CJ233 Introduction to Security

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CJ 233 Introduction to Security


FA 2006 HO


Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A.


Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office Location

MA 319E

Office Hours

Monday, 12 Noon-3 PM; Tue and Thu, 10 AM-11 AM; Fri, 11 AM-12 Noon; Before and after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone

Office: 816-584-6597

Other Phone

Cell: 816-809-6494



Semester Dates

August 21 – December 15, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 AM - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours



Collins, Pamela A., Ricks, Truett A., Van Meter, Clifford W.  (2000).  Principles of Security and Crime Prevention, 4th Ed.  LexisNexis.

Additional Resources:
From time to time, the instructor may provide or refer students to supplemental required readings, audiovisuals, case studies, articles, computer resources, etc.

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Course Description:
This course covers the basic principles of security and loss prevention that is common and fundamental to all areas of protection of personal property from historical and modern day points of view. Topics of discussion will include: the security industry, the threat environment, risk analysis, fundamentals of physical security, safety, and accident prevention, and common security problems. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's overarching approach to education is to emphasize the broadening of intellect as a strategy for developing problem solving and critical thinking skills.  It is essential to integrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the classroom into the active lives of students, both as individuals and as members of social groups.  It is not the facts we learn, but how we use them that provides us with the tools needed to better the human condition.

The instructor will use lectures, class discussions, group activities, handouts, supplementary readings, audio-visual aids, examinations, case studies, and other methods to facilitate learning.  Student performance expectations: 


1.  The instructor assumes the student has read and understands the syllabus and expects students to ask questions if any aspect of the course requirements is unclear.


2.   Students are expected to demonstrate that they are meeting the course objectives by attending class; actively participating in class discussions, activities, and exercises; timely submitting all written assignments; delivering required oral presentations; and sitting for any scheduled examinations.


3.  Students are assigned readings from the required text(s) and/or supplemental text materials in advance of each class meeting and are expected to be prepared for class. 


4.  Students are expected to ask questions if they do not understand something.


5.  The instructor encourages a mutual learning environment, where students can freely raise questions in the search for understanding.  Students are expected to listen to each other, ask questions, raise concerns, and provide the respect that each individual deserves. Students are also encouraged to bring any items to class which they feel will add substantially to the learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Show an understanding of the history of security, crime prevention and early law enforcement.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the American Disabilities Act 1990and Civil Rights Act of 1991.
  3. Evaluate the purpose of risk assessment.
  4. Illustrate security's role in fire prevention and safety, crime and threats to the environment, and crime prevention.
  5. Explain the legal aspects of private security.

Core Assessment:

·        Class participation, quizzes & exams


·        Class participation, quizzes & exams


·        Papers, presentations, group &/or individual activities with written assignments (see CJ205)


Class Assessment:

Examinations:  There will be three (3) examinations.  Each exam is equally weighted and will cover a defined portion of the course material presented and/or distributed, and the required textbook/supplemental readings.  Exam questions may be any combination of short answer, multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or essay type.


Class Participation/Group Work: Class Participation is graded and consists of regular class attendance and active engagement in course activities, class discussions, and assignments.  In this course, the learning process involves students reading, conducting research, and exchanging information with each other, and the instructor. Class participation is accomplished by coming to class, prepared to work and being actively involved in the class activities.  During the term, students will be assigned to group work in class as we review security cases and develop hypothetical security strategies and plans.  Students who neglect to engage in course activities remain responsible for any assignments, supplemental material, and information given in class.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain this information.


Security Case Review Essays: Students will write two (2) Security Case Review Essays during the semester.  Students will participate in groups during class to review and discuss particular security cases.  Each student will submit his/her own review essay of the case.  An essay is a short work that treats a topic from an author's personal point of view, often taking into account subjective experiences and personal reflections upon them. Each essay should be two to three, computer-generated pages written in American Psychological Association (APA) Style.  You can learn about this style from the Park University website. Students should use six sources (the activity, your text, and four others) for each essay, and they should tie their topic to the text.  


An essay is a well-structured (i.e., organized) presentation of your ideas about what you have read, observed, heard, seen.  It is presented in a way that is easy to follow and understand.   An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task.


To write an essay, follow a few simple steps:


Decide on your topic.

Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas.

Write your thesis statement.

Write the body.

  • Write the main points
  • Write the sub-points.
  • Elaborate on the sub-points.

Write the introduction.

Write the conclusion.

Write the finishing touches.


Security Personnel Management Essay: Students will select and discuss the importance of one security personnel management problem or issue.  In Chapter 4 of the Collins, Ricks, Van Meter text, students will find a number of security personnel issues to select from: recruitment, selection, training, etc.  Students may use this as a guide for developing a topic, however students may write on any relevant topic.   For the Essay:


·         Discuss the problem or issue's history, background, and development.

·         Articulate why you believe the issue is important in the development of an effective organizational security program.

·         Consult at least five (5) sources, one of which may include the Clifford text

·         The body of the essay should be no less than 2 and no greater than 3 pages, not including a title page, table of contents, and references.

