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EDMG503 - Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG503 Course ID: 2827 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This is a survey course that is designed to introduce students to the concepts of emergency management. Topics covered include the history of the field, hazard analysis, mitigation, planning, communication, response, recovery, and terrorism. Students conduct interview research with an emergency manager and conduct a site visit of an emergency operations center. Students can use this course to springboard into advanced topics within the field as offered by other courses, and is a great place for students to begin their emergency management degree programs.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • CO-1: Synthesize the basic theories of the field of emergency management
  • CO-2: Differentiate the concepts of hazard analysis, mitigation, planning, response, and recovery
  • CO-3: Evaluate the organizations and processes of international disaster response
  • CO-4: Discern how terrorism impacts the emergency management field
  • CO-5: Integrate the concepts to local planning and execution of disaster response operations

Forums: To achieve full credit for a forum, one must: create an original post; respond to a minimum of two classmates; respond to everyone who responded to you. Posts must be thoughtful and responses helpful in a way that enhances understanding of the topics and issues. Forum inputs MUST be accomplished during the assigned weeks.

Reaction Papers and Assignment 1A – 6A: Papers will be graded using the APUS graduate rubric, with attention paid to comprehension, depth of knowledge, and clear expression of ideas and arguments. Additionally, adherence to APA conventions will be required.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Wk1 Forum: Introduction 4.80 %
Wk 1-2 Forum: Risk Assessment, Hazard Identification, Preparedness 8.80 %
Wk 3-4 Forum: Hazard Mitigation and Hazard Preparation 8.80 %
Wk 5-6 Forum: Global Warming/Climate Change 8.80 %
Wk 7-8 Forum: EOC Results 8.80 %
Weekly Assignments 60.00 %
Wk 1 Assignment: Acknowledgement 0.60 %
Wk3-4: History, Risk Assessment, Mitigation, and Preparedness 17.70 %
Wk5-6: Protection, Response, Recovery, and Communications 17.70 %
Wk7-8 Assignment: EOC Site Visit 24.00 %

Note: All required texts are available as ebooks from the Kindle store, if not from the publisher. It is not necessary to own a Kindle. A free Kindle app is available for both PCs and MACs. Ebooks in most cases are provided at reduced cost and ebook use is encouraged.

Book Title:Introduction to Emergency Management, 3rd ed. - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Butterworth-Heinemann
Author:Haddow, G.D., Bullock, J.A. & Coppola, D.P.
Unit Cost:$65.95
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.