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EDMG230 - Emergency and Disaster Incident Command

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG230 Course ID: 3356 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the theory and practice of incident command, the various methods of incident command, and specific focus on the Incident Command System (ICS) used in crises, disasters, and emergency management response systems. The roles and responsibilities of the ICS system are identified. The different agencies and incidents in which the ICS system is used are discussed. Cases are studied in order to assist students in understanding the management and leadership complexity associated with modern emergencies and disasters. The student will complete a final paper that consists of a mock disaster, which encompasses the knowledge they have acquired during the course.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1 Describe the functional areas and list the responsibilities involved within an incident command system.

CO-2 Define various terms and acronyms used by Incident Commanders and Emergency Managers.

CO-3 Recognize and list the concepts of command structure, lines of authority, and the incident command system.

CO-4 Utilize the web to research past events.

CO-5 Describe the incident management used and how that impacted the outcome of the incident and what changes could have been implemented to reduce the impact of the events on the community and the responders.

CO-6 Identify new challenges in the twenty-first century.

CO-7 Describe the importance of teamwork among individuals & agencies in achieving the success of the operation at risk.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum - Introductions 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Quiz 10.00 %
Week 1 - FEMA ICS 10.00 %
Writing Assignment 25.00 %
Week 3 Assignment 25.00 %
Mock Incident Assignment 25.00 %
Week 8 Mock Incident Response Plan 25.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Week 8 - Incident Command Final Exam 20.00 %

Title: National Incident Management System Third Edition

Author: FEMA


Title: Disaster Operations and Decision Making

Author: Huder, Roger

ISBN: 9780470927939

available at the APUS library

Other supplemental readings will be assigned, mainly from FEMA and other federal resources freely available oline.

Book Title:Informed's NIMS Incident Command System Field Guide, 3rd ed - e-book available in the APUS Online library, link also availble in the classroom Lessons section
Author:Ward, Michael
Unit Cost:$17.74
Book Title:Disaster Operations and Decision Making - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, link also provided in the classroom Lessons section
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Huder, Roger
Unit Cost:$55.64

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.