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Course Details

Course Code: INTL454 Course ID: 3201 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of the phenomenon of terrorism, actual and planned cases of chemical and biological weapons use, and the modern threat of improvised weapons of mass destruction. The course surveys traditional and newer methods of forecasting terrorism: intuition-based, profiling, conflict vulnerability analysis, and prognosis (early warning), etc. The course concludes by looking at the significant post-9/11 efforts at hardening facilities, increasing security, and monitoring terrorist-WMD activity. However, the threat is still substantial as religious-based extremists are still wholly intent on acquiring WMDs.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Describe trends in the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists.

CO-2: Explain how WMD signatures and terrorist WMD strategy and precedents are critical in forecasting.

CO-3: Summarize the techniques found in terrorism intelligence forecasting methodologies.

CO-4: Demonstrate how elements of the post-9/11 threat environment affect the ability to forecast terrorist WMD activity.

CO-5: Apply a terrorist forecasting methodology to a hypothetical attack scenario.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 25 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 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 Test - 10 percent

This assignment is an open book, timed exam to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Progress Assignment: Terrorism Intelligence Indicators Exercise - 15 percent

Specialized Exercise. One page effort reflecting your research and analysis.

Final Test - 20 percent

This assignment is an open book, timed exam to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Final Assignment: Research Analysis Paper – 30 percent

This assignment is an essay assignment to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Discussion 35.00 %
W1: Terrorism Definition and Greatest Threat 4.38 %
W2: Terrorist Group Modus Operandi 4.38 %
W3: Terrorist-CBRN Case Studies and Terrorist Motivations and Psychology 4.38 %
W4: Assessing the Domestic Terrorist-CBRN Threat 4.38 %
W5: Terrorist-CBRN Acquisition and Dissemination Challenges 4.38 %
W6: Intelligence Collections Indicators 4.38 %
W7: Terrorist Network Analysis 4.38 %
W8: Emerging Technology Trends and the Terrorism-WMD Threat 4.38 %
Midterm Progres Assessment: Open Book Test 15.00 %
Progress Assessment: General Knowledge Test 15.00 %
Intelligence Indicators Exercise 10.00 %
Week 6 Formal Writing Assignment: Terrorist Intelligence Indicators Exercise 10.00 %
Research Analysis Paper 20.00 %
Week 7 Formal Writing Assignment: Research Analysis Paper (RAP) 20.00 %
Final Progress Assessments 20.00 %
Progress Assessment 2: Final Course Test 20.00 %

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

CO-1: Describe trends in the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists.

CO-2: Explain how WMD signatures and terrorist WMD strategy and precedents are critical in forecasting.

CO-3: Summarize the techniques found in terrorism intelligence forecasting methodologies.

CO-4: Demonstrate how elements of the post-9/11 threat environment affect the ability to forecast terrorist WMD activity.

CO-5: Apply a terrorist forecasting methodology to a hypothetical attack scenario.

Book Title:Out of the Ordinary: Finding Hidden Threats by Analyzing Unusual Behavior-E-book available free on RAND site
ISBN:9780833035202
Author:John Hollywood, Diane Snyder. Found online at https://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG126.html
Unit Cost:$22.81
 
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.