Homeland Security and Emergency Management - HSEM

HSEM F221 Introduction to Homeland Security

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will introduce students to the vocabulary and important components of Homeland Security. We will discuss the importance of the agencies associated with Homeland Security and their interrelated duties and relationships. Historical events that effect Homeland Security will be examined. State, national and international laws affecting Homeland Security will be explored. The most critical threats confronting Homeland Security will be examined. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X or instructor permission. (3+0)

HSEM F223 Terrorism: A Global Threat

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will investigate the historical origins of global terrorism, the major contemporary terrorist organizations (foreign and domestic), their ideological motivations and their methodologies for employing terror. It will also explore the threats posed to the United States and the West in terms of national security and the economy. An in-depth examination and evaluation of several case studies of terrorist acts will be made. The primary focus of this course will be on terrorist organizations and their acts of terror. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X or instructor permission. (3+0)

HSEM F225 Intelligence Analysis and Security Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will examine the history of intelligence gathering and espionage in the United States. A succinct study and comparative analysis of intelligence collection methods of other nations will also be made. An in-depth study of key U.S. intelligence agencies, their collection methodologies, and their effect upon national security will be examined. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X or instructor permission. (3+0)

HSEM F227 Transportation and Border Security

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course provides an overview of modern border and transportation security challenges, as well as different methods employed to address these challenges. The time period from post 9-11 to the present is covered. Topics explored include those associated with border and transportation infrastructure security; seaports, ships, aircraft, airports, trains, train stations, trucks, highways, bridges, rail lines, pipelines and buses. The course will include an exploration of technological solutions employed to enhance security of borders and transportation systems. Discussions will include such topics as the legal, economic, political and cultural concerns and impacts associated with transportation and border security. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X or instructor permission. (3+0)

HSEM F301 Principles of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

3 Credits
Offered Spring

The course provides a foundational perspective as to how our present federal emergency management and homeland security structure emerged with emphasis placed on the characteristics, functions, and resources of its integrated systems. This course additionally focuses on the principles and practices of homeland security and emergency management at the local, state and federal levels. Prerequisites: MATH F103X, MATH F107X or MATH F161X (3+0)

HSEM F405 Introduction to Emergency Management Exercise Design

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course examines exercise design, evaluation, and development. The course will focus on developing the knowledge and skills that are imperative to implementing a Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercise. The class will also design and develop a table top exercise to be executed as a class project at the end of the semester. Lastly, the course will emphasize the importance of incorporating emergency exercise planning to effectively prepare and respond to disasters of all types and magnitudes. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F406 Comparative Homeland Security

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The purpose of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the homeland security and counterterrorism methods utilized by other countries. To achieve this goal, the course will examine several different countries and compare the policies and strategies they have developed to protect their citizens from unique global threats. This course will help broaden student understanding of homeland security in today's global environment. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F407 Comparative Emergency Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will focus on examining regional and global responses to various types of disasters. Topics covered will include the importance of regional collaboration between nations in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Additionally, the roles that regional partnerships play in disaster mitigation will be examined, as well as issues concerning the requirements to sustain collaborative efforts between nations in the 21st century. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F408 Homeland Defense and Security

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a overview of the categories of military operations (other than war) that require homeland defense and security. A comparative approach will be utilized to compare the U.S. with other countries which use their respective militaries for smaller scale contingencies both internal and external to their borders. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F412 Emergency Planning and Preparedness

3 Credits
Offered Fall or Spring

This course will examine the concepts of developing and writing an emergency operations plan and the elements necessary for inclusion in the plan (all-hazards risk analysis). Students will transition through the process of identifying hazards, creating plans and developing a program which specifically addresses planning and preparedness objectives. Prerequisites: HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F423 Disaster Response Operations and Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the principles that promote effective disaster response and recovery operations after disasters. To achieve this goal, the course will examine the nature of disasters as well as the roles and responsibilities of various actors involved in emergency management and homeland security. Various problems associated with response and recovery operations will be identified and discussed with special emphasis on the role of technology and communications coordination. Prerequisites: HSEM F301 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F434 All Hazards Risk Analysis

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course covers risk analysis and assessment from an All-Hazards emergency management and homeland security perspective. Students will explore vulnerability and risk assessment methodologies for natural, man-made as well as technological disasters/events and develop an understanding of the processes used in identifying and quantifying vulnerabilities in a system (e.g., a physical facility such as a chemical plant, or an infrastructure component such as a power plant). Prerequisites: HSEM F301 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F445 W,O/2 Business Continuity and Crisis Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The course serves as introduction to crisis management and organizational continuity from a private sector business crisis and continuity management partnership perspective. The topics include comprehensive emergency management, public and private roles and partnerships for emergency and crisis management, the risk management process, strategic crisis management, contingency planning, training and exercises, emergency response, business continuity and recovery, the role of the crisis management team, and crisis communication. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X; COMM F131X or F141X; HSEM F301 or AIS F310 or F316 or BA F360 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F456 W Leadership in Dangerous Contexts

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course focuses on the challenges faced by those who serve as leaders during crisis and emergency circumstances. During emergency circumstances, leading others, being able to influence and motivate them during crisis is critical. Topics including leadership and followership, crisis decision making, fear and emotion and the unique circumstances of an emergency manager/homeland security professional are examined. Prerequisites: HSEM F301; ENGL F111X or ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with LEAD F456. (3+0)