Police Foundations Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2018

See curriculum for: January 2019
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
PF
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,513.32 per semester*
International:
$8,161.39 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

LAWS 43
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides an introduction to the democratic system of governance in Canada. It includes a description of the organization, structure, interaction, and administration of the three (3) levels of government. The course will introduce and identify the daily problems and issues faced by Canadians in a political context, including public opinion and special interest groups. Major themes explored include a brief introduction to political beliefs and values, an examination of cleavages within the Canadian population, the Canadian constitution, nationalism, and political culture and spectrum. These concepts will be examined in the current forum of the daily politics that unfold during the course. Students will begin to develop research writing skills and group discussion skills. Students must complete one hour of self-directed learning per week to successfully complete this course.

LAWS 44
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides an introductory overview of the Canadian Justice System, with special emphasis on the criminal justice system and the responsibilities of enforcement personnel. Contemporary issues affecting the system will be analyzed and discussed.

SOCI 123
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it can help us understand everyday life. Thinking sociologically involves challenging common assumptions about our world and seeing the connections between our individual experiences and the larger social context in which they occur. In so doing, we recognize our role in creating the social world, how it affects who we are and how we live, and our potential to change it. Students must complete one hour of self-directed learning per week to successfully complete this course.

COMP 345
Units/ Hours: 45

Working in the Windows 7 environment, this computer course introduces the student to computer basics (computer terminology, e-mail, file management) and the application and use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software using Microsoft Office 2016. Through the extensive use of hands-on activities, students will gain sufficient knowledge and experience to make productive use of computers as a tool in the college and workplace environments.

SOCI 122
Units/ Hours: 30

This introductory course develops a set of generic skills, that support studies at a post-secondary level and provide a foundation for the student's career success.

GNED 49
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Semester 2

COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
LAWS 250
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will allow students to apply and demonstrate crime prevention, problem oriented policing strategies and apply elements of volunteerism. Students will be able to assess a community problem and develop, implement and evaluate results to resolve a community problem. Students will also explore the relationship between community policing and police complaints. Students will be exposed to the mental and physical elements required to handle every day crises. This course will also explore the community service agencies that operate within or in conjunction with the criminal justice system. The main emphasis will be on the working relationships between the agencies and the police services.

LAWS 32
Units/ Hours: 30

In this course, students will interpret and apply Federal and Provincial Statutes. They will interpret elements of offences related to the statutes. Federal statutes examined will be the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Provincial statutes examined will be: the Provincial Offences Act, the Mental Health Act, the Liquor License Act, the Coroners Act, the Trespass to Property Act, the Residential Tenacies Act, the Child and Family Services Act, and the Blind Persons Rights Act.

LAWS 261
Units/ Hours: 30

In this introductory level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and effective group decision making will be discussed. Students will understand how the concepts of team theory and group dynamics are related to the effective functioning of community response teams.

SOCI 38
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course students will critically identify and examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequality in various social settings, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students will develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and possible strategies of community empowerment.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Electives

Choose 1 of:

RECR 3
Units/ Hours: 45

Society has come to recognize that physical fitness and wellness is essential to the enhanced quality of life. This course introduces the student to the concepts of physical fitness and provides the means to become fit and develop a healthy lifestyle. Students through practical experience will address the various components of fitness. The student will engage in an effective fitness program and develop strategies to be successful at the various police services fitness standards.

RECR 141
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce students to the concepts of health and wellness, emphasizing its importance within policing. Through discussions and practical learning, students will cover topics including fitness for law enforcement officers, stress management, goal setting, nutrition, exercise and current health issues. Students will also have the opportunity to assess their own individual fitness and wellness levels and develope strategies to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Semester 3

LAWS 9
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to foster confidence and competence when dealing with people in crisis, where the potential exists for conflict. The processes of intervention and mediation require an understanding of the dynamics of all of the actors participating. It is also imperative that students understand that personal biases, attitudes, and comfort level with emotional reactions will determine perception and interpretation of a situation. These emotional reactions will be their own as well as those of the other actors in the situation.

LAWS 16
Units/ Hours: 45

This course focuses on offences contained in the Criminal Code of Canada. These include offences against the person, property, and public order. Students will research case law and assess its impact on criminal offences.

LAWS 42
Units/ Hours: 45

This course focuses on interviewing and investigation skills. Students will develop interviewing skills and investigation skills. Students will develop interviewing skills necessary to retrieve information from incident participants including victims, witnesses and suspects. Students will also learn basic investigation skills including observation, analysis, evidence identification, collection and preservation, as well as note taking skills.

SOCI 203
Units/ Hours: 45

Mental Health Strategies in Policing addresses the increasing number of calls for service for police that involve mental health issues. These kinds of occurrences are especially challenging and in many cases require police to utilize unique interpersonal approaches and strategies to effectively and safely arrive at a resolution. While there are many mental health disorders that police will come into contact with, particular focus will be on schizophrenia, addictions, depression, anxiety and suicide and crisis intervention. Further, this course examines the student?s current mental health and mental health issues experienced by police and other emergency responders. Students will learn how to identify the physical and psychological symptoms of stress, how to prevent mental health illnesses, the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and types of treatments available.

