Academic Calendar

PSSC – Police & Investigations

PSSC 102
Criminal Investigation
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course focuses on the processes used when conducting criminal investigations. The methods of obtaining and assessing information through interviewing, investigative photography, note taking and report writing, incident scene drawing, and crime scene search techniques are studied and applied.

PSSC 112
Policing in Canada
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the origins and philosophical development of policing in Canada and assess current policing practices. The course focuses on the role of police, the structure of Canadian police organizations, police accountability, historical policing models, and the strategies associated with current policing models.

PSSC 121
Law and the Administration of Justice
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the principles, practice and philosophy of the Canadian judicial system with emphasis on the criminal trial process. A review of the structure of the Canadian court system, statute law, case law, and the civil court trial process are included.

PSSC 122
Criminal Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the Criminal Code and selected Alberta provincial statutes. The emphasis is on an in-depth analysis of selected criminal offences. The elements of a crime, pre-trial criminal procedures, and the nature and significance of the Canadian Charter of Rights are also discussed. Note: It is recommended that PSSC 121 be taken concurrent with or prior to this course.

PSSC 123
Legal Evidence in Criminal Investigations
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the laws of evidence as they relate to criminal procedures and trials. Students briefly review the laws of evidence that relate to civil proceedings. Drawing upon the Canada Evidence Act and selected statutes, students explore legal defences and the powers of search and seizure. Students also analyze the rules that relate to obtaining statements, admissions, confessions and presenting evidence in court.

Prerequisites: PSSC 121.

PSSC 132
Investigative Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the Criminal Code, selected Alberta provincial statutes and examine statutes and procedures applicable to civil and administrative tribunals. The elements of a crime, pre-trial criminal procedures and the nature and significance of the Canadian Charter of Rights are also discussed. Note: It is recommended that PSSC 121 be taken concurrently with or prior to this course.

PSSC 133
Legal Evidence in Investigations
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

In this course, students examine the laws of evidence related to both criminal and civil trials and to administrative proceedings. Drawing upon the Canada Evidence Act and other selected statutes, students explore the ways in which these acts and statutes influence civil, criminal and administrative procedures. Students compare the discovery process in civil proceedings with criminal matters and review the powers of search and seizure, the rules related to statements, admissions and confessions, and the laws that govern the presentation of evidence in court.

Prerequisites: PSSC 121.

PSSC 141
Interpersonal Skills
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students increase their understanding and awareness of the impact of their behaviour on others. Students examine personality types, leadership styles, gender and cultural issues, and the influence these factors have on the development of effective human relations.

PSSC 151
Security Programs and Risk Management
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn about the security profession in Canada and examine current security practices. Students learn the components of a comprehensive security program and focus on the operational activities involved in risk management. Emphasis is placed on risk identification, quantification, prioritization, and the risk transfer process.

PSSC 152
Loss Prevention Program Management
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the elements of the loss prevention component of a comprehensive security management program. The course focuses on the operational activities involved in the development, implementation, and maintenance of a loss prevention program. Consideration is given to policy and procedure development, training program development, and program evaluation.

PSSC 203
Forensic Science
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course provides an in-depth study of the methods of recognizing, collecting, preserving, examining, and presenting physical evidence found at a crime scene. The operations and functions of the forensic crime lab are also studied.

PSSC 204
Forensic Investigation
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students analyze the processes involved in the recognition, development, and identification of fingerprints and other forensic evidence. Students also examine specific techniques to investigate criminal cases.

Prerequisites: PSSC 102 and PSSC 203.

PSSC 212
Abnormal Behaviour and Crime
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the major mental disorders and their relationship to criminal behaviour. The focus is on recognizing, understanding and effectively responding to situations involving individuals displaying abnormal behaviour.

Prerequisites: PSYC 104 or PSYC 100.

PSSC 242
Leadership Skills
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the communication skills needed to be effective as leaders in business and professional organizations. The focus is on the theory and skills required to be an effective communicator in a variety of contexts involving individuals, groups and teams.

PSSC 252
Investigations I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines the fundamental investigative techniques used in security investigations. The course gives an overview of the investigative planning process, the nature and types of forensic evidence, and the techniques involved in the collection, identification, and assessment of evidence.

PSSC 253
Investigations II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

In this course, students examine and apply evidence search and collection techniques, incident scene drawing, and criminal court presentation procedures. Students also select and evaluate specific techniques to investigate criminal cases.

Prerequisites: PSSC 252.

PSSC 262
Integration Seminar
1 Credit          Weekly (0-0-1)

Students integrate theory and practice by linking the knowledge, skills and values gained in the classroom with issues experienced in the field placement.

Co-requisites: PSSC 272.

PSSC 263
Integration Seminar
1 Credit          Weekly (0-0-1)

Students integrate theory and practice by linking the knowledge, skills and values gained in the classroom with issues experienced in the field placement.

Co-requisites: PSSC 273.

PSSC 272
Field Placement
4 Credits          Weekly (0-0-15)

This course provides the student with related practical field experience. The placement offers the unique opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of learning activities related to the field.

Co-requisites: PSSC 262.

PSSC 273
Field Placement
4 Credits          Weekly (0-0-15)

This course provides the student with related practical field experience. The placement offers the unique opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of learning activities related to the field.

Co-requisites: PSSC 263.

PSSC 283
Emergency Planning and Response
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the stages involved in the planning, implementation and management of an organization's response to emergencies, disasters, and crisis situations. The emphasis is on the emergency response and disaster recovery phases.

PSSC 293
Emergency Management
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the planning and implementation processes involved in the management of emergencies, disasters, and crisis situations. Key components are risk management, emergency response, crisis management, and disaster recovery.