·         You must use a formal research writing style, i.e. APA Style Manual.



Course Reflection Essay: The Course Reflection Essay (2 to 3 typed, double-spaced pages) has two components:


  1. Discuss any aspect of this course that you found particularly interesting, and how you would apply the concepts learned in a practical environment.
  2. Provide feedback to the instructor as follows: What did you think of the content of this course?  How do you think the information will or will not help you in the future?  What information or learning activities do you consider to be the most useful? Least useful?  How about the structure of the course?  Was it too much work? Too little?  What about the textbook?  What changes would you like to see in future courses?


Although you will be receiving a separate opportunity to provide feedback directly to Park University, this feedback is of invaluable assistance to me in structuring future courses.


Examinations (3)                                             60%

Class Participation/Group Work                    20

Security Case Review Essays (2)                 10

Security Management Essay                           5

Course Reflection Essay                                 5


Total                                                               100%


A 90-100                        

B 80-89 

C 70-79

D 60-69

F (Failure) 59 and below   

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All written and oral assignments are due by a specific date.  Late submissions, i.e., after the due date, will be downgraded by one whole letter grade (e.g., A to B, B to C, etc.) for each class meeting date that the assignment is late.  No assignments will be accepted, reviewed, or graded beyond December 8, 2006.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

PLEASE disable (turn off, leave in car, silent mode, etc.) all beepers, cell phones, wireless communication devices, electronics, etc. while in class.  If a cell phone must be used during class, please show respect by doing so outside the classroom.


PLEASE show each other the same respect you would want by actively listening to others and maintaining civility in the discourse.


REMEMBER that we are all different and that we grow and develop positively by practicing acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of each other's opinions, customs, and ideas.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Aug 22: Course Introduction, Course Syllabus

Aug 24, 29: History of Security and Crime Prevention, CRV-Chp. 1

Aug 31, Sep 5: Security Education and Professional Development, CRV-Chp. 2

Sep 7, 12: Protective Security and Crime Prevention Services/Resources, CRV-Chp. 3

Sep 14, 19: Security Personnel, CRV-Chp. 4

Sep 21: Exam #1, CRV-Chps. 1-4

Sep 26, 28: Risk Management-Risk Analysis and Security Surveys, Case Studies, CRV-Chp. 5

Oct 3, 5: Fire Prevention and Safety, CRV-Chp. 6, Security Personnel Management Essay DUE Oct 3

Oct 10, 12: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, CRV-Chp. 7, Security Case Review #1 DUE Oct 12


Oct 24, 26: Crime and the Threat Environment, CRV-Chp. 8

Oct 31: Exam #2, CRV-Chps. 5-8

Nov 2, 7: Crime Prevention and Primary Zones of Protection, Case Studies, CRV-Chp. 9

Nov 9, 14: Crime Prevention and Secondary Zones of Protection, CRV-Chp. 10

Nov 16, 21: Crime Prevention and Tertiary Zones of Protection, CRV-Chp. 11, Security Case Review Essay #2 DUE Nov 21


Nov 28, 30: Legal Aspects of Private Security, CRV-Chp. 12

Dec 5, 7: Private Security Career Orientation, CRV-Chp. 13, Course Reflection Essay DUE Dec 7

Dec 14: Final Exam, CRV-Chps. 9-13 (10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Instructor's General Instructions on Written Assignments:  All written submissions must be error free, spell-checked, grammatically correct, and reflective of undergraduate-level academic work.  All students are expected to be familiar with the university's policies on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism.  Evidence of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, fabrication, or cheating, will result in course failure.

All work submitted must be the student's own.  Any assistance received by a student in preparing papers or reports must be fully acknowledged and disclosed in the work submitted.  Students must cite and reference any sources from which data, ideas or words are used, either quoted directly or paraphrased.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Instructor's Attendance Policy:  Class attendance is a major component of the class participation grade.  The instructor expects students to attend all classes.  If an excused absence is necessary, notify the instructor (e-mail, telephone, personal communication) in advance of class. Students are allowed two (2) excused absences during the term without penalty.  All unexcused absences, and excused absences in excess of two, will result in a proportionate reduction of points from the class participation grade.  Students arriving more than 10 minutes after class starts or departing before class ends will have an unexcused absence recorded.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed 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 law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
For special accommodations of any kind, please notify the instructor during the first week of class so that I may assist you.

Additional Information:
Make-up Policy: Written/oral assignments and examinations are due as published in the Syllabus.  Students experiencing some type of emergency which will impact their ability to complete the coursework must contact the instructor as soon as possible.
Changes or Modifications: The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content and schedule without prior notice and in accordance with the requirements of the course.
Contacting the Instructor: The instructor is available and willing to assist students.  Please feel free to contact the instructor at any time if there are questions or need for assistance.  Appointments to meet outside of class can be arranged by contacting the instructor before or after class, or at other times by telephone, e-mail, or personal communication.  When calling by telephone, if it is necessary to leave a voice-mail message, please indicate a preferred time of day for a response.


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