Skip Navigation

HLSS233 - Explosive Incident Assessment: Methods, Practices, Protocols

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS233 Course ID: 2529 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an overview of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). It provides a framework in which to evaluate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) utilized by military and civilian Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams and Hazardous Devices teams in the field. The extremely hazardous nature of these operations lends itself to a detailed evaluation of the methods; practices and protocols used during live ordnance and emergency response calls. Formal EOD guidance contained in military instructions and regulations, and Federal Codes of Regulation (CFRs) are examined as references and for operational compliance. They are evaluated for efficacy in meeting the often conflicting and demanding needs of EOD operators. Procedures covered include the full spectrum of military EOD Required Operational Capabilities. Included are high-risk evolutions such as diving and demolition operations, parachuting and rappelling operations, and, response to weapons of mass destruction, and small arms employment under hostile and time constrained conditions. The vulnerability and risk of specific EOD procedures to terrorists’ actions is defined, and proposed countermeasures are weighted for effectiveness. The application of industry “Best Practice” risk management processes is examined for application to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal field.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives:

CO-1 Define the basic components of an EOD specific Emergency Response Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

CO-2 Describe the operational significance of the SOP components.

CO-3 Identify the relevant EOD regulatory documents in terms of their guidance on emergency operations and procedures.

CO-4 List the types of EOD emergency response situations.

CO-5 Describe terrorist methods, practices and protocols.

CO-6 Discuss the importance incident assessment in light of recent world events in a post 9/11 environment.

CO-7 Recognize terrorism behaviors as products of strategic choice in order to best utilize appropriate risk management preventative measures.

CO-8 Differentiate between the varieties of terrorism and assessing proper risk reduction practices.

CO-9 Underline standard operational risk management (ORM) practices and their application via the development of explosive incident assessment processes.

CO-10 Examine the importance, and role of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other State and Local organizations in relation to risk assessment and management issues and applications.

Grades for this course will be based upon four grading instruments. There are weekly discussion questions that are provided in the Discussion Section. The student – when directed by the instructor -- will respond to the posting of other students. The mid-term and final exams will be a composite of multiple choice questions and short essays.

Guest Website Assigned Readings include:

Risk Based Decision-Making Guidelines (RBDM), 2nd ed. U.S. Coast Guard, Volume I-IV in the Course Materials (CM) section at very bottom. If the link does not work, just access CM directly and pan down to the appropriate file: In Resources Section as PDF

DoD Directive 5160.62. Single Manager Responsibility for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology and Training (EOD T&T) at:

DoD Directive 3150.5. DOD Response to Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) Incidents at:

FM 9-15. EOD Service and Unit Operations at:

FM 21-16. Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) procedures at:

FM 3-11.38. UXO Multiservice Procedures for UXO operations at:

  1. Notes: Resources Section in the ‘Copied Resources’ Folder
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.