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HLND 1190 - Border Security & Transportation

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

HLND 1190 provides an in‑depth view of modern border and transportation security. Specific topics include security for seaports, ships, aircraft, trains, trucks, pipelines, and buses. Discussion focuses on the technology needed to detect terrorists and their weapons as well as on the legal, economic, political, and cultural aspects of terrorism.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge of border security and transportation issues.


  1. Discuss issues that merit action regarding vulnerable border systems.
  2. Discuss issues that merit action regarding vulnerable transportation systems.
  3. Make decision considering alternatives, risks, and consequences to selected methods of security operations.
  4. Analyze graphical information i.e., general maps, geographical surveys, aerial photographs, weather patterns, diagrams, etc.
  5. Employ strategies using deductive and inductive reasoning, evidence, suggestions and motivational appeals.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will understand the global perspective of border and transportation security.


  1. Discuss the value of a global perspective on society with respect to past, present and future events.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge about current issues regarding homeland security, border patrol and transportation systems.
  3. Discuss the commonality of human experiences across cultures.
  4. Demonstrate geographical literacy.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Introduction and Course Overview
  2. Importance of the Global Transportation System
    1. Air
    2. Sea
    3. Rail
  3. Importance of the Global Transportation System
    1. Truck
    2. Road
    3. Pipeline
  4. Protection of Transportation Facilities
  5. Cargo Screening
  6. International Threats and Counter-measures
  7. Basic Personnel Security - Procedures and Policy
  8. Physical and Procedural Security
  9. Government Security Agencies
    1. Federal
    2. State
    3. Local
  10. Cargo Screening Equipment
  11. New Technologies
  12. 21st Century Threats

Primary Faculty
Bowlin, Samantha
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Lopez, Michael
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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