CJ233 Introduction to Security

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Course Syllabus:

CJ2233 Introduction to Security

Fall 2005




Duane Davidson

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice

Office Hours:11:35 am to 12:50pm

Phone: 816-588-5587

Pager: 816-374-3625

E-Mail: duane.davidson@park.edu


The Course:

Semester Dates: August 22 2005 through December 18,2005

Classroom: MC 23

Time: Tuesday and Thursday 11:35 am to 12:50pm

3 credit hours


Mission Statement:

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.


Vision Statement:

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


Course Description:

Introduction to Security: The basic principles of security and loss prevention that are common and fundamental to all area of protection of personal property from historical and modern day points of view. Topics include: the security industry, the threat environment, risk analysis, fundamentals of physical security, safety, and accident prevention, and common security problems.


Instructor’s Educational Philosophy:

Professor Davidson’s educational philosophy is based on the use of many methods of learning. Readings, lectures, class discussions, examinations, research, writing, and oral presentations are some of the methods that will be utilized.







Course Objectives:


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of security, crime prevention, and early law enforcement.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for educational programs.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding why there is a need for security companies and the duties they perform.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of security services and the duties they perform.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of risk assessment.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of fire prevention and safety.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of how to plan for a disaster.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of crime and threats to the environment.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of crime prevention.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to conduct a Security Survey and report the findings.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of The Legal Aspects of Private Security.





Course Textbook:

Principles if Security and Crime Prevention: by Pamela Collins, Truett A. Ricks, and Clifford W. Van Meter 4th ed( Anderson Publishing 1981, 1988,1994,2000.-Required.


Academic Honesty:

Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty maybe given failing grades or expelled from Park University.



Plagiarism- the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work- sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should contact instructors.


Attendance Policy:

Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of reenrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the terms of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in the grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student that has unexcused or excessive absences in the term of enrollment. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veteran’s Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in monetary penalty to students. Reports of F (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absences for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.




Late Submission of Course Materials:

For each class period an assignment is late points will be deducted. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.


Course Assessment:

The learning in this course will be assessed by a variety of means. Examinations, classroom participation, writings and oral presentations will be some of methods used.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  1. Attend class be prompt. Class attendance and class participation will be part of your grade. Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period. Since tardy entrance disrupts the class, your lateness will receive a deduction in points.
  2. Be prepared when you come to class. The assigned reading should be completed so you are ready to participate in class discussions about the material contained in those assignments.
  3. There will be a Mid-term examination and a final examination. Exams will be multiple choice and short answer. They will cover reading material and in formation discussed in class.
  4. Each student will be required to complete a Security Survey and prepare a written report about the findings of that survey. Further information in regard to the assignment will be passed out on a later date.
  5. Each student will be required to conduct research on a chosen topic covered in the text and a short oral presentation will be made to the class about that topic.
  6. Each student will be required to write a ten to twelve page paper on a topic from the Security Industry.  Further information about this assignment will distributed at a later time. The topic must be approved by the instructor.


Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designated to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state laws including section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal/state law, the provisions of law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disabilities can be found on Park University web page www.park.edu/disability.




Grading Plan:

Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earn as compared to the greatest number of points that maybe earned in each class activity. In determining the number of points awarded the following factors will be considered:

  • Was the work complete?
  • Was the work completed correctly?
  • Was the work competed on time?


All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the date they are due.


Course grades will be determined on the following basis.

  • Participation and Attendance 100 pts.
  • Security Survey 100 pts.
  • Paper 100 pts
  • Mid-Term Exam 100 pts.
  • Final Exam 100 pts.


A total of 500 points is possible and the following grading scale will be used to determine your final grade for the class.


450 to 500 points A

400 to 450 points B

350 to 400 points C

300 to 350 points D

Below 300 points F