Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2018/2019

CJAD 315: Private Security And Loss Prevention

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  Course Description

A comprehensive survey of the private security field, including history, organizational and industry structure, strategies and tactics, legal and ethical issues, and employment possibilities.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

Proctored Exams: None



  • Fischer, R., Halibozek, E., & Green, G. (2013). Introduction to Security (9th ed.). Elsevier (Butterworth-Heinemann) Publishers.  
    • [ISBN-978-0-12-385057-7]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

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  Course Overview

Welcome to CJAD 315, Private Security and Loss Prevention! This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the profession of private security and loss prevention. We will examine the topics of, but not be limited to, the basic role of security, homeland security, career opportunities, training, basics of defense, security and the law, specific threats and solutions, workplace violence, retail security, terrorism, computer security, and the future of security.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Objectives

  • To appreciate the history and evolution of the private security field.
  • To become exposed to common terminology and methods used by professionals in the private security system.
  • To survey legal and ethical issues connected with the private security function.
  • To explore current industry practices and market conditions in the private security field.
  • To examine the interface between law enforcement and the private security system.
  • To enhance critical thinking, research and writing skills on issues relevant to the private security system.

  Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the history and evolution of the private security field.
  • Describe the legal, structural and tactical differences between private security and law enforcement.
  • Explain the current structure of the private security function within multiple industries and firms.
  • Describe the strategies and tactics employed by private security professionals.
  • Identify and analyze legal and ethical issues pertinent to the private security discipline.
  • Explain the difference between internal and external security and the relevant threats and countermeasures.
  • Identify unique security and loss prevention issues pertinent to certain industries, geographic areas, and political subdivisions.
  • Analyze and interpret judicial decisions, code provisions, and case studies on private security issues.
  • Appraise current literature, materials, and developments regarding private security.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
D 300-349 60-69%
F 0-299 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Weekly Exams (8) 160 32%
Discussion Questions (16) 80 16%
Projects (2) 50 10%
Job Postings (3) 30 6%
Research Paper 100 20%
Participation Level (8) 80 16%
Total 500 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introductions Discussion 0 Monday
Discussion 1 5 Sunday
Discussion 2 5
Exam 1 20
Level of Participation 1 10

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Job Posting 1 10 Wednesday
Discussion 3 5 Sunday
Discussion 4 5
Research Paper Topic 0
Exam 2 20
Level of Participation 2 10

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Project 1 - Security Survey 25 Tuesday
Discussion 5 5 Sunday
Discussion 6 5
Exam 3 20
Level of Participation 3 10

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Job Posting 2 10 Wednesday
Discussion 7 5 Sunday
Discussion 8 5
Exam 4 20
Level of Participation 4 10

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Project 2 - Interview with Private Security Professional 25 Tuesday
Discussion 9 5 Sunday
Discussion 10 5
Exam 5 20
Level of Participation 5 10

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Job Posting 3 10 Wednesday
Discussion 11 5 Sunday
Discussion 12 5
Exam 6 20
Level of Participation 6 10

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Research Paper 100 Wednesday
Discussion 13 5 Sunday
Discussion 14 5
Exam 7 20
Level of Participation 7 10

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 5 Friday
Discussion 16 5
Exam 8 20
Level of Participation 8 10 Saturday
Total Points: 500

  Assignment Overview


You must respond to the Discussion topics by the due date in order to receive points.  Do not expect full credit by making all of your posts on Saturday and Sunday each week. You should respond to both the posted thematic question as well as the comments made by other students. Your initial post must be made prior to the due date.

Participation Level

Points will be assigned based on the quality of your discussion, number of other students’ posts read, your login activity, and the overall level of your participation each week.

Weekly Exams

Exams cover the required textbook chapter readings for that week. They are multiple choice and may be taken in an “open book” fashion. The test has a time limit of forty-five (45) minutes; therefore, you should have read and be familiar with the assigned chapters prior to taking the exams. The weekly exam must be completed no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday. In Week 8 the exam must be completed by 11:59 pm on Friday.

Project 1 - Security Survey

Using information gained from your textbook and other readings on physical security, you are to evaluate the physical security at a business or a residence. This could include retail, commercial, industrial, entertainment, or residential locations. Work with someone that knows you! Make sure you have permission before beginning this assignment. If you do not have a business contact, then you could do your own residence. Do not create suspicion that would lead to the police being called due to suspicious behavior. Use Appendix C (9th edition) or Appendix D (8th edition) in your textbook as a guide for the survey. You do not have to answer all sections of that example. Only use what is pertinent. Upon completion of the survey you are to submit the assignment through the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of D2L. We will not identify locations or security concerns via a class posting. Identify the location surveyed and your major findings to me in confidence in your survey. Your assignment must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, Central Time on Tuesday of Week 3.

Project 2 - Interview with Private Security Professional

Personal interviews with individuals currently working in any area of private security or loss prevention.  Students will identify the individual, the business/employer, date and time of the interview and post a summary of the interview on the project discussion topic. See project topic for additional information. Interview must be posted no later than 11:59 pm, Central Time on Tuesday of Week 5 to allow for class discussion. (Phone interviews are not permitted)

Job Postings

You will locate current job opportunity listings in the private security/loss prevention field. These job listings may be in newspapers, the state job service center, Federal Office of Personnel Management, any security magazine, Police Chief magazine, etc. You will be required to post a summary job announcement, source, and application procedures, for class discussion. Please post yours in the job posting discussion thread for each assigned week.  You are required to participate in follow-up questions/discussion concerning the positions posted. Job postings must be made no later than 11:59 pm, Central time on Wednesdays to allow for class discussion.

