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Course Details

Course Code: EDMG330 Course ID: 3301 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course covers managerial issues in hazardous materials. The impact hazardous materials have on humans, wildlife, and the environment will be covered. The major laws that are applicable to hazardous materials at the Federal, State, and local levels will be discussed. The student will learn about writing an effective contingency plan and the importance of coordination and collaboration across multiple agencies when dealing with a hazardous material response. This course examines all facets of hazardous materials including regulatory issues, hazard analysis, multi-agency contingency planning, response personnel, multi-agency response resources, agency policies, procedures and implementation, public education and emergency information systems, health and safety, command post dynamics, strategic and tactical considerations, recovery and termination procedures, and program evaluation.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
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

Current Syllabi

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the hazmat laws, regulations, and standards on the local, State, and Federal levels.
  2. Participate meaningfully in the process of planning, organizing, and training for response to hazmat/terrorist incidents.
  3. Interpret and act on departmental responsibility for hazmat response preparedness, incident prevention, and incident response.
  4. Identify and work with representatives of multiple services, levels of government, and organizations in an organized incident-management structure.
  5. Discuss issues pertaining to terrorism and tactical violence, including terrorism preparedness, response, and planning issues.
  6. Develop an incident command organizational structure for a hazmat response using the guidelines set forth in the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Course Materials


Readings will be available through classroom Resources and

APA Style Guide

Library Guide

Please click on the Library link in the classroom

Among other resources, bellow is an sample list of peer-reviewed resources available through APUS Library, you should consider in your research:

The Journal of Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery Journal, Journal of Crises and Contingencies, Journal of Applied Security Research, Risk Management, Public Administration Review, CRC Press Homeland Security Library, Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, European Journal of Operational Research, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Annual Review of Political Science, Public Works Management and Policy, Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal, International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Management, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Military Medicine, Psychiatric Services, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, Journal of American College Health, World Institute For Disaster Risk Management Proceedings, Urban Affairs Review, Environmental Hazard, American Behavioral Scientist, Expert Systems with Applications, Civil Engineering Dimension, Information Management, Journal of Policy History, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety.

Course Guidance

Forum Guidelines

Initial Post

Post your initial response to each forum by 11:55 pm ET on Wednesday.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words.

Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.

Include at least 3 APA-cited references.

Replies to Classmates

Reply to at least two of your classmates in each forum by 11:55 pm ET on Sunday.

Replies to classmates should be at least 250 words.

Responses to classmates are informative and contribute to advancing knowledge of the topic.

Include at least 2 APA-cited references.


Please be aware of due dates for assignments and exams. This class requires diligence to be able to keep up. Assignments must be turned in on time and are due each Sunday at 11:55PM EST.

Only in rare occasions will late assignments be accepted. Those are only in cases that have been approved prior to the due date. These must be emergency situations such as death in the family, unforeseen serious illness, or similar. Changes in work schedule, and such will not be accepted. After one week of the due date, no assignment or exam will be accepted.

Course extensions are intended for those rare, unexpected events that occur and may only be used as such. Please be aware that course extensions are rarely approved unless due to extenuating circumstances and well documented. At least 50% of the coursework must be completed at the time of the extension request. Falling behind, change in work schedule, and events that could have been foreseen or worked around will not be approved.

Please read carefully weekly course Announcements for upcoming weekly Assignments. They are posted a day ahead for the upcoming week under Course Announcements, and send them to your e-mail boxed as well. Your weekly Assignments have three components:

Reading Assignments, Uploaded Assignments (submit under Assignments) and Forum posts (post under Forums).

The weekly course Announcements, weekly uploaded Assignments and Weekly Forum posts are always in sync with each other.

Your weekly grade points score consists of points earned for each weekly Uploaded Assignment and points earned for all of each week's Forum contributions.

The course has Midterm and Final Exam. Pertinent information will be provided later in the course.

Citation and Reference Style
APA-style is required

Introduction Forum

It is very important that you participate in the Introduction Forum. Please introduce yourself to the class and me. Share where you work or plan to work after completing your program, your family, and any hobbies or special interests. Also tell us why you are taking this course and what you hope to gain from earning your degree. In addition, please take a look at the course objectives in the syllabus and discuss their relevance to your career goals.

Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 250 words. Please respond to at least 2 other students. Responses should be a minimum of 100 words. Participation in this forum serves as your official entry into the course and this is why we have drawn special attention to this assignment. You will be reminded of this Forum again in the Week 1 Lesson, but please keep in mind that you must submit this Introduction Forum by 11:55 p.m., ET, on Sunday of Week 1 to maintain your registration in the course.

NameGrade %
Weekly Forums 25.00 %
Week One Forum 3.13 %
Week Two Forum 3.13 %
Week Three Forum 3.13 %
Week Four Forum 3.13 %
Week Five Forum 3.13 %
Week Six Forum 3.13 %
Week Seven Forum 3.13 %
Week Eight Forum 3.13 %
Weekly Assignments 25.00 %
Week Two Assignments 12.50 %
Week Six Assignments 12.50 %
Mid_Term Exam 20.00 %
Mid-Term Exam EDMG330 20.00 %
Final Writing Assignment 30.00 %
Week Eight Final Paper 30.00 %

This course will use web resources, original research papers, and instructor-provided papers and documents as the primary Resources.

Book Title:The readings for EDMG330 are available online and provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.