Problem Analysis is a 12 – week online course where students will learn to examine long-term problems and how to recommend effective strategies to combat crime and disorder issues within their jurisdiction by applying criminology theory and research methods. The course focuses on the operational application of problem-oriented policing, including environmental criminology and situational crime prevention. Utilizing the “Crime Analysis for Problem Solvers in 60 Small Steps,” this course will help outline how analysts can contribute to proactively solving crime and disorder problems in their jurisdictions.
This course assumes that knows basic crime analysis skills including:
- Understand how to use various crime analysis computer applications and manipulate data
- Identify hot spots and how to relate them to demographic and other data
- Produce charts, graphs, and reports that support departmental or CompStat-like operations
- Have basic knowledge of statistics and research methodology
The coursework is estimated to take between 3-5 hours per week. Weeks 1-10 will include assigned readings, contribution to discussions via the discussion board, a quiz testing for reading comprehension, and an assignment. In weeks 11-12, students will complete a capstone project that applies the concepts learned in the course.