Two NEW COURSES in Undergraduate Research


U UNI 240 The Research Journey (3)
Class Number: 10613
Grading: A-E
Course Info: UUNI 240 The Research Journey
Meeting Info: TTH 02:45_PM-04:05_PM BB0151 
Comments: Open to Freshmen and Sophomores Only

This course is aimed at freshmen and sophomores with an interest in research. This will be an interdisciplinary course, exploring the rigor and principles of research across disciplines – from social studies, to arts, to humanities, to nursing, to natural and physical sciences. The purpose is not to explore how research is conducted in any single discipline, but to facilitate an understanding of how researchers identify and define problems and the discipline that lies behind imagining research. The course will empower students to think of research communities as cultures with unique vocabulary, rituals, norms, and best practices. Readings will be diverse, taken from a range of disciplinary specializations. The course will accomplish four objectives: (1) inspire excitement about the research process; (2) dissuade students of the inviolability of rigid disciplinary boundaries; (3) instill comfort with the (seemingly arcane) terminology and concepts of research; and (4) expand perception of the range of domains in need of informed researchers.

U UNI 250 Becoming a Researcher (3) STARTING SPRING 2018
This course will prepare freshmen and sophomores to participate in research, individually, in groups, or with supervising faculty. The course will introduce students to the common steps in the research process, and how they apply across disciplines. Students will learn how to define problems across disciplines, the research designs commonly adopted across disciplines, and the commonly adopted methods of analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. The purpose of the course will be to empower students to participate with confidence in the various formal and co-curricular learning environments that characterize a Research I university. The course will accomplish four objectives: (1) recognize the similarities and distinctions in research across disciplines; (2) identify how to define a research problem; (3) understand the commonly adopted research designs across disciplines, and how to select among designs; and (4) become exposed to the commonly adopted analysis procedures of both quantitative and qualitative data, across disciplines.

Examples of how UAlbany students are working with faculty on various research projects:

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!

New Course: UNI 350 – The Threat Within

Hot off the Press – New Course

The Threat Within

Prerequisite: Sophomore, junior, or senior standing.

Level: Undergraduate
College or School: University (General)
Department or Program: Interdisciplinary Studies
Class Number: 19417
Grading: A-E
Course Info: UUNI 350 Selected Interdiscip Topics
Meeting Info: – ARR Salavitabar,Hadi
Comments: Blended/Hybrid – Asynchronous: Online course activity replaces from 30 – 79% of required face-to-face class sessions and class “seat-time” is reduced commensurately. Asynchronous: describes forms of education, instruction, and learning that do not occur in the same place or same time. Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
Credit Range: 3.0- 3.0
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Topic if applicable: The Threat Within
Seats remaining as of last update: 50


Course Description: The Threat Within – A new operating reality is confronting public and private sector organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes everywhere: the threat from within that is able to exploit and expose an organization’s greatest competitive edge – the “secret sauce.” Initially many experts thought of the insider threat challenge as a technical problem to solve.  However, if there is anything that one of the largest and most damaging data breaches in U.S. Government history – Edward Snowden – has taught us, it is that this challenge is simply not one dimensional. Insider threats can surface at the strategic, operational and tactical layers of an organization, and therefore, the solution needs to be comprehensive, logical, and balanced.

In this course, students from a variety of disciplines will work in teams of about six to eight students with course faculty, team faculty liaisons, and industry experts as mentors using an online/cloud communication platform. The goal of the course is to enable students to analyze realistic case scenarios and identify the depth and breadth of the cybersecurity challenge from multiple perspectives. Students will focus on the interrelated dimensions of the threat (which may include but are not limited to technical, procedural, legal, behavioral, skills/proficiencies) and the spectrum of constituent cyber domains/functional areas in which to identify solutions.

Course contact hours: Arranged. Most of the teaching will be online but some meetings will take place in person. Meeting hours will be arranged based on availability of team members who register for the course.