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Security management online

Clifton Smith
School of Engineering and Mathematics, Edith Cowan University
Peter Hosie
Resource Development, Edith Cowan University
The recent terrorist tragedies in New York, Washington and Bali have emphasised the need for high quality professional education in security risk and security technology for the protection of assets. As a result, the demand for Security Science courses in the national and international contexts is high. Security Science in the School of Engineering and Mathematics at Edith Cowan University has been providing professional education for the protection of assets at international and national domains. This project is an extension of these courses and has developed the online learning resources for the four security science units of the Graduate Certificate in Security Management for Mode B online delivery: Physical Security, Electronic Security 1, Security and Risk Management, and Facility Management 1.

The materials in the course have unique attributes as they were specifically designed to provide simulations and interactivity in the learning process. The physical security unit will be presented to illustrate the development of the online course, with learning strategies and interactive activities presented. Features of the Mode B online units in the course include graphics, simulations, and videos to present aspects of security that are not normally available to students.

The characteristic of uniqueness of the online course is a consequence of content of the units, and the application in the protection of assets. The strategies of graphics, simulations, and interactive activities will be applied to the following learning activities:

Field scenarios have been developed for the activities to make the learning experiences as realistic as possible. The simulations and graphics provide these experiences, together with security site images for actual security barriers, systems and technologies.

This paper will describe the philosophy and pedagogy underlying the design and development of these Security Science online units, and provide examples of the interactive activities from the Physical Security unit.

Please cite as: Smith, C. and Hosie, P. (2003). Security management online. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/smith-abs.html

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