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NSEC506 - Cyber Policy and Practice in National Security

Course Details

Course Code: NSEC506 Course ID: 4514 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will provide an overview of current cyber policy and strategy for non-practitioners in a national security framework. Students will study the cyber threat environment; laws and policies that govern cyber security; current and historical structure, functions, and capabilities of private and governmental agencies comprising the cyber community; and future trends that affect national security

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: Assess the importance of cyber to US national security.

CO-2: Distinguish acts of cyber crime, cyber espionage, cyber terrorism and cyberwar.

CO-3: Judge the theories of cyber deterrence.

CO-4: Analyze the cyber policies of other major nation states.

CO-5: Evaluate US Cyber Policy with respect to national 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.

Research Proposal – 15 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and six sources, at least three of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course.

Research Paper – 35 percent

Based on the research question assignment in Week Two, the research paper should at least 10-12 pages, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment to test knowledge and assimilation of the course learning objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings is mandatory. No outside sources are allowed. The assignment should be no more eight and no fewer than five pages.

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 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Proposal 15.00 %
Research Proposal 15.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %

All required readings are located under the Lessons tab in 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.