In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Arts in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of weapons of mass destruction, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
- Recognize the threat to the U.S. posed by both domestic and international terrorist groups and state actors armed with weapons of mass destruction.
- Describe the threat posed to society by chemical agents.
- Relate the threat posed to society by biological agents.
- Identify the threat posed to society by radiological and nuclear terrorism.
- Review the use of detection and monitoring equipment and personal protection and decontamination practices for the first responder.
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Chemical and Biological Defense
This course examines CBRN weapons, agents, materials, and delivery means. Students will learn the principles of CBRN Defense including; CBRN avoidance, CBRN protection, and CBRN decontamination. Each of the principles will be discussed in relationship to homeland threats from both terrorists as well as by accidental release and attacks by state and non-state actors.
Introduction to Terrorism
This course introduces students to the study of terrorism and the challenges that terrorism poses to American national security. The course will examine definitions of terrorism and explore the evolution of the terrorist phenomenon over the course of the 20th century including the rise of the global Jihadist network and the American response.
Mind of a Terrorist
This course explores psychological and behavioral perspectives of terrorism. Specifically, the course examines the circumstances underlying why people radicalize and join terrorist groups, engage in terrorist activities, assume various terrorist roles, and, in some instances, de-radicalize and disengage from terrorist activities.
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
This course builds on the CBRN hazards and principles learned in HLSS 104. It provides an in-depth study of the history of CBRN agent and material development and use by nations, nation-states, state-sponsored organizations, and terrorists. This course further examines CBRN threats worldwide and reviews CBRN Arms Limitations, Treaties, Organizations, Regimes and Agreements. Finally, the course discusses various approaches to deter use of CBRN agents, materials, and weapons.
Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction
This course focuses on the legal and regulatory issues associated with WMD response. Its topics include: associated public law, reporting authorities, jurisdictional and functional issues that govern organizational, technical, medical, scientific, moral/ethical issues, and, other aspects of response.
Homeland Security Organization
This course is a study of federal, state, local, private, and other organizational entities involved in homeland security. It addresses the evolution of homeland with an emphasis on the emerging homeland security structure, culture, and organization.
Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense
This course offers a broad overview of the key operational and policy areas the United States government employs to best ensure the security of the nation. Students will explore and discover central themes that frame the government’s homeland security operations which emerged after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Intelligence and Homeland Security
The course examines the evolution of the role intelligence has played in the development of homeland security strategies. Particular focus is on the ways in which intelligence policy and oversight influence homeland security decisions.
Foundations of Online Learning
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to learning theory, the tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques and prepares them to succeed in college level courses. Students will be introduced to formatting and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.
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