Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

CRJ 103: Communication Within the Criminal Justice Field

General Information

  • Name: Communication Within the Criminal Justice Field
  • Discipline: Criminal Justice (CRJ)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Prepares the student to be able to communicate within the criminal justice field by introducing him/her to the five basic communication skills: report writing, non-verbal communication, basic public speaking, interviewing and interrogation skills, and courtroom testimony.
* This class must be taken before attending the Western Nevada State Peace Officer Academy

II: Course Objectives

  • Identify the correct purpose of a police report
  • Assess the four purposes of taking field notes and maintaining an officer's field notebook
  • Identify items allowed to be used by an officer to refresh their memory for recollection while testifying in court
  • Identify items not discoverable under NRS174-245
  • List the eight characteristics of a well written report
  • Discuss the proper attire, attitude, and demeanor of testifying in court
  • Assess non-verbal skills
  • Acknowledge the traits of a good public speaker
  • Assess the "art" of interrogation and interviews
  • Write acceptable police reports

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.


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