Syllabus for HLS-640



Funding and Program Administration for Homeland Security introduces funding and program administration for homeland security. Following the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the United States established the Department of Homeland Security and developed new national security requirements to secure the nation’s most critical infrastructure. This course will focus on spending in areas such as counterterrorism, defense, intelligence, and securing of critical infrastructure. In addition to covering the financing of these operations, the course will center on security program administration in both the public and private sectors.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Assess the effectiveness of program administration and security spending as it pertains to securing the nation’s critical infrastructure.
  2. Discuss the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security following the attacks on 9/11, including how the Department interacts with the Department of Defense and the intelligence community to secure the homeland.
  3. Discuss the roles of the Department of Defense and the intelligence community as they relate to domestic and international security operations and assess how large programs such as the War on Terror were pragmatically implemented.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of security spending and program administration in response to new Homeland Security requirements.
  5. Analyze security program administration and spending within private sector entities that are responsible for operating critical infrastructure, including cyber platforms.
  6. Synthesize knowledge to develop an appropriate plan for securing critical national infrastructure to include but not limited to sectors such as finance, energy, and transportation.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-1466510906

This text provides you with the latest developments regarding the makeup, organization, and strategic mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The book offers unique insights into the various roles of multi-jurisdictional agencies and stakeholders at all levels of government—including law enforcement, the military, the intelligence community, emergency managers, and the private sector.

Articles and Web Sites

The above text will be accompanied by additional resources in the form of documents, links, and Web sites, that offer information on the security implications of administering and financing Homeland Security operations. Each module will include its own list of resources.


Funding and Program Administration for Homeland Security is an online course consisting of six modules. Modules include an objectives, topics, study materials, and activities. You will complete a final project at the end of the course. Module titles are listed below.

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3, 4

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 4

Course objectives covered in this module: 2, 3, 4

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 4

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 4

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 5


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project.

See below for details.Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in twelve graded discussion forums within modules. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.

Consult the Evaluation Rubrics folder for a grading rubric for discussion forums.

There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.


Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments require you to research and write short reports (750 to 1250 words) on various topics.

Consult the Evaluation Rubrics folder for a grading rubric for written assignments.

Please prepare your assignments using either Arial, Times Roman, or Courier font.  Use citations as needed; citations should follow APA guidelines.

Final Project

This course requires you to submit a final project, a researched paper of 1,250 to 1,750 words (5 to 7 pages). The project is described in detail in the final project area of the course; it will synthesize concepts and principles from this course. All citations must follow APA format guidelines.

Consult the Evaluation Rubrics folder for a grading rubric for the final project.

The final project must be submitted through the course site by the last day of class.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:


















Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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