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Graduate Course Descriptions

SSE 801 MS Safety Security Emergency Management Academic Orientation. (0) Academic orientation for the SSEM Graduate Program. This course will address the college experience at the graduate level and assist the student in building skills and competencies for academic success in the program.

SSE 815 Safety, Security, and Emergency Administration.  (3) A. Examination of administrative concepts and principles regarding organizing and managing the functional areas of fire, safety, and security.  Development of organizational and administrative structure to include policy formulation, goals and objectives, managerial tasks, and impact evaluations within an encompassing safety, security, and emergency framework.

SSE 822 Workers Compensation/Labor Law.  (3) A. Comprehensive study of workers compensation and regulations; National Labor Relations Act; Title VII; A.D.E.A.; and other relevant laws applicable to the functional areas of safety, security, and emergency services.

SSE 826 Emergency Prep/Response.  (3) A.  In-depth study of the planning process, program development, training methods, etc., for response to man-made and natural emergencies/disasters for both private and public entities.

SSE 827 Issues in Security Management.  (3) A.  Survey of salient issues and concerns confronting security managers. Examines the application and contribution of various management concepts and philosophies to assets protection issues such as information security, personnel protection, threat analysis, technological adaptation, and resource allocation.

SSE 828 Industrial Safety Management.  (3) A. Investigation and analysis of hazard control principles relating to the management of personnel, facilities, and equipment, including control procedures, work-task analysis, risk identification and countermeasures, safety training, and pertinent safety management techniques.

SSE 830 Organizational Continuity. (3) Organizational continuity will be discussed using the phases of emergency response, crisis management, and recovery. This course addresses value added activity of planning for catastrophic events and critical factors in restoring operational activity.

SSE 832 Construction Safety.  (3) A. Introduction/analysis of general construction safety utilizing the key components of 29 CFR 196. Included in this study will be general safety & health provisions of OSH Act and a review of the various subparts of 29 CFR 1926.

SSE 833 Legislation & Regulatory Comp.  (3) A. Comprehensive study and analysis of federal/state regulations and legislation such as OSHA, EPA, etc., which mandate compliance with certain safety, health, and environmental conditions and practices relating to work performed in occupational, industrial, and comparable settings.

SSE 834 Corporate Compliance.  (3) A. The assessment, analysis and development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs. This course will address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas.

SSE 839 Applied Learning:  ______.  

 (.5-6) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval.  Work under faculty and field supervisor in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours, but only three hours may count toward master’s degree. A minimum of 80 hours required for each hour of academic credit.

SSE 839 A-F Cooperative Study:_____.    (.5-6) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval.  Work under faculty and field supervisor in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours, but only three hours may count toward master’s degree. A minimum of 80 hours required for each hour of academic credit.

SSE 841 Applied Study in Safety, Security & Emergency Management.  (3) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval. Supervised study in loss prevention setting to provide the student an opportunity to synthesize theory and on-the-job situations.  Individual conferences.

SSE 845 Personal/Environmental Hazards.  (3) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval.  Analysis and investigation of hazard and threat control principles relating to personal and environmental risks within the workplace. Investigation techniques, inspection methodologies, management techniques, and prevention programs essential to the manager within the safety, fire, and security functions are emphasized.

SSE 850 Ergonomics & Human Factors. (3) A. The assessment and analysis of ergonomic risk factors, identification of known musculoskeletal disorders, and development of effective ergonomic management techniques and compliance programs

SSE 860 Workers’ Compensation Administration. (3) Workers’ compensation administration will review practical activities employers should engage to effectively manage injury/illness claims. Transitional return to work and OSHA recordkeeping associated with workers’ compensation claim management.

SSE 865 Auditing for Safety, Security, and Emergency Services.  (3) A. Theory and application of auditing in safety, fire, and security.  Comprehensive study of risk/threat exposure and assessment.

SSE 880 Safety, Security, and Emergency Research/Planning.  (3) A.  Prerequisites:  APS 465 or equivalent statistics course and departmental approval. Models and applications of research design and planning in safety, security, emergency services and assets protection. Identification and evaluation of problems, information and data interpretation, and research/planning methodologies for contemporary approaches to proactive safety, security, and emergency services.

SSE 885 Quantitative Analysis in SSEM. (3) A. Addresses issues related to SSEM management by developing a systematic approach for evaluating evidence. Reviews study design, measure of associations, confounding, interaction, sources of bias and error, and quantitative analysis and its role in SSEM.

SSE 890 Topical Seminar:  ______. 

(1-3) A.  Prerequisite:  advisor/departmental approval.  Designed to explore specific, contemporary aspects of safety, security, and emergency services. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours provided topic is different each time.

SSE 896 SSE Capstone. (3) I, II and A.  Prerequisite: Completion of 30 hours in MSSSEM or department approval. Final research project and presentation; Students will collect, analyze, interpret and assemble data and conclusions related to issues in SSEM.

SSE 896a SSEM Capstone Continuation. (1) I, II and A.  Prerequisite: SSE 896 or department approval.  Continuation of research from SSE 896 - final research project and presentation; Students will collect, analyze, interpret and assemble data and conclusions related to issues in SSEM.

SSE 897 Independent Study.  (3) A.  Prerequisite: departmental approval. Student must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment. Designed for graduate students who have demonstrated the ability to conduct individual research relating to loss prevention and safety. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours.


HLS 810 Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis.  (3) A. Foundations for providing security and resilience to the nation’s critical infrastructure with an emphasis on risk management.

HLS 820 Terrorism and Intelligence.  (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 800 or department approval. Causes of terrorism and the application of intelligence support for preventing terrorist attacks.

HLS 830 Natural Hazards & Threats to the Nation.  (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 800 or departmental approval.  Description and analysis of significant hazards and threats to national security, and community safety, such as disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and epidemics.

HLS 831 Evolution of Emergency Management. (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 800 or departmental approval.  Current practice of emergency management evolved through governmental reactions to disasters that helped shape current emergency management practices, policy, administrative changes, and historical context for the changes.

HLS 835 Managing the Nation’s Disasters. (3) A.  Public sector emergency preparedness and response, and the associated laws, regulations, programs and practices.

Course descriptions can also be found in the Graduate School handbook which can be found at the Graduate Catalog Page.

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