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ASCI 616 : Transportation Security

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Transportation Security
This course will focus on Transportation Security Administration regulations covering aviation, railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline transportation. Requirements for all modes of transportation will be covered, with emphasis on aviation security. Personnel and the technology needed to provide a safe and secure environment for airports and airlines will be discussed. Advanced security technology and its use to significantly increase the level of security in transportation will be covered.

Overall the course will contribute to national and international efforts to provide safe transportation for both passengers and cargo within the integrated transportation system in conjunction with promoting the free flow of trade. New threats and opportunities of the 21st century demand a new approach to border management. The U.S. shares a 7,500 mile land and air border with Canada and Mexico and an exclusive economic zone encompassing 3.4 million square miles. Each year 11.2 million trucks and 2.2 million rail cars cross the borders into the U.S., while 7,500 foreign flag ships make 51,000 calls at the nation’s ports. This flow serves as a conduit for terrorists, weapons of mass destruction, illegal migrants, contraband, and dangerous articles. This course addresses the enormity of the job of securing the nation’sborders.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:

1. Identify and analyze the current threats to the civil aviation, maritime, railroad, trucking, mass transit and oil pipeline industries.

2. Critique domestic regulatory requirements pertaining to the transportation industry from TSA, DHS, U.S. Border and Immigration, U.S. Customs, the ICC and the U.S. Coast Guard and be able to apply all international regulatory requirements including those of ICAO, ECAC, and IMO.

3. Appraise the 4th Amendment (U.S.) and UK, EU search and seizure Constitutional limitations placed on border searches and the applicable provisions ofthe Patriot Act and its international implications.

4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the newest technology relating to perimeter security and intrusion devices, x-ray screening; trace detection equipment and radioactive material detection.

5. Understand the nature and forms of the threat posed to transportation assets and facilities by explosives, hazardous materials, chemicals and “biologicals” and how x-ray equipment can facilitate the discovery of such unwanted cargo.

6. Fully analyze recommended industry “best practices” regarding risk, threat and vulnerability assessments to airports, ports, mass transit, trucks and pipelines.

7. Ensure a basic understanding of access control and perimeter security physical and procedural controls.

8. Understand the major concepts of: a) Regulatory requirements both domestic and international; b) Transportation best practices standards; c) Physical and procedural security measures; d) Seamless logistics and security interaction; and e) New technologies.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013)

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Daniel Benny - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian R. McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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