LAWS 64
Units/ Hours: 45

This course examines pertinent sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and their impact on the Canadian criminal procedure. Citizen and police arrest and release authorities, police powers of search and seizure with and without a warrant, police discretion and its implications will be discussed. This course will enable students to become familiar with police terminology and apply the procedures required to affect arrest and release.

FLPL 196
Units/ Hours: 15

The focus of this course is to ensure that our students are the most professional and well prepared applicants competing for jobs in policing or other fields they pursue. This course encourages students to develop community minded behaviours and volunteerism. Students will develop a professional resume, cover letter and learn the value of a professional portfolio.

Electives

Choose 1 of:

LAWS 262
Units/ Hours: 30

The civilian policing courses reflect the emerging trend within the poling industry to hire civilians to do work traditionally reserved for sworn police officers. This development is a response to not only the increasing costs associated with poling our communities, but an effort to make more efficient use of uniform police officers and their unique skills, in the field. This course will examine police and civilian hiring trends in Canada as well as identify and explore specific career opportunities available to civilians within municipal, provincial and federal police services (e.g.: court and crime scene security, crime analyst, forensic investigator, by-law enforcement officer).

RECR 100
Units/ Hours: 45

Society has come to recognize that personal and collective wellness is essential to the enhanced quality of life. This course concentrates on the concepts of wellness and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. The student will develop strategies to develop and design and implement an effective personal fitness program and develop strategies to be successful at the Ontario Police Standards.

Pre-Requisites

Semester 4

LAWS 263
Units/ Hours: 30

Applied Problem Solving is modeled after the problem?based learning approach. This course will involve working through scenarios and / or case studies. Successful completion of assignments will require student to ?synthesize? accumulated knowledge from the past three semesters. Students will be expected to utilize critical analysis skills and test their problem solving abilities. Solutions to problems will be found in the understanding of human behaviour, conflict resolution techniques, police powers from government legislation (i.e.: federal and provincial law and Charter of Rights), ethical considerations, etc?

LAWS 18
Units/ Hours: 45

Our concern about crime and frustration over criminals are major issues that command our attention. Criminology is a multidisciplinary field that helps us understand and take action. Historically, it has offered many explanations that have influenced our reactions to and social policy toward crime and criminals. This course will consist of three main parts: definitions and measurement of crime, theories of crime, crime and society.

LAWS 30
Units/ Hours: 45

Collection and presentation of evidence is an important part of the litigation process.In this course, learners will examine the use of evidence in court cases, including statutory and common-law limits on the use of various forms of information that could affect the decision-making process of Canadian courts and administrative tribunals. Learners will examine the functions of investigators, advocates, judges, and juries in the presentation and processing of evidence.

Pre-Requisites
SOCI 50
Units/ Hours: 45

This course focuses on ethical issues faced by individuals as citizens and professionals. It will help students to clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. Ethical issues that relate to a wide variety of concerns will be examined. Students will also examine a variety of professional ethical codes and apply ethical decision-making models to dilemmas in their personal and professional lives.

FLPL 45
Units/ Hours: 15

Field placement is approximately 100 hours at the completion of the fourth semester that will present the student with the opportunity to put into practice the skills and theory learned in the classroom and observe police related assignment duties.Pre-requisites: Successful completion of all Police Foundations academic courses. Students must pass a 3 panel interview for Field Placement.

LAWS 79
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students will develop the knowledge, skills, and ability to locate and apply sections of the Provincial Traffic Laws, regulations, and selected Criminal Code offences. Fleming Equivalent to LAWS079 (B. Cowie Jan 2011)

LAWS 83
Units/ Hours: 30

In light of the Young Offenders Act (1982) and other relevant statutes, this course provides historical, philosophical, and contemporary applications affecting youth in conflict with the law. The course examines and analyzes the aspects of prevention, detention, interviewing, court processes, and disposition alternatives that may be used to aid and rehabilitate young offenders while facilitating public safety and victim response. Fleming Equivalent to LAWS083 (B. Cowie Jan 2011)

Electives

Choose 1 of:

LAWS 264
Units/ Hours: 15

In Civilian Policing I, students are introduced to several career options available to civilian staff within a police agency. In Civilian Policing II, students are required to register in an accredited college course related to a specific civilian role. This will give students the opportunity to gain some of the skills, knowledge and abilities associated with that role. Note: The course selected by the student must be approved by the program coordinator.

RECR 9
Units/ Hours: 30

Society has come to recognize that personal and collective wellness is essential to the enhanced quality of life. This course concentrates on the concepts of wellness and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. The student will develop strategies to develop and design and implement an effective personal fitness program and develop strategies to be successful at the Ontario Police Standards.

Pre-Requisites
Electives

Choose 1 of:

FLPL 29
Units/ Hours: 105

Field placement is approximately 100 hours at the completion of the fourth semester that will present the student with the opportunity to put into practice the skills and theory learned in the classroom and observe police related assignment duties. Students must pass a three panel interview for Field Placement.