MBA

Critical Infrastructure


  1. Critical Infrastructure Protection: Issues and Strategies
    • This course examines the concept and components of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and distinguishes it from other specialties within asset protection and security.
  2. Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience: Identifying, Assessing, and Addressing Emergent Threats
    • This course examines the application of an all-hazards threat assessment and risk management framework in the context of critical infrastructure security and resilience. It explores the strategic and operational context provided in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and discusses the challenges associated with understanding and taking action — including investment strategies— to address a diverse spectrum of threats and hazards across our critical infrastructure sectors and systems. Successful navigation of this extremely complex environment is only possible through collective public-private preparedness, assessment of risk, and planning to enable the effective, efficient management of all-hazards risk. Interestingly, the nature of the threats we face today, and those that will manifest themselves in the future, results in very different approaches and needs relative to the security and resilience of critical infrastructure such as electric power transmission systems, communications systems, healthcare systems, pipelines, transportation grids, etc., and their individual supply chains. This course will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic interplay among these issues.
  3. Contemporary Security Issues
    • What is security? Who or what is being secured and for and by whom? What governing processes, relationships and power dynamics are operationalized when the term ‘security’ is invoked? These questions are central to the study of security in the post-cold war era. This course examines issues of conflict and security from a variety of theoretical perspectives but with particular attention to critical and contemporary debates and issues. Topics include humanitarian intervention the security industry and the military-industrial complex the ‘war on terror’ refugees and migration poverty and development and environmental security. The focus of this course will be to develop a broader understanding of global conflict and security from a variety of theoretical perspectives but with a particular attention to critical and contemporary debates and issues within the field of global security.
  4. Risk Management for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
    • This course provides an introduction to the policy, strategy, and practical application of risk management and risk analysis from an all-hazards perspective. It explores the strategic and operational context presented in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan 2013 (NIPP) and presents the challenges associated with managing security risks in general. The course promotes subject-matter understanding, critical analysis of analytic approaches, and proficiency in communicating information about risk analysis methods and findings in oral and written form. It also addresses the opportunities and challenges associated with other critical infrastructure competency areas, such as infrastructure-related public–private partnerships, information sharing, performance metrics, and decision support. The development of skills and knowledge will be promoted through readings, lectures, and class discussions, as well as exercised through papers and in-class presentations.
  5. Intelligence and National Security: Policies & Operations
    • The focus of the course is on enduring and emerging problems: espionage, proliferation, terrorism, cyber security, and climate change. It focuses on the discrete challenges to national security, e.g. terrorism, and the experience of other democracies.
  6. Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
    • This course facilitates student-centered learning, integrates critical decision-making, and uses historical event case studies to reinforce national security and homeland security policies governing the security, identification, and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure from an all-hazards context with emphasis on the prevention, mitigation, and response to adversary attack scenarios against single or multiple critical infrastructure sectors.
  7. Research Methodology & Business Reporting
    • The first part of this course provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical framework for business research. It introduces the processes for developing research and considering different research designs and approaches together with statistical methods for data analysis and interpretation. The second part of the course teaches students how to report and present research findings using computer technologies and other presentation aids.
  8. Strategic Management
    • This course is designed to enable students to identify central issues and problems in business organizations to suggest alternative approaches and then present well-supported recommendations for future actions. The course will accomplish these objectives by explaining concepts and theories useful in understanding the strategic management process. The course will cover topics such as characteristics of strategic decisions, strategic decision makers, social responsibility and ethics in strategic management, situation analysis and corporate strategy, business and functional strategies in addition to strategy implementation and control. A case-study oriented approach will be heavily used in this course.