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Security Management program curriculum

Our Security Management program curriculum is designed by security experts to be practical, career-relevant, and instantly applicable to real-world settings. You also have the freedom to customize your program by choosing specialized electives that fit your strengths, interests, and goals.

Required course

T01 - Introduction to Security Management  

In this course, you'll learn the ins and outs of this very important topic. You'll take an in-depth look at what security entails, examine the various kinds of security, and review the types of firms that provide such security. You'll also examine the fascinating ways that individuals, organizations, and nations can minimize the loss of life and property through modern security measures. Throughout the course, you'll also consider how security needs have changed since 9/11.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Summarize threats to safety and security.
  • Describe the ways organizations can protect their physical assets, personnel, stakeholders, and reputations.
  • Explain how the legal and regulatory environment influences security operations.
  • Define risk, risk assessment, and risk management.
  • Identify security threats unique to specific institutions.
  • Describe retailers' security concerns and ways they can minimize loss from shoplifting and employee theft.
  • Identify findings and changes brought about by the events of 9/11.
  • Discuss the likely future of security operations and management.

Credit Hours: 3

Course electives

J07 - Private Security  

This course examines private security. It explores in depth the history of security, civil and criminal law, and the changes that have occurred in homeland security and the policing landscape of the US since the events of 9/11. Terrorism and cybercrimes will also be covered in detail. Retail security concerns and the ongoing threat of workplace violence are studied. Throughout, job opportunities for security professionals will be addressed.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Outline theories of crime that are important to security professionals.
  • Describe the role ethics play in the security professional's career.
  • Explain why security professionals must be familiar with both civil and criminal law, as well as trends in the security industry.
  • Describe the practice of crime prevention through environmental design.
  • Discuss the skills and attributes security professionals need to be successful in their careers.
  • Outline the losses caused by employee theft and steps an organization's leadership can take to discourage employee theft.
  • Identify the five core homeland security concepts.
  • Analyze why government and private sectors must collaborate to protect critical infrastructure sectors.

Credit Hours: 3

T02 - Introduction to Terrorism  

Terrorism became a household term for all American citizens, but particularly for law enforcement professionals, after the September 11, 2001, attacks. This course examines the theory and practice of domestic and international terrorism. This course delves into the world of terrorism and terrorists — mostly unknown to the average American citizen before September 11, and obscure even to trained law enforcement officers.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Point out the criminology of terrorism and how it has evolved over time.
  • Prepare an essay on establishing and improving the public and police relationship within a community.
  • Show the impact of national and ethnic terrorism on different countries.
  • Analyze how the ideological and religious terrorism has impacted Middle Eastern countries.
  • Point out the various counterterrorism measures that the United States has incorporated.

Credit Hours: 3

T03 - Incident Command Systems  

This course explores how to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters that are brought on by nature and those that are made by humans, such as acts of terrorism. The roles of first responders, volunteers, search and-rescue teams, government agencies and nonprofit organizations will be examined. In addition, the course will consider the likely disasters that the future holds and how you can prepare for those events by revisiting successes and failures of the past.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Define key terms such as hazard, vulnerability, and disaster.
  • Distinguish among public actors, private actors, and nonprofits with regard to disaster.
  • Explain the federal government's involvement in disaster activities.
  • Discuss search-and-rescue terms and operations.
  • Describe the benefits and challenges associated with the media's role during a disaster.
  • Define damage assessment and some of the methods used to determine the same.
  • Describe the challenges "special populations" pose during response and recovery.
  • Describe likely vulnerabilities of the future.

Credit Hours: 3

T04 - Aviation Security  

This course provides you with an overview of how airports and airlines operate and generate revenue to make a profit, but its primary focus is aviation security. The course explores the history of aviation security, including events that have brought about changes in policies and regulations. In particular, the course will examine how the tragic events of September 11, 2001, radically changed national and global aviation security procedures. The course concludes with a look at the ways in which terrorists are adapting to heightened security measures.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Describe the roles of airports, airport operators, and regulatory agencies.
  • Summarize the most significant hijackings and terrorist attacks.
  • Discuss key changes to aviation security pursuant to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Debate the effectiveness of aviation security measures that have been implemented since September 11, 2001.
  • Debate whether current security procedures violate passengers' Fourth Amendment rights.
  • Identify the pros and cons of security screening technology.
  • Discuss the challenges unique to air cargo security.
  • Distinguish between existing and emerging threats to aviation security.

Credit Hours: 3

T05 - Criminal Behavior  

This course is an introduction to criminal behavior! You'll be able to gain a better understanding of theories that help better explain criminal behavior and delinquency. Throughout the course, you'll also learn more about the victim(s) of crimes and how crimes impact their lives.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Explain the various theories that help society understand criminal behavior.
  • Explain juvenile delinquency and ways to prevent, intervene with, and rehabilitate juvenile delinquents.
  • Outline the major principles of the social structure, social process, and social development theories of criminal causation.
  • Understand how biological and environmental factors play a role in criminal behavior.
  • Explain the four core factors of psychopathy.
  • Explain the extent of harm caused by white-collar crime.
  • Explain the impact cybercrime has on its victim(s) and understand the types of crimes that fall under this category.

Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The Security Management program is designed to provide you with a core foundation of knowledge and career-focused skills you can apply to begin a new career in security management or advance a current one.

Program Objectives

After completing the Security Management program, you’ll be able to do the following:

  1. Define risk, risk assessment, and risk management.
  2. Outline the steps a retail organization’s leadership can take to discourage employee theft.
  3. Examine the impact of national and ethnic terrorism on different countries.
  4. Discuss how the events of September 11, 2001, changed modern security needs.
  5. Summarize the roles of first responders, volunteers, search-and-rescue teams, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations when responding to natural and man-made disasters.
  6. Explain why security professionals must be familiar with both civil and criminal law and evolving trends in the security industry.
  7. Analyze various factors that impact cybercrimes and the implications of government legislation intended to minimize it in the future.

Step up and stand out

Security is a huge field that encompasses many different professions, settings, and organizations. That means there are a lot of opportunities—but also plenty of competition. As an Ashworth College grad, you will have the support you need to set yourself apart. Our exclusive Career Tools, include one-on-one interview coaching, resume writing workshop, and personalized career guidance to help you seize opportunities with your new qualification. With The Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll also have the opportunity to build your personal brand and enhance your job search using the latest digital platforms.

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