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SCMT538 - Industrial Espionage

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT538 Course ID: 2596 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides a framework for understanding and protecting against industrial espionage. It reviews the history of industrial espionage, current methods of information elicitation, and explores counterespionage options to defend organizations. Students will also learn how companies place their proprietary and protected information at risk as well as how to prevent unwanted information disclosure. Topics such as the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and operational counterintelligence are covered. The purpose of the course is to teach how to recognize and neutralize serious threats to both business and government entities.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

CO-1: Describe the history of industrial espionage.

CO-2: Evaluate the Economic Espionage Act.

CO-3: Differentiate between espionage and competitiveness in the global marketplace.

CO-4: Recognize the different technologies used in espionage.

CO-5: Assess counterespionage techniques.

Grading will be based on 8 forum discussions, a midterm assignment, a research paper, and a final assignment.

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 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
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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.