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HS 215 - 02 – Introduction to Industrial Security

Syllabus – Spring 2015

Course Title: Fundamentals of Industrial Security – HS 215 – Section 02
Instructor: Jens Puls, MA
Tel: 386-226-7132 e-mail:
Lecture time: Mon-Wed-Friday 10:30 –11:30 Lecture room: COAS 128.12

Office Location:
COAS Room 128.07 Office Hours: Mo&Wed 08:00 – 09:00 and 14:00 – 15:00 Tue & Th 11:00 – 14:00 Fri 08:00 – 09:00


This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of physical security and emergency planning, including the nature, scope, history, and essential elements of security in the workplace, with emphasis on the industry. Specific areas include the operational aspects of security strategies for identifying and controlling security exposures, applicable legal issues, personal protection, property and asset protection, role of intelligence, and concepts of disaster planning and management.


This is a core course for the BS in Homeland Security and can be used as an elective for the BS in Safety degree. It is designed to introduce students to the concepts of occupational security, emergency response planning and business resilience. Various threats facing businesses and employees in the work place will be discussed together with strategies on how to identify, analyze, manage and mitigate these threats. Management of crises once threats materialize will also be discussed. This course will primarily address security in occupational (workplace) settings, including possible aspects of terrorism.


To the satisfaction of the instructor, students completing this course will be able to:

1) Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution and history of physical security.
2) Demonstrate knowledge of basic industrial security strategies, challenges and principles.
3) Identify the vulnerabilities and possible countermeasures (vulnerability analysis) for a given facility.
4) Identify required elements of a security program and list reasons for their inclusion (facility security design process).
5) Know the legal issues of security including arrests, investigations, and authority.
6) Discuss the basics of fraud, pilferage, theft, embezzlement, vandalism, industrial espionage, sabotage, intelligence gathering, and retail security.
7) Discuss procedures and policies required to respond to crises once threats (bombs, fire, cyber and floods, etc.) materialize.
8) Have a thorough understanding of the origins and issues of work place violence and discuss appropriate responses to this threat.
9) Develop basic costs/budget for securing a facility.
10) Complete a facility security project, draft a proposal, and make an in-class presentation.

IV. Readings tbd: Security and Loss Prevention: An Introduction, by Philip P. Purpura, (2008). Butterworth-Heinemann, Burlington, MA. ISBN 9780123725257.
Introduction to Security: Operations and Management (3rd edition), by P.J. Ortmeier, ISBN 978-0-13-512927-2

Supplemental Readings (optional)

1) Berger, D. L. (1999). Industrial Security, 2nd ed. Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA.
ISBN 0750671394.
2) Class handouts and materials as assigned.

V. COURSE EVALUATION: Your final grade will be calculated from a total possible 600 points, based the on the following weighted assignments: 58.75

Test # 1 100 pts @ 25% - (In-class, closed-book test) 91 (22.75) Test # 2 100 pts @ 25% - (In-class, closed-book test; non-cumulative) 64 (16) Group Presentation 100 pts @ 15% - (PowerPoint presentation of security project) 83 (12.45) Written Paper 100 pts @ 15% - (Facility Security Design – w/ budget) 85 (12.75) FEMA Assignments 100 pts @ 10% - (2 on-line certificates at 50 pts each) 100 (10) Class Participation/Case Studies 100 pts @ 10% - (Current events, discussions, attendance, etc.) (10)