Introduction to Business Security Management

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 180

       Course Name: Introduction to Business Security Management

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: BUS101

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides an overview of the principles of security organization management. Topics include the challenges that organizations face in the area of security with regard to personnel, facility, and information. Security strategies for business and contingency planning are also covered.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Those who complete this course will be able to:

  1. Explain the history and development of security.
  2. Recognize the need for security as an integral part of an organization.
  3. Explain the basic principles in the application of law and identify the difference between private security and public law enforcement.
  4. Explain the use of risk management tools and identify alternatives for optimizing risk management strategies.
  5. Discuss the security strategies for business; asset protection and personal exposure.
  6. Discuss the role of contingency planning, crisis management, and business recovery.
  7. Discuss and recognize possible attacks on computer systems and software.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Origins and development of security
  2. Defining security's role
  3. Security education, training, certification, and regulation
  4. Security and the law
  5. Risk analysis
  6. Intrusion and access control
  7. Contingency planning
  8. Information technology system security

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A variety of learning activities will be utilized such as: lectures, student projects, student oral presentations, group work, quizzes, tests, assignments, and class discussion.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course content and assignments encourage critical thinking, therefore, student will be expected to read and write English at the college level.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Appropriate text and online resources selected by the department.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course grades will be determined by the student's demonstration of proficiency regarding course objectives and understanding of the course material.

XI.   Other Course Information

College Policy of the Observance of Religious Holidays
Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors well in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a makeup test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again.

In response to Columbine and the NIU tragedies police agencies in Illinois have developed training for law enforcement and the public school systems. These Nationally accepted law enforcement response plans have been adopted by Oakton's Public Safety Department. Your actions will influence others therefore; if the situation should arise Oakton is asking you as a student to:

  • stay calm
  • secure the immediate area; lock, block, & barricade
  • call 911 and:
    • report your specific location
    • number of people at your location
    • injuries
    • assailants; location, number, race, gender, clothing, physical features, type of weapon

Side Note: There should be a phone for emergency purposes placed in each classroom, if there is not, please report this to your instructor.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.