Week Three Assignments
Week 3 Summary
Theme for the Week - Staffing to Meet Protective Goals
• Personnel planning
• Recruitment and hiring
• Differentiate and examine the special issues in security such as discipline and discharge; supporting and motivating; appraising and promoting; accounting controls and budgeting; staffing; training; operations; technology; and leadership.
• Analyze different recruiting, hiring, and staffing practices to ensure adequate security.
• Assess the personnel planning process.
• Examine hiring and vetting processes as it relates to security.
Week 3 Reading Assignments
• Security Operations Management, Chapter 3
• Security Operations Management, Appendix B- Code of Ethics
Week 3 Discussion Post
On Week 3 Forum, post your response to one of the following items. While you must answer the questions, you don't have to do it in question-answer format. You can make it a narrative that includes the answers.
• What is your opinion of pre-employment screening? How does pre-employment screening affect an organization? Discuss how pre-employment screening affects the process of recruiting employees.
• Is it fair to perform Internet searches on applicants? What is allowed or not allowed for application Internet searches? Has this caused any issues that you know of or can find for applicants?
• How does personnel planning assist an organization in achieving the performance level that is needed for a successful organization? Why is it important to include security in the personnel planning and employment process?
• How can the whole employment process “weed” out potential employees who may not be the right fit for an organization? How important is it to have a good fit for both the organization and the prospective employee?
Your answer should be 2-3 paragraphs in length with proper attention given to spelling and grammar.
You can use the textbook and supplemental reading, but you should also include at least one Internet sites that provide information on your topic. Once you have submitted your initial post (by Friday night), read each of your classmates' initial posts and respond to at least four of them. In your response, provide your comments and any additional information you might have. Remember to cite your sources.
Directions: Each student must respond to a minimum of four other students’ threaded discussion postings in a “substantive and meaningful” manner. Do not simply agree or disagree – provide a quality response that reflects critical thinking. To foster learning, “professional and constructive” criticism is encouraged when responding to your classmates.
The weekly discussion questions, to allow time for students to respond, must be answered by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday of each week. Please see the discussion evaluation section in the syllabus for detailed expectations and directions of how your discussion board postings and overall participation is evaluated.
Reminders: Each student must respond to the weekly questions. Discussion postings should reflect some new or original information – do not just regurgitate data or opinion posted by previous students. The quality of your effort will be considered when grading discussion postings.
This assignment is worth 100 points total.
Polygraph Testing Case Study
View this case study prior to completing the assignment below.
Week 3 Written Assignments
In one Word document, discuss the following:
• View the “Polygraph Testing” case study module. The link for the module can be found in the “Week 3 Assignments” folder.
• After viewing the case study, discuss how you feel the testing of Aldrich Ames was handled by the polygraph operators. What could have been done to eliminate the errors? Explain why you think Ames “beat the system.”
• Furthermore, discuss if you have ever been involved with a polygraph test and what occurred. Relate this to this case study. If you have not been involved in a polygraph test, discuss what you think it would be like.
Reminders: Students are required to submit assignments with a name, course name/number and page numbers on your assignments. Please double space your work, and re-state the question. Grading is facilitated when the assignment submission is well structured, and the questions (opposed to your answers) have been bolded. File Naming Convention: Students are required to submit assignments with their last name, followed by the week’s assignment; e.g. smith1.2. Microsoft Word documents only. Late submitters will be penalized.
Weekly written assignments will be due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday at the end of each week. Specific assignments will be posted each week throughout the course. Your grade will be predicated on the quality of your thinking and writing - NOT the length of your writing. Too many words are usually a sign of poor editing, and too few words are a sign of poor analysis.
This assignment is worth 100 points total.
Week 3 Journal
Each student will complete “weekly” entries into a well-organized journal that reflects how the weekly coursework (reading and assignment) and discussion has impacted their personal and professional lives. Essentially, the journal - akin to a personal diary, should capture the meaningful and significant aspects of the course which generated student analysis and thought. See the Journal Guidelines on the main Assignments page.Your weekly journal entry will be due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday at the end of each week. This assignment is worth 100 points total.