Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
ED 509
16 weeks (35 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Graduate 3 homeland security


The course objective is to cover the ways in which the senior security manager understands how programs are assessed. This can help the manager establish and share concrete achievements or measurements (metrics) that effectively demonstrate and improve the impact of security programs and activities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • devise a strategy for assessing and evaluating security programs
  • discuss evaluation of programs using data collected over a long period of time
  • develop an Inspector General program using the twelve-step framework discussed in the course
  • construct standards to be used as a baseline for assessing and evaluating security programs
  • based on concepts presented in this course, critique the Department of Defense security program evaluation process
  • discuss the evolution of program evaluation as a field, including the changing role of evaluators and current and future trends
  • analyze the role of a senior security manager in collecting, analyzing, measuring, and reporting security program performance data
  • effectively and persuasively demonstrate accountability to commanding officers, agency heads, and policy leadership
  • develop short-term and long-term objectives and methodologies to bring about or adopt change to security programs

General Topics:

  • Evolution of assessments and program evaluations
  • Evolution of assessments in the defense establishment
  • In-depth examination of a representative DoD program assessment
  • History/evolution of standards setting processes and assessment processes
  • Business of standards
  • Cost and benefit analysis
  • Designing an evaluation
  • Program implementation, improvement, and assessment
  • Conducting evaluations and assessments
  • Evaluation data analysis
  • Managerial and leadership perspectives
  • Evaluating security programs
  • Evaluating additional security programs
  • Inspectors general
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials