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Course Details

Course Code: HLSS312 Course ID: 3345 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Port Security is a survey course designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of port security issues. It will examine the critical importance of ports to trade and their vulnerability to disruption and attack. It will also examine several contemporary issues, including; the importance of sea borne trade to the North American and United States economies, the value of mega ports to sea borne trade, the vulnerabilities of ports to disruption and asymmetric attack, critical port security incidents such as the Halifax Explosion, and defensive measures to protect ports from disruption or asymmetric attack.

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:

CO-1 Analyze the following as they pertain to Port Security Management; the Global Transportation System, the concept of Economic Dependency on Maritime Transportation, and the Maritime Transportation Security Act, 2002.

CO-2 Explain the following; specific security challenges in the Port Maritime Environment, Risk Management activity, Components of Port Security Planning, and Asymmetric Warfare, Megaports Initiative, and the Secure Freight Initiative.

CO-3 Describe the following; Access Controls, Physical Security, the SMART Port Security Act, the SAFE Port Act, and the Small Vessel Security Strategy.

CO-4 Examine Vessel and Cargo Operations, the current terrorism threats to port maritime operations, Access Controls and Physical Security Issues in the Port Facility, and Safety and Emergency Management measures.

CO-5 Assess the importance of Port Management Security.

Forum Discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question(s) will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm Assignment - 25 percent

The Midterm will be 3 essay questions. Outside references will be used to support your response.

Research Paper Assignment - 25 percent

Each student will submit a research paper on a chosen topic pertaining to Port Security. Research paper, on a topic of your choosing, will be 10-12 pages of content, excluding a title page and bibliography (at least 10 outside references).

Final Assignment – 25 percent

The Final will be 3 essay questions – outside resources will be used to develop each response.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum 1 3.13 %
Forum 2 3.13 %
Forum 3 3.13 %
Forum 4 3.13 %
Forum 5 3.13 %
Forum 6 3.13 %
Forum 7 3.13 %
Forum 8 3.13 %
Research 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Assignments 50.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %

External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.