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Course Details

Course Code: EDMG565 Course ID: 2704 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

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.

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
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

This course is designed to support the American Public University’s Graduate Level Learning Outcomes:

  1. Research Skill - The graduate can carry out an independent research project. The graduate can identify, pursue, and acquire specific and new knowledge.
  2. Writing Skill - The graduate can capably communicate ideas among experts in his or her respective field at a level equivalent to that required for professional publication.
  3. A Foundation of Knowledge - The graduate is fully knowledgeable and versant in a graduate discipline. He or she possesses a core of factual, theoretical, and conceptual knowledge; this level of knowledge is clearly and convincingly advanced from the undergraduate level.
  4. Synthesis of Knowledge - The graduate possesses the ability to logically synthesize and discern knowledge from a variety of sources into a cohesive idea or set of ideas.
  5. Application of Knowledge - The graduate applies knowledge to contemporary issues in the respective field of study or associated profession.

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  • Analyze terrorism and its historical roots.

  • Define and asses the types of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) agents and their impacts.

  • Evaluate strategies considered in the detection of NBC agents and the response to NBC incidents.

  • Examine the importance, and role of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other State and Local organizations in relation to disaster responses involving explosives and other hazardous materials.

  • Analyze, evaluate and synthesize the strategic and operational role of first responders with respect to suspected or actual explosive threats.

  • Determine the proper course of action given the response context and incident impact.


The textbook and several additional readings will be covered throughout this eight week (8) course. As a student, you are expected to read each of the assigned readings and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignments vary from writing papers, creating presentations, and conducting field observations. Throughout the course, you should keep one thought in mind. Earning a master’s degree requires you to master the research, synthesize, and critically evaluate the literature and as such, this course is intended to familiarize you with the Emergency Management literature. Thus, when completing assignments (posting on discussion board, composing reflection papers) you need to ground your thoughts and summations using the literature so as to demonstrate that you have conducted the necessary review of the literature and to show others where they may find that material. As this course is about mastering the field's literature, personal opinions not based or supported by the published literature are not acceptable. All writing assignments to include Forum assignments require researching the academic literature and utilizing citations and a reference page. Your success in this course is based on your command of the field's literature and your ability to communicate that grasp of the literature to diverse audiences. As this course is designed to familiarize you with the field's literature, there are no wrong or right answers; there are just complete and incomplete answers.

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

Forum Participation:

Forum Guidelines

  • Initial Post
  • Post your initial response to each forum by 11:55 pm ET on Wednesday.

  • Your initial post should be at least 250 words.

  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.

  • Include at least 3 APA-cited references, preferably from peer-reviewed, academic sources.

Replies to Classmates

  • Reply to at least two of your classmates in each forum by 11:55 pm ET on Sunday.

  • Replies to classmates should be at least 250 words.

  • Responses to classmates are informative and contribute to advancing knowledge of the topic.

  • Include at least 2 APA-cited references.


Please be aware of due dates for assignments and exams. This class requires diligence to be able to keep up. Assignments must be turned in on time and are due each Sunday at 11:55PM EST.

Only in rare occasions will late assignments be accepted. Those are only in cases that have been approved prior to the due date. These must be emergency situations such as death in the family, unforeseen serious illness, or similar. Changes in work schedule, and such will not be accepted. After one week of the due date, no assignment or exam will be accepted.

Course extensions are intended for those rare, unexpected events that occur and may only be used as such. Please be aware that course extensions are rarely approved unless due to extenuating circumstances and well documented. At least 50% of the coursework must be completed at the time of the extension request. Falling behind, change in work schedule, and events that could have been foreseen or worked around will not be approved.

Please read carefully weekly course Announcements for upcoming weekly Assignments. They are posted a day ahead for the upcoming week under Course Announcements, and send them to your e-mail boxed as well. Your weekly Assignments have three components:

The assignments are designed to evaluate your mastery, synthetization, and critical analysis of the literature. Please review the assignment rubric located in the resources area to ensure you understand how each category relates to your written assignments. It is important to understand how complete and thorough examination of the literature will affect the overall grading of the assignment.

Reading Assignments, Uploaded Assignments (submit under Assignments) and Forum posts (post under Forums).

The weekly course Announcements, weekly uploaded Assignments and Weekly Forum posts are always in sync with each other.

Your weekly grade points score consists of points earned for each weekly Uploaded Assignment and points earned for all of each week's Forum contributions.

Citation and Reference Style

  • APA-style is required

Research Paper-Final Project

Earning a MS degree requires you to master the literature, this assignment is intended to familiarize you with Emergency Management Theory and its literature. Thus, when completing this assignment you are required to research the literature and complete a traditional term paper. For this course, the overall theme of the term paper will be an area of consequence management that interests you.

This project is due by the end of Week 8.

You must include at least 10 peer-reviewed sources in addition to sources in the assigned reading.

Your term paper must be formatted in conformance to APA Style (Sixth Edition). You can find the APA Style guide in the APUS Online Library. No other formatting and citation style will be accepted.

Detailed Final Project Requirements and Guidelines are posted under Announcements, Assignments, and Lessons.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Written Assignments 40.00 %
Week 1-2 Assignment 13.36 %
Week 3-4 Assignment 13.32 %
Week 5-6 Assignment 13.32 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Week 7-8 Final Project 30.00 %

Supplemental readings are available through classroom Lessons and Resources and EDMG APUS Library portal.

APUS APA Style Guide

Library Guide

Please click on the Library link in the classroom

Among other resources, bellow is an sample list of peer-reviewed resources available through APUS Library, you should consider in your research. These resources are searched through the library databases:

The Journal of Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery Journal, Journal of Crises and Contingencies, Journal of Applied Security Research, Risk Management, Public Administration Review, CRC Press Homeland Security Library, Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, European Journal of Operational Research, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Annual Review of Political Science, Public Works Management and Policy, Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal, International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Management, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Military Medicine, Psychiatric Services, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, Journal of American College Health, World Institute For Disaster Risk Management Proceedings, Urban Affairs Review, Environmental Hazard, American Behavioral Scientist, Expert Systems with Applications, Civil Engineering Dimension, Information Management, Journal of Policy History, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Chemical Health & Safety.

Supplemental emergency management resources

Students are also encouraged to use Internet information sources in addition to peer-reviewed, academic resources through the library databases and a listing of websites will be provided. Students may subscribe to discussion lists for a variety of disaster organizations and related professions and receive email notifications of major earthquakes and other disasters, federal disaster relief announcements, job announcements, research opportunities, and other relevant professional news from the field. The United Nations conducts Internet conferences periodically and information is also available in English on emergency management programs and activities in Canada, Australia, Japan, and other nations. Students should become familiar with the following sites: - for basic information on the federal emergency management system, reports, legal documents, training and planning documents, and status reports on disasters, as well as links to state and local emergency management agencies (including a link to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency). - for information regarding specific hazards, full texts of the Natural Hazards Center's series of working papers and quick response reports for recent disasters, and other information sources. - for general information provided by the Emergency Management Infrastructure Partnership, which includes public agencies, private firms, nonprofit organizations, and universities. The partnership sponsors informal chat sessions and online presentations (beginning Wednesdays at noon) and posts papers, documents, and other materials on the web. - International Association of Emergency Managers – students should be familiar with this site, and are required to the IAEM Emergency Management Discussion List.

Software Requirements:

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

Adobe Acrobat Reader (Click here for free download)

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Terrorism and Counterterrorism, 6th ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Nacos, Brigitte L.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.