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HLSS505 - Security Risk Management

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS505 Course ID: 4522 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course introduces students to risk management components including plans and strategies to mitigate risk. Students in this course will examine the role of risk management at the strategic and enterprise levels in the prevention of loss and mitigation of consequences through risk identification and control. This course will allow students to develop and apply risk management techniques to include selection of risk management measures and implementation of those measures.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1 – Explain risk and understand how security risks are aligned with the nation’s critical infrastructures.

CO2 – Examine the nation’s critical infrastructures, asset types, functions, and regulatory structures that correlate to DHS’s policies.

CO3 – Formulate a security risk assessment of a critical infrastructure that impacts homeland security initiatives.

CO4 – Construct a protection strategy for a critical infrastructure.

CO5 – Evaluate the security risk management program development process.

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion forum is 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 (by Sunday for week 1) and respond to two 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.

(Essay Assignment) Progress Assessment – 30 percent

This assessment is a take-home essay assignment of three questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives through week 3.

(Risk Model Exercise) Risk Analysis Calculation – 20 Percent

This assignment requires that the students select a specific critical infrastructure or a critical infrastructure sector that will be reviewed for risk using at two different risk analysis models, the Carver Model and the Multi-Criterion analysis model (links to the Models and their spreadsheets are located in the Assignments Tab).

Research Paper – 30 percent

Students will develop a 10-12-page comprehensive written risk assessment and risk management strategy for a particular infrastructure system(s). Students will construct a risk analysis of a key infrastructure sector. It should include a protection strategy for the key infrastructure sector. As part of the paper, an evaluation of the risk management program development process should be included. Proper APA format should be used. A minimum of 10 scholarly sources should be used.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum Week 1 2.50 %
Forum Week 2 2.50 %
Forum Week 3 2.50 %
Forum Week 4 2.50 %
Forum Week 5 2.50 %
Forum Week 6 2.50 %
Forum Week 7 2.50 %
Forum Week 8 2.50 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Risk Model Exercise (End of Week 6) 20.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Research Paper (End of Week 8) 30.00 %
Progress Assessment 30.00 %
Essay Assignment (End of Week 3) 30.00 %

All required readings are located in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Understanding Risk : Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:National Academies Press
Author:Stern, Fineberg
Unit Cost:$19.65
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.