Security Management Dynamics
2012-2013 - IMT4661 - 5sp

Forventet læringsutbytte


  • The candidate possesses thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of security management, as well as the factors that influence the behavior of security systems with regards to MTO (“man-technology-organization”).
  • The candidate possesses basic knowledge about theory and scientific methods relevant modeling the dynamics of systems, in particular of security systems.


  • The candidate is capable of analyzing existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field of security management and working independently on solving theoretical and practical problems of moderate complexity.
  • The candidate can use relevant scientific methods in research and development in security management problems of moderate complexity.
  • The candidate is capable of performing critical analysis of various literature sources and applying them in structuring and formulating scientific reasoning in security management problems of moderate complexity.
  • The candidate is capable of carrying out an independent limited research or development project in security management problems of moderate complexity under supervision, following the applicable ethical rules.
  • The candidate is capable of applying his/her knowledge in problems of moderate complexity in security management.

General competence

  • The candidate is capable of analyzing relevant professional and research ethical problems in security management.
  • The candidate is capable of applying his/her security management knowledge and skills in new fields, in order to accomplish advanced tasks and projects.
  • The candidate can work independently and is familiar with security management terminology.
  • The candidate is capable of discussing professional problems, analyses and conclusions in the field of security management, both with specialists and with general audience.
  • The candidate is capable of contributing to innovation and innovation processes.

Emnets temaer

  • Foundations – Security standards from the perspective of change and dynamics
  • Introduction to qualitative system dynamics: Causal loop diagrams; System archetypes
  • Modelling security management dynamics using system archetypes and causal loop diagrams
  • Introduction to quantitative system dynamics: Causal structure and dynamic behaviour. Introduction to stocks and flows. Time delays.
  • Basic system dynamics models of security management.

Pedagogiske metoder


Pedagogiske metoder (fritekst)

Web-enabled course with forum

The course will be made accessible for both campus and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement. The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. All the lectures will also be available on Internet through GUC’s learning management system (ClassFronter).


Vurdering av prosjekt(er)


  •  Two multiple choice exams counting each 15%
  •  Two individual projects (papers) counting each 35%
  •  Each part must be individually approved of


Bokstavkarakterer, A (best) - F (ikke bestått)


Evaluated by the lecturer. An external examiner will be used every 4th year. Next time in the school-year 2014/2015.

Utsatt eksamen (tidl. kontinuasjon)

The whole course must be repeated.

Obligatoriske arbeidskrav

The course requires active participation in projects – both in class and outside class.



Maani, Kambiz E.; Cavana, Robert Y. Systems Thinking And Modelling. Pearson Education. 9781877371035.

Lectures, exercises and projects by Jose J. Gonzalez in Classfronter


IMT4111 Sikkerhetsledelse

Supplerende opplysninger

Hands-on modelling exercises during class are best carried out in computer lab. Students are encouraged to bring laptops to the classroom.