CCPS Emergency Management Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
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.

200 Level Courses
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 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

EMMT 291, 391, 491: Research. Variable hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
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.

Prerequisite: Junior standing, EMMT 101EMMT 202EMMT 303, and EMMT 305. 
This course provides analysis and application of systems-thinking concepts and methodologies to problems encountered in emergency management.

EMMT 309: Public Policy Issues in Emergency Management. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EMMT 101. 
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.

EMMT 397, 497: Internship. Variable hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

400 Level Courses
EMMT 401: Hazard Mitigation. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EMMT 202. 
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.

EMMT 402: Risk and Vulnerability. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EMMT 101 and EMMT 202. 
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.

EMMT 403: Private Sector Crisis and Emergency Management. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: EMMT 101. 
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.

EMMT 405: Public Information Management. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing and EMMT 202. 
A review of the skills needed to effectively deal with the public and media before, during, and after an emergency event. Topics will include: 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.

EMMT 406: Emergency Management and Disaster Research. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing, EMMT 101EMMT 202EMMT 303EMMT 305. 
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.