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Course Details

Course Code: SCMT544 Course ID: 2598 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course stresses the core principles of the CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) concept. Students learn how to work with architects, city, and municipal planners to ensure new or refurbished construction is designed in such a way as to minimize or eliminate criminal activity. Topics covered include initial planning considerations, gathering information from multiple sources, formulating and implementing the plan based on core CPTED principles, and the need for modifications and review over time.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Formulate a working knowledge of the background and theory of CPTED.

CO-2: Measure the concepts behind protecting the built environment.

CO-3: Evaluate applications of CPTED in the built environment.

CO-4: Evaluate how to measure the success of CPTED, conduct CPTED surveys and implement CPTED.

CO-5: Select the various assessments required to conduct a CPTED assessment, risk, threat and vulnerability.

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Posts made in response to discussion questions should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). 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.

Midterm Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of three questions for which you are expected to develop a 2-3-page essay per question that fully responds to the question being posed.

Progress Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is an essay assignment of two questions for which you are expected to develop a 2-3-page essay that fully responds to the questions being posed.

Final Project – 30 percent

Research and write a 15-page paper where you locate an area or facility in your local area which you believe would benefit from a CPTED project. Describe how you would proceed to plan, implement, and monitor such a project.

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 50.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %

See Lessons area of the classroom for additional readings.

Book Title:Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, 3rd ed. e-book available in the APUS online library
Publication Info:Elsevier
Author:Crowe, T. and Fennelly, T.
Unit Cost:$79.75
Book Title:Effective Physical Security, 4th ed. e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Elsevier
Author:Fennelly, Lawrence
Unit Cost:$60.89
Book Title:21st Century Security and CPTED: Designing for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Crime Prevention, 2nd ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Randall I. Atlas
Unit Cost:$110.55
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.