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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG498 Course ID: 3461 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This senior capstone course allows students majoring in emergency and disaster management to analyze specific program related issues and problems using the knowledge and understanding gained by completing the required courses in the program and a significant number of the major courses. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program)

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

OC-1: Identify the place of the Emergency Manager and analyze the place of Emergency Management as a part of local government.

OC-2: Draw conclusions on how various government agencies and professional organizations are able to assist the Emergency Manager in the performance of the duties assigned.

OC-3: Identify the core management style skills essential to administrative success.

OC-4: Evaluate how different management styles affect an Emergency Manager and how that affects the performance of the department.

OC-5: Apply threat assessments, risk and vulnerability analysis methodologies to develop plans for mitigating and lessening the impact of emergencies on a community.

OC-6: Develop and apply an all-risk vision of the future for an emergency management agency.

OC-7: Identify and apply the major steps in a community risk analysis.

Discussion Board Participation

There are various required discussion board assignments. There are discussion questions that are provided in the Forums. These will allow you a view of what others might think about a particular topic. You will be able to respond to the posting of other students and thus gain the insight of others on the topic. You are required to post 2-3 paragraphs concerning your thoughts on the assigned topic, as well as reply (1-3 paragraphs) to at least two other students’ original posts, explaining why you agree or why you disagree. A complete post will include detailed arguments/thoughts/ideas arranged in a logical and systemic manner. In addition, a complete post will provide a clear justification for your thoughts---why do you believe what you believe. A simple definition or statement saying, “I agree” will not earn you any points. The key is to be thorough and ground your thoughts using the literature!

Grades for this course will be based upon thirteen grading instruments. The other assignment questions are chosen to reinforce concepts introduced by your studies. It is expected that the student will provide a detailed answer to these in order to demonstrate an understanding of the subject. The essay and problems are a way for you to review material and develop a solution based on your research, background and knowledge. The project is designed to allow you to apply lessons learned to a practical problem and give you practice at developing material for use in the field.

The grade scale, percentages and due dates for each of the evaluations will be provided as part of the initial course announcement:

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum #1 5.00 %
Forum #2 5.00 %
Forum #3 5.00 %
Forum #4 5.00 %
Forum #5 5.00 %
Forum #6 5.00 %
Essays 20.00 %
Essay One- Week Four 10.00 %
Essay Two- Week Six 10.00 %
Course Project Parts (A-D) 28.00 %
Course Project Part A- Week One 7.00 %
Course Project Part B- Week Two 7.00 %
Course Project Part C- Week Three 7.00 %
Course Project Part D- Due at End of Week Five 7.00 %
Final Course Project Submission 22.00 %
Course Project Final Submission- Due at the End of Week Eight 22.00 %

Reference Texts:

Citizens Corps – A Guide for Local Officials. Citizen Corps. October 2011.

Available online at or through or via the Resources tab.

Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds (FEMA P-424). FEMA. December 2010. Available online at or via the Resources tab.

Developing And Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans, Version 2. Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101. FEMA. November 2010. Available on line at or through

Incremental Protection for Existing Commercial Buildings from Terrorist Attack, Providing Protection to People and Buildings. (FEMA 459). FEMA. April 2008. Available online at

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) A Primer for Local Planning for Hazardous Materials. State of Texas Governors Division of Emergency Management for the State Emergency Response Commission. July 2006. Available on line at

Mapping the 100-Year Flood Plain Is Not the End Of The Story. FEMA. 2006. Available on line at or through

National Incident Management System. Department of Homeland Security. December 2008. Available on line at

The National Preparedness Directorate an Overview. FEMA. Available on line at

National Response Framework, Second edition. Department of Homeland Security. May 2013. Available on line at

NIMS Compliance Requirements For Local Emergency Planning Committee’s Fact Sheet. FEMA NIMS Integration Center. March 1, 2007 available on line at

Partnerships In Preparedness – A Compendium of Exemplary Practices in Emergency Management Volume IV. FEMA. January 2000. Available online at or via the Resources tab.

Risk Assessment – A How-To Guide to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks Against Buildings. FEMA 452. FEMA Risk Management Series. January 2005. Available on line at or through

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.