CCPS Emergency Management Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
EMMT 101: Introduction to Emergency Management Principle and Practice
EMMT 103: Exercise Concepts and Design

200 Level Courses:
EMMT 202: Hazard Identification
EMMT 203: Introduction to Terrorism
EMMT 259: Organized Incident Management

300 Level Courses:
EMMT 301: Social Aspects of Disaster
EMMT 303: Disaster Planning and Preparedness
EMMT 305: Disaster Response
EMMT 307: Disaster Recovery
EMMT 308: Introduction to Systems Thinking in Emergency Management
EMMT 309: Public Policy Issues in Emergency Management

400 Level Courses:
EMMT 401: Hazard Mitigation
EMMT 402: Risk and Vulnerability
EMMT 403: Private Sector Crisis and Emergency Management
EMMT 405: Public Information Management
EMMT 406: Emergency Management and Disaster Research
EMMT 497, 498: Internship


EMMT 101: Introduction to Emergency Management Principle and Practice. 3 hours.
This course provides students with insight into the profession of emergency management, its history, principles, participants, functions, structure, and future. This course includes concepts related to accreditation of emergency management programs, professional associations, and professional credentials.

EMMT 103: Exercise Concepts and Design. 3 hours.
This course examines the role of disaster exercises in emergency management and business crisis management programs. The objective is to develop exercises in all four phases of emergency management, analyze emergency management capabilities, and use exercises to enhance strategic planning. Focus is on designing, conducting, and evaluating disaster exercises. Best practices are used to understand the application of "lessons learned" and after-action reports to support continuous improvement.

EMMT 202: Hazard Identification. 3 hours.
This course provides an overview of hazards and threats with an analysis of the causes, characteristics, nature and effects of such disasters as tornadoes, drought, earthquakes, pandemics, fires, flooding, hazardous materials, hurricanes, industrial accidents, terrorism, cyber and technological threats, nuclear power plant accidents, power failures, volcanoes, and other catastrophic hazards.

EMMT 203: Introduction to Terrorism. 3 hours.
This course focuses on the historical roots of terrorism and stresses the importance of understanding the past to adequately prepare for the future. Through a historical perspective, this course provides basis for and discusses aspects that make contemporary terrorism of today different from traditional terrorism of the past.

EMMT 259: Organized Incident Management. 3 hours.
In this course students will become familiar with operation incident management frameworks such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS), and the National Response Framework (NRF). This course will blend in-classroom lecture with relevant practical exercises. Students enrolling in this course will have opportunity to complete certificates for the following FEMA courses: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800, G-300, G-400.

EMMT 301: Social Aspects of Disaster. 3 hours.
This course provides an overview of how individuals, groups, families, organizations, communities, and countries handle disasters before, during, and after they occur. The concepts of human behavior in disaster, disaster myths vs. reality; group disaster behavior; community social systems and disaster; cultures, demographics and disaster behavior distinctions are explored.

EMMT 303: Disaster Planning and Preparedness. 3 hours.
This course provides an overview of the preparedness phase of emergency management. Topics include emergency planning, public information and education, risk and vulnerability assessments, continuity of operations, communication and information management, gap analysis and capacity building, funding strategies, and exercises.

EMMT 305: Disaster Response. 3 hours.
This course provides an overview of the response phase of emergency management. In this course, students will be introduced to identifying the needs of the affected population, the role of the incident command system, various response problems, and how first responders and emergency managers may overcome response challenges.

EMMT 307: Disaster Recovery. 3 hours.
This course provides an overview of the recovery phase of emergency management. It examines how people, groups, organizations, communities and governments manage disasters in the immediate aftermath and recover from their effects, including social, physical, business, and infrastructure problems as well as intra- and inter-organizational issues.

EMMT 308: Introduction to Systems Thinking in Emergency Management. 3 hours.
This course provides analysis and application of systems-thinking concepts and methodologies to problems encountered in emergency management. Prerequisite: Junior standing, EMMT 101, EMMT 202, EMMT 303, and EMMT 305.

EMMT 309: Public Policy Issues in Emergency Management. 3 hours.
This course provides an examination of the legal and regulatory principles, policies, and issues that affect emergency management. The aim is to analyze key forces that influence policy, apply the principles of policy and law, and identify and analyze emerging issues to improve organizational preparedness. Emphasis is on how emergency management policy and legislation is developed and maintained at international, national, regional, state, and local levels. Prerequisite: EMMT 101.

EMMT 401: Hazard Mitigation. 3 hours.
This course examines the processes and principles of disaster mitigation including mitigation planning, the benefits of mitigation, and the development and implementation of appropriate mitigation measures. Prerequisite: EMMT 202.

EMMT 402: Risk and Vulnerability. 3 hours.
This course provides an introduction to analytical techniques and methodologies for identifying risk through threat and vulnerability assessments of various types of public and private infrastructure. An all-hazard approach is employed, considering natural and human-caused hazards. Prerequisite: EMMT 101 and EMMT 202.

EMMT 403: Private Sector Crisis and Emergency Management. 3 hours.
This course examines the field of emergency management within the private and non-governmental sector. Topics include: contingency and continuity of business planning, business risk management, and emergency response skills required by private sector companies. Prerequisite: EMMT 101.

EMMT 405: Public Information Management. 3 hours.
A review of the skills needed to effectively deal with the public and media before, during, and after an emergency event. Topics will include: role and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer, understanding the roles and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer, understanding the roles and responsibilities of the media, conducting awareness campaigns, writing news releases, public speaking, granting interviews, media management, and dealing with high-profile incidents. Prerequisite: Junior standing and EMMT 202.

EMMT 406: Emergency Management and Disaster Research. 3 hours.
This course provides an overview of current research principles and approaches to the study of disasters and emergency management and how to understand and apply scholarly work from the field of disaster research. Prerequisite: Junior standing, EMMT 101, EMMT 202, EMMT 303, EMMT 305.

EMMT 497, 498: Internship.