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Course Details

Course Code: EDMG611 Course ID: 2824 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course offers students the opportunity to study a historical disaster of their choosing in depth. The theory of case study analysis is covered in detail—problem formulation, research methodology, data collection, and analytical techniques are examined. Concurrently, students develop a topic statement and concept of analysis for their chosen disaster. The final product of the course is a case analysis that includes a telling of the story of the disaster; a depiction of the methodology that will be utilized to understand the disaster in academic terms; an analysis of what happened and why; and the lessons that can be drawn from the study that would improve the field of emergency and disaster management. Students will learn a valuable research skill that can be used repeatedly throughout their careers.

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

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

LO-1: Analyze difficult policy issues that confront decision makers.

LO-2: Develop approaches to future emergency management responses.

LO-3: Synthesize federal regulations/best practices that will allow personal contribution within the growing emergency management profession.

LO-4: Assess case studies to identify lessons learned in planning for or responding to disasters.

LO-5: Evaluate responses to previous disasters to characterize the general areas of shortcomings.

LO-6: Create a case analysis at the graduate level.

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

Forum Assignments:

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.

Homework Assignments:

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.

Final Project:

The final product of the class is a case analysis of the student’s choosing. Papers will be graded on the thoroughness of the analysis, as well as writing and formatting.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum Week One 2.00 %
Forum Two-Three 6.00 %
Forum Four-Five 6.00 %
Forum Seven-Eight 6.00 %
Weekly Assignments 40.00 %
Assignment One-Two: The Case Study Methodology 13.20 %
Assignment Three-Four: Study Preparation, Data Collection, and Topic Selection 13.20 %
Assignment Five-Six: Analysis and Reporting 13.60 %
Case Analysis 40.00 %
Assignment Seven-Eight: Case Study Research Paper 40.00 %

Required Readings

The National Response Framework

The National Incident Management System

Book Title:Case Study Research and Applications: Design and Methods, 6th ed.
Publication Info:Sage
Author:Robert K. Yin
Unit Cost:$46.90
Electronic ISBN:9781506336176
Electronic Unit Cost:$58.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.