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About the Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Management Applications

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  61
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The Emergency Management program stresses the fundamental skills of emergency management while providing interdisciplinary study covering the related skills and practices of emergency planning and leadership. The main purpose of the program is to cover the needs of emergency management professionals, addressing the various aspects of natural and human caused disasters. Graduates will have a knowledge-based approach to strategically plan for disaster prevention, reduction, response, and recovery. The target audience for the degree are those working in, or those desiring to work in, emergency management or related fields such as fire protection, law enforcement, emergency medical fields, environmental health and safety, and others including, but not limited to, the private sector.


General and Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
I.  General Education
  A.  Foundation Studies (12 credits)
       1.  College Composition or Applied Communication - Select Option a or b:
          a.  Writing (6 credits)
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Applied Communication/Writing Courses

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          b.  Writing AND Communication (6 credits)
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Applied Communication/Writing Courses

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Applied Communication/Comm. Courses

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       2.  Numeracy (3 credits)
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Quantitative Literacy Courses

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       3.  Critical Thinking (3 credits)
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Critical Thinking (AGEC) Courses

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  B.  Area Studies (7 credits)
       1.  Physical and Biological Science (4 credits)
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Physical & Biol Science (AGEC) Courses

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       2.  Behavioral OR Social Science (3 credits)
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Behavioral Science (AGEC) Courses

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II.  Emergency Management Applications Requirements
EMA101 Prin of Emergency Mgmt

EMA 101. Principles of Emergency Managment (3). Theories, principles and approaches to emergency management. Identification of the functions and evolution of the emergency management field including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Evaluation of past disasters, the threat of terrorism, international disaster management, and their impact on policy formation. Three lecture.

1. Historical context of emergency management
2. Natural and technological hazards and risk assessment
3. Mitigation
4. Response
5. Recovery
6. Preparedness
7. Public Information Officer (PIO) and communication
8. International disaster management
9. Terrorist threats
10. Future of emergency management
11. Case studies of past disasters

1. Discuss theories, principles and approaches to emergency management. (1,8,9.11)
2. Identify the importance of a PIO for both internal and external communication. (1,4, 7,8,10)
3. Analyze past disasters and terrorism and their impact on emergency management. (9-11)
4. Identify the importance of policy formation from past events, new threats, and international disasters. (1,8-11)
5. Define and discuss mitigation, response, recovery, preparedness, and communication within the emergency management realm. (1,3-7,10,11)
6. Identify the natural and technological hazards within emergency management. (1,2,10,11)
7. Describe the importance of risk assessment. (2,3,6,8-11)
8. Explain the future of emergency management and the importance of its sustainability. (1,10,11)

EMA102 Emergency Planning

EMA 102. Emergency Planning (3). Purpose and scope of emergency planning including an overview of the plan in practice, specialized planning, reconstruction planning, emergency management training, and regulatory requirements. Three lecture.

1. Aims, purpose and scope of emergency planning
2. Making and using maps
3. Analytical techniques
4. The emergency response plan and its activation
5. The emergency plan in practice
6. Specialized planning
7. Reconstruction planning
8. Training
9. Regulatory requirements

1. Identify short-and long-term planning requirements. (1,5-7,9)
2. Discuss choices of methodology. (3,8)
3. Utilize cartographic techniques. (2,3)
4. Identify the importance of modeling, risk analysis, loss estimation, resource analysis, general and organizational systems analysis, field exercises, and the use of information technology. (1,2,5,6,8)
5. Explain the process of planning, dissemination, testing and revision of the plan and integration of plans in theory and practice. (4,5,8)
6. Identify management styles, alert procedures, warnings, and evacuation. (1,2,4,5)
7. Explain the need for search and rescue, communications, transportation, engineering, shelter, emergency food programs, and the care of vulnerable and secure groups. (1,3-5,9)
8. Describe the planning and need for integration of various elements of emergencies including: medical and psychiatric needs, veterinary plans, plans for schools, crowds, industries and tourism, as well as the special requirements of libraries and archives, mass media, fine art and architecture. (1,2,5,6,8,9)

EMA110 Public Admin & Emerg Mgmt

EMA 110. Public Administration and Emergency Management (3). Public administration and its role with emergency management agencies. Management of public and non-governmental organizations involved in dealing with hazards and disasters. Emphasis on working within the networks of public, private, and nonprofit and volunteer organizations. Three lecture.

