ADJ 257 Syllabus


Division:     Arts and Sciences                                                                                                          Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:   Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:       ADJ 257, Loss Prevention


Credit Hours:  3             Hours/Wk Lecture:  3         Hours/Wk Lab:               Lec/Lab:


I.              Catalog Description:  Studies internal and external theft that affects all private and public operations, with focus on retail businesses.  Examines and evaluates major loss prevention programs used by security operations, again with focus on retail security.  Lecture:

3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:


ADJ 257 is a second semester course and is a required course for those pursuing the protective services (private security) specialization within DCC’s Administration of Justice program.  ADJ 257 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.


III.           Required Background:


ENG 111 eligibility

IV.          Course Content:


A.               History of Security and Loss Prevention

B.               Business of Security and Loss Prevention

C.               Foundations of Security and Loss Prevention

D.               Law

E.               Internal and External Relations

F.                Applicant Screening and Employee Socialization

G.               Internal Threats and Countermeasures

H.               Services and Systems

I.                  Investigations

J.                Accounting, Accountability and Auditing

K.               Fires and Other Disasters

L.                Safety

M.               Risk Management and Insurance

N.               Retail Loss Prevention

O.               Loss Prevention at Select Facilities

P.               Topics of Concern

Q.               Your Future in Security and Loss Prevention



V.           Learner Outcomes


The student

VI.          Evaluation

A.     will understand various techniques to protect organizational assets—people, property and information

B.     will be aware of career endeavors within the private security/loss prevention field

C.    will have an understanding of business vulnerabilities to losses and viable countermeasures for not only protection of assets, but also countermeasures to reduce/eliminate areas most vulnerable to losses

D.    will know key loss prevention terms, concepts of loss prevention, application of technology to protection of assets and learn useful skills applicable to today’s private security/loss prevention career field

Students will be evaluated by quizzes, examinations and papers on special projects as determined by faculty.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments beyond examinations as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar and consistency according to the conventions of Standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following  objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:       


Critical Thinking