Posted: September 15th, 2023
HLS 3301, Weapons of Mass Destruction 1
Course Learning Outcomes for Unit I
Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:
2. Characterize the types of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
2.1 Describe a WMD used prior to World War II.
2.2 Examine technological advancements leading to the development of a WMD.
4. Examine how the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) impacts society.
4.1 Discuss societal and political impacts following the use of a WMD.
Required Unit Resources
Chapter 1: Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction, pp. 1–25
The content for this unit lesson is presented through PowerPoint with audio below. On each slide, click on the
audio icon to play the audio. You can refer to these lessons as needed.
Unit I Presentation
PDF version of Unit I Presentation
Suggested Unit Resources
In order to access the following resources, click the links below.
The following article outlines growing numbers of terrorists and the need for moderate governments to
prevent this growth.
Boot, M. (2017, December). The first victory over ISIS: Where do we go from here? Commentary, 144(5), 23–
The following website from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency provides a historical
reference to help you identify weapons of mass destruction, especially improvised explosive devices.
UNIT I STUDY GUIDE
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass
HLS 3301, Weapons of Mass Destruction 2
UNIT x STUDY GUIDE
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. (n.d.). Bomb-making materials awareness program.
Learning Activities (Nongraded)
Nongraded Learning Activities are provided to aid students in their course of study. You do not have to submit
them. If you have questions, contact your instructor for further guidance and information.
The Unit I Matching Activity provides a great chance to review important terminology used throughout this
The following video discusses how weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in various forms can
indiscriminately kill a large number of people and damage structures. You do not need to view the entire
video; however, you are encouraged to choose segments that interest you. When you access the link, the
segments are listed on the right side of the screen.
Modern Marvels (Producer). (2007). Modern Marvels: Weapons of mass destruction [Video]. Films on
The transcript for this video can be found by clicking on “Transcript” in the gray bar to the right of the video in
the Films on Demand database.
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