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SCMT510 - Security Management Ethics

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT510 Course ID: 2597 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an examination of issues of professional and ethical behavior within the security industry. Key issues examined include professional behavior of the individual and the agency. Current topics such as sexual harassment, professionalism, and industry standards are discussed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO-1: Reconstruct and explore the basis for modern ethical thought from the security management viewpoint.

CO-2: Select and examine the basics of successful security operations and apply them to overseas ethical scenarios.

CO-3: Synthesize an ability to use proven methods, concepts, and theories to develop unique solutions to problems associated with rapidly changing social, economic, and technological situations.

CO-4: Test and validate new paradigms regarding the management of international business relations viewed from ethical and cultural perspectives of various cultures.

CO-5: Evaluate the impact of job discrimination and affirmative action programs as they apply to a security department in the 21st Century.

All work for this course is due to be turned in no later than midnight (EST) on Friday of the week in which the assignment is due. The two mandatory forum responses to fellow students are due no later than midnight, Sunday (EST) of the week in which the forum is due.

Reading Assignments: See weekly readings below Supplemental Readings: See supplemental readings below Forum Assignments:

The grading is based on six graded homework assignments (forums), two short Exams, a research paper and an open-book final examination.

1. There is an Introduction – Week 1 (post to forum only – ungraded but mandatory) and six additional Forum assignments during the course. The forums reinforce major elements of the course (Ethical Issues). These assignments address relevant ethical questions, constructs, and dilemmas from the text and provided supplementary resources. They are selected to provide the student with hands-on experience in applying the techniques and models discussed. Forums should be prepared in Microsoft Word or a compatible word processing program uploaded into the classroom as per the instructions in “Announcements” by the due

date posted in “Assignments” in the electronic classroom.

Homework Assignments: See Forums and Research Paper


1. There are two Exams, each of which comprises 10% of the final grade. Both Exams are not timed and set for multiple access. The Exams cover selected case studies in the textbook. Each consists of short essay questions. Please coordinate with the professor for any special arrangements.

2. There is a final examination which comprises 25% of the final grade. The exam is not timed and set for multiple access. The exam covers all important points discussed in the textbook. Each question requires short essay responses. Please coordinate with the professor for any special arrangements.

Field Experience Assignments: NA

Research Paper:

Each student prepares and submits research paper as discussed in detail below. It comprises 20% of the final grade.

Option #1 - Each student writes a detailed research paper in APA format (and a body length of a minimum of twelve pages) on one of the following topics covered through Chapter 4 of the text:

  1. - The nature of business ethics
  2. - Moral responsibility and blame 3 - Utilitarianism

4 - Rights and duties 5 - Kantian theory

  1. - Justice theories
  2. - The ethics of care 8 - Virtue theory

9 - Morality and international business 10 - Free market theory

  1. - Social Darwinism
  2. - Perfectly competitive markets and ethics 13 - Competition typology

14 - Oligopolies and public policy

Option #2 - The student composes a research paper describing in detail a real-world professional ethical dilemma concerning a law enforcement or security management premise. Again, this paper must be a minimum of 12 pages in length exclusive of title and Reference pages, etc.

The student discusses the topic in detail, examining the dilemma utilizing material learned through Chapter 4 of the ethics text, associated course materials, websites, and anecdotal knowledge. The student presents the solution selected to manage the dilemma, or discusses reasons why the dilemma remains unsolved.

The selected subject must be covered in-depth using all available resources and appropriate citations to reinforce key points of your argument. Supposition has no place in the paper. All key points are defended with facts.

All papers are written using the APA sixth edition format.

The only authorized Web resource for APA 6th ed. is located at:

and the link to the APA sixth edition research paper format video in the Week 1 Course Announcement in the online classroom and in the AMU Online Library. Remember that a formal research paper must utilize at least three verifiable sources in the Reference section. You must use MS-Word or a Word-compatible word-processing program.

Your paper will be graded using the Rubric criteria as explained in the Rubric contained in "Resources."

FEMA Certification Courses:

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge. During this session you will complete four of these certification courses. Grading for these courses is Pass/Fail. Each course is worth 5% of your final course grade. Upon successful completion of each course a link to access each certificate will be sent to the email address you registered with. In order to receive credit for each course, you must upload a copy of you FEMA certificate of completion to the appropriate Assignment tab.

The points earned on course assignments determine the course grade. The final grade in the course is based on total points.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 6 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper: Due End of Week 6 20.00 %
FEMA Decision Making 5.00 %
FEMA - Decision Making and Problem Solving: Due End of Week 3 5.00 %
FEMA Initial Ethics 5.00 %
FEMA - Initial Ethics Orientation: Due End of Week 7 5.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Exams 1 & 2 20.00 %
SCMT510 Exam #1 10.00 %
SCMT 510 Exam #2 10.00 %

See Lessons tab in the classroom

Book Title:Business Ethics: How to Design and Manage Ethical Organizations
Publication Info:Wiley
Author:Denis Collins
Unit Cost:$108.75

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.