1 University of Žilina, Faculty of Security Engineering (SLOVAKIA)
2 Academy of the Police Force (SLOVAKIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN20 Proceedings
Publication year: 2020
Pages: 257-261
ISBN: 978-84-09-17979-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2020.0130
Conference name: 12th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-7 July, 2020
Location: Online Conference
University students of security management and similar specializations are prepared in the field of management with a focus on the selected area - security and safety. During the study, they will encounter different areas that shape their focus. In the technical field, the study subjects e.g. designing of physical protection systems, alarm systems - video surveillance systems (VSS), intruder alarm systems and hold-up systems, mechanical barriers, crime prevention etc. Greater emphasis is placed on promoting integration into practice, with the result that theoretical training (which is typical of academic education) is abandoned.

There are possible 3 solutions:
1. to improve the education system focused on practical teaching,
2. to support practical internships during studies, and
3. to provide post-graduate education in a selected field.
The paper focuses on option 3.

At the same time, it gives the choice of specific escalation e.g. to the areas of alarm systems. This form of post-graduate study is chosen by "graduates" who are more interested in it. Such an approach aims to provide students with additional training that focuses on practice in a selected specialization.

Practical training in the form of postgraduate courses. Providing courses in cooperation with selected companies that define current practical problems. These problems are solved at the model level (as a simulation) and partly in agreement with selected companies on the real application.
Technical support: Defined company issues are prepared together with university teachers and course scenarios are created. These scenarios take into account the technical equipment of the school. However, in order to constantly add new technologies, it is sometimes difficult to provide the necessary technical base. Therefore, in cooperation with selected companies, this technique is loaned for postgraduate practical training needs.

The pilot course called "Practical Problems of Security Systems" enrolled 35 students with a university degree, which makes up 55% of the graduates of Security Management 2019. The course took 1 week for a total of 30 hours (6 hours for 5 days). It was aimed at solving practical problems in the field of alarm protection systems. Of these course participants, almost 22 course participants received direct offers from employers within 1 month of the end of the course.

The survey of course graduates and employers revealed several main conclusions:
1. The course was focused on current practical problems in the field of security. In university studies, education often takes place on non-topical examples and problems. A similar content focus of the course should be more relevant to the education. 32 participants expressed their satisfaction with the course.

2. The course was free for graduates and was intended only for graduates of the Security Sciences Department. The questionnaire showed that up to 24 participants would be willing to pay up to € 100 per course, 5 participants would be willing to pay up to € 150 per course and 6 participants would not pay for the course.

3. The course was of benefit to potential employers because they could offer the job selected by the candidates and saw the current quality of the students. The main conclusion of employers is that they have an enormous amount of information however, but in many cases they cannot practically use it.
Alarm Systems, Education, Postgraduation, Security, Management, Course.