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Course Details

Course Code: EDMG259 Course ID: 3851 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will provide the student with an overview of society's need for planning for hazardous situations. Every community faces the potential of hazards, both natural and manmade. Only when people are injured and property is damaged by a hazard does a disaster occur. Due to patterns of population growth and development in the United States, disasters now occur more frequently than ever before. Mitigation and preparedness strategies are critical ways of making a community more resilient against the impacts of hazards.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • CO-1 Explain the differences between hazards and disasters, the phases of comprehensive emergency management, and weather-related hazard classifications.
  • CO-2 Discuss similarities and differences of human-caused and natural hazards, and understand the importance of the all-hazards approach.
  • CO-3 Identify mitigation programs, grants, and laws.
  • CO-4 Assess the various hazard mitigation programs carried out by the federal and state governments.
  • CO-5 Analyze how the principles of resiliency contribute to a sustainable community.
  • CO-6 Appraise mitigation measures that a business might use to reduce its vulnerability to hazards.
  • CO-7 Evaluate how coordination between all preparedness programs is essential, whether creating a local emergency operations plan or a family disaster plan.
  • CO-8 Discuss mitigation strategies in the context of a comprehensive mitigation plan.
  • CO-9 Critique mitigation plans and their strategies.

Grades for this course will be based upon graded forums, assignments, an exam, and a term project. The student must post an initial response to the questions or comments in the forums, and also reply to the posting(s) of other students as part of his/her total grade. The course project will test students knowledge of specific subject matter as well as demonstrate their ability to analyze material and convey ideas at an undergraduate level.

If you have a concern with a grade received, please consult the Professor. All grading issues should be resolved within a week of returning the assignment or receipt of the grade.

NameGrade %
Weekly Discussion Forum 45.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.63 %
Week 2 Forum 5.63 %
Week 3 Forum 5.63 %
Week 4 Forum 5.63 %
Week 5 Forum 5.63 %
Week 6 Forum 5.63 %
Week 7 Forum 5.63 %
Week 8 Forum 5.63 %
Introduction Forum 5.00 %
Week 1 Introduction Forum 5.00 %
Assignments 10.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 10.00 %
Exam 10.00 %
Week 4 Quiz 10.00 %
Final Paper (Week 8 Assignment) 30.00 %
Week 8 Final Project 30.00 %
  1. Course text is Islam, T., Ryan, J. (2015) Hazard Mitigation in Emergency Management. Oxford and Waltham: Elsevier Inc.
  2. Supplemental Assigned Readings -Students are also advised to be aware of current disaster events and debates by reading a local or national newspaper and by reviewing disaster-related Web sites, such as the FEMA Web site (
Book Title:Hazard Mitigation in Emergency Management 1st Edition - eBook available through the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Elsevier
Author:T. Islam & J. Ryan, PhD
Unit Cost:$101.35
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.