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Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection
HLSC-720

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This course explores the assessment and management of risk. Focuses on analytical techniques that assess risk; the primary application will be threats to critical infrastructure. Students will learn to conduct a risk and vulnerability analysis of a specific target, city, or region using various assessment techniques and to manage that risk by assessing the efficacy of both prevention, mitigation, and response measures. The techniques covered will be both quantitative and qualitative.

Requisites

Prerequisite

HLSC 710

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to examine the risk analysis process along with accompanying mitigation strategies for critical infrastructures. It is necessary to properly assess the various threats and hazards we face in order that we may properly mitigate against such events.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess and manage risk to critical infrastructures.
  2. Employ analytical techniques that assess risk to critical infrastructure.
  3. Devise plans, countermeasures, and contingencies against cyber and WMD attacks, and all hazards.
  4. Conduct a risk and vulnerability analysis of critical infrastructures.
  5. Manage risk by assessing the efficacy of prevention, mitigation, and response measures.
  6. Integrate biblical principles into the holistic process of critical infrastructure protection.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Bennett, B. T. (2018). Understanding, assessing, and responding to terrorism: Protecting critical infrastructure and personnel (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 9781119237785.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. Microsoft Office Mix

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

There will be 8 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be at least 500-750 words, cite at least 2 sources in addition to the Bible, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200-250 words and must cite at least 1 source.

Risk Assessment: Part 1

The student will write a 7-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on what risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, and critical infrastructure mean. The paper must include at least 7 sources and cover the following topics: the role of the government and the private sector in conducting risk assessments, the best practices used for critical infrastructure identification, the use of GIS data and mapping, and how National Preparedness and Homeland Security directives affect critical infrastructure assessment. The paper will be submitted via SafeAssign.

Risk Assessment: Part 2

The student will build upon the work completed for the Risk Assessment: Part 1. The student must provide a detailed overview, an in-depth data profile, and ample GIS data and mapping data of the overall assessment area. The student will use CARVER along with various tables and formulas to complete the assessment. He or she will also identify the top ten critical infrastructures in the area and explain his or her reasoning. A minimum of 3 additional pages will be added in Part 2.

Risk Assessment: Part 3

The student will build upon the work completed for the Risk Assessment: Parts 1 and 2. The student must provide a single unit/station assessment, a key asset screening assessment, as well as four structural and four non-structural mitigation strategies. He or she must suggest principles of protective security and security countermeasures for this unit. The student must also provide a high-level assessment of the findings that address the potential for resiliency for the agency or business/community, address the level of preparedness, redundancy, etc., and offer best practices that benefit the agency or business/community that he or she conducted the overall assessment for as well as the single unit assessment. Parts 1 through 3 will contain a minimum of 15 pages of content.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (8 at 50 pts. ea.)

400

Risk Assessment: Part 1

200

Risk Assessment: Part 2

 

200

Risk Assessment: Part 3

 

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

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For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

HLSC 720

Textbook: Bennett, Understanding, Assessing, and Responding to Terrorism (2018).

 

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Bennett: chs. 2, 12

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Assessment Location

DB Forum 1

10

0

0

50

2

Bennett: ch. 6

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 2

50

3

Bennett: ch. 7

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 3

50

4

Bennett: chs. 8–9

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 4

Risk Assessment: Part 1

50

200

5

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

3 articles

1 website

DB Forum 5

 

50

 

6

Bennett: chs. 1, 3, 5

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 6

Risk Assessment: Part 2

50

200

7

Bennett: chs. 4, 11

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 7

50

8

Bennett: ch. 10

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 8

Risk Assessment: Part 3

50

200

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

 

 

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.