Research Paper

You must submit a 12 - 15 page research paper on a topic you perceive to be an important issue today in private security/loss prevention. Submit your research question/topic for approval by the instructor no later than 11:59 pm, Central time on Sunday of Week 2. A minimum of 10 primary sources is required to include journals, books, and other appropriate source material. Papers should include a title page, introduction, body, summary/conclusions, and reference page. Papers will be typed, double spaced, and include a cover page. Use MLA or APA style for your citations. All source material must be properly cited in the body of the paper using APA or MLA. (I strongly recommend the use of headings in your paper to help organize your thoughts.)  Research papers must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course. The paper is due no later than 11:59 pm, Central time on Wednesday Week 7.  Note: This is a 300 level course and your paper will be graded accordingly.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.


Chapters 5, 1 & 2

Introductions Discussion

I would like each of you to take a few minutes to introduce yourself to your classmates. Who are you? Where do you live? Tell us about your occupation if you are currently employed. Why are you taking this course and what do you expect to get out of it? What are your short term and long term career goals? Provide any information that you would like to share.

Discussion 1

First, summarize the purpose and functions of the Department of Homeland Security. Next, explain what role the American Society for Industrial Security-International played in shaping private security policy and professionalization since September 11, 2001.

Discussion 2

Identify the organizations supporting increased professionalism for private security. Describe how relationships between private security and public law enforcement changed since September 11, 2001.

Research Paper Topic

This week you should begin to consider the subject matter for your research paper. Your topic must be submitted and approved prior to the end of Week 2.

Exam 1

Weekly exams can be found in the Quizzes area of the course.

Level of Participation 1



Chapters 2-4.

Job Posting 1


Discussion 3

Security encompasses four basic activities with varying degrees of emphasis. Name and discuss the four.

Discussion 4

Identify some of the factors that are causing an increase in job opportunities in the security field. Next, identify and discuss the proposed Federal Regulations of the private security industry as described in the text.

Research Paper Topic

Research paper topics must be submitted and approved by the end of this week.

Exam 2

Weekly exams can be found in the Quizzes area of the course.

Level of Participation 2



Chapters 6, 7 & 9.

Project 1 - Security Survey

Submit to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Tuesday. 

Discussion 5

Discuss the three following court cases that concern liability issues: McCarthy v. Pheasant Run, Inc., Morrison, and Sharpe v. Peter Pan Bus Lines.

Discussion 6

Identify and discuss the basic steps in a good risk-management program.

Exam 3

Weekly exams can be found in the Quizzes area of the course.

Level of Participation 3



Chapters 8, 10 & 11.

Job Posting 2


Discussion 7

What issues would you take into consideration if you were assigned to purchase and install locking devices for security purposes in a business? Which of the issues you identified is most critical? Additionally, what end results would you wish to see after instituting a surveillance system?

Discussion 8

First, what is the fire triangle? Second, Name four types of fire sensors and describe them.

Exam 4

Weekly exams can be found in the Quizzes area of the course.

Level of Participation 4



Chapters 12-13.

Project 2 - Interview with Private Security Professional

Submit to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Tuesday. 

Discussion 9

Assume you are the security director for a public commuter train, subway system, and bus line for a major city. What are the major security concerns that should be considered if you were charged with improving security? Prioritize those measures based on the most critical as your resources are limited to only those you can reasonably justify.

Discussion 10

First, what are some signs to be wary of when conducting background checks on employees? Second, explain in general terms the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Exam 5

Weekly exams can be found in the Quizzes area of the course.

Level of Participation 5



Chapters 14-15.

Job Posting 3


Discussion 11

Discuss legal implications that are a concern to private security as related to detention of shoplifting suspects. Next, assume you are the security director of a major retail chain across the country. What policies would you implement if your company direction is to severely limit liability caused by detentions of suspects while still reducing loss from retail theft. Finally, what policies would you implement if the direction was to be more concerned with limiting loss versus liability protection?

Discussion 12

Name and discuss the four broad categories of workplace violence.

Exam 6

Weekly exams can be found in the Quizzes area of the course.

Level of Participation 6


Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.

Chapters 16-17.

Research Paper


Discussion 13

What problems do you identify with laptop computers for employees as opposed to desktop computers? Explain what you feel are the advantages/disadvantages of laptops for employees compared to desktops? If you were the security director for a company what would you recommend; laptops or desktops? Justify your position.

Discussion 14

Discuss issues related to Executive Protection. Also, explain what is meant by a crisis management team (CMT).

Exam 7

Weekly exams can be found in the Quizzes area of the course.

Level of Participation 7



Chapters 18-19.

Discussion 15

Post a brief summary of your research paper. Be prepared to defend your findings to your classmates and instructor.

Discussion 16

What are some trends that are occurring in the private security field? Also, from your class studies, what do you see happening in the future of private security?

Exam 8

Weekly exams can be found in the Quizzes area of the course.

Level of Participation 8


  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.


Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.


There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be submitted or posted by the weekly due dates. Writing assignments (papers) should be completed and successfully submitted so that they are received by 11:59 pm on the due date. Note: Assignments are due on different days during the week. Initial post and follow-up responses/discussions must be made by 11:59 pm on the due date.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.