1. Disaster assistance
2. Volunteer management
3. Applying for public assistance
4. Special considerations
5. Project management
6. Preparedness
7. Role of government agencies
8. Role of public, private, and nongovernmental organizations
9. Declarations and designated disaster areas
10. State administrative plan and management of disasters

1. Discuss the evolution of disaster policy and the practice of emergency management in the U.S. (1,9,10)
2. Identify the roles of public, private, and other nongovernmental organizations in emergency management, the development of emergency management standards, and the professionalization of the field. (2-4,7-10)
3. Describe the major issues in the management of governmental and nongovernmental organizations involved in emergency management. (4,5,7,10)
4. Describe the major issues in managing volunteers during disasters. (1,2,4)
5. Explain the design and implementation of disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation policies and programs. (1,4-6,9,10)

EMA130 Ldrshp Models for Emerg Mgmt

EMA 130. Leadership Models for Emergency Management (3). Organizational performance and organizational vision. Various forms of leadership including situational leadership, self leadership, partnering, organizational leadership, and servant leadership. The importance of empowerment, essential skills for partnering, strategies for the management of change, and higher level customer service. Three lecture.

1. Organization performance
2. Organizational vision
3. Higher level customer service
4. Empowerment
5. Situational leadership II
6. Self leadership
7. Partnering
8. Situational team leadership
9. Organizational leadership
10. Management of change
11. Servant leadership
12. Leadership point of view

1. Explain the SCORES model. (1-3, 10)
2. Identify the importance of, and compose, an organizational vision. (1-3,9,10)
3. Illustrate the importance of serving customers at a higher level. (3,7,10,11)
4. Identify empowerment and its importance, and how to empower people. (2,4,6,9,11)
5. Describe situational leadership II, self leadership, partnering, situational team leadership, organizational leadership, and servant leadership and their applications. (5-9, 11)
6. Explain the essential skills needed in partnering for performance. (1,2,7,12)
7. Articulate the strategies for managing change including the Eight Change Leadership Strategies. (1,2,4,10)
8. Define the elements of a leadership point-of-view including core values, life purpose, beliefs, and expectations. (2, 10-12)

EMA140 Disaster Response & Recovery

EMA 140. Disaster Response and Recovery (3). Exploration of past and present disasters and emergency responses, and the importance of a sustainability framework for natural and technological hazards. Analysis of loss, costs and other impacts dealt with through preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. Three lecture.

1. Sustainability framework for natural and technological hazards
2. Cases of sustainable hazards mitigation
3. Losses, costs, and impacts
4. Interactive structure of hazard
5. Adoption and implementation of mitigation
6. Sustainable hazards mitigation and the tools needed
7. Preparedness, response, and recovery
8. Innovative paths and directions

1. Discuss the origins and development of current approaches to disaster response and how to move beyond existing approaches. (2,3,5,8)
2. Identify the principles, and describe scenarios, of sustainable hazards mitigation. (1,3-7)
3. Discuss death, injury, dollar losses, and other impacts and analyze these hazard losses by state. (2,3,5,8)
4. Articulate issues in loss and impact measurements along with future losses and data needs. (2,3,5,8)
5. Identify the hazardousness of the nation and analyze the systems, (1, 3-7)
6. Explain the influences of the adoption and implementation of mitigation. (2,3,5,8)
7. Identify the tools needed for sustainable hazards mitigation. (6-8)
8. Assess various aspects of preparedness, response, and recovery. (4,6,7)
9. Describe innovative paths and new directions of disaster response and recovery and illustrate how to get to the sustainable response and recovery of the future. (1,5,6,8)

EMA210 Disaster Mitig & Bus Comm

EMA 210. Disaster Mitigation and Business Continuity (3). Foresight and management to reduce losses due to disasters and catastrophic events. Bridging the gap between field response, research, planning, and management as well as disaster survival and avoidance by containing an event. Emphasis on the establishment and maintenance of a successful business continuity program. Three lecture.

