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HLSS645 - Port Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS645 Course ID: 2750 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will survey the critical importance of ports to trade, their vulnerability to disruption and attack, and defensive measures to mitigate risk focusing on international cooperation and legislation. Special emphasis will be placed on defensive measures to protect ports from disruption or asymmetric attack, international cooperation, and national legislation.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Evaluate the importance of the Maritime Transportation System, (MTS) maritime trade to the North American and U.S. Economies and compare the challenges associated with Port Security.

CO-2: Analyze the Security Challenges/threat vectors associated with Port Security.

CO-3: Distinguish the current vulnerabilities within the Maritime Transportation System.

CO-4: Evaluate physical security issues, including cyber, in the Port Facilities and infrastructure.

CO-5: Critique the Homeland Security and Maritime Transportation and Security Act, S.A.F.E. Port Act and the ISPS Code.

CO-6: Categorize the roles and responsibilities of U.S. government and non-government organizations involved in port security including efforts to diversify the work force and build resilience.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussions – 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 11:59 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Progress Assignment - Article Critique – 25 percent

Midterm Legislative Critique – 25 percent

Research Paper – 30 percent

Readings located under the Weekly Content tab.

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.