Announcement New Course

Counter-terrorism Simulation Class this Summer


CEHC 393
Simulation: Building Security and Preparedness”

Course Description

Simulation: Building Security and Preparedness is an intensive four week course that provides the student with an opportunity to blend “practice” with “theory” through a mix of high-end simulations and other blended learning activities. This iteration of the course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about how terrorists tend to plan for and then carry out attacks.

The course includes on-line preliminary activity during the first two weeks that will help form the foundation for the in-person simulations that will follow. Week 3 will begin the in classroom discussion activity to be held at the NCSP Stuyvesant Tower 6th Floor Training Rooms in Albany. The forth week will allow students to finish up the on-line discussions and individual projects.

In so doing students will develop an understanding about counter-terrorist efforts that could interdict attacks. The simulations will enable the students to take on the role of terrorist planning cells, through a “red team” approach, that are intending to attack domestic targets. This approach will simulate the various phases of the terrorist attack cycle to include target selection, weapons and tactics selection, surveillance, rehearsal, attack, and exploitation.


Funding will be available for students. This will include transportation, food, and housing. Anything unrelated to the course, will not be funded by CEHC.


Must be of Junior or Senior standing and requires permission of instructor.
3.25 GPA preferred.


4W3 Summer Session:
July 18 – August 12th

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a “blended” format class?
A blended format class is a combination of online distance learning and in-person classroom work. In this course, you will participate in the online portion during weeks 1, 2, and 4. You will participate in-person during week 3 from August 1st – August 5th.

What is a simulation?
A simulation is a widely used teaching technique in which students play specified roles in simulated real world situations. For example, in a simulation of a hurricane event, students could play the role of emergency managers and policy makers during the preparation, response, and recovery phases of the storm. Instructional simulations have the potential to engage students in deep learning as they apply knowledge and skills to a complex and realistic problem.

If I am not a UAlbany student, can I enroll in the course?
Yes. Any college student can enroll in a UAlbany winter session or summer session courses. You simply have to fill out an application at: .

Where will the in-person portion of the class take place?
During the in-person portion of the class, students will engage in simulations in the training rooms at the National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) located in Albany, New York in Stuyvesant Plaza

How will transportation work?
Students will responsible for getting to locations in Albany.  NCSP is walking distance from the UAlbany uptown campus.

Is housing provided?
Students that reside outside of Albany can apply for housing at no additional cost for the entire in-person portion of the course. To register for housing students can go on their MyUAlbany under the Campus Life Tab and fill out a 2016 Summer Housing Application for the 4Week3 session. In the Comments section please state that you are registered for CEHC 393 and will only  be residing for 1 week, 7/31/8-6/16.

What is the National Center for Security and Preparedness?
The National Center for Security and Preparedness is a University at Albany center which supports the nation’s efforts to be secure from acts of terrorism and to be prepared to respond to incidents of high consequence and disasters through research, education, training, and technical assistance. For more information, visit its website at: .

More questions?
Contact our staff at .

To view previous simulation course, please click here!

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