1. Case studies
2. Emergency management principles
3. Crisis management
4. Senior management
5. Communications
6. Recovery
7. Government and the private sector
8. Rules, regulations, and standards
9. Future of emergency management
10. Bridging the gap in disaster mitigation and business continuity

1. Analyze case studies. (1)
2. Identify project initiation and risk assessment measures. (2-4)
3. Analyze business impact and continuity strategies along with emergency response team-training measures, supplies, and equipment needs. (2,3,6,9)
4. Identify the need for a crisis management team. (2-4,7,8)
5. Describe basic concepts for the senior manager. (3-5,8-10)
6. Identify the steps of communicating and supporting a disaster avoidance program. (3-5,7)
7. Ascertain the anatomy of crisis and the countermeasures needed in today's business world. (3,7,8)
8. Discuss the requirements for recovery and the processes necessary to fulfill recovery efforts. (2,3,6,9)
9. Articulate various rules of engagement for government and the private sector. (7,8)
10. Identify rules, regulations, and standards applicable to disaster mitigation. (3,4,7,8)
11. Evaluate measures for bridging the gap in disaster mitigation and business continuity. (3,7-10)

EMA220 Ethical Ldrshp for Emer Mgr

EMA 220. Ethical Leadership for the Emergency Manager (3). Ethical leadership concepts and issues. Various core and emerging leadership behaviors. Analysis of current leadership issues and integration. Three lecture.

1. Current issues in leadership ethics
2. Models and theories of leadership
3. Supportive, directive, and participative leadership behaviors
4. Reward and punishment behaviors
5. Boundary spanning
6. Skills, traits, and sources for building social exchanges
7. Perspectives on ethical leadership
8. Diversity in leadership
9. Integration of leadership styles

1. Discuss current issues in leadership ethics. (1)
2. Relate behaviors and processes of leadership. (2,3)
3. Analyze contingency models of leadership. (3)
4. Summarize leader reward and punishment behaviors. (4)
5. Explain boundary spanning and team leadership. (5)
6. Discuss social exchanges and fairness. (6)
7. Explain and analyze ethics within leadership. (7)
8. State the importance of ethics and diversity in leadership. (7,8)
9. Defend the importance of integration. (9)

EMA225 Leadership Developmnt/Emer Mgr

EMA 225. Leadership Development for the Emergency Manager (3). Leadership methodologies including traits, skills, techniques, and situational approaches. Includes the analysis of various leadership theories and styles of leadership. Three lecture.

1. Traits, skills, techniques, and situational approaches to leadership
2. Definitions
3. Contingency, path-goal, and leader-member exchange theories
4. Transformational, authentic, and team leadership
5. Psychodynamic approach to leadership
6. Gender and leadership styles
7. Women in leadership
8. Cultural concepts
9. Leadership development for organizational change

1. Articulate various approaches to leadership. (1,2,5)
2. Analyze leadership theories. (1,2,5)
3. Identify various forms of leadership. (2,4,6)
4. Cite case studies of women as leaders and discuss gender influences on leadership. (6,7)
5. Identify cultural influences on leadership. (6,8)
6. Describe leadership development necessary for organizational change. (9)

EMA230 Emer Mgmt for Local Govt

EMA 230. Emergency Management for Local Government. (3). Context, functions and phases, and major issues of emergency management for local government. Overview of the origins and evolution of emergency management, collaborative emergency management, phases of emergency management, health sector planning and response, new technology, budgeting, and the future direction in emergency management. Three lecture.

