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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG340 Course ID: 3455 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course addresses the potential results from nuclear, biological, and chemical incidents or uses. Topics include public health consequences of such incidents, emergency planning and response measures in place among U.S. agencies, and emerging detection and management technologies. Existing vulnerabilities to these types of incidents and attacks will also be discussed. Objectives of the course include identification of the historical development and use of chemical and biological weapons; definition of the types of chemical and biological weapons and their impacts; analysis of case studies related to the development and use of chemical and biological weapons, and research on chemical and biological warfare.

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

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate terrorism in its historical roots and differentiate an act of terror from an otherwise terrible act.
  2. Explore the types of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) agents and their impacts and evaluate their potential for use on the Homeland.
  3. Explore the nature of and the definitional basis for Consequence Management and apply understanding of organizational structure for planning and implementation of response apparatus to consequences of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) use.
  4. Explore and evaluate strategies and technologies considered in the detection of Nuclear, Biological or Chemical (NBC) agents and the response to NBC or WMD incidents.
  5. Explore evolving threats to the Homeland and apply narrative synthetization to evaluate the vulnerability posed by expanding NBC threats, the terrorist use of WMD or the Nation’s ability to respond to and to manage the consequences of such use.

Grades for this course will be based upon graded forums, written assignments, a research paper, and two exams. There are six weekly forums and an initial biography submission which will be graded and that are accessible in the Forums section of the course. The biography need be a minimum of 250 words and must be submitted to the appropriate forum prior to the conclusion of the first week of class. In the case of each weekly forum the student must respond to the topic of discussion and further reply to the postings of a minimum of two other classmates as part of their total grade. Written assignments are to be completed prior to the close of a course week and are to be submitted through the appropriate weekly written assignment window accessible via the Assignments section of the course.

The mid-term and final exams will be comprised of a combination of true/false, matching, fill in the blank and/or short essays.

*Includes biography submitted as a forum submission in week 1. A grading rubric located under the Course Tools > Resources > Rubrics folder guides evaluation and grading of forum assignments less the biography.

** A grading rubric located in the respective Lessons area and within weekly Written Assignment instruction boxes guides evaluation and grading of written assignments.

*** Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals, it is expected that you manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment however, please contact your course instructor before the respective assignment due date so they can discuss your situation and needs and determine an acceptable resolution.

Assignments otherwise submitted as late without pre-coordination need not be accepted in fulfillment of course requirements. In the case of those assignments that are accepted as late without pre-coordination the following grade deductions can be expected. In all cases, routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in the unwillingness of the course instructor to accept any late assignments from the respective student or may result in points deducted from your final course grade.


Late forum posts can be penalized up to 5 points per day

Late assignments can be penalized up to 5 points per day

**** If you have an issue with the grade you received, please consult the instructor. All grading issues will be resolved within a week of turning back the assignment.

NameGrade %
Weekly Written Assignments 40.00 %
Week 2 - Written Assignment #1 13.33 %
Week 4 - Written Assignment #2 13.33 %
Week 6 - Written Assignment #3 13.33 %
Weekly Forums 40.00 %
Biography 5.71 %
Week 1 Forum 5.71 %
Week 2 Forum 5.71 %
Week 3 Forum 5.71 %
Week 5 Forum 5.71 %
Week 6 Forum 5.71 %
Week 7 Forum 5.71 %
Final Course Paper 20.00 %
Week 8 - Written Assignment #4 20.00 %
  1. Course Resources: This course takes full advantage of the University's efforts to convert course materials for access over the open web. As such, the University’s online library serves as the focal point through which electronic resources supporting this course may be sourced from the open and deep web and / or via the course E-Reserve list found in the online library at the EDMG340 Consequence Management | Course Guide page. The link to that page is: This link will allow your access to required course readings even if Sakai is down. Use of the open web stresses the development of informational literacy. To support that development, citations for required readings appear in each case a required text and / or supporting resource is identified. That citation provides requisite information to support a student’s souring of the material via the online library portal and / or the E-Reserve list found in the online library at the EDMG340 Consequence Management | Course Guide page. Finally, URLs are provided below within the detailed assignment synopses and within the Sakai classroom within subject forum and written assignment instructions where appropriate.
  2. Required Text: The main, supporting course texts are indicated below. These resources will be supplemented by additional topical readings as identified within the course outline.

• The changing face of terrorism: how real is the threat from biological, chemical and nuclear weapons? Benjamin Cole. London: I. B. Tauris; c2011.

• Terrorism: The Basics. James Lutz and Brenda Lutz. New York: Routledge; 2011.

3. Software Requirements:

• Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)

• Adobe Acrobat Reader (Click here for free download)

Book Title:Terrorism: The Basics - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis Group
Unit Cost:$25.17
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

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.