PSS4900EN - Transportation Protection and Vulnerability Assessment

Course description

This course introduces students to the assets, systems, and networks that make up critical infrastructures, which include but are not limited to agriculture, cyber and information technology, telecommunication networks, chemical plants, transportation systems, energy systems, waterways and supplies, medical and emergency services, postal and shipping services, and financial systems. Students explore the gaps and vulnerabilities in these sectors and acknowledge the different security strategies used in threat assessments for protection.

How this course benefits students

Students interested in careers in the public safety field learn what constitutes threats and vulnerabilities of the critical infrastructure sectors and how to begin preemptively thinking of security measures. Students explore a full spectrum of issues and challenges associated with the public safety and transportation domain, including threat analysis, response, and recovery.

Why this course is important

This course closely examines critical infrastructure and transportation threats and vulnerabilities. Students discuss the protection processes to secure the protection of people, physical entities, critical information, and support systems in the event of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and accidental or intentional man-made critical incidents.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Public Safety & Security
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Billy Moffett, Jr, Professor of Homeland Security

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course places prominence on the cultural context and methods to intertwine ministry within the public safety field. It allows students to use biblical and theological models to help them and others in public safety make humanitarian decisions.

Missionally driven

Students discuss how to go where God is already working among public safety and homeland security professionals.

Contextually informed

Transportation protection and vulnerability assessment is a multi-faceted career field. Students research public safety methods within their local communities and develop ministry approaches that offer strategic plans that minimize destruction from natural disasters and prevent malicious attacks.

Interculturally focused

Students recognize that the public safety profession takes them out of their own cultural comfort zones. They discuss how to express their faith in their own social context in culturally-appropriate ways within this career field.

Practically minded

A free and truly democratic society that values life and liberty will not survive without God's moral law. Students discuss how missional ministry, public safety, and homeland security can intertwine to provide God’s protection.

Experientially transformed

Text readings, discussion assignments, and research projects equip students with the ministry and missional skills needed to enhance God's will through the discipline of transportation and public safety.