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HLSS697 - Creative Project Capstone Option in Homeland Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS697 Course ID: 4888 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The Homeland Security Creative Project Capstone gives students the opportunity to address issues of importance in homeland security that are directly or closely related to their own career, occupation, profession, or current position. Creative projects as program capstones may derive from a wide variety of organizationally defined formats such as legislative proposals (local, state or Federal), briefs, standard operating procedures, training program manual, procedure manuals, organizational change proposals, communication plans, or recruitment plans to name but a few. The format will be proposed by the student and approved by the instructor. The creative project must demonstrate originality and will follow the style requirements set by the department - currently the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual. THIS COURSE IS 16 WEEKS.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 12/27/20 Summer 2020 Session C 16 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 01/24/21 Fall 2020 Session A 16 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 02/21/21 Fall 2020 Session K 16 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 03/28/21 Fall 2020 Session C 16 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, the Master of Arts in Homeland Security also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. [Note: The Capstone Creative Project encompasses each of these objectives.]

CO-1: Evaluate specific domestic security challenges for the 21st century that face the United States and other industrialized nations.

CO-2: Evaluate and propose changes at federal, state, and/or local levels, to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for.

CO-3: Recognize terrorist group proclivities in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation-state.

CO-4: Define and describe by example the statutory, policy, strategy and legal differences between homeland security and homeland defense.

CO-5: Describe the roles/missions of USNORTHCOM and the DSCA mission, and compare and contrast these with the DHS mission.

CO-6: Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of homeland security functions and be able to assess and integrate various functional areas.

CO-7: Evaluate existing policies, procedures and protocols by DHS and the inter-agency community to allow seamless agency integration through prevention, protection, incident response and recovery scenarios.

CO-8: Validate literal and procedural alignment/compliance with the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, and Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs).

Students are expected to work with their instructor and must follow all guidance provided in the course including submitting all required components of the research process. Students should not expect to submit a final product at the end of the course without having completed each stage of the research process as outlined in the assignments below.

Please note: The language in the evaluation procedures section is a compilation from the APUS End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies. Some passages are verbatim from the Manual. For clarity, these passages have not been specifically identified as quoted passages but are integrated into the syllabus. The student should read this syllabus in conjunction with the End of Program Assessment Manual.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:



Forum Discussions

Project Proposal

Literature Review

Project Design

Project Implementation

The Finishing Touches

Draft Capstone Project


Final Project Submission

1 percent

2 percent

2 percent

2 percent

2 percent

1 percent

5 percent

5 percent

80 percent


100 percent

NameGrade %
Forums 1.00 %
WK1 Introduction Forum 0.13 %
WK2 Topic Forum 0.13 %
WK6 Journal Entry 0.13 %
WK7 Journal Entry 0.13 %
WK8 Journal Entry 0.13 %
WK9 Journal Entry 0.13 %
WK10 Journal Entry 0.13 %
WK11 Journal Entry 0.13 %
Journal 5.00 %
Journal - Week 15 5.00 %
Finishing Touches 1.00 %
The Finishing Touches - Week 13 1.00 %
Assignments 8.00 %
Proposal - Week 2 2.00 %
Literature Review - Week 5 2.00 %
Project Design - Week 8 2.00 %
Project Implementation - Week 12 2.00 %
Draft Capstone Project 5.00 %
Draft Capstone Project - Week 14 5.00 %
Final MA Project Capstone 80.00 %
Final Project Submission - Week 16 80.00 %

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. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.