Course Code: EDMG240 Course ID: 3690 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
This course gives the student an in-depth study of the chemistry of hazardous materials as emergency management personnel must deal with these types of materials. The course covers a great amount of material on the chemistry and physical properties of common materials that an emergency responder will commonly find in the course of responding to emergencies. It is important for emergency responders to have this knowledge for the safety of them and others. This course presents the chemical basis for classification of, and emergency response to incidents involving, hazardous materials. It is designed for the non-chemist emergency responder, transporters and others who need to understand the implications of single product and multiple product spills, releases and incidents.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|09/28/20 - 02/26/21||03/01/21 - 04/25/21||Winter 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
|11/30/20 - 04/30/21||05/03/21 - 06/27/21||Spring 2021 Session I||8 Week session|
CO-1 Assess the basics of chemistry
CO-2 Identify major chemical families and individual chemicals
CO-3 Explain explosives, compressed gases, flammable materials, poisons, toxic materials, and radiation.
CO-4 Explain acids and bases
CO-5 Interpret the information on a safety data sheet
CO-6 Predict the hazards/reactivity of a chemical based on chemical family
Each week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. All posted times are Eastern Standard Time.
Each week the student will read one chapter in the course textbook found within the weekly Lesson.
There are supplemental PowerPoints within the weekly Lesson and Resources.
Forum participation is mandatory and will count towards the course grade. You are expected to provide a substantial comment of several well-written paragraphs in each session and a similar comment or reflection in reply to at least two other students’ contribution. Statements such as “I agree” or “good post” will not count as a reply. You will be marked down for this type of response. The initial postings are due by midnight (EST) Friday of the week. The replies are due by midnight (EST) Sunday of the week.
There are weekly assignments that will vary in format. These assignments are crafted to provide the student with challenging applications of information while testing the student’s learning that week. Each assignment must be completed on time for full credit. Late assignments will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor. Weekly assignments should be uploaded in the assignment area, unless otherwise instructed. Be sure to cite your references correctly. Homework assignments are due by midnight (EST) Sunday of the week.
Exams are on-line & open-book.
By the end of Week 4 you will need to decide on your topic for your research paper.
The paper will focus on an actual accident involving a hazardous material or chemical(s), chemical plant, or explosion in a manufacturing plant. The research paper will require students to submit 10-12 double-spaced, typed pages complete with title page and reference page. APA format will be used. It is important that you use good research paper construction techniques and cite your references throughout your paper.
|Introductory Forum||3.33 %|
|Week 1 Forum||3.33 %|
|Week 2 Forum||3.33 %|
|Week 3 Forum||3.33 %|
|Week 4 Forum||3.33 %|
|Week 5 Forum||3.33 %|
|Week 6 Forum||3.33 %|
|Week 7 Forum||3.33 %|
|Week 8 Forum||3.33 %|
|Exam II (Final Exam)||10.00 %|
|Exam I (mid-term exam)||10.00 %|
|Weekly Assignments||30.00 %|
|Week1: Worksheet #1||4.29 %|
|Week 2: Worksheet #2||4.29 %|
|Week 3: Worksheet #3||4.29 %|
|Week 4: Worksheet #4||4.29 %|
|Week 5: Worksheet #5||4.29 %|
|Week 6: Tanker Truck||4.29 %|
|Week 7: Two Detectors per Chemical||4.29 %|
|Week 8 Assignment: Research Paper||20.00 %|
|Week 8: Research Paper||20.00 %|
Hazardous Material Chemistry for Emergency Responders by Robert A. Burke published by CRC Press, 3rd Edition
Additional Resources can be found within the course Resources.
In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.
Web Site URL/Address
AMU Math and Chemistry Videos
Center for Disease Control
Global Incident Map
|Book Title:||To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.|
|Author:||No Author Specified|
|Book Title:||Hazardous Materials Chemistry for Emergency Responders, 3rd Ed - Ebook available in the APUS Online Library|
|Publication Info:||Taylor & Francis Group|
Not current for future courses.