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HSEM 2136

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Transportation And Border Security
Prerequisite(s) HSEM 1101 with a grade of
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course provides an introduction to modern border and transportation security.  Students in this course will consider specific issues related to security for seaports, ships, aircraft, trains, trucks, pipelines, buses, and more.  This course will focus both on the technology needed to detect terrorists and their weapons and on discussion of the legal, economic, political and cultural issues related to border security.

Expected Educational Results
Course Results:
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Outline the characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism.
2. Create a historical timeline reflecting significant transportation-related terrorist threats and events in the United States and globally.
3. Differentiate between natural and unnatural threats to transportation systems and how to detect the difference.
4. Identify the characteristics of vulnerabilities in the transportation systems.
5. Evaluate the impact of technology on countering threats to transportation systems.
6. Differentiate between appropriate strategies for dealing with security threats to passenger and freight transportation systems.
7. Analyze the roles, functions and interdependence of local, federal, and international law enforcement and military agencies in fostering border security.
8. Develop strategies to generate useful information for local, national and international law enforcement agencies.
9. Solve problems related to transportation and border security independently and in coordinated team settings.
10. Write clear, concise and accurate reports that provide factual information, accurate data analysis, and sound recommendations.

General Education Outcomes
Completion of this course will contribute to students’ ability to meet the following goals of the GPC core curriculum:
1. Communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
• Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook, handouts, and assigned journal articles.  
• Students develop their listening skills by listening to lectures, videotapes, and other students (during group discussions and problem-solving exercises).
• Students develop their writing skills through written homework assignments, papers, and/or writing essays as part of exams.
• Students develop their speaking skills by asking questions, through class discussions, and/or through oral reports to the class.
2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
• This course addresses the general educational outcome of demonstration of effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills by requiring students to apply knowledge gained from the course to analyzing and solving problems related to issues in transportation and border security.

Course Content
1. Importance of the global transportation system
2. Protection of transportation facilities
3. Cargo screening
4. Cargo screening equipment
5. International threats and counter-measures
6. Personnel security procedures and policies
7. Physical and procedural security
8. Government security agencies:  federal, state and local
9. New technologies
10. 21st century threats

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Course Grade
Grades from some combination of the following will be used to determine each student’s final course grade:  class participation, homework assignments, papers, projects, oral presentations, and exams.  Exams may be multiple choice, some combination of multiple choice and short answer or essay, or purely essay and/or short answer.  All instructors must give a MINIMUM of two exams for the course, including the final exam.  Individual instructors may determine the relative weightings of each component in determining the grade for the course, and must state the weightings to be used in determining student grades in the course syllabus.
Department Assessment
• This course will be assessed in the spring semester on a three-year assessment cycle.  Objective questions assessing student mastery of outcomes for this course will be included in either the final exam or unit tests for this course.  Each instructor must include these questions in the appropriate exam.  Each instructor is responsible for reviewing and tabulating the results of these outcome assessment questions and transmitting them to the course or curriculum committee responsible for this course.  Individual instructors should use feedback from assessment in their classes to review and evaluate their own teaching practices.
• The construction of the outcome assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Political Science Curriculum Committee.
Use of Assessment Findings
• The Political Science Curriculum Committee will meet in either the summer or fall term after the spring assessment to review the course and to evaluate the results.  The review of the course outcome assessment findings will provide information on success in achieving the desired outcomes for this course on a college-wide basis.  If fewer than 70% of the students perform successfully on questions measuring any particular educational outcome, the committee will examine teaching practices related to that outcome, the assessment instrument, and the desired learning outcomes to determine which, if any, of these need modifying.  The committee will share its findings and recommendations with all faculty teaching this course, and may make changes to the desired educational outcomes, teaching practices, or assessment instrument as appropriate.

Last Revised: Dec. 17, 2010
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