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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG530 Course ID: 2826 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a study of the economics associated with international, national, state, or local level disaster. Students will study, analyze, and conduct research on the direct and indirect economic losses associated with disaster. The course will cover the economics associated with both public and private institutions.

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
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1. Describe the true costs of natural and human-caused disasters on the economy.
  • LO-2. Explain the responsibility of citizens in understanding and securing disaster insurance.
  • LO-3. List at least three federal programs that provide financial disaster recovery relief.
  • LO-4. Identify and discuss common post-disaster problems.
  • LO-5. Describe how hurricanes, floods earthquakes, fires develop and explain the true scale of their aftermath.
  • LO-6. Explain how Lessons Learned and Post-Disaster Evaluations improve future response performance.
  • LO-8. Discern between commonly perceived causes of disasters and theoretically founded causes of disasters.

Grades for this course will be based upon graded forums, written assignments and a final course exam. As such, extensive, active and sustained participation is essential. There are seven weekly forums including an initial introductory 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 assigned and are to be submitted through the appropriate weekly written assignment window accessible via the Assignments section of the course.

The grading will be based on participation and completion of seven graded discussion Forums, four written assignments and a final essay exam.

*Includes introductory 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 under the Course Tools > Resources > Rubrics folder guides evaluation and grading of written assignments and exam essays.

*** 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 %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 - Introduction (Required) 5.71 %
Forum 2 5.71 %
Forum 3 5.71 %
Forum 4 5.71 %
Forum 5 5.71 %
Forum 6 5.71 %
Forum 7 5.71 %
Written Assignments 40.00 %
Written Assignment # 1 - Week 2 13.33 %
Written Assignment # 2 - Week 4 13.33 %
Written Assignment # 3 - Week 7 13.33 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
EDMG530 Final Exam 20.00 %

Supplementary Materials:- These materials are not required for conduct of the class, but students may find helpful in their continued pursuit of knowledge regarding course topics:

Kunreuther, H. and M. Useem. (2010). Learning from catastrophies: Strategies for reaction and response. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson - -

Van Heerden, Ivor. (2006). The storm: What went wrong and why during Hurricane Katrina – the inside story from one Louisiana scientist. New York: Viking -

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.