• Pre-Practicum

    Career Technology Education (CTE)

    ID: 13029400

    Instructor: Dr. Valgene Holmes

    COURSE OVERVIEW: Welcome to CTE, Pre-Practicum. The focus of this course is a thorough, intensive overview of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice with special emphasis on Emergency Telecommunications. This course includes the ethical and legal responsibilities, operation of police and emergency telecommunication equipment, and courtroom testimony.

    This will be fun! The material is as fascinating as it is essential to anyone who plans a career in any aspect of criminal justice. This course will also provide a firm foundation of general and specific knowledge for other related courses in the field of Criminal Justice.

    The study of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice is straightforward and specific. It is an intensive study of the elements and principals of criminal law: What makes an act a crime? What constitutes Murder, Robbery, and Conspiracy? What is probable cause?

    TIME FRAME: This is a (180 hour-1 credits) instructional program. That is, ½ credit will be earned upon successfully passing each semester.

    TEXTBOOKS: NAED ETC 4 Course Manual. However, other resource materials from the internet will be used.

    OTHER MATERIALS: You will be given several actual court cases in the form of judicial opinions demonstrating a specific principal of criminal law, such as Miranda v. State of Arizona or Terry v. Ohio.

    EXAMINATIONS: Assessments will be made through projects, quizzes, class participation, and written and oral examinations to insure that students are mastering the objectives

    GRADING:                                  Departmental Grading Criteria

    90-100%    = A                                45%   Summative Exams and Projects
    80-89%      = B                                30%   Knowledge & Skill Application/Performance/Classwork/Homework
    79-75%       =C                                                 
    74-70%       =D                                15%   Quizzes
    Below-70% = F                                10%   Student Engagement Classwork

    COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    1)    Understand the basic principals of criminal law.
    2)    Know the types of crimes.
    3)    Learn the elements of crimes.
    4)    Give the legal definition of each major crime.
    5)    Know the constitutional rights of both defendants and victims.
    6)    Recognize evidentiary materials and elements.
    7)    Define crimes against persons.
    8)    Define crimes against property.
    9)    Define inchoate crimes. Criminal conspiracy, criminal solicitation, etc.
    10)  Understand the essential principles of arrest, search and seizure, stop and frisk, profiling, cruel and unusual punishment and other similar concepts.
    11)  Create and evaluate crime statistics using GIS Technology

    COURSE CONTENT: The following is a sample of the course content.

    1)      Careers in Law Enforcement
    2)      Telecommunications
             -Roles and Responsibilities
             -Emergency Telecommunication Technologies
             -ETC Essentials
             -Call Management
             -Police Call Classification
             -Fire/Rescue Call Classification
             -Medical Call Classification
             -Emergency Management
             -Radio Broadcast Procedures
             -Legal Aspects
             -Quality Assurance
             -Stress Management
    3)      Courtroom Procedures

    INFORMATION: If you have any questions regarding this program, you may address them to vholmes1@houstonisd.org . I will respond to all questions.