1. Local emergency management post 9/11
2. Origins and evolution
3. Organization
4. The role of emergency management
5. Coordination, managing, and financing
6. Collaborative emergency management
7. Preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery
8. Role of health and public health sector
9. Legal issues
10. Social vulnerability
11. New information technologies
12. Local, state, and federal funding
13. Emergency management myths/lessons, profession, and the future

1. Summarize modern emergency management. (1,2)
2. Associate administrative functions and business continuity. (3,4)
3. Define intergovernmental context/collaborative emergency management. (5,6)
4. Describe phases of emergency management and the health sector in emergency management. (7,8)
5. Identify tort law, immunities, evolving standards and other legal issues. (9)
6. Diagnose social vulnerabilities and utilize the tools and strategies to build an approach. (10)
7. Illustrate the barriers, tools, applications and challenges of new information technologies. (11)
8. Explain the importance of budgeting. (12)
9. Analyze the future direction of emergency management including its professions. (13)

EMA240 Terrorism & Homeland Security

EMA 240. Terrorism and Homeland Security for the Emergency Manager (3). Terrorism, typologies of terrorism, and the criminology, political, and religious underpinnings. Analysis of the organization and financing of terrorism along with terrorism and the media, and terrorism tactics and force multipliers. History of terrorism along with terrorism today, Analysis of Homeland Security including law enforcement bureaucracy, civil liberties, and terrorism prevention. Three lecture.

1. Introduction to terrorism
2. History
3. Development
4. Terrorism underpinnings
5. International umbrella groups and terror networks
6. Domestic terrorism
7. Homeland Security and terrorism prevention
8. Law enforcement bureaucracy
9. Civil liberties

1. Define types of terrorism. (1,2,5)
2. Identify the criminological, political, and religious underpinnings of terrorism. (1-4)
3. Analyze the organizational structure and financing of terrorism. (5,6)
4. Identify the role that media plays in regard to terrorism (1,3,6)
5. Discuss the history of modern terrorism and its influence on terrorism today. (2,3,6,7)
6. Identify terrorism tactics and force multipliers. (6,7)
7. Evaluate the structure of domestic terrorism. (6,7)
8. Articulate the structure of Homeland Security, intelligence systems and networks for terrorism prevention. (7)
9. Assess the infrastructure, challenges, and partnerships that make up law enforcement bureaucracy. (7,8)
10. Analyze the relationship of Homeland Security, terrorism prevention, civil liberties, and personal constitutional rights. (8,9)

EMA245 Law & Legal Issues for Emerg

EMA 245. Law and Legal Issues for Emergency Management (3). Aims, purpose and scope of legal issues within, emergency management including administrative agencies, civil liability, contract and labor issues, and employee rights. Three lecture.

1. Types and sources of laws
2. Courts and court systems
3. Administrative agencies
4. Criminal law and procedures
5. Civil liabilities and immunity
6. Negligence
7. Contract law and employee issues
8. Labor law and collective bargaining
9. Employee rights and discrimination
10. Sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination
11. Fair labor, Family Medical Leave, residency, and drug testing

1. Outline the legal structure applicable to emergency management. (1,2)
2. Summarize the emergency management administrative agencies. (3)
3. Describe the role of criminal justice in emergency management. (4)
4. Analyze civil liabilities and negligence issues. (5,6)
5. List contract and labor law issues. (7,8)
6. Articulate employee rights in emergency management. (9)
7. Describe and recognize harassment and discrimination in emergency management. (9,10)
8. Explain employee labor laws and acts in emergency management. (11)

EMA250 Organizational Dev & Chng

EMA 250. Organizational Development and Change (3). Aims, purposes and the scope of development and change within an organization including management of the past and present, organizational culture, structure, design, behaviors, communication methods and teamwork. Analysis of theory and practice, processes and systems, and leadership development. Three lecture.

