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Course Details

Course Code: SCMT392 Course ID: 2566 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Industrial espionage results in millions of dollars in lost revenue each year. This course provides a brief history of espionage and examines the World Wide Web as an enabler of espionage, the role of governments in industrial espionage, the rise of the competitive intelligence professional, tensions between openness and security, and the Economic Espionage Act of 1996.

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 successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Analyze the global threat to information, counterintelligence and counterintelligence.

CO-2: Evaluate the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and associated problems that impact businesses and government.

CO-3: Assess conclusions regarding economic and military espionage, competitive intelligence; and operational security, and risk management techniques to mitigate the Netspionage threat.

CO-4: Compare and contrast methods and procedures for protecting proprietary and confidential information.

CO-5: Interpret the fundamental changes to the business environment which facilitate the acts of espionage.

CO-6: Analyze the tradecrafts of spies and effective countermeasures to thwart the threat.

Forum Discussions

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 and respond to 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. Your initial post should contain at least 350 word (minus referencing) and each peer response (2) should contain at least 150 words.

Midterm Assignment and Final Assignment

Both will consist of essay questions.

Term Paper Proposal & Outline and Final Term Paper

Each student is required to submit a research paper (minimum of 7-10 pages NOT including the title, reference, or other non-text pages, diagrams, etc.) on a topic related to the scope of the course and approved by the instructor.

NameGrade %
Final Term Paper 25.00 %
Final Term Paper 25.00 %
Term Paper Proposal & Outline 5.00 %
Term Paper Proposal & Outline 5.00 %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.13 %
Week 2 Forum 3.13 %
Week 3 Forum 3.13 %
Week 4 Forum 3.13 %
Week 5 Forum 3.13 %
Week 6 Forum 3.13 %
Week 7 Forum 3.13 %
Week 8 Forum 3.13 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %

Wimmer, B. (2015). Business Espionage: Risks Threats, and Countermeasures. Waltham, MD: Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 978-0-12420054-8.

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Business Espionage: Risks, Threats, and Countermeasures - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Elsevier
Author:Wimmer, Bruce
Unit Cost:$56.31

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.