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Course Details

Course Code: SCMT396 Course ID: 2568 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Executive protection is a growth industry. This course provides a thorough overview of the subject. Topics covered include basic principles, threat assessment, risk analysis, training opportunities, finding employment, organization and management of a protective services detail, working the principal, home and office security, technological considerations, vehicle security, conducting an advance, domestic and international travel, firearms selection and training, and self-defense fundamentals.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Discuss fundamental human security needs and various perspectives on security issues relating to executive protection.

CO-2: Identify the equipment used in protective operations and the importance of personnel training.

CO-3: Understand the concepts of risk and threat assessment and the importance they play in protective operations.

CO-4: Discuss the importance of maintaining operational security.

CO-5: Analyze the differences between overt and covert details and the need for both.

CO-6: Describe the importance of surveillance and how prevalent it is in today’s society.

CO-7: Identify the different levels of protection and discuss when protection is no longer necessary.

CO-8: Examine the future role of protective services in the modern world.

Weekly Forum Questions

Each week, a discussion question(s) will be 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 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. Forum question responses must be substantive. There are two elements of substance: one is content and the other is length of response. Content is obvious, you must fully cover the issue. The Rubric posted in the weekly forum will be utilized to grade your Forum posts.

Case Study

Each student is required to submit a case study using the following parameters: the student selects an incident where someone was seriously injured or killed while in the care of a personal protection detail and conducts a comprehensive review of the incident determining what went wrong while providing recommendations for improvements that should be made. There should be at least three positives and three negatives (areas for improvement) included in the review. The case study must be of high quality and in APA format. Papers will be graded in accordance with the Rubric and formatting materials posted in the Assignment section of the classroom.

Research Paper

Each student is required to submit a paper using the following parameters: the student prepares a comprehensive plan and detailed analysis for conducting a personal protection detail from start to finish. The purpose of the paper is to utilize the information learned throughout the course in order to executive a successful operation. The papers must be of high quality and in APA format. Papers will be graded in accordance with the Rubric and formatting materials posted in the Assignment section of the classroom.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.13 %
Week 2 Forum 3.13 %
Week 3 Forum 3.13 %
Week 4 Forum 3.13 %
Week 5 Forum 3.13 %
Week 6 Forum 3.13 %
Week 7 Forum 3.13 %
Week 8 Forum 3.13 %
Research Paper 40.00 %
Research Paper 40.00 %
Case Study 35.00 %
Case Study 35.00 %

Readings are located under the Lessons tab in the classroom.

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Kidnapping and Abduction: Minimizing the Threat and Lessons in Survival - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:CRC Press
Author:Heard, Brian John
Unit Cost:$56.31
Book Title:Protective Operations: A Handbook for Security and Law Enforcement - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:CRC Press
Author:McGovern, Glenn
Unit Cost:$86.54
Book Title:Introduction to Executive Protection, 3rd Ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:CRC Press
Author:June, Dale L.
Unit Cost:$74.63

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.