Cybercrime Investigation Degree (CCI3)  Degree

Program Description:

Cybercrime is increasingly prevalent in our technology-dependent society, and in order to effectively combat it, criminal justice professionals need more than a layman’s understanding of hacking, spam, worms, malwares and computer viruses. Coursework in this curriculum focuses on helping students understand the nature of these types of threats, along with the tools available to mitigate and investigate computer crime. Graduates with a Cybercrime Investigation A.A.S. degree also may decide to pursue a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice at a four-year college.

Entrance date: Each semester

Program admission requirements:

Minimum Test Scores

Writing 249 Reading Comprehension 64
Quantitative Reasoning 245 Algebra 57

High School diploma or equivalent required for admission.

Credits required for graduation: 64

Beginning Spring 2022 (January 2022), ALL FIRST TIME college students will be required to take the College Success (COLL 1020) course.

*NOTE: A satisfactory determination on the criminal records check is not a requirement for program admission. However, a satisfactory records check must be documented before a student can be placed in any clinical, practicum, lab, or internship setting.

General Education Core Courses 15
Area I - Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101

Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111

Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

MATH 1101

Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.

Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts
Program-Specific Gen. Ed. Course Requirements (3)
SPCH 1101

Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.

Occupational Courses 49 credits
COMP 1000

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

CRJU 1010

Introduces the development and organization of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include: the American criminal justice system; constitutional limitations; organization of enforcement, adjudication, and corrections; and career opportunities and requirements.

CRJU 1021

Provides an orientation to the development, philosophy, responsibility, and function of the private security industry. A historical and philosophical perspective of private security will help students better understand the present stage of private security, its principles, its legal authority and its effect on society in general. Topics include: private security: an overview; basic security goals and responsibilities; when prevention fails; and security systems at work: putting it all together.

CRJU 1062

This course presents the fundamentals of criminal investigation. The duties and responsibilities of the investigator both in field and in the courtroom are highlighted. Emphasis is placed on techniques commonly utilized by investigative personnel as well as the procedures used for investigating various crimes.

CRJU 1068

This course introduces criminal law in the United States, but emphasizes the current specific status of Georgia criminal law. The course will focus on the most current statutory contents of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) with primary emphasis on the criminal and traffic codes. Topics include: historic development of criminal law in the United States; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 40 - Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; and Supreme Court rulings that apply to criminal law.

CRJU 1072

The origin, history and role of forensic science in the investigative process. Philosophical, rational and practical framework that supports a case investigation will be outlined. The unifying principles of forensic science, the rooting of forensic science in the pure sciences, and the unique ways in which a forensic scientist must think will also be discussed. The special areas of forensic science will be explored.

CRJU 1075

Explains and demonstrates the effectiveness of the entire criminal investigation process by the quality of notes reports, and accurate documentation. An examination of what goes into the preparation, content, elements, mechanics, and format of documenting the criminal investigation process. Topics include: Field notes, initial information, observations, evidence, victims, witnesses, property, neighborhood canvass, crime scene, laboratory analysis and results, investigative follow-up, suspect statements, and the characteristics essential to quality report writing.

CRJU 2050

Introduces the procedural law of the criminal justice system which governs the series of proceedings through which government enforces substantive criminal law. The course offers an emphasis on the laws of arrest and search and seizure; the rules of evidence, right to counsel, and the rights and duties of both citizens and officers. The course covers in depth appropriate Case Law and court rulings that dictate criminal procedure on the State and Federal Level.

CRJU 2110

The course provides an introduction to the principles of homeland security, roles and responsibilities of constituencies and implications for criminal justice fields. Topics include: intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, domestic counterterrorism, protecting critical infrastructure, defending against catastrophic threats, and emergency preparedness and response.

CRJU 2150
Prerequisites: CRJU 1010, CRJU 2050

This course is designed to address the fundamental principles of different types of cybercrime investigations, and the specific procedures used to investigate them. Emphasis is placed on the investigation of specific offenses, the identification of sources of information, and the procedures used to properly collect and store digital evidence. The course is designed to develop a working knowledge of the investigative steps to be followed in a cybercrime investigation, beginning with initial crime scene security and concluding with proper testimony and presentation of evidence in court. This course includes study designed to reinforce important investigative and forensic evidence collection skills.

CIST 1130
Prerequisite: CIST 1001

Provides an overview of modern operating systems and their use in home and small business environments. Activities will utilize the graphical user interface (GUI) and command line environment (CLI) This will include operating system fundamentals; installing, configuring, and upgrading operating systems; managing storage, file systems, hardware and system resources; troubleshooting, diagnostics, and maintenance of operating systems; and networking.

CIST 1601
Prerequisites: CIST 1401, CIST 1130

This course provides a broad overview of information security. It covers terminology, history, security systems development and implementation. Student will also cover the legal, ethical, and professional issues in information security.

CIST 1602

This course provides knowledge and experience to develop and maintain security policies and procedures. Students will explore the legal and ethical issues in information security and the various security layers: physical security, personnel security, operating systems, network, software, communication and database security. Students will develop an Information Security Policy and an Acceptable Use Policy.

CIST 2612
Prerequisites: CIST 1122, CIST 1601

This course examines the use of computers in the commission of crimes, collection, analysis and production of digital evidence. Students will use computer resources to explore basic computer forensic investigation techniques.

CIST 2620

Provides an orientation that contains a step-by-step approach to the investigation, seizure, and evaluation of computer evidence. Topics include: computer-related evidence, crime scene investigation, evidence evaluation and analysis, passwords and encryption, networks, and investigative computer systems. The second part of this course provides an orientation that focuses on corporate fraud as it relates to computerized accounting systems and its technology, the various types of corporate computer fraud and simple audit techniques that can assist in investigating and detecting fraud. Topics include: history and evolution of fraud, mindset: step one in fraud auditing, corporate fraud in the current environment, corporate fraud investigation in the electronic data processing era, defenses against corporate fraud, theft and embezzlement, and auditing for inventory shortage.

CRJU 2090

Provides experiences necessary for further professional development and exposure to related agencies in the criminal justice field. The student will pursue a professional research project supervised by the instructor. Topics include: criminal justice theory applications.

CRJU 2090

Provides experiences necessary for further professional development and exposure to related agencies in the criminal justice field. The student will pursue a professional research project supervised by the instructor. Topics include: criminal justice theory applications.

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Criminal Justice Instructor
CEIT Building, Room 111

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