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SCMT508 - Evaluation of Security Programs

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT508 Course ID: 2584 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The course provides a comparative analysis of relevant security programs in the public and private sectors. The concept of defensible space, internal and external access control and psychological security barriers are examined and evaluated during this course.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO-1: Value the early development of security and policing.

CO-2: Select applicant screening and employee socialization processes.

CO-3: Evaluate and explain the importance of accounting, accountability and auditing.

CO-4: Assess the broad spectrum of internal threats and the IT threat from within.

CO-5: Judge the problem of terrorism and propose countermeasures.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). 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.

Assignment 1 – 25 percent

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. You will complete one of these certification courses. Upon successful completion, you will submit your certificate to the appropriate Assignment tab.

Assignment 2 – 25 percent

Propose a design utilizing access control elements (e.g., CCTV, intrusion detection systems, lighting, perimeter barriers, and biometrics, etc...) in order to provide protection of a facility from exterior entry to critical asset storage/rooms.

Assignment 3 – 30 percent

Research and write a 15-page paper addressing the following:

The difference between and application of qualitative and quantitative risk assessment tools. The use of concentric security approach in access control designs. Countermeasures, both technical and procedural, that address the following Insider threats: Workplace violence and Cyber threats. Countermeasure selection and reasoning as it pertains to terrorist threats.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Assignments 50.00 %
Assignment 1 - Faulty Screening Practices - Due Week 2 25.00 %
Assignment 2 - Access Control Design -Due Week 6 25.00 %
Final Assessment - Research Paper 30.00 %
Assignment 3 - Final Research Paper - Due Week 8 30.00 %

Additional required readings are located in Lessons.

Book Title:Strategic Security Management : A Risk Assessment Guide for Decision Makers (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info: Elsevier Science & Technology
Unit Cost:$79.64
Book Title:The Complete Guide to Physical Security (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Auerbach Publications
Author:Baker, P. and Daniel J. Benny
Unit Cost:$85.95
Book Title:Industrial Security : Managing Security in the 21st Century (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Wiley
Author:Russell, D. and Pieter C. Arlow
Unit Cost:$89.95
Book Title:Concepts and Case Studies in Threat Management (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis
Author:Calhoun and Weston
Unit Cost:$205.00
Book Title:Contemporary Security Management, 3rd Ed (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Butterworth Heinemann
Author:Fay, John
Unit Cost:$68.95
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.