1. Management past and present
2. Environment and organizational culture
3. Ethics and social responsibilities
4. Global dimensions
5. Information and decision making
6. Planning processes and techniques
7. Strategy and strategic management
8. Structure, design, innovation, and organizational change
9. Human resource management
10. Individual behavior, leading and leadership development
11. Motivation theory and practice, teams and teamwork
12. Communication and collaboration
13. Control processes and systems
14. Operations and services management

1. Compare management from past to present. (1)
2. Analyze ethics, social responsibilities, and environment within organizational culture and its effects on global dimensions. (2-4)
3. Summarize the importance of planning. (5-7)
4. Articulate the purpose of re-organizing and the role of human resource management within the process. (8,9)
5. Explain the role that leading plays in behavior, motivation, teamwork, and communication. (10-12)
6. Identify control processes and systems and how they may effect operations and services management. (13,14)

III.  Related Requirements
AJS258 Info Protect and Comp Security

AJS 258. Information Protection and Computer Security (3) (Spring). Introduction to the unique challenges to protection of information and computer security posed by cyberspace. Three lecture.

1. Importance of information
2. Classification and confidentiality
3. Risk analysis and risk management
4. Computer security and cyberspace
5. Types of security issues

1. Discuss the importance of information to organizations and modern society. (1)
2. Identify the basic legal requirements concerning classification and confidentiality of certain types of information. (2)
3. Describe basic concepts of risk analysis and risk management concerning information security. (3)
4. Discuss the unique challenges of computer security and the hazards posed by cyberspace. (4)
5. Analyze particular types of security breaches such as industrial espionage, computer hacking, privacy breaches, data protection and copyright. (5)

CSA110 Intro Computer Info System

CSA 110. Introduction to Computer Information Systems (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoCIS 1120.Business information systems from a business intelligence perspective. Includes the uses of application software with emphasis on database and spreadsheet packages for efficient and effective problem solving. Three lecture.

1. The Internet, the World Wide Web and e-commerce
2. Components of the system unit including input, output, and storage
3. Operating systems, utility programs, and disk and file management
4. Communications, networks and their topology
5. Database management (Microsoft Access) and spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel)
6. Computers and society, security (e.g., malware and firewalls), privacy, and ethics
7. Information systems in business
8. Enterprise computing
9. Computer careers and certification

1. Define the basic components of a computer system. (2)
2. Identify the basic components of the Internet and the World Wide Web. (1)
3. Describe the functions of an operating system and utility programs. (3)
4. Identify components necessary for communications and networking. (4)
5. Describe the basic functions and uses of databases and spreadsheets. (5)
6. Design, create and enter data into Excel spreadsheets and Access databases. (5)
7. Evaluate the issues related to computer security risks, information privacy, and ethics. (6,7)
8. Identify the phases and the activities in the system development cycle. (7,8)
9. Describe career opportunities and certification requirements in the computer industry. (9)


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Emergency Management Applications Degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the theories, principles, and approaches to the emergency management field. (EMA 101, EMA 225)
  2. Apply methodology and analytical techniques in emergency planning. (EMA 102)
  3. Describe the implementation process for public assistance during disaster recovery. (EMA 110)
  4. Communicate the importance of organizational leadership, performance, and vision. (EMA 130,  EMA 250)
  5. Identify risks and hazards that affect the sustainability framework for natural and technological hazards and how preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts can create a sustainable future. (EMA 140)
  6. Identify proper foresight and management to reduce or eliminate losses due to disasters and/or catastrophes. (EMA 210)
  7. Define terrorism, typologies of terrorism, financing of terrorism and the tactics and force multipliers of terrorism. (EMA 240)
  8. Analyze the purpose and scope of legal issues within emergency management to include: administrative agencies, civil liberties, contract and labor issues, employee rights, and the rights of others. (EMA 245)
  9. Discuss collaborative emergency management, phases of emergency management, health sector planning and response, new technology, budgeting, and the future direction of emergency management. (EMA 220, EMA 230)
  10. Describe the unique challenges to protection of information and computer security posed by cyberspace. (AJS 258)
  11. Use computer software applications to solve problems and scenarios, and to increase productivity. (CSA 110)