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Course Details

Course Code: SCMT390 Course ID: 2565 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on principles and practices that security managers can put to immediate use. The bedrock requirements of effective organization, staff selection, and daily operating procedures are emphasized over abstract concepts. Topics include guard operations, plans, policies, and procedures, workplace violence, managing change, bomb threat management, security awareness training, physical security, securing information systems, investigations, and employee screening.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 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 completing this course the student will be able to:

CO-1: Examine the present and future concepts of security and security management.

CO-2: Distinguish elements related to security risk management.

CO-3: Identify requirements of administering an effective security organization.

CO-4: Evaluate security measures needed for the built environment.

CO-5: Describe business continuity management and association with security practices.

Forum Discussions – 20 percent

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.

Midterm and Final Assignments - 25 percent each

Each of these assignments entail a take-home essay assignment of four questions for which you are expected to develop a 2-3 page essay per question that fully responds to the question being posed to include scholarly sources.

Progress Assignment - 30 percent

Students you will play the role of the person charged with providing security services at a private sector entity. The paper will require students to discuss core responsibilities and identified areas of risk and provide appropriate details and examples regarding detection systems that would be employed at this location.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 2.50 %
Week 2 2.50 %
Week 3 2.50 %
Week 4 2.50 %
Week 5 2.50 %
Week 6 2.50 %
Week 7 2.50 %
Week 8 2.50 %
Assignments 80.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %

Smith, C., & Brooks, J. (2013). Security science: The theory and practice of security. Boston, MA: Elsevier, Inc.

Book Title:Security Science: The Theory and Practice of Security - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Smith, Brooks
Unit Cost:$65.47
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.