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EDMG101 - Introduction to Emergency Management

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG101 Course ID: 4753 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This is designed to introduce students to the concepts of emergency management. Students will gain a general understanding of the threats faced by communities. Students will explore the role of emergency management as well as the activities taken during the various phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Topics covered in this class include the history and development of emergency management, hazard identification and risk analysis, mitigation, communications, international disaster management, and the future of emergency management. Through a simulation exercise, the students use publicly available tools to take on the role of an emergency manager. They will be tasked with doing a comprehensive risk assessment of a fictional town and apply the results to a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) using different man-made, technological, and natural hazards that culminates in a peer-review assessment.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of this course, students will:

  1. Summarize the history and functions of emergency management.
  2. Describe the integrated emergency management system including federal, state, and local government and non-governmental agencies.
  3. Identify the emergency management roles in each phase of emergency management.
  4. Compare and contrast the types of natural, technological and man-made hazards that can affect a community.
  5. Explain the roles and functions of emergency management programs such as the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework.

Grades for this course will be based upon graded forums, four worksheet assignments, a peer-reviewed session project, and two exams.

Your biography needs to be a minimum of 300 words and must be submitted to the Week 1 forum prior to the conclusion of the first week, or else you will be dropped from the class. In the case of the other forums, the student must respond to the topic of discussion and further reply to the postings of other classmates as part of their total grade.

Written assignments are to be completed prior to the close of a course week and are to be submitted through the appropriate weekly written assignment window accessible via the Assignments section of the course.

The mid-term and final exams will be comprised of a combination of true/false, matching, fill in the blank and/or short essays.

Your final grade will be based on the following:

Grade Instruments:

% of Final Grade

Forums (6)


Written Assignments (4)


Session Project (1)


Mid-Term Exam


Final Exam




If you have an issue with the grade you received, please consult your instructor. All grading issues will be resolved within a week of turning back the assignment.

  1. Course Resources: This course takes full advantage of the University's efforts to convert course materials for access over the open web. As such, the University’s online library serves as the focal point through which electronic resources supporting this course may be sourced from the open and deep web. . This link will allow your access to required course readings even if Sakai is down. Use of the open web stresses the development of informational literacy. To support that development, citations for required readings appear in each case a required text and / or supporting resource is identified. That citation provides requisite information to support a student’s material via the online library within the detailed assignment synopses and within the Sakai classroom within subject forum and written assignment instructions where appropriate.
  2. Required Text: The main, supporting course texts are indicated below. These resources will be supplemented by additional topical readings as identified within the course outline.

  • Introduction to Emergency Management
    Michael K. Lindell, Carla S. Prater, Ronald W. Perry,
    ISBN: 0-471-77260-7
    ©2007, John Wiley and Sons

  • Other readings as assigned

  • Students are also advised to stay on top of current disaster events and debates by reading a local or national newspaper and by reviewing disaster-related Web sites, such as the FEMA Web site ( and the Web site for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (

3. Software Requirements:

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Click here for free download)
  • Ability to create an online map, such as a free Google account, or similar service
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.