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Course Details

Course Code: HLSS211 Course ID: 2888 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of terrorism in the world today. The course examines the history of international and domestic terrorist groups, both state and non-state actors. The course covers the legal aspects of terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), the composition of WMD that threatens the world including chemical weapons, industrial chemical materials, biological agents, radiological and nuclear materials as well as explosives and explosive devices. The course also addresses the impact of the complexities of terrorism and Chemical Biologic Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Weapons on the emergency response community. The course will look at the pre-planning, mitigation, response, and recovery stages. The class will examine the actions necessary to bring the event to termination including: protecting the population and emergency responder, the roles of federal regulations to secure that protection; how the event is treated as a crime and the actions necessary to secure evidence and protect the environment.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

LO1: Describe the most serious contemporary threats created by both domestic and international terrorist groups on the United States.

LO2: Explain the impact of post-Cold War terrorism on the United States.

LO3: Describe the potential impact of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats on public health and safety, national security, and economic and political stability.

LO4: Examine the types of detection and monitoring equipment available to the first responder.

LO5: Explain the personal protection and decontamination procedures available to the first responder.

LO6: Distinguish first responders as secondary targets of terrorism.

Describe how you will evaluate your students for each graded activity.

Reading Assignments:

Forum Assignments: Post answers to the assignment questions in the discussion forums and provide a substantive response to at least two other students answers. I expect a minimum of a 300 word answers on the topics and a minimum of 150 words of substantive response to two other student’s comments (remember this). While we do not need to agree, we do need to be polite and professional. All the work posted in the Discussion Forums should be properly written in terms of punctuation, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. The eight Discussion Forums are worth a total of 60 points of your final grade.

Homework Assignments:

Exams/Quizzes: The Final Examination will count as 20% of the final grade. This examination will cover selected sections of the textbook.

Field Experience Assignments:

Final Project: The Final paper is a formal paper and the text should adhere to APA style. You should have at least six, and preferably 8 to 10, references, which are cited within the text and the paper will be run through Turnitin when it is submitted in the assignment area. For undergraduate work, a score of less than 30% is the goal, with the majority of students turning in papers having originality scores in the 1% to 18% range. Students can expect to lose points for score greater than 35%. There should be approximately 2000 but no more than to 2500 words excluding the front matter and reference list. Anything with fewer than 1500 words of text is non-responsive and will not be graded. The final paper is worth 20% of your grade.

NameGrade %
Forums 60.00 %
Forum 1 7.50 %
Forum 2 7.50 %
Forum 3 7.50 %
Forum 4 7.50 %
Forum 5 7.50 %
Forum 6 7.50 %
Student Intro 7.50 %
Forum 8 7.50 %
Pandemic Extra Credit Forum 3.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
HLSS211 Final Exam 20.00 %

Required Readings

Various readings each week found in Lessons.

Additional Resources

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address




Florida Division of Emergency Management

U.S. Department of State

Federal Bureau of Investigations


Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders, 2nd Ed-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis Group
Author:Burke, Robert
Unit Cost:$113.11

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.