This course will focus on the fundamentals and application of strategic analysis and planning in public safety. Strategic Planning for Public Safety is designed to address the interests and needs of those currently working as professionals in the public safety arena. This course introduces the student to the development of strategic plans, the process of determining long-term and short-term goals, and the management of public safety programs. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- Background in public safety, or obtained permission from the instructor to take this course
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Discuss the difference between, Strategy, Planning, and Strategic Planning including the traps most often associated with Strategic Planning and best practice models.
- Discuss the procedural process of Strategic Planning from conception to implementation and follow-through.
- Identify and define the major philosophical and procedural controversies within the student's respective Public Safety field and establish a personal position in regard to those controversies.
- Demonstrate and discuss strategic planning through development of a plan to meet the future needs and challenges of the student's respective area of Public Safety.
Course Activities and Grading
This course is designed in a scholar/practitioner model. Students are expected through weekly reading assignments and other material supplied each week to demonstrate in discussion threads a scholarly understanding of theoretical concepts in strategic planning in both the private and public sectors and then, utilizing that knowledge as well as their own unique work experience, to design a potential strategic plan to improve their respective current area of Public Safety. The final paper, which is developed and discussed throughout the five weeks, is a strategic plan for one solution of their choice. As a 400 level class both theoretical knowledge and practical application of that knowledge are critical. This class will stress the integration of the two.
Reading Assignments and respective weekly posts to discussion threads on Black Board
Strategic Plan project paper due week 5 (30% for final paper due week 5, 15% in weeks 1 and 3 for planning stage assignments culminating in final paper)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Anderson, Erika. (2010). Being Strategic. St. Martin’s Press, ISBN-10: 031265670X or ISBN-13: 978-0312656706
- Harvard Business Review-The Big Lie of Strategic Planning, Roger L. Martin, January-February 2-014 issue
- Harvard Business Review-Are You Confusing Strategy With Planning, Roger L. Martin, May 2, 2014
- Harvard Business Review-Which Strategy “Comfort Traps” Are You Falling Into?, Roger L. Martin, May 2, 2014
- Both articles and the “Comfort Trap” questionnaire are available at hbr.org. Additionally I will email each student the articles and link to the questionnaire (which will be used in conjunction with their final paper)
- Good Resources for Research on Final Paper:
Association for Strategic Planning (www.strategyassociation.org/) - Founded in 1999, ASP is the only not-for-profit professional association dedicated to advancing thought and practice in strategy development and deployment for business, non-profit and government organizations. ASP provides opportunities to explore cutting-edge strategic planning principles and practices that enhance organizational success and advance members' and organizations' knowledge, capability, capacity for innovation, and professionalism.
|Readings and Exercises
Topic: What is Strategic Planning?
Topic: Crafting the Plan
Topic: Current Theories and Misconceptions in Strategic Planning
Topic: Long Term Repositioning
Topic: Bringing it All Together
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.