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SCMT370 - Principles and Theory of Security Issues

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT370 Course ID: 2560 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an overview of the principles and issues in business and organizational security management. It reviews the classical management functions including the role of the Chief Security Officer and the principles of organizing the security function. It assesses the traditional management theories and concepts of planning, staffing, span of control as they are applied to the organization. Students examine the challenges embodied in various aspects of physical, personnel, and information security. Principles of loss prevention and the protection of assets are also considered. The history, legal foundations, functions, operations, processes, and tools of security management are explored to ensure the student has a broad understanding of security management and its current role in government and business operations.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Examine the historical development of security and its ongoing development as a professional security industry.

CO-2: Interpret the basic principles in the application of law and relationship between private security and law enforcement.

CO-3: Analyze the roles and responsibilities of security practitioners as part of the homeland security enterprise.

CO-4: Evaluate interior and exterior security concerns and associated actions in addressing them.

CO-5: Describe the future of security and related challenges and opportunities.

Forum Discussions – 20 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 (Sunday at 11:55 pm ET for week 1 only) and respond to two (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.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is an essay that is to be a minimum of five (5) pages in length, requiring the use of a minimum of five (5) academically acceptable sources obtained from assigned readings and outside research.

Progress assignment - 30 percent

Student will produce a PowerPoint presentation that is to contain a prescribed number of slides, text, and utilize appropriate number of academically acceptable sources obtained from assigned readings and outside research as noted in instructions.

Final assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is an essay of six (6) pages in length. The use of a minimum of six (6) academically acceptable sources is required, comprised of assigned readings and material obtained from outside research.

NameGrade %
Discussion 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 80.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %

The required readings are located under the Lessons tab of the classroom.

Book Title:Introduction to Security, 9th ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Lib
Unit Cost:$65.47
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.