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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT301 Course ID: 4458 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course offers the student an overview of many of the primary laws and policies, which drive the U.S. Government’s security apparatus. There is a vast array of policy covering security topics, which are promulgated throughout numerous U.S. Government agencies. Topics will include the U.S. Constitution, Executive Orders, Presidential Decision Directives, and the National Industrial Program Security Operating Manual. The student will gain an appreciation for the complexities involved in securing U.S. Government sponsored facilities, personnel and information.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Relate how the definition of “treason” in the U.S. Constitution in part drives the national security apparatus.

CO-2: Correlate security related Executive Orders to the practice of security within the U.S. Government.

CO-3: Analyze Presidential Decision Directives in their effect on government security implementation.

CO-4: Analyze the use of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) throughout the U.S. government and industry.

CO-5: Appraise the effect of the Interagency Security Committee upon the physical security of federal facilities.

CO-6: Draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the Unified Facilities Criteria on the protection stance of U.S. government sponsored facilities.

CO-7: Interpret the importance of Critical Infrastructure Protection to the national security of the United States.

Discussion Forums

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET (Sunday at 11:55 pm ET for week 1 only) and respond to two (2) or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.


There is a Midterm and a Final assignment in this course. Each assignment covers the learning objectives for the previous three weeks.

Research Paper

Select a topic from within the scope of this course, conduct a detailed analysis and present the results. The papers must be of high quality and in APA format (several APA formatting sources are attached below). All information that is not original to the student must be cited properly. A minimum of 3-5 sources must be used for each paper.

NameGrade %
Forum 25.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.17 %
Week 2 Forum 4.17 %
Week 3 Forum 4.17 %
Week 5 Forum 4.17 %
Week 6 Forum 4.17 %
Week 7 Forum 4.17 %
Assignments 50.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %

All course materials are available in “Lessons” in the classroom.

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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.