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Master of Security Management
for Executives

Graduate Courses Descriptions

SM 6360 Security and Crisis Management (3-3-0)
 

Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval
The management of the security function is examined through the study of management strategies and case studies. Discussions and research will include policies and procedures, fiscal management, audits and surveys, organizational structures and operations, and crisis management.

   
SM 6362 Risk Analysis and Abatement (3-3-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval
This course surveys a variety of procedures, programs and policies used to form a strategic business security plan which mitigates an organization’s vulnerabilities, as well as measures the effectiveness of its security. Current and time-proven strategies to prevent and reduce risks inherent in the private business sector will be discussed and analyzed.
   
SM 6364 Legal Environment of the Security Executive (3-1.5-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval.
This course will look at criminal law, administrative law and extralegal contractual agreements that impact security management including legal liabilities to arrest and detainment, search and seizure, evidence and chain of custody, tort liability and personnel issues in industrial, corporate, retail and private security.
   
SM 6665 Cyber Security & Computer Forensics (6-6-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval
This course is designed to expose students to advanced concepts in computer forensic analysis. The methods of collection, preservation, analysis and presentation of digital evidence will be presented to properly conduct a computer forensic examination. There will be a combination of legal and technical aspects of study to achieve a balance similar to that encountered during investigations in which computer forensics are employed.
   
SM 6367 Global Perspectives of Security Management (3-3-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval
This course examines the development and implementation of global security policies, standards, guidelines and procedures to insure ongoing maintenance of security. Special emphasis is placed on the changes in the areas of economics, geopolitics, organization design and technology and how each relates to the potential threats and risks to an organization.
   
SM 6670 Current Issues for Security Executives (6-6-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval.
This course will analyze the most current issues confronting security executives; beginning with a four-day seminar with presentations from international experts in security management and followed by application of the information covered through multiple individual and group projects. This course will be offered as the only summer course for first-year cohorts.
   
SM 6380 Capstone Project (3-3-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval
This course is designed to provide the student with an analytical environment within which the student can apply the learning experiences and knowledge acquired in security management to a real or hypothetical issue approved by project committee members. The committee will guide the student in developing a professional presentation which will then be presented to the Board of Directors for the MSM degree program . In the same manner as a security executive would make a presentation to an organization’s Board of Directors. The content and appearance of the presentation will be in a format consistent with a presentation given to the Board of Directors of a Fortune 1000 company.
   
BUS 6361 Human Resources Management for Security Executives (3-3-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval
This is a graduate-level survey course of the field of human resource management with a particular emphasis on the utilization of human resource programs in security management. Security Departments interface with Human Resource Departments in the hiring, training, rewarding and performance management processes in their organizations. With a conceptual understanding of human resource programs, security executives will better understand how to draw on the human resource expertise to improve decision making in regard to security personnel issues. Specifically, security executives will benefit from knowledge of how human resource planning, recruiting techniques and selection devices, performance appraisal systems, compensation and reward systems, training and development systems, and employee relations can be used to manage personnel issues in security organizations. Regulatory and legal aspects of managing human resources will be integrated throughout the course
   
BUS 6363 Managerial Decision Making for Security Executives (3-3-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval
This course is a survey of qualitative and quantitative decision making methods with application to security management. The course proceeds from the classic perspective of organizational decision making, to top management teams as decision making units focusing on ensuring compliance of decisions with company values and vision, and then to specific tools which provide information to assist the security executive in critical problem-solving situations. Qualitative tools include priority and risk assessment matrices. Quantitative topics could include applicability of decision theory, forecasting, regression analysis, quality control, simulation, and queuing. Based upon the information provided through data analysis and the qualitative factor assessment unique to any security management situation, managerial decision making can be justified.
   
BUS 6366 Leadership, Motivation and Communication for Security Executives (3-3-0)
  Prerequisite: Admission to the MSME or College approval
The purpose of this course is to help executives become more successful in leading, motivating, and communicating in security organizations. The topics of the course (listed below) are organized in a sequence of three parts: (1) Managing oneself, which focuses on developing an awareness of one’s basic managerial and leaderships skills, (2) Managing relationships, which focuses on interpersonal skills, and (3) Leading organizational change. Pedagogical approaches will include lectures, class discussions, cases, videos, and guest speakers. We will learn and practice communication skills throughout the class by using experiential exercises and formal, oral presentations.
   
MGT 6301 Leadership, Motivation, and Communication for Security Executives
  Prerequisite: Admission to Security Management for Executives pro-gram or college approval.
Leadership, motivation, and communication for executives in security organizations. Topics include one’s own managerial and leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and leading organizational change.
   
MGT 6302 Human Resources Management for Security Executives
  Prerequisite: Admission to Security Management for Executives pro-gram or college approval.
Survey of the field of human resources management with emphasis on security management. Topics include human resources planning, re-cruiting and selection, performance appraisal, compensation and re-ward systems, training and development, and employee relations. Regulatory and legal aspects of human resources management will be integrated throughout the course.

Last updated or reviewed on 9/10/13

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