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SCMT544 - Security Architecture

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
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 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.


There are six Forums. 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 (15 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 (remember your Netiquette, see the Policies section below) 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. Your responses should be in APA format with in-text citations and references. Please refrain from bulleting when responding. Discussion forums must be in essay/discussion format.


There is a midterm and a quiz in this course. The examination will be available online approximately sevem days prior to the due date. The midterm is not comprehensive. The midterm is open book and the time limit is four hours. Essay responses (except for essays asking for a “list”) must be 250 words minimum. The quiz is open book and timed, one hour. The exam and quiz are set for one-time entry. Therefore, be prepared when opening them (note that clicking on the hyper link constitutes opening it). It is suggested that students make a copy of the 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 e-mail immediately to arrange for the examination to be reset.


Each student is required to submit a research project (minimum of 15 pages), not including title, reference, or other non-text pages, diagrams, etc.) using the following parameters: on the topic below. Note that abstracts and Table of Contents pages are not desired by the instructor. The papers must be of high quality and in APA format (numerous APA formatting sources are posted in the Resources section of the classroom). All information that is not original to the student must be cited properly. A minimum of 7-10 sources must be used for each paper. Listing sources on a reference page does not constitute citation. Citation to sources is required whether or not the student uses direct quotes. Information that is summarized or paraphrased from research sources must be cited. Note all course work will be graded in accordance with the Rubric and formatting materials posted in the Resources section of the classroom. Note that Wikepedia is not considered a valid source for reference. Citations to Wikepedia will not be considered as valid sources and will count against the overall grade of the paper. PLEASE review the materials on APA format that are posted in Resources. The “I don’t know APA” excuse will not fly, all the information needed to correctly format papers is in the classroom, through the APUS/AMU library and through the Purdue Owl website.

NameGrade %
Exam 25.00 %
Midterm Exam 25.00 %
Forums 1-6 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 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Quiz 15.00 %
Quiz 15.00 %

See Lessons area of the classroom for additional readings.

Book Title:21st Century Security and CPTED: Designing for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Crime Prevention, 2nd ed.
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Randall I. Atlas
Unit Cost:$127.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.