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Course Details

Course Code: EDMG560 Course ID: 2668 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the role of crisis action planning in emergency management and disaster response. This course begins by examining the art and science of future studies – that is, being able to accurately predict an outcome from a given set of inputs and understand the ramifications. Impacts of global warming are presented. Crisis leadership and management theories and methodologies are examined. Taking these three components into account, and adding in other threats that students envision in forum discussions, students then develop a crisis action plan for an organization of their choice, with the purpose being to provide a plan for organizational survival against the challenges depicted above. Students also select an optional topic from an approved bibliography to present and discuss, on such topics as future climate, weather, social justice, energy, economics, environment, resource depletion, and potential strategies for the survival of civilization. Students will achieve a new and more holistic appreciation of the disaster planning process. The crisis action plans that students develop for this course are consistently implemented in the real world, and are in place in organizations across the globe.

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
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

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • LO-1: Synthesize the value of accurately visualizing future conditions given a set of inputs
  • LO-2: Evaluate the coming impact of global warming on the emergency management field
  • LO-3: Assemble a set of tools used to develop a crisis action plan
  • LO-4: Develop a crisis action plan
  • LO-5: Analyze a topic of choice regarding humankind’s future, emergency management, resiliency, climate change, etc.

Describe how you will evaluate your students for each graded activity.

Forum Participation:

There are weekly, required discussion forum assignments throughout the course. For most forum assignments you are required to post a minimum of 500-words concerning the assigned readings (unless otherwise stated). The forums include extension research reply assignments. The research assignments require you to do additional research beyond the confines and material presented in this course, concerning the corresponding readings and your peer's postings. Your peer postings should consist of a minimum of 250-words (each) and utilize reference material and appropriate attributional citations to support your developed content. For all forum postings, a complete post will include adherence to the posted writing standards. The key is to be thorough and to use your academic voice to ground your summations using the literature!

Keep in mind that all assignments are designed to sharpen your writing skills and your research skills and as such, all writing assignments require providing additional research that supports your conclusions. Thus, you will always need to include citations in APA Style (Sixth Edition); however, instead of a References page (and in the case of forums only) you may put the reference entries corresponding to your in-text citations at the bottom of each post (for formal weekly written assignments you must appropriately utilize a separate, formatted, reference page.

Each Forum assignment will require you to respond to at least two classmate postings (unless otherwise stated) in order to earn full credit for the respective forum. Please submit your initial reply by Thursday of each class week and your two classmate replies by Sunday of each class week in order to receive full forum credit. Late responses to the initial response may be subject to a 5-point per day deduction after the initial due date. No points will be given for the forum after a respective class week’s end.

Note: You must comply with the course writing standards as they are outlined in the course announcements.

Reaction Paper / Writing Assignments:

Written assignments are designed to both sharpen your writing skills and your research skills and as such, all writing assignments require the conduct of additional research that supports your conclusions. All assignments should be well-written and formatted in APA Style (Sixth Edition). All assignments must have proper citations of all source(s) used and be accompanied by an APA-formatted Reference page. In APA style, Cover and Reference pages are not counted in page count totals.

All assignments must be properly submitted for grading before they will be considered for evaluation and credit award. Proper submission for grading is accomplished by:

1. Going into the assignment tab located on the left of your classroom screen in Sakai;

2. Clicking into the respective assignment and attaching your submission through file upload;

3. Clicking the “post” button at the bottom of the assignment page.

Your work will always need be composed of an APA-formatted cover page, a well-developed narrative body including supporting material citations, and an APA-formatted Reference page. Your assignment submissions should be approximately 6-8 pages in length which as noted in assignment instructions is 1,500 words (unless otherwise noted), excluding the Title and Reference pages (which are never included in page count totals under APA-format).

Crisis Action Plan:

The crisis action plan assignment is both integrative and practically focused. As such, it will be graded by assessing the level of integration of the class concepts, thoroughness, practicality, and potential use to the organization for which it was written, into the final cohesive product.

To that end, the crisis action plan you submit must be written into the provided template. The purpose of the template is to provide organization and flow to your product, with the ultimate intent being to give you the student, and your beneficiary organization, something operational to work with.

Be aware of your audience in compiling your plan. Your audience will be composed of practitioners who are not necessarily academics interested in a theoretical discussion about planning. Your user will be someone who is perhaps in a panicky state of mind and is picking up your plan because they want to know what to do right now. Therefore, it wouldn't be appropriate to include citations and references. Your user won't have time to look them up. That does not mean to plagiarize. That means stay original and use a detailed reference section. Further, as your plan will have appendices for contact information, feel free to protect the privacy of your organizational staff by using fictitious names and phone numbers.

You may certainly accomplish this plan in isolation, but in doing so, recognize the limitations in perspective you will bring to the work that some of the authors across your readings have talked about. It is far better to accomplish your plan as a collaborative project drawing on input from your organization. To that end do not wait in starting this project until week 6! Get started quickly with forecasting and planning and begin to brainstorm what needs to be thought of and what needs to be done. Be thorough. Be comprehensive. Make it a great crisis action plan!

One additional note: This assignment produces more than its share of plagiarism reports, so be sure to consider the following: The purpose of the assignment is to demonstrate mastery of the concepts you learned in class. As such, it is completely inappropriate to utilize any plans that already exist for your organization, even if you wrote that particular plan yourself. This assignment requires original application of a new skill set based on future studies, threat assessment, recognition of potential 'black swan' events, etc. Nothing that you have currently on file takes these into consideration. Guaranteed. Be aware that Turnitin responds to the 'paste' command--SO DON'T PASTE ANYTHING INTO YOUR DOCUMENT! Fair warning.

Be sure to provide this and all papers in proper APA format. That being said, note that APA can be relaxed a bit for this assignment as offered above. If your plan would look better single-spaced, that would be fine. If bullet statements help accent important information, then use of them would be fine as well.

Save your paper as a Microsoft Word document entitled YourLastNameWk.docx" (i.e., SmithWk7.docx). Upload to the submission window and click the Submit button. This assignment, to be properly matured and developed, is required to be a minimum of 15 pages of content, to include graphics.

Grading Distribution:

30% - Forums

30% - Written Assignments

40% - Crisis Action Plan

100% Total Points

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum Week 1 1.50 %
Week 1a 1.50 %
Forum Two-Three 4.50 %
Forum Four-Five 4.50 %
Forum Six-Seven 4.50 %
Forum Eight 13.50 %
Weekly Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment: Week Four - 21st Century Threats 15.00 %
Assignment: Week Six - Surviving Crisis 15.00 %
Crisis Action Plan 40.00 %
Assignment: Week Eight - Crisis Action Plan (CAP) 40.00 %

One text is required for this course. It is provided as an Open Educational Resource (OER) in the Lessons Link along with other reading materials and videos:

Mitroff, I. (2005). Why some companies emerge stronger and better from a crisis: 7 essential

lessons for surviving disaster. Kindle Edition: New York.

Additionally, students will be required to select one book independently from the approved reading list at the end of the course syllabus; report and discuss it in the indicated week's forum.

The following website is also required:


Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web site is required. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

FEMA Strategic Foresight Initiative

Book Title:Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis: 7 Essential Lessons for Surviving Disaster - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:American Management Association
Author:Mitroff, Ian
Unit Cost:$26.35
Book Title:One additional reading will be chosen by the student from a list of selected bibliographies provided inside the classroom. (The list can also be found here-
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.