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EDMG698 - Comprehensive Exam in Emergency and Disaster Management

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG698 Course ID: 2840 Credit Hours: 0 Level: Graduate

Comprehensive final examination for students in the Master of Arts in Emergency Management program. IMPORTANT: You must have COMPLETED all other courses in the program and have a GPA of 3.0 in order to register for this course. As an Emergency and Disaster Management student, you must pass this comprehensive exam in order to have your degree conferred. The comprehensive exam must be taken by the course end date or a failing grade will be posted. If you fail your first course attempt to pass the comprehensive exam, you will need to get approval to register for a second attempt of the course and BOTH final course grades will show in your transcript.

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Current Syllabi

Students may be tested on any of the required/core learning objectives (outcomes) for the MA in Emergency and Disaster Management learning objectives. Graduates in this degree program will be able to do the following:

CO-01: Develop a research proposal for emergency and disaster management and report the findings, including an estimation of economic impacts.

CO-02: Select, evaluate, and prioritize research projects and proposals in community preparedness and emergency response.

CO-03: Organize emergency management functions and activities using contemporary emergency and disaster management concepts and federal guidelines.

CO-04: Formulate plans that clearly differentiate disaster response actions including recovery operations, and their funding, from routine emergency operations.

CO-05: Design and promote inter-disciplinary training to assure integration between all aspects of an Emergency Operations function including: planning and pre-event preparedness; threat and vulnerability assessments; capability and capacity evaluation; public policy issues; mitigation strategies; exercises and training; program evaluation.

CO-06: Develop plans and policies that ensure the strong organizational and personal relationships necessary to be able to work with the key Federal Agencies to ensure Interagency cooperation at all levels during any large scale incident.

CO-07: Formulate policies procedures and protocols to allow seamless agency integration in both small and large Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) assuring compliance with the National Response Plan, National Incident Management System.

CO-08: Perform economic and social analyses necessary to provide funding recommendations to appropriate fiscal authorities; develop and manage budgets.

Forum: You are required to do the single forum (Week 1 Introduction Forum).

URGENT NOTE! You must introduce yourself in a 300 word post in the Week 1 Introduction Forum by 11:55 PM (ET) Sunday night, or you will be automatically dropped from this course. This is university policy that applies to every course at APUS and is necessary to satisfy U.S. Department of Education rules. This is a graded forum.

Practice Essays: You must submit one essay answer in Week 5 and one in Week 6 to the study questions for review and comment by the instructor. These essays will be used by yourself and the instructor to judge your readiness to take the exam and awareness of the type of answers that will fulfill the requirements. The two practice essays will not count as part of your grade. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE YOUR COMPREHENSIVE EXAM UNLESS THE INSTRUCTOR HAS APPROVED TWO PRACTICE ESSAYS.

Exam: During week 8, you will take your comprehensive exam. If you will be unable to take the exam during week 8 for a valid reason, you must inform the instructor as early as possible; in this situation, a reasonable accommodation may be possible. The comprehensive exam is open book, open notes, and open internet. You will answer four essay questions that will be graded as follows:

  1. “Pass with Distinction” – This grade is assigned to essay answers that clearly demonstrate an understanding of the issue beyond what is typically expected of graduate students.
  2. “Pass” – This grade is assigned for essays that meet the requirements for a graduate-level essay.
  3. “Fail” – This grade is assigned for essays that clearly do not meet the requirements for a graduate-level essay.

Note: Standards for essay question evaluation will follow the Rubric Evaluation standards uploaded under Lessons.

The course final grade will be assigned as follows:

  1. Students who pass three questions “with distinction,” and the fourth with a “pass,” will pass the comprehensive examination “with distinction.”
  2. Students who pass three questions with at least a “pass” will pass the examination, which allows for one “fail” on the four examination questions.
  3. Students who fail two or more questions will fail the examination. The highest evaluation that may be obtained on a second attempt at the comprehensive examination is “Pass.”
NameGrade %
Forums 4.00 %
Introduction Forum 4.00 %
Exam Questions 96.00 %
Comprehensive Exam 96.00 %

Required Readings: The primary resources for EDMG698 are Chapters I, V, and VI of the APUS Capstone Manual and the Comprehensive Examination Study Guide (both are located in Resources and Lessons). There is no other specific reading requirement or textbook for EDMG698. Students are responsible for the information contained in all required texts from their required, core, major, and elective courses in the MA in Homeland Security or Emergency and Disaster Management degree programs.

APA 6th Edition Guides: Please be sure to review the APA 6th Edition Guides that I provided in the Resources section of the classroom.

Rubrics: I have provided the Forum Rubric and the Comprehensive Exam Rubric (Located in Resources and Lessons)

Emergency and Disaster Management Library Program Guide: The Emergency and Disaster Management Program Guide gives you access to Articles/Journals, Books, Web Resources and Writing/Citing that relates to Emergency Management. Please explore this program guide. (Located in Resources and Lessons)

Additional Resources: Other sources, including electronic sources, found by the student during exam preparation or the open-book exam.

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.