within the context of an organization.  There will be special emphasis on typical interpersonal and leadership relationships.  Its primary aim is the creation and maintenance of high levels of excellence in the area of communications within the organization.  Students will examine these concepts from an individual, interpersonal, group and organizational points of view.  Students will have a better understanding of their own leadership style and are encouraged to develop an action plan, which will be aimed at enhancing communication within the organization.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

The student will demonstrate the ability to discuss and understand the following issues of Leadership and Human Behavior in Organizations in a substantive way:

  • Effects of organizational behavior on the leader and organizational performance.
  • Alternative models of organizational behavior and their effects on personal and organizational performances.
  • Nature, operation and impact of social systems within organizations.
  • How various motivational theories and models influence human behavior and organizational effectiveness.
  • Importance of informal and formal groups within organizations.
  • Nature of attitudes and their impact on job satisfaction.
  • Life cycle of a team, characteristics of effective teams and potential challenges to team effectiveness.
  • Processes of leadership decision-making and the overall impact that these processes have upon the stress and performance levels within an organization.
MODULE THREE:

ORGL/CRJS 440: Human Resource Issues 

PURPOSE:

This course broadens  Public Safety Leaders' understanding of the roles and importance of human resources.  It will also assist leaders in maximizing the effectiveness of employees within their organizations. The course will primarily focus on topics such as the recruitment, selection and evaluation of personnel as well as human resource planning. The course will closely analyze the latest research in regards to difficult employees.  In light of today's issues on terrorism, the student will also look closely at the process of planning and preparing for the handling of catastrophic events.  Another important area of focus for the course will be the identification and proper handling of human stress.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

The student will demonstrate the ability to discuss  and understand the following issues of Human Resource Issues in Organizations in a substantive way:

  • Requirements for establishing a specific job description.
  • Development of evaluation procedures to accurately measure job performance.
  • Training needs of an organization as well as the development and implementation of viable training programs.
  • Deficiencies and needs of employees and the process of developing comprehensive programs dealing with stress, grievances and the resolution of conflicts.
  • Importance of establishing a procedure that specifically deals with mass disasters and catastrophic events.
MODULE FOUR:

ORGL/CRJS 430: Values, Ethics, and Leadership Practices:   

PURPOSE:

This course examines the role of professionalism and values in the process of ethical decision-making. The course will also identify and outline the moral obligations of both the leader and the follower within the context of ethical decision-making.  There will be special emphasis on critical analysis and applications of ethical principles to contemporary leadership dilemmas in organizations.  This emphasis will include the combining of moral and professional criteria to these ethical principles; and their impact upon both the organization and the community.  The primary aim of the course is the development of a framework for professional and ethical decision-making.  Students will also examine various ethical programs within a number of jurisdictions and establish a comparative analysis of these programs.   Students will also be encouraged to develop a model Code of Ethics that could be utilized within their own organizations.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

The student will demonstrate the ability to discuss and understand the following issues of Values, Ethics, and Leadership Practices in a substantive way:

  • Importance of ethics in organizational decision making.
  • Development of at least three (3) ethical decision-making frameworks.
  • Development of a "model" code of ethics for an organization.
  • Application of ethical decision making principles to various leadership issues.
  • Identification of both contemporary and classical ethical and professional issues which confront today's organizational leaders.
  • Identification and utilization of all available resources to do a complete comparative analysis of the various Codes of Ethics that are utilized by various organizations.
  • Overall impact of ethics and professionalism to, not only the organization, but also the community.
MODULE FIVE:

ORGL/CRJS 445: Governance & Policy: The Context of Leadership

 PURPOSE:

This course examines the current rules and regulations and the Standard Operational Procedures for the administrative operation of a contemporary Public Safety Organization.  The purchasing guidelines and bidding procedures of today are compared to past concepts, as well as, probable future guidelines and procedures.  The elements of contracts and agreements will also be illustrated and explained.  Special notation will be given to both the advantages and disadvantages of these elements.  The basic components and procedures for the handling of lawsuits will also be explained, as well as, an outline of alternative solutions. Mathematical formulas that depict the complete process for determining the size, structure, and equipment needs of a Public Safety Workforce will also be explained in detail.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

The student will demonstrate the ability to read, write about, discuss, and understand the following issues of Governance & Policy: The Context of Leadership in a substantive way:

  • Identify the contemporary leadership styles that are utilized by today's public safety executives and discuss their positive and negative impact.
  •  Discuss the needs of the next generation of public safety executives.
  • Identify specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that will be needed in the selection process of future public safety personnel.
  • Understand both the political and scientific process for the budgetary needs of the contemporary public safety agency.
  • Determine the mathematical and scientific guidelines for the number of personnel needed as well as equipping the personnel, and operations of today's public safety organization.

MODULE SIX:

ORGL/CRJS 475: Advanced Leadership Philosophy & Practices

PURPOSE:

Students will examine and reviews current leadership skills as they relate to contemporary and future public safety needs. The educational and technical knowledge, which is needed both now and in the future, will also be evaluated.  A comparative analysis of the various procedures, which are presently being utilized as threat assessments for Homeland Security, will also be examined. Advanced studies in the areas of workforce distribution and the efficient utilization of available resources will be presented.  At the completion of Advanced Leadership Philosophy & Practices, students will be cognizant of the overall effect of politics upon the Public Safety environment.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

The student will demonstrate the ability to read, write about, discuss, and understand the following issues of Advanced Leadership Philosophy & Practices in a substantive way:

  • Describe the future needs of the next generation of Public Safety Manager and be able to support their predictions with empirical data.
  • Identify the procedures that are presently being utilized by Federal, State, and Local authorities in the areas of Threat Assessments and Homeland Security.
  • Identify the political elements, which will guide and define both the art and science of Public Safety leadership.
  • Understand the concepts of modern technology and its impact upon the present needs and future practices of Public Safety.
  • Understand the mathematical and scientific guidelines for advanced methods of distribution of available resources.
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