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SCTY 400 : Airport Security

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Airport Security
This course will cover specific facets of aviation- related security to include physical and procedural controls, regulations of the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and ICAO, as well as international treaties. The course will also discuss the current threat, counter terrorism measures, new technologies in the field and the importance of the aviation industry, both passenger and cargo to the global economy.

This course is required for students pursuing a degree in the Department of Global Security and Intelligence Studies. The student will evaluate the causes, capabilities, limitations, implications, and future of terrorist threats to aviation, as well as anti- and counter-terrorist law enforcement/intelligence and security responses to this most specific threat to the aviation industry. The course will encourage the student to examine how and why terrorism has re-emerged, what are its implications for the DHS, TSA, and military institutions. The course will explore what capabilities and limitations bear on combating this threat, and what the future portends for the still highly vulnerable industry.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe and analyze the current threats against the global aviation industry and the changing global threats to aviation security.

2. Describe and analyze the most important historical policy decisions made by policymakers when drafting the National Transportation Security Act in November 2001 and the follow-up on Transportation Enhancement Security Act.3. Assess and describe the basic needs of a fundamental airport security program and the various roles of aviation practitioner.4. Analyze and explain the background and requirements of applicable Transportation Security Administration regulation, ICAO requirements, Federal Aviation Administration regulations and international treaties.5. Describe and analyze security precautions within an aviation environment, including both physical and procedural controls.6. Describe and critique the recurring issues pertaining to aviation security as they relate to the media, weapons of mass destruction and international treaties.7. Describe and critique the basic elements of how to combat terrorism within the aviation industry since the creation of the Patriot Act and associated legislation.

8. Describe and analyze the threat assessment process as it pertains to potential terrorist acts both past and present against aviation.9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter.

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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.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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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
Chris Metzger - 3/1/2015
Dr. Daniel J. Benny - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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