Programme Content

There are 12 modules (units), as follows:

Unit 1 - Security Risk Analysis

You will learn a simple methodology to help you determine and prioritise security risk by evaluating threat likelihood, impact and vulnerability.  The methodology is portable; you will likely want to use it in your own organisation. 

Unit 2 - Crime Prevention

Much crime can be avoided by understanding the reasons why people commit crime in the first place.  You will study crime motivation theories and, through the module, develop these into crime prevention theories that you can apply to your workplace.

Unit 3 - Managing the Security Function

You have probably been doing this for some time, and this module provides a great reference to the daily nuts and bolts of managing a security programme.  It includes models for interacting with the business, and good practice for getting the best out of security manpower.

Unit 4 - Leadership and Management

Who doesn’t think they’re a good leader?  Feedback on this module from experienced leaders has been highly complimentary. The module will help you improve your day-to-day generic management skills, and will provide in-depth instruction on how to develop management into leadership.

Unit 5 - Security Design, Evaluation and Surveying

“I have been doing this for years but after studying Module 5 I finally understand it” was one student comment.  The module presents a wide range of tools, templates, models and good practice in how to optimise security management and design to get the best return on investment. 

Unit 6 - Perimeter Protection

A very practical module in which you will study the essential elements of a perimeter (design basis threat, design, civil works, fencing, lighting, surveillance, intrusion detection etc.) and apply it to a practical context.  By this point in the programme, assignments focus less on knowledge regurgitation and more on application – allowing you to evidence what you can do, rather than just what you know.

Unit 7 - Protecting Buildings

A very comprehensive study of buildings security, addressing design, security vulnerability analysis, core security principles, structural hardening, locking systems and key control, intrusion detection, surveillance etc.  The module considers the different security characteristics of old and new buildings, and multi-tenant buildings.  You will be assessed on your skill in application of the module content.

Unit 8 - Access Management

Perhaps the most important aspect of physical security, this module builds on the previous with an in-depth operation and technical study of access management and automated access control systems.  As well as the obvious hardware, card technology, biometrics and vehicle control considerations, this module will address contraband detection.  The assessment is very much case study focussed.

Unit 9 - Video Surveillance (CCTV)

For many companies, a CCTV system represents a large part of the physical security budget.  This module will help you understand the subject in depth, from image acquisition, through transmission to storage.  This is a rapidly developing area of technical security and this module will better position you to negotiate with suppliers and installers to get the best value for money and optimum risk reduction.  The assignment tests your skill in applying the theory to case study contexts.

Unit 10 - Facility Counter Terrorism

The spectre of terrorism is ever present, threatening to cause large-scale casualties and disrupt business operations.  This module brings together experiences in protecting facilities in many different environments and packages it into a very comprehensive set of good practice principles that will enable you to optimise your protection against a wide range of threats.   As well as addressing explosive threats, the module is fully updated to include how to mitigate the threat from marauding terrorist firearms attacks.

Unit 11 - Protection of Information

Information compromise is an often hidden disease, threatening many businesses with slow death as market share and competitive edge decline. Learn how to protect information in its many forms, from know-how, through hardcopy to digital data.  The module will also explain the extent of the threat to business from communications intercept.  The output will be an awareness programme that you can deliver to your organisation. 

Unit 12 - Protection of at-Risk Personnel

Many business activities carry inherent risks to personnel, and laws pertaining to employees are quite explicit; you have a duty of care to reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable.  In this module you will learn how to identify those at elevated risk and how to effectively mitigate a range of risks to personnel, including workplace violence, armed robbery, active shooters, threats to overseas travellers and expatriates, kidnap, etc.