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Course Details

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.

Course Schedule

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

Current Syllabi

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.

Reading Assignments:

Each week the student will read one chapter in the course textbook found within the weekly Lesson.

Supplemental Readings:

There are supplemental PowerPoints within the weekly Lesson and Resources.

Forum Assignments:

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.

Homework Assignments:

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.

Final Project:

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.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
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 %
Exams 20.00 %
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 %

Required Readings

Hazardous Material Chemistry for Emergency Responders by Robert A. Burke published by CRC Press, 3rd Edition

Additional Resources

Additional Resources can be found within the course Resources.

Web Sites

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.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Cameo Chemicals

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 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
Author:Burke, Robert
Unit Cost:$138.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.