PSAD Course Listing

Introduction to Public Safety Administration (PSAD 302, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or equivalent. An introduction to public safety administration for private- and public-sector applications. The objective is to identify key functions of public safety administration and describe the history and current forces and trends facing public safety administrators. An overview of public safety administration, highlighting its diverse aspects, is provided. Topics include management functions, paradigms and practices, challenges, and politics and risk.

Public Safety Research and Technology (PSAD 410, 3 Credits)
Recommended: PSAD 304. An examination of research and technology applications in public safety administration. The goal is to describe the principles of scientific research; evaluate existing research and technology; and apply the methods and resources of research, science, and technology to public safety administration. Topics include scientific research, research methodology, technology, and evaluating and utilizing research and technology in public safety administration.

Public Safety Administration Ethics (PSAD 414, 3 Credits)
Recommended: PSAD 304. An in-depth examination of ethics and ethical issues in public safety administration. The aim is to formulate a personal ethics statement and develop an organizational code of ethics. Topics include the origin and history of ethics, ethical issues in public safety administration, ethical behavior, codes of conduct and codes of ethics, personal ethics statements, organizational culture, and political factors.

Public Safety Leadership (PSAD 416, 3 Credits)
Recommended: PSAD 304. A study of leadership theories, skills, and techniques used in public safety administration. The objective is to define and explain basic concepts of leadership; analyze personal leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities; and evaluate leadership performance in the current public safety environment. Topics include leadership, leadership theories and styles, leadership roles, leadership performance, individual leadership skills and plans, effective leadership, and future trends.

Workplace Learning in Public Safety Administration (PSAD 486A, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at www.umgc.edu/wkpl). The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.

Workplace Learning in Public Safety Administration (PSAD 486B, 6 Credits)
Prerequisites: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at www.umgc.edu/wkpl). The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.

Public Safety Issues and Challenges (PSAD 495, 3 Credits)
(Intended as a final, capstone course to be taken in a student's last 15 credits.) Prerequisites: PSAD 306, PSAD 408, PSAD 410, PSAD 414, and PSAD 416. An intensive study of public safety administration that integrates knowledge gained through previous coursework and experience and builds on that conceptual foundation through integrative analysis, practical application, and critical thinking. Current and future issues in public safety administration are addressed. The aim is to integrate leadership, administration, and management concepts and apply them to current public safety issues and the protection of life, the environment, and property. Assignments include development of a comprehensive case study response to a current public safety issue and evaluation of peer reports.