Emergency Planning and Management Curriculum

Emergency Planning and Management (B.S.), an accelerated degree-completion program: EPM 301, EPM 302, EPM 310, EPM 312, EPM 315, EPM 350, EPM 390; ORG 301, ORG 303, ORG 312, ORG 320, ORG 381, ORG 390; CCS 341, ENG 242, HPM 360, PHI 384, POL 354, THE 381. Liberal arts core courses and electives fulfill the requirement to complete a total of 126 credits. 

EPM 301 Principles of Emergency Management (3) 

This introductory course provides the scope, objectives, and principles of emergency management; preparedness, including prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery strategies as well as roles of federal, state and local emergency management agencies, and private agencies. Learners will also be able to explain how various emergency management services work together in a system of resources and capabilities. 

EPM 303 Emergency Management Systems (3) 

This course examines the emergency management practices used during an emergency situation by responders, particularly the structure and responsibilities of the Incident Command System (ICS), the management of facilities and resource identification. National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles are also discussed and applied. 

EPM 310 Risk Analysis and Threat Assessment (3) 

This course prepares emergency response managers to conduct a comprehensive, capabilities-based threat and risk assessment for terrorism/all-hazards incidents under the National Response Framework (NRF) and National Preparedness Guidelines. Learners will identify shortfalls, perform gap analysis and develop a needs assessment to fill shortfalls/gaps identified within the preparedness cycle 

EPM 312 Public Sector Accounting and Finance (3

This course provides an understanding of the general principles of accounting and budgets specific to emergency management. It includes an overview of fiscal issues related primarily to the public sector in emergency services, specifically public funding sources, spending, budgeting/allocations, risk management, and grant writing. The fundamentals of financial planning, cost concepts, capital budgeting and management analysis are applied in the public and private sectors. Issues surrounding the development and management of budgets are also examined. 

EPM 315 Legal Aspects of Emergency Management (3) 

This course provides an overview of the major legal and liability issues in emergency management. The focus is on the legal environment within which emergency managers operate, including their roles in rule-making, policy administration, contract law and their potential personal legal liability for discretionary actions. 

EPM 350 Disaster Management and Community Planning (3) 

This course prepares emergency managers to communicate and negotiate with the public and media concerning a variety of threats to community wellbeing. Course will help students understand and be able to develop strategies for community-based planning, emergency preparedness, environmental response, site damage and conflict management. 

EPM 390 Capstone: Emergency Planning and Project Management (3) 

This course serves as the culminating academic experience for the learners and will draw on the foundational information from earlier courses in law, budgeting research, technology, threat assessment and risk analysis and business continuity in the production of a comprehensive emergency management plan that meets state and federal standards. (Prerequisites: EPM 301, 303, 310, 350) 

ORG 301 Group and Organizational Behavior (3) 

The study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed upon decision-making and conflict resolution. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are handled by groups or by individuals. 

ORG 303 Organizational Concepts (3) 

Students examine the formal and informal functions of organizations and analyze an agency or organization based upon a systems model. Students will also analyze and solve organizational problems using a step-by-step method. This analysis will be applied to students’ work-related Research Projects. 

ORG 312 Introduction to Applied Research (3) 

This course introduces students to the research design process and hones analytic thinking skills. It includes one meeting devoted to library orientation and investigation of campus resources including an introduction to the writing center. Students begin their research project curriculum with an introduction to literature review and assistance in establishing topics for their research proposals. Students will create a research problem statement and consider basic research design elements. 

ORG 320 Research and Analysis Using Statistics (3) 

An introduction to research and its tools with specific emphasis upon helping the students complete the requirements of their Research Proposal. Content includes research design, descriptive and inferential statics using Microsoft Excel. Students are given the opportunity to critique business research studies and discuss managerial decision-making. 

ORG 381 Organizational Leadership (3) 

The knowledge, abilities and skills of leading effectively in an organization are explored and developed in this course. Leadership theory, consideration of individual temperament, group and organizational dynamics, problem and decision analysis, and conflict resolution are examined. 

ORG 390 Research Methodology (3) 

This course assists students in formulating a research problem statement, identifying its hypothesis, proposing a research design and formulating proposed intervention and analysis. Provides students the opportunity to conduct a professional presentation on their own research topic. 

CCS 341 Cultural Modes of Expression in the Global Community (3) 

An exploration of the nuances of intercultural expression for an awareness and sensitivity needed for mutual understanding in international affairs. 

ENG 242 Writing for Applied Research (3) 

Theoretical principles and practical applications of academic research with a focus on emergency management. Students learn to form initial inquiry questions; locate and evaluate print and electronic sources; and summarize, paraphrase and incorporate source material in written presentations using APA citation format. 

HPM 360 Personnel Management and Development (3) 

This course examines relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of local, state, and federal government as well as private organizations’ emergency management sectors. Topics covered include: personnel management, organizational development productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, conflict negotiation/resolution and collective bargaining. 

PHI 384 Organizational Ethics (3) 

A study of ethical situations in organizations, accountability in government, respect for human rights, and responsibility for contemporary life choices. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings and analysis of situations in organizations. 

POL 354 Government Structures for Crisis Management (3) 

The goal of this course is to provide learners with both an historical foundation and a thorough understanding of the strategic, political, legal and organizational challenges associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland, the efforts that are underway to meet these challenges, and possible policy options. The course addresses the implications of challenges and policies regarding interdepartmental cooperation across local, state, and federal governmental structures, constitutional rights, legal protections, and civil liberties. 

THE 381 Foundations of Spiritual Freedom (3) 

This course explores the foundations of morality and adult sdpiritual formation. Through a study of the biblical roots of holiness, a focus on Christ as model, and an analysis of virtue, the student will come to know the path to authentic freedom. 


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