Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection – HLSC 720

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

Course Description

This course explores the assessment and management of risk. Focuses on analytical techniques that assess risk; the primary application will be threats to critical infrastructure. Students will learn to conduct a risk and vulnerability analysis of a specific target, city, or region using various assessment techniques and to manage that risk by assessing the efficacy of both prevention, mitigation, and response measures. The techniques covered will be both quantitative and qualitative.


HLSC 710


The purpose of this course is to examine the risk analysis process along with accompanying mitigation strategies for critical infrastructures. It is necessary to properly assess the various threats and hazards we face in order that we may properly mitigate against such events.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess and manage risk to critical infrastructures.
  2. Employ analytical techniques that assess risk to critical infrastructure.
  3. Devise plans, countermeasures, and contingencies against cyber and WMD attacks, and all hazards.
  4. Conduct a risk and vulnerability analysis of critical infrastructures.
  5. Manage risk by assessing the efficacy of prevention, mitigation, and response measures.
  6. Integrate biblical principles into the holistic process of critical infrastructure protection.

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)

There will be 8 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be at least 500-750 words, cite at least 2 sources in addition to the Bible, 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 200-250 words and must cite at least 1 source.

Risk Assessment: Part 1

The student will write a 7-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on what risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, and critical infrastructure mean. The paper must include at least 7 sources and cover the following topics: the role of the government and the private sector in conducting risk assessments, the best practices used for critical infrastructure identification, the use of GIS data and mapping, and how National Preparedness and Homeland Security directives affect critical infrastructure assessment. The paper will be submitted via SafeAssign.

Risk Assessment: Part 2

The student will build upon the work completed for the Risk Assessment: Part 1. The student must provide a detailed overview, an in-depth data profile, and ample GIS data and mapping data of the overall assessment area. The student will use CARVER along with various tables and formulas to complete the assessment. He or she will also identify the top ten critical infrastructures in the area and explain his or her reasoning. A minimum of 3 additional pages will be added in Part 2.

Risk Assessment: Part 3

The student will build upon the work completed for the Risk Assessment: Parts 1 and 2. The student must provide a single unit/station assessment, a key asset screening assessment, as well as four structural and four non-structural mitigation strategies. He or she must suggest principles of protective security and security countermeasures for this unit. The student must also provide a high-level assessment of the findings that address the potential for resiliency for the agency or business/community, address the level of preparedness, redundancy, etc., and offer best practices that benefit the agency or business/community that he or she conducted the overall assessment for as well as the single unit assessment. Parts 1 through 3 will contain a minimum of 15 pages of content.