BMP 2915 Security Management

BMP 2915 Security Management

Course code: 
BMP 2915
Accounting and Operations Management
Course coordinator: 
Riana Steen
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Product category: 
Executive - Bachelor of Management
2024 Autumn
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Course type: 
Two semesters

The program provides in-depth leadership training centered on strategic, organizational, and operational security management in both corporate and public administration contexts. It prioritizes hands-on learning via tabletop exercises and group discussions. The objective is for participants to cultivate an understanding of the dynamic relationships among society, businesses, and individuals, alongside acquiring insights into threats, vulnerabilities, and broader security issues. This encompasses knowledge of diverse security cultures, including resilience management and the establishment of high-reliability organizations. Moreover, participants will gain the necessary skills to proficiently manage security operations within their own organizations.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The candidate possesses a broad and profound understanding of security management, with a focus on sustainability and relevance for both public administration and the private sector. The competency includes the application of knowledge on essential security and protection perspectives, including:

  • Updated knowledge about the role of the security discipline in promoting sustainable development within public administration and private enterprise.
  • Understanding of threat landscapes and their significance for sustainability in business and the public sector, recognizing security as a cornerstone for long-term stability.
  • Insight into the balance between general security management and specific management for protection against targeted actions, emphasizing sustainable solutions that safeguard both individuals and society.
  • Familiarity with research and development within the field of security, especially regarding sustainable practices and strategies that support the long-term effects of security work.
  • Awareness of the role of digitalization in supporting sustainable security, by integrating big data, machine learning, AI, and real-time processing for effective object protection and cybersecurity.
  • Deep understanding of security-related disciplines, focusing on technical solutions and cyber issues that promote sustainability through preventive measures and risk minimization.
  • Knowledge of risk management tools that support sustainable measures to prevent accidental incidents.
  • The ability to effectively handle security interventions from a sustainable perspective, ensuring long-term protection and stability.
  • Theoretical knowledge of security culture in organizations as a key to sustainable development, emphasizing the importance of security awareness and practices to achieve long-term goals.
Learning outcomes - Skills

The candidate has developed the ability to effectively leverage academic knowledge, research findings, and current regulations in security management. This includes:

  • Making well-reasoned decisions in security management and proactive protection.
  • Investigating and tackling both theoretical and practical security challenges.
  • Setting objectives for projects or tasks that demand thorough planning and execution of security and protection measures.
  • Carrying out detailed security analyses and adeptly utilizing key security tools for both prevention and crisis management.
  • Building crisis management skills through practical training and case studies.
  • Approaching challenging situations with skill and confidence, especially when dealing with threats or other critical security issues.
General Competence

The candidate demonstrates the ability to critically reflect on security management and protection measures, both within their own organization and in society at large. The individual:

  • Understands the significance of sustainability in future security solutions.
  • Can convey subject matter related to security theories, challenges, and solutions to peers in the field.
  • Engages in debates about security management and related issues.
  • Stays informed about innovation and contributes to the development of best practices within security management and technical security challenges.
  • Promotes the development of a security culture that includes both theory and practical protection measures in their own organization through the exchange of ideas and experiences.
Course content

The program consists of 5 in-person sessions, each lasting 3 days, and 1 virtual online modules. The in-person sessions take place at BI's campus and are spread over 2 semesters. The topic overview for the modules is shown in the table below.

Module 1: Security Culture and Security Perspectives
  • Introduction & security challenges during change and restructuring
  • Terminology in security management (Risk, Safety, Security, Resilience, Uncertainty, etc.)
  • Importance of organizational security culture
  • Organizational robustness, resilience, and redundancy
Module 2: Assessment of organizational resilience Application of Security Theory in Practice: The use of the FRAM (Functional Resonance Analysis Method) tool Online
Module 3: Preparedness and emergency planning
  • Emergency planning, impact analyses, and scenario analyses
  • Management of emergency response teams
  • Reflection on operational security work in practice
Module 4:  Understanding risk, risk analysis, and risk management
  • Risk management as a primary decision support tool for leaders
  • Operational risk, risk analysis, risk process, prioritization, and measures
  • Decision-making in emergency situations
  • Reflection on risk management; significance for practical work
Module 5: Digitalization and Cybersecurity
  • Information Security
  • Digitalization and Cybersecurity
  • Handling Cyber Threats
Module 6: Security management from a national/international perspective
  • The Total Defense Concept and the Organization of National-Level Preparedness
  • Security from a National/ International Perspective
  • Threat Landscape, Scenario Analyses, and Various Measures
  • Crisis Communication, Media, and Crisis Management


Teaching and learning activities


The program is conducted over two semesters with two course codes. In the 1st semester, the code is BMP 2916, and in the 2nd semester, it is BMP 2917. In addition to the sessions, significant individual effort is required from each student, especially when working on reflection notes related to their own company.

During the first semester, a project outline must be submitted by the end of November. The project outline must be approved by the supervisor for the student to continue with the course and take the exam. The course concludes with the submission of a project assignment, which counts for 60% of the total grade, and a written individual home exam, which counts for 40% of the total grade in the program. Detailed formatting requirements for the project assignment will be provided. The project assignment can be written individually or in groups of up to three people.

In BI's continuing education offerings at BI Executive, there is a mutual expectation of student and course coordinator involvement in planning and implementing courses, modules, and programs. This means that the student has the right and obligation to engage with their own knowledge and relevant experience.


Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

BMP 2915 Sikkerhetsledelse godkjennes som 30 studiepoeng fordypning inn i Bachelor of Management-graden.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this. 

Required prerequisite knowledge

There are no specific prerequisites needed to be accepted to the program. The target group for the program is people from industry with working experiences.

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Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
Second Semester
72 Hour(s)
Exam code: 
BMP 29151
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
Second Semester
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
2 Semester(s)
Exam code: 
BMP 29152
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
Student workload
105 Hour(s)
50 Hour(s)
150 Hour(s)
24 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
101 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
370 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 30 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 800 hours.