Tactical Counter Terrorism Operations - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Tactical operations are a fundamental component of security threats and a cornerstone of planning effective responses to security crises. Many kinds of contingency plans, including counter terrorism, state emergencies and continuity of government, involve planning for tactical threats and counter terrorism operations.

This unit examines the tools and tactics used against the state and the range of tactical response options available to government when managing to security crises. It begins with the kinds of security incidents which threaten modern societies, including types of threat actors, their preferred tools and their desired effects.

The unit then examines protective security measures, such as hardening targets, and tactical planning processes. Finally, the unit uses case studies to explore a range of security crises and tactical responses, including ambushes, hostage-taking and raids from around the world.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. identify the main types of tactical security incidents which threaten modern societies
  2. identify the principle actors who pose a tactical security threat to states
  3. describe the primary weapons, tools and tactics employed by non-state actors against individuals, public places and state infrastructure
  4. explain the range of tactical response options available to governments
  5. evaluate key security countermeasures, tactical response capabilities and preparedness levels needed to manage security incidents
  6. critically assess high-profile incidents of terrorism and tactical counter terrorism operations.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (30%)
  • Assignment 4 (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Tools and tactics used against the state
2Types of threat actors
3Tactical tools and effects
4Protective security measures
5Response options available to government

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism

    By:Nacos, Brigitte L

    ISBN: 9781138190146


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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