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SCMT397 - Physical Security

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT397 Course ID: 2569 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Effective physical security is based on an accurate threat assessment followed by the implementation of an overlapping system of physical and electronic safeguards designed for the specific needs of the client. Topics covered include threat assessment, the security survey, architectural design for security, physical and electronic security methodologies, security lighting, perimeter protection and the guard force, clear zones, wall materials, signage, and the importance of effective and continuous local, state, and federal governmental liaison.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the student will be able to:

CO-1: Demonstrate knowledge of the influence of physical design, risk assessment and management, designing security with architects, and security surveys.

CO-2: Describe the concepts and fundamentals of crime prevention through environmental design strategies and applications.

CO-3 Examine the functions of security containers and storage areas and describe the successful use of security lighting.

CO-4: Analyze efficient use of intrusion detection systems, entry control, and contraband detection.

CO-5: Illustrate the principles of effective CCTV surveillance and digital recording systems.

Forum Discussions – 25 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 and respond to at least 2 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 Assignment - 25 percent

This assignment will not have a time limit and you can access it as often as you like but only one submission is allowed. The Midterm Assignment will consist of four (4) short essay topic questions and will cover the required readings found in the "Lessons" (Course Tool Bar) for weeks 1-4. The Assessment can be accessed in the "Assignments" (Course Tool Bar).

Design Project - 25 percent

This assignment will ask you to design the physical security requirements for a privately owned single story distribution center (warehouse for various retail goods). You will be required to incorporate all the major points from the course reading and discussions: physical design, CPTED, physical security, barriers, locks, lighting, IDS, entry control, and CCTV/recording.

Final Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment will not have a time limit and you can access it as often as you like but only one submission is allowed. The Final Assignment will consist of four (4) short essay topic questions and will cover the required readings found in the "Lessons" (Course Tool Bar) for weeks 5-8. The Assessment can be accessed in the "Assignments" (Course Tool Bar).

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 3.13 %
Week 2 3.13 %
Week 3 3.13 %
Week 5 3.13 %
Week 6 3.13 %
Week 7 3.13 %
Week 8 3.13 %
Week 4 3.13 %
Exams 50.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Project 25.00 %
Design Project 25.00 %

All required readings are found in the Weekly Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.