Homeland Security Capstone – HLSC 530

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The Capstone provides students with the opportunity to explore homeland security issues and to address them through focused study and applied research under the direction of a faculty member. The Capstone must demonstrate a student’s ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their academic program to real world issues and problems. This final academic activity must represent graduate level work and must demonstrate competency in areas such as research, written communication, integrative and analytical thinking skills, and problem solving and decision-making ability. The capstone must contribute to the current body of knowledge in the field of homeland security.




The purpose of this course is to analyze significant current homeland security issues. It is important for the student to have a firm understanding of the issues faced in the dynamic and ever-changing discipline of homeland security.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Design inter-disciplinary training to assure integration between all aspects of emergency management/homeland security functions.
  2. Evaluate specific homeland security challenges for the 21st Century that face the United States and/or other industrialized nations.
  3. Synthesize existing policies, procedures, and protocols by the Department of Homeland Security and the larger homeland security stakeholder community to allow seamless agency integration through mitigation.
  4. Integrate Christian worldview principles through the inclusion of faith-based agencies into the development and delivery of the phases of emergency management.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Current Issue and Best Practices Paper

The student will write a 7-page paper on the topic of his or her choosing dealing with an aspect or issue involving homeland security and or emergency management. The paper must be in current APA format and include at least 10 sources (which can include the class textbooks and the Bible).

PowerPoint Training Presentation

The student will prepare a 20-slide PowerPoint presentation wherein he or she will design an interagency interdisciplinary course of instruction. The presentation should be designed for entry-level first responder employees who would not be very familiar with homeland security and emergency management issues. The presentation must include at least 5 sources (which may include the class textbooks and the Bible).

The student will use Office Mix, which may be turned into a Windows Media Video WMV, to present and record his or her information. The presentation needs to be at least 15 minutes long and should last no more than 30 minutes maximum.

Analysis/Critique of Major Event Paper

The student will write a 5-page paper on a major event (disaster, incident, catastrophe or preplanned event) involving homeland security (emergency management focused allowed). The analysis will be written in standard APA formatting using headings and references. A minimum of 5 references are required.