CRJU-312:  Security Administration and Crime Prevention

Summer Semester 2007, 6:00-10:00 TR, Roanoke Higher Education Center Room 602

Index # 1339




Instructors (this is a co-taught course)


Dr. Tod Burke                                                  Office Hours:    Immediately before and                                                                 after class and by appt.


Dr. Stephen Owen                            


About the Course


This class is designed to introduce you to concepts in security and crime prevention.  In terms of security, we will be particularly interested in:  the concept of risk; the nature of physical and personnel security systems; and emergency management.  In terms of crime prevention, we will utilize a model that integrates problem-oriented policing practices with an understanding of a variety of crime prevention models (such as situational crime prevention, environmental criminology, and others). 


It is important to note that there are many theories, many studies, and many applications regarding the principles of security and crime prevention.  It would be impossible to cover them all in one course.  This course is designed to give you a survey of some of the key ideas, with plenty of opportunities for you to apply them.  While you will not be a certified security specialist or crime prevention officer by the end of this course, you will have an understanding of the “basics” that are essential to those positions.  Be advised, this is not a “how to be a security guard” class.  Instead, the course will draw upon the broad theories of asset protection and crime prevention, and will require you to apply them in your assignments. 


Welcome to CRJU-312 – we hope you’ll find the course interesting and useful!


Conduct of the Course


Your grade in this course will be based on your completion of a variety of exercises, both in-class and out-of-class.  The exercises will require you to apply concepts from the lectures, discussions, and/or readings to real-world scenarios.  All assignments will be announced in class and will be due on the dates specified. 


Required Readings


There is no textbook for this course.  Any readings assigned during the semester will be available either online or through McConnell Library electronic reserves.  All reading assignments will be announced in class.




Your grade in this course will be based on your completion of in-class and out-of-class exercises.  The following formula will be used to determine your final course grade:




The specifics and due dates for each exercise will be announced in class.  Your work will be graded on both content (the substance of your papers and/or presentations) and form (grammar, spelling, and style/oral presentations and communication skills).  Some exercises will be completed in groups; when this is the case, all group members will receive the same grade (points).  Each in-class assignment will be valued at a maximum of 10 points each (for a total maximum of 90 points).  The first four out-of-class assignments will be valued at 30 points maximum for each assignment (maximum 120 points).  The final group oral presentation will be valued at 40 points maximum.  Therefore, the total points possible for this course will be 250. [Any changes in the assignments/point values will be noted in class].


Grading Scale


The grading/percentage scale is as follows:


            A = 90-100

            B = 80-89

            C = 70-79

            D = 60-69

F = 0-59


Grade Adjustments


Grades will not be curved in this class. There is no extra credit available in this class.  Please do not ask for any of the above grade adjustments.


Late Work and Attendance


We expect your attendance at every class session.  Also, we expect your full participation in each day’s class.  Please note, attendance is both mental and physical.  To be counted “present” for a class session you must be present for the entire class and engaged with the material.  Students who read, sleep, do homework, or otherwise disengage from the class, will be counted absent.   


A student’s final letter grade will be reduced by one whole letter grade per unexcused absence.  All exercises are due when called for.  Exceptions will only be granted pursuant to a legitimate, documented excuse.[1] 


All assignments and due dates will be announced in class – it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed if you are absent from a class session.  “I didn’t know that activity was assigned” is never an acceptable excuse.


Written Work and Presentations


All written work must follow the “Guidelines for Paper Writing” available on Dr. Owen’s website.[2]  All presentations must follow the “Guidelines for Class Presentations,” also available on Dr. Owen’s website.


Technology Policy

If you bring a cell phone to class, please turn off the ringer (you may wish to put the phone on vibrate).  If you receive a call during class, do NOT respond to the message unless it is an emergency that the entire class should be made aware of (example - a campus emergency).

Students with Disabilities


If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you are required to register with the Disability Resource Office (DRO). The DRO is located in Tyler Hall, Room 32. The phone number is 831-6350. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DRO forms and meet with me at the beginning of the semester.


Honor Code


By accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code. Refer to your Student Handbook for details. The Honor Code states:


"I do hereby resolve to uphold the honor code of Radford University by refraining from lying, from the stealing or unauthorized possession of property and from violating the standards of student academic integrity."


We take the Honor Code very seriously, and will diligently uphold it. You should, too. While not an exhaustive list, you should feel certain that we will refer the following cases to the appropriate University authorities (see Student Handbook for details):


    1. Cheating on a quiz or exam
    2. Plagiarism in written work
    3. Fabrication or falsification of source material
    4. Having someone else complete your assignment


We hope that none of you will violate the Honor Code.  If you do violate the Honor Code on an assignment, you may be assigned an "F" for the course, regardless of your point total.  Please take academic integrity seriously.




This can be a demanding class if you aren’t prepared to keep up with it.  Accordingly, it is essential that you take this course seriously and not fall behind.  Here are our general expectations of you (We will assume that you are doing these things):


  1. Complete all readings as assigned.  Our discussions in class will supplement, rather than repeat, the readings.  If you don’t do the readings on time, you’ll find it difficult to follow class discussions and to complete assignments.
  2. Attend classes.  Participate in all class discussions and activities.  Class discussions and activities are an important part of the learning experience in this class, and will form the basis for your assignments.
  3. Don’t wait until the last minute to start assignments.  Out-of-class assignments may require some research.  And, you will work on the group projects over the course of the summer.  Last-minute efforts are likely to fall short, resulting in an inadequate product and a low grade.
  4. Work well with your group in any group activities.  Don’t be a slacker.  Doing so will affect your grade and the grade of your fellow group members. 
  5. Plan to devote substantial time, outside of class, to the course.  We would recommend that you set aside regular times each week to do the reading, have group meetings, complete assignments, and so on – make it a part of your regular weekly schedule.





T          5/15                 Course Introduction

                                    Introducing Risk Management


R          5/17                 Physical Security Systems

                                    Due:  Risk Management Case Studies


T          5/22                 Physical Security Systems


R          5/24                 Environmental Criminology

                                    Due:  Home Security Survey


T          5/29                 Problem-Oriented Policing & Situational Crime Prevention


R          5/31                 Personnel Security Systems

                                    Due:  Art Museum Assignment


T          6/5                   Burglary, Robbery and Shoplifting


R          6/7                   Arson

                                    Due:  Playground Analysis


T          6/12                 Crime Prevention in Schools and Universities


R          6/14                 Macro-Level Crime Prevention Presentations

                                    Due:  Crime Prevention Presentations

[1] Generally speaking, “legitimate” excuses might include hospitalization, a funeral, military service, and so on.  For documentation, we require a written document that confirms your explanation.

[2] (navigate to “Handouts” link).