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HLSS645 - Port Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS645 Course ID: 2750 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will survey the critical importance of ports to trade, their vulnerability to disruption and attack, and defensive measures to mitigate risk focusing on international cooperation and legislation. Special emphasis will be placed on defensive measures to protect ports from disruption or asymmetric attack, international cooperation, and national legislation.

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
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 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:

CO-1: Evaluate the importance of the Maritime Transportation System, (MTS) maritime trade to the North American and U.S. Economies and compare the challenges associated with Port Security.

CO-2: Analyze the Security Challenges/threat vectors associated with Port Security.

CO-3: Distinguish the vulnerabilities within the Maritime Transportation System.

CO-4: Evaluate physical security issues, including cyber, in the Port Facilities and infrastructure.

CO-5: Critique the Homeland Security and Maritime Transportation and Security Act, S.A.F.E. Port Act and the ISPS Code.

CO-6: Categorize the roles and responsibilities of U.S. government and non-government organizations involved in port security.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

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.

Progress Assignment – 25 percent

The progress assignment is an article critique that should be written as double spaced, typewritten essay, 3-5 pages in length not including the cover and references. See the assignments tab for details.

Midterm Assignment – 25 percent

The midterm assignment is a legislative analysis on the Maritime Transportation Security Act 2002. The critique will be between 4-6 pages in length not counting cover sheet and references. See the assignments tab for details.

Research Paper Assignment – 30 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature view of at least 10 sources, 6 of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course and the paper should be 10-12 pages. See the assignments tab for details.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment - Article Critique 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Legislative Critique 25.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %

Readings located under the Weekly Lessons tab.

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.