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CREATE - programs will train professionals and students to develop and evaluate systems that protect against natural disasters, accidents, and attacks by terrorists or criminals. CREATE will deliver educational programs across the nation via distance education.

Sample Courses for Homeland Security Students at USC

(for more courses, see USC course catalogue:

Civil Engineering
513L Instrumental Methods for Environmental Analysis
Advanced techniques in gas, water, liquid, and solid waste analysis; theoretical and experimental consideration of electrometric, photometric, manometric, and chromatographic techniques for measurements of environmental pollution.

523 Physical Processes of Environmental Engineering
Environmental reactor design, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, adsorption, solid waste management (drying, centrifugation, incineration), membrane processes, advanced water treatment; mathematical modeling of physical processes.

554 Risk and Reliability Analysis for Civil Infrastructure Systems
Elements of feasibility, reliability, and risk analysis of civil infrastructure systems, simulation, optimization, life-cycle cost, evaluation and decision making.

560 Simulation of Civil Infrastructure Systems Performance
Time/space and frequency/wave number domain analysis, spectral representation of wind, earthquake and other natural loads, FEM techniques for system response simulation.

583 Design of Transportation Facilities
Planning, design, staging, construction, test, and maintenance of the public works and facilities for land, water, and air transportation.

Environmental Engineering
510 Water Quality Management and Practice
Surface and ground water quality and resources management; water pollution in aquatic environment; water/wastewater infrastructure systems and management. Departmental approval.

516 Hazardous Waste Management
Standards and regulations for the management of hazardous waste: identification, transportation, monitoring, storage, treatment, and disposal practices.

518 Environmental Systems Engineering and Management
Evaluating, implementing and managing effective environmental systems to prevent pollution, conserve energy and resources, reduce risks and achieve sustainability in business and industries.

535 Applied Air Quality Management
Pollutant sampling; occupational, community, and personal exposures; receptor modeling; data analysis; health effects of air pollutants.

580 Applied Environmental Engineering Biotechnology
Fundamentals of bioremediation processes; bioremediation technologies for decontamination of air, water, and soil; global applications of bioremediation techniques.

Computer Science
530 Security Systems
Protecting data and computing resources. Systems/network/ data security; cryptography; authentication; authorization; intrusion prevention/detection/ response; wireless technologies and security implications. Prerequisite: CSCI 402x.

556 Introduction to Cryptography
Modern secret codes. Public key cryptosystems of Rivest-Shamir-Adelman, Diffie-Hellman and others. The underlying number theory and computational complexity theory.

Electrical Engineering
511 Transmission of Electric Power
Constants of overhead lines and cables. Mutual effects. Analysis of transmission systems - electrical and mechanical considerations.

525 Power System Protection
Theory of system and equipment protection, characteristics of relays, relay coordination, and system considerations.

550 Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
Applications of stochastic modeling and optimization techniques to communication network design and analysis. Data link control; performance models; multi-access channels; routing and flow control.

Industrial and Systems Engineering
515 Engineering Project Management
Applying industrial and systems engineering skills to problems drawn from industry, while working in teams of 3-4 students. Teach project management skills and provide direct experience in managing and executing a group project.

525 Design of Experiments
Planning data collection to investigate relationships between product/process design choices (materials, temperatures, etc.) and performance, empirical modeling to predict performance, identification of the best design

541 Systems Engineering Theory and Practice
Integration of engineering problem solving methodologies based on systems concepts. Application to complex, large scale technical systems and problems faced by engineering managers. Case studies.

550 Engineering Management of Government-Funded Programs
Analysis of risks inherent in managing high-tech/high-cost government-funded engineering programs; tools and techniques for coping with the impacts of politically-driven budgets on the engineering design process.

561 Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects
Economic evaluations of engineering systems for both government and private industry; quantitative techniques for evaluating non-monetary consequences; formal treatment of risk and uncertainty.

562 Value and Decision Theory
Decision making under risk conditions; utility theory; sufficient statistics; conjugate prior distributions; terminal and pre-posterior analysis; Bayesian statistics versus classical statistics.

570 Human Factors in Engineering
Psychological and physiological characteristics of humans; how they limit engineering design of machines and human-machine systems.

Policy, Planning and Development
501 Public Sector Economics
Microeconomic theory applied to issues in public and non-profit sectors, including organizational models, market failures and policy instruments, and macroeconomic issues.

541 Public Financial Management and Budgeting
Financial management applied to public and nonprofit organizations; financial valuation, financial markets, budgeting, tax administration, debt financing, cost-benefit analysis and financial analysis.

542 Policy and Program Evaluation
Methods and models for policy and program evaluation; methods of collecting and analyzing evaluation data; processes for linking evaluation to policy formulation and program management.

545 Human Behavior in Public Organizations
Behavior in organizations; focus on personal, interpersonal, and group level factors that influence such behavior.

554 Public Policy Formulation
Nature of public policy; public policy formulation processes; roles of institutions, groups, values; information and rationality in policymaking; models and other aids to policy choice.

555 Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
Political and organizational perspectives on policy making process; agenda setting, policy design, adoption, implementation, evaluation, modification or termination. Policy leadership skills: negotiation and strategic mapping.

587 Risk Analysis
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