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SCMT511 - Chief Security Officer Fundamentals

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT511 Course ID: 4586 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will provide an overview of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) graduate certificate program while focusing on the knowledge and skills required to function at the senior corporate level of management. Students will develop an understanding of how to communicate security’s value to the C-Suite. Students will learn how to identify, build and use metrics to measure success or risk. Students will develop an understanding of the need for cross-functional collaboration and leadership.





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
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the student will be able to:

CO-1: Assess the universal function competencies of a Chief Security Officer.

CO-2: Formulate a communications plan that conveys the value of security to the C-suite.

CO-3: Analyze how the security function fits within the business environment.

CO-4: Compare and contrast the functions of a manager and a leader.

CO-5: Construct a job posting which describes the skills necessary to be a leader of security personnel.

CO-6: Evaluate a solution that requires use of cross-functional collaboration or crisis leadership.

Forum Discussions

There will be six graded forum/discussion assignments during the course. Weekly forums represent 25% of the overall course grade. You will post one assignment and a “minimum of two substantive responses” (more “substantive” responses for a “superior” score) to your classmates each week (weeks 1-7). The response to each forum assignment must be a minimum of “500 words” in length (“excluding” the directions, questions, quotations, notes, or references). Each of the required two responses to your classmates must be a minimum of “200 words” in length.

Written Assignments

Written assignments comprise 25% of the overall course grade. The word count associated with each assignment is posted in the classroom. All assignment sources will comply with the direction below. Assignments will be turned in

Midterm and Final Examinations

These are untimed open book assessments. Each is valued at 20% of your final grade. The examinations will be comprised of objective (multiple choice and true/false) and comprehensive essay questions that cover selected sections of the textbook.

Final Research Paper

The final research paper assignment will be submitted by week seven. The research paper will be a strategic plan for the proposed or actual organization which the weekly assignments were based on. The student will incorporate knowledge and product acquired throughout the course in the final plan. The minimum length of the assignment (not including cover page, abstract and references) will be a minimum of fifteen (15) pages and no longer than twenty (20) pages. Well focused research using academically appropriate sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journals, government reports, technical reports, etc…) will be graded as well as analysis, grammar and critical thinking. Merely meeting the minimum fifteen page requirement does not guarantee a superior grade.

NameGrade %
Assignments 25.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 3 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 6 Assignment 5.00 %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum Week 3 4.17 %
Forum Week 1 4.17 %
Forum Week 4 4.17 %
Forum Week 6 4.17 %
Forum Week 7 4.17 %
Forum Week 2 4.17 %
Exams 20.00 %
Final Exam 10.00 %
Mid Term 10.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Week 7 Assignment 30.00 %

Parrett, W. G. (2007). The sentinel CEO: Perspectives on security, risk, and leadership in a post-9/11 world. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley.

See Lessons tab for additional readings.

Book Title:The Sentinel CEO: Perspectives on Security, Risk, and Leadership in a Post-9/11 World
ISBN:9780470125410
Publication Info:Wiley
Author:William G. Parrett
Unit Cost:$25.36

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.