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HLSS310 - Critical Infrastructure Protection

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS310 Course ID: 4868 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of critical infrastructures and their relationships to one another. Critical infrastructure sectors will be analyzed to determine prioritization, potential areas of vulnerability to threats, and potential counter-measures that can be utilized. Students will explore issues pertaining to planning, securing, and responding to these infrastructures under serious threat to ensure continuity of operations. Factors that should be considered in the response to minimize disruption and improve first responder safety will also be discussed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
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
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Identify critical infrastructure assets within all CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) sectors.

CO-2: Examine interdependencies between the critical infrastructure sectors.

CO-3: Evaluate prioritization of critical infrastructure sector assets.

CO-4: Analyze existing critical infrastructure protection measures to ensure continuity of operations.

CO-5: Evaluate special considerations to life and property that result as a consequence to an attack on critical infrastructure.

Forum Discussions – 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 Assignment - 20 percent

The Midterm will consist of four (4) short essay topic questions and will cover the required readings found in the "Lessons" (Course Tool Bar) for weeks 1-4. The Assessment can be accessed in the "Assignments" (Course Tool Bar).

Research Paper Assignment - 30 percent

Each student will submit a research paper on a chosen topic pertaining to Critical Infrastructure Protection. Your topic must be cleared with your instructor first before proceeding. Research paper will be 10-12 pages of content, excluding a title page and bibliography (at least 10 outside references).

Final Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment will not have a time limit and you can access it as often as you like but only one submission is allowed. The Final will consist of four(4) short essay topic questions and will cover the required readings found in the "Lessons" (Course Tool Bar) for weeks 5-8.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forum 25.00 %
DF 1 3.13 %
DF 2 3.13 %
DF 3 3.13 %
DF 4 3.13 %
DF 5 3.13 %
DF 6 3.13 %
DF 7 3.13 %
DF 8 3.13 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Research Paper Assignment 30.00 %
Research Paper Assignment 30.00 %

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

Book Title:Critical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security: Defending a Networked Nation, 2nd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Lewis, Ted
Unit Cost:$86.59
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.