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SCMT698 - Comprehensive Exam in Security Management

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT698 Course ID: 2607 Credit Hours: 0 Level: Graduate

THIS COURSE REQUIRES A PROCTORED EXAM. Comprehensive final examination for students in the Master of Arts in Security Management Program. IMPORTANT: You must have COMPLETED all other courses in the program and have a GPA of 3.0 in order to register for this course. As a Security Management student, you must pass this comprehensive exam in order to have your degree conferred. The comprehensive exam must be taken by the course end date or a failing grade will be posted. If you fail your first course attempt to pass the comprehensive exam, you will need to get approval to register for a second attempt of the course and BOTH final course grades will show in your transcript.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, the Master of Arts in Security Management also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates.

CO-1: Recognize and critically analyze the various forms of liability associated with the security management industry.

CO-2: Provide cost-effective measures for architectural security design for facilities, airport security, and critical infrastructures.

CO-3: Integrate and adapt security concepts and services from traditional approaches to address vulnerabilities to new technologies.

CO-4: Evaluate the technologies of security systems, information security, and asset protection methodologies, and construct a reasonable view through critical thinking, to draw logical conclusions towards objective perspectives.

CO-5: Assess the security function as it pertains to complex specializations in safety, safeguarding sensitive assets, and conducting vulnerability assessments.

CO-6: Relate and associate historical, economic, equity and social perspectives of security measures and associate them to contemporary needs of protection and loss prevention.

CO-7: Apply the principles of scientific management to security management as a unique discipline.

CO-8: Apply the concepts of professional and ethical behavior to security programs and organizations.


The course consists of the comprehensive final exam for the award of the MA in Security Management degree. The comprehensive final exam consists of four questions designed to test your broad knowledge of security management fundamentals. For example, you might encounter a question concerning the fundamental of risk analysis. You should not expect questions which are too narrow in focus. For example, you would not see a question asking you to describe a particular CCTV camera or software encryption package.

A few administrative observations:

There are no assignments in this course other than the mandatory but ungraded introduction forum, the four mandatory sample question forums, and the exam itself. As noted, there are four sample questions in forums. These are mandatory - the instructor feedback and feedback from fellow students can be very beneficial to you when you reach the actual proctored exam. You will not be able to sit for the final exam unless you have completed the four sample questions in the forums.

The exam will be taken in Week 8. The instructor may activate the exam earlier to set up the Gradebook. Under no circumstances enter the exam until Week 8.

The sample questions in the syllabus are the only sample questions you will receive other than the four practice questions in the forums.

When taking the exam, remember that it must be submitted in two copies. First, you will take the exam in the normal way and when you finish, copy and paste your responses into the electronic exam and click "Submit." The second copy is saved in MS Word and forwarded to your instructor via e-mail attachment by your proctor. This ensures you have a proctor and secondly, allows for a back-up copy in case of technical difficulties. You will want to take this exam twice (LOL)!! Failure to provide the proctor copy can result, after the session ends, in your receiving a FAIL for the course despite the grading for actual exam questions.

While most students pass the exam the first time, those who have failed the exam in the past generally do so for the following reason:

The responses are not comprehensive in nature. For some reason, they did not understand that this is not a short-answer exercise. While historically, students do not normally use all of the time allotted, this is a six-hour exam. This should serve as a reminder that a paragraph or two per response is not adequate. This is your chance to showcase and demonstrate your knowledge of the broad security fundamentals underlying the profession. While there is no minimum word count for question responses, the average per question is typically 500-1500 words. Some students write very clearly and concisely while others “ramble.” Both are acceptable for this exam as long as each question, indeed, each part of every question is addressed thoroughly and in detail.

To re-emphasize, please ensure that if the question is multi-part, you address each specific part of the question.

References are not required on the exam. This is because no texts or materials are available to you during the exam. However, if you are certain of a source, you may state it. For example, "Fay (2006) stated that . . ."

All exam questions ARE individually graded based on the following scale: Pass with Distinction, Pass, or Fail.

Pass with Distinction.” If a student passes 3 of the 4 questions “with distinction,” and at least passes the fourth question, he or she will pass the exam “with distinction.”

Pass.” If a student at least passes 3 of the 4 questions, he or she will pass the exam.

Fail.” If a student fails two or more questions, he or she will fail the exam. Such a student will be offered a second examination with a different faculty member. If a student fails the exam twice, he or she will not be permitted a third attempt and will not graduate.

NameGrade %
Comp Final Exam 100.00 %
SCMT698 Comprehensive Final in Security Management - 2016 100.00 %

See the Lessons tab area of the classroom.

Book Title:Please contact your professor for instructions regarding your comprehensive exam.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.