CJUS 455 Syllabus

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					                                       Governors State University
                                       College of Arts and Sciences
                                              Summer 2011

Course Title:                 Critical Issues in Computer Security, Law & Justice

Course Number:                CJUS 455 SB (on-line version)

Credit Hours:                 3.0

Instructor:                   Ken O'Keefe (708-709-3763 - with voice mail)

Email                         K-O'

Prerequisites:                CJUS-410 or permission of instructor

Office Hours:                 By Appointment Only

Course Description:

This course provides students with an overview of security, law, and justice. It also provides a foundation
of the many career opportunities that exist within the private security employment sector.

This course introduces the major components of the criminal justice system-the community, policy
makers, police, prosecution, courts, and corrections. It includes a study of the justice process, the actors,
and issues involved in effectively administering a system focused clearly on the management of computer
security, law, and justice.

This course is intended for students and active law enforcement and security practitioners studying
criminal justice.

Course Learning Goals:

Critical Issues in Computer Security, Law & Justice will be delivered as a fully online course using
WebCT. The learning activities will consist of readings, discussion board interaction, and the online
viewing of materials. It is expected that the student will interact with the instructor and classmates
through threaded discussions, email and synchronous chat, and miscellaneous projects to be submitted

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

• distinguish how and why private security is different from public law enforcement,
• explain the philosophies, functions and operations of today’s private security operations,
• explain the legal basis for security liability issues,
• compare and contrast proprietary and contractual security operations, and
• describe some of the ethical and legal issues in our criminal justice and security environments and
how they may influence our society.


Realistic scenarios provided in the text offer the student the opportunity to use critical thinking to solve
management and security related problems. Students are expected to master review questions at the end
of each chapter.


During the class, students will be evaluated on their candid and timely participation in our weekly
discussion forums. Participation in weekly discussions is a requirement for the course and discussions
will be graded weekly.

Quizzes and Exams:

On specified dates quizzes may be given on the current text assignments or current events as per our class
schedule. The quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false and or essay type quizzes.

The midterm and final examinations contains multiple choice, true/false and or essay type questions.

Weekly Assignments:

At the end of each week, specific, graded assignments are due. This work must be completed within the
specified time limits.

Research Paper:

A research paper is required, focused on an assigned topic. The paper must be no less than ten (10) or
greater than fifteen (15) pages in length, and must contain an MLA or APA style bibliography. The paper
should be typed in a 12 point Times New Roman font, with one inch margins and be double spaced.

A summary of the research paper must be presented to the class through the Web CT Discussion Board.
Students are expected to present their topic in a 3 -5 five page summary and be able to respond to
questions from their instructor and fellow students.


Introduction to Security, by Robert J. Fischer, Edward Halibozek and Gion Green; Eighth Edition;
Butterworth-Heinemann Publishing Co.; 2008; ISBN: 978-0-7506-8432-3. The text is available in the
GSU bookstore and online.

Academic Honesty:

Students are expected to follow all GSU college rules, regulations and policies. You can access a copy of
the Student Handbook online.
Evaluation - Course Evaluation Activities:

2 quizzes                                     @ 30 points each               60 points

Discussion participation (14 weeks)           @ 5 points per week*           70 points

Weekly Assignments                            @ 5 points per week*           70 points

Midterm exam                                                                 100 points

Research paper                                                               120 points

Research presentation                                                        30 points

Comprehensive Final                                                          150 points

                                              Total                          600 points
*During week 12, both your Online Class Discussion and the Homework assignment are worth double
points. In week 13 all of the students are expected to make their WebCT class presentations on their
research papers. This presentation will be posted to discussions and the presentation plus discussion
responses will be worth 30 points.

Grading Scale:


540 - 600 = A
480 - 539 = B
420 - 479 = C
360 - 419 = D
000 - 359 = F

A total of 15 extra credit points may be earned for specific assignments in the first two weeks of the
course, and will be added to the total points earned during the trimester.


During the trimester, on specified weekends, quizzes may be given on the current text assignments or
current events as per our class schedule. The quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false or essay type
questions. Each of our two quizzes is worth (30) points. [60 points]

During the class, students will be evaluated on their candid and timely participation in our weekly
discussion forums. Student participation in our discussions will be worth (5) points each week. [70 points]

Written assignments for each of the 14 weeks are worth 5 points each [70 points].
The midterm examination containing multiple choice, true/false and or essay type questions. The
midterm exam is worth [100] points

Your comprehensive research paper is worth [120] points.
Your research paper presentation to our class is worth [30] points.

The class will also have a comprehensive final examination containing multiple choice, true/false and or
essay type questions. The comprehensive final is worth [150] points.

Course Schedule:

 Week               Dates                    Reading & Class Assignments
                See Calendar                    Online Class Discussions
    1                          Review Syllabus
                               Chapter 1 - Introduction to Security
    2                          Chapter 2 - Origins of Security
    3                          Chapter 3 - Security Role
    4                          Quiz 1 (Chapters 1 - 3)
                               Chapter 4 - Proprietary Security
    5                          Chapter 5 - Careers
    6                          Chapter 7 - Security Law
    7                          Midterm Exam (On Above Chapters)
                               Chapter 8 - Risk Analysis, Security Surveys & Insurance
    8                          Chapter 9 - Outer Defenses
    9                          Chapter 10 - Exterior & Interior Defenses
   10                          Research Papers Due
                               Chapter 11 - Inner Defenses
   11                          Quiz 2 (Chapters 7 - 10)
                               Chapter 15 - Workplace Violence & Drugs
   12                          Chapter 17 - Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction;
   13                          Chapter 18 - Computer and Information Security
                               Class presentations of research paper are due
   14                          Chapter 19 - Security Threats of the 21st. Century
   15                          Comprehensive Final Examination


Any students who have a disability or special needs and require accommodation in order to have equal
access to the classroom must register with the designated staff member in the Division of
Student Development and also confidentially notify the instructor. Please go to room B-1201 or call 708-
534-4090 and ask for the Coordinator of Disability Services. Students will be required to provide
documentation of any disability when an accommodation is requested.

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