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Public Safety Leadership

PSAD 416 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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 486B | 6 Credits

Course Desc: 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 Administration Ethics

PSAD 414 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Recommended: PSAD 304. An in-depth examination of ethics and ethical issues in public safety administration.¿ The aim is to recognize the principles of ethical decision making and those factors that tend to undermine their application and those that tend to support them Topics include the most well know ethical systems, values and empathy, moral disengagement, ethical decision making and ethical leadership, and deception as viewed through the lens of ethical responsibility.

Workplace Learning in Public Safety Administration

PSAD 486A | 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Introduction to Public Safety Administration

PSAD 302 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or equivalent. An introduction to public safety organizations and the functions of administrators within these organizations. The objective is to identify key functions of public safety administration and describe the history and current forces and trends facing public safety administrators. The history, development, growth, and future of various interdependent public safety entities is examined from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include key responsibilities of administrators in public safety administration.

Public Safety Research and Technology

PSAD 410 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Recommended: PSAD 304. An examination of research and¿the¿applications¿of technology¿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¿the¿evaluation¿and¿use of¿research and technology in public safety administration.

Public Safety Issues and Challenges

PSAD 495 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (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¿builds on¿that¿foundation through integrative analysis, practical application, and critical thinking. Focus is on¿using these skills to¿address¿the¿challenges¿of¿current and future issues in public safety administration.¿The aim is to integrate leadership, administration, and management concepts¿apply them to current public safety issues. Assignments include¿the¿development¿of a comprehensive case study related to a current public safety issue.

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