SCMT507 Assets Protection & Loss Prevention Management (3 semester hours)
The course focuses on advanced administration and management issues related to corporate security functions, including strategic and operational management, risk management, contract security services, management of emergencies and loss prevention. Students will assess vulnerabilities and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report on terrorist attacks upon the Unites States. Facility protection standards are used to determine appropriate courses of action, from a security management perspective, using threat models and risk assessment concepts. Research is required and application of critical thinking is applied to address external threats and countermeasures. Practical exercises are conducted to apply research findings.
SCMT508 Evaluation of Security Programs (3 semester hours)
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.
SCMT509 Contemporary Issues in Security Management (3 semester hours)
This course is an in-depth study of contemporary issues in security management. The course will focus on tools that the professional security manager can use to increase productivity and lower operational cost. Topics explored: personnel security issues (background checks), budgeting, security liability, human resources issues and equal opportunity rights.
SCMT510 Security Management Ethics (3 semester hours)
This course is an examination of issues of professional and ethical behavior within the security industry. Key issues examined include professional behavior of the individual and the agency. Current topics such as sexual harassment, professionalism, and industry standards are discussed.
SCMT511 Chief Security Officer Fundamentals (3 semester hours)
This course will provide an overview of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) graduate certificate program while focusing on the knowledge and skills required to function at the senior corporate level of management. Students will develop an understanding of how to communicate security’s value to the C-Suite. Students will learn how to identify, build and use metrics to measure success or risk. Students will develop an understanding of the need for cross-functional collaboration and leadership.
SCMT529 International Terrorism (3 semester hours)
This course examines the global terrorism phenomenon and the social, economic, political, and religious conditions of select states, groups, and individuals that influence the terrorist mindset. Students examine the definitions, origins and development of terror as a means of influencing public policy decisions and in fostering transitions in public power to promote group goals. Specific historical instances of the use of terror are evaluated, assessed, and analyzed. Examples of groups such as the Al-Qaeda terrorist network are assessed including focused discussions on current events. Topics include: geography and geopolitics of terrorism, origins and history of terrorism, characteristics and goals of terrorism, role of politics and religion in terrorism, media impact on terrorism recruiting, and Al-Qaeda in Iraq organization.
SCMT536 Protective Services (3 semester hours)
This course provides a detailed history of protective services. Topics covered include training and background requirements, obtaining contracts, selecting, training, and managing a security team, security surveys, dealing with clients, legal issues, importance of networking, information sources, and special considerations for clients in high profile industries.
SCMT537 Computer Crime (3 semester hours)
This course will examine cybercrime and the legal, social and technical issues cybercrime presents. With a multi-disciplinary perspective, we will focus on ways information technology is used to commit crimes, investigative techniques used to discover the crimes, and the challenges involved in prosecuting cybercrimes These challenges include jurisdictional issues, application of traditional laws to cybercrimes, and privacy issues encountered during prevention, investigation and prosecution.
SCMT538 Industrial Espionage (3 semester hours)
This course provides a framework for understanding and protecting against industrial espionage. It reviews the history of industrial espionage, current methods of information elicitation, and explores counterespionage options to defend organizations. Students will also learn how companies place their proprietary and protected information at risk as well as how to prevent unwanted information disclosure. Topics such as the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and operational counterintelligence are covered. The purpose of the course is to teach how to recognize and neutralize serious threats to both business and government entities.
SCMT544 Security Architecture (3 semester hours)
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.
SCMT545 Airport Security Design (3 semester hours)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in airport security. Air terminal security is covered from the aspect of physical security considerations, baggage screening, training requirements for security personnel, employee screening and awareness programs, aircraft security, ground and air security technologies, integrating security systems for maximum coverage and protection, effective local, state, and federal liaison, counter and anti-terrorism measures, narcotics and contraband - the use of working dog teams, and apron access and security considerations.
SCMT553 Security Program Administration (3 semester hours)
The course provides the graduate-level security professional with the tools necessary to effectively plan for, implement, monitor, and administer a security organization in a modern, global, and technologically advanced security program. Upon completion of the course, the student demonstrates expertise in administrating a security program from the following aspects: fiscal, human resource management, change management, global talent management, and resource management perspectives. Students will also assess the concepts of return on investments (ROI) including cost-benefit aspects of asset protection and liaison with other management officials in the organization.
SCMT698 Comprehensive Exam in Security Management (0 semester hours)
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.
SCMT699 Security Management Capstone (3 semester hours)
Preparation for the Security Management research seminar begins on day one of a student's graduate program of study. The theories, research methods and analytical skills, and substantive knowledge obtained through their master's curriculum provide the basis for the research seminar project. Students will support the research seminar effort, including gathering bibliographic and reference materials on the thesis topic including developing individual course research papers that may become sections of the final research seminar. Students will address the requirements as described in the syllabus and classroom assignments. The research seminar proposal shall be prepared in accordance with the standards of the academic discipline. The research seminar proposal must provide a clear and lucid description of a question or problem and a proposed method of answering the question or solving the problem. Guidance on the format of the research seminar proposal and a sample proposal are contained in the APUS Thesis Manual. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.THIS COURSE IS 16 WEEKS.