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SCMT508 - Evaluation of Security Programs

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT508 Course ID: 2584 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The course provides a comparative analysis of relevant security programs in the public and private sectors. The concept of defensible space, internal and external access control and psychological security barriers are examined and evaluated during this course.

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

CO-1: Value the early development of security and policing.

CO-2: Select applicant screening and employee socialization processes.

CO-3: Evaluate and explain the importance of accounting, accountability and auditing.

CO-4: Assess the broad spectrum of internal threats and the IT threat from within.

CO-5: Judge the problem of terrorism and propose countermeasures.


There are several Discussion Questions (DQ) throughout the course. These questions can be located in the Forums section of the classroom. Respond to each question using what you have learned during the week’s reading and your personal experience and opinion as well. Each student must also respond to a minimum of two fellow students’ postings (10 points each will be deducted for each secondary post that is not submitted). Students must submit their responses in the appropriate Forum for the week using the threaded format for all postings. Postings must be in good taste and to the point. Constructive criticism and honest assessment of each others ideas is encouraged. The Rubric posted in the Resources section of the classroom will be utilized to grade these assignments. Discussion 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. Primary responses (each question, some weeks there are more than one question) must be 750 words at a minimum. Secondary responses should be about 250 words. Do not attempt to post responses in Assignments.


There are two Exams in this course. Exams are open from the beginning of class until the due date. Each examination is open book. There is no time limit for Exams. Essay responses for Exams (#1 & #2) must be 500 words minimum. The Exams may be accessed several times, and work may be saved, however only one submission is allowed. It is suggested that students make a copy of the Exam or examination and save it into a Word document prior to submission in the event that technical difficulties occur. In the event of such difficulties, contact the instructor via messages immediately to arrange for the examination to be reset. Each examination will cover only material from the preceding weeks’ readings. Make sure ALL of your popup blockers are disabled when taking a single access exam. Essay question grades will show up as “zeros” upon submission. This is because they have to be graded manually. Grading will not normally begin until after the due date/time.


Through our personal reading we often come across something that really hits home or is worth passing on to colleagues. Your task is to select one of these papers/items you have read (resources outside of the current course textbooks. Search the web, peer reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, etc., for literature that directly pertains to Security). Upload the review inside the Assignments tab as a WORD .doc or .docx file.


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.

NameGrade %
Forums - Weekly Discussion 30.00 %
Forum #1 5.00 %
Forum #2 5.00 %
Forum #3 5.00 %
Forum #4 5.00 %
Forum #5 5.00 %
Forum #6 5.00 %
Exams #1 & #2 30.00 %
Exam #2 15.00 %
Exam #1 15.00 %
FEMA National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) 5.00 %
National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) - Due End of Week 7 5.00 %
FEMA Workplace Security Awareness 5.00 %
Workplace Security Awareness - Due End of Week 8 5.00 %
Current Security Literature Review 20.00 %
Current Security Literature Review - Due End of Week 8 20.00 %
FEMA Retail Security Awareness: Understanding the Hidden Hazards 5.00 %
Retail Security Awareness - Due End of Week 5 5.00 %
FEMA Fundamentals of Risk Managment 5.00 %
Fundamentals of Risk Management - Due End of Week 3 5.00 %

Additional required readings are located in Lessons.

Book Title:Course materials will change for May & beyond. Please email for an updated booklist.
Publication Info:Open Web Sources
Book Title:Contemporary Security Management, 3rd Ed (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Butterworth Heinemann
Author:Fay, John
Unit Cost:$68.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.