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HLSS603 - Resilience and Homeland Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS603 Course ID: 4932 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

With an ever-changing threat vector, the need for a more resilient nation has never been more important. This course will explore different aspects of resilience and its connection to national homeland security. The course further explores resilience and its relationship to critical infrastructure nodes to methods of analysis and risk impact.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze the key elements of resilience in the context of homeland security.

CO-2: Evaluate how resilience has been put into practice within the transportation sector.

CO-3: Assess the natural/man-made threats to homeland security resilience.

CO-4: Evaluate supply chain resilience as a component of national homeland security.

CO-5: Critique energy and water facility resilience as an element of homeland security.

CO-6: Appraise the state of coastal resilience as an element of homeland security.

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question 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 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. The initial post should be a minimum of 500 words and the replies to two students’ posts should be a minimum of 250 words each.

Midterm Assignment – 25 percent

For the midterm assignment, you will assume the role of a newly appointed Homeland Security Advisor to the President for a new administration. Assume you have spent the last 15 years as a senior non-political member (Senior Executive Service) of the Department of Homeland Security. Write a 3-5 page (single-spaced), White Paper that assesses the natural and man-made threats while evaluating resilience within the transportation sector. Include a comparison of the overall state of national resilience as an element of homeland security to the transportation sector. What strategies are in place, where do you believe the gaps are, and how should they be addressed? Use references from outside the classroom. See the assignments tab for details.

Progress Assignment – 25 percent

For the progress assignment, prepare a research paper that evaluates the key threats and resiliency of the supply chain. Papers should be 4-6 pages long using APA formatting. See the assignments tab for details.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of four questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. Students may use outside sources in answering their Final Assignment as long as the source is cited in APA.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forum 20.00 %
DF 1 2.50 %
DF 2 2.50 %
DF 3 2.50 %
DF 4 2.50 %
DF 5 2.50 %
DF 6 2.50 %
DF 7 2.50 %
DF 8 2.50 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %

Readnigs located in the Weekly Lessons tab.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.