CJ353 Emergency Management

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CJ 353 Emergency Management


F2F 2010 MY


Mardis, Rynele M.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. – Business and Organizational Security Management – Webster University (2005)
B.S. - Criminal Justice – University of Alabama at Birmingham (2000)

Office Location

Fort Belvior

Office Hours

3:00pm - 4:50pm Wednesday

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

October 18 – December 19, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours



Haddow, George D., et al., Introduction to Emergency Management, (Fourth Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007) ISBN: 9-781-85617959-1

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Additional Resources:

Recommended Supplementary Readings:

Mileti, Dennis, et al., Disaster by Design (Joseph Henry Publishers, 1999)

Tierney, Kathleen et al., Facing the Unexpected (Joseph Henry Publishers, 2001)

Lindell, Michael et al., Introduction to Emergency Management (Wiley Pathways edition, 2006)

Haddow, George, Cases in Emergency and Risk Management (FEMA Higher Education Project, 2004)

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Course Description:
CJ353 Emergency Management: A basic management course that could apply to all aspects of local and state government, but concentrates on the law enforcement aspect. Topics include overall management techniques, coordination of rescue efforts, NIMS, and the Unified Command System. Related topics include mutual aid pacts, cooperative efforts with industry, manpower and resource management. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This course, as other introductory courses of study will emphasize on an interactive classroom environment in discussing the core values that underlie emergency management practice in our society and the essential elements of the emergency management profession.  Students will be engaged and encouraged to discuss their understanding of the procedures and requirements in emergency management including identification of hazards and response capabilities, both governmental and private sector.  An introduction to the incident command system is included.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the purpose and focus of the course and the course requirements.
  2. Define the principle and importance of comprehensiveness in emergency management.
  3. Recognize the rising toll and impact of disasters, and the need for a more proactive approach to emergency management.
  4. Discuss how the principles could be adapted for use in both emergency management and Homeland Security.
Class Assessment:

EXAMS AND QUIZZES: There will be two exams – a midterm (week 5) and final (week 9). The format for these exams will be short essay.  Quizzes may be used. Quizzes may not be made up if they are missed.

An essay is a short piece of writing which is often written from an author's personal point of view. Essays can consist of a number of elements, including: literary criticism, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author.

 ASSIGNMENTS: Students will be informed of reading assignments and are expected to have read the assignments prior to the class sessions where they will be discussed.

There will be one individual classroom presentation focusing on key participants in emergency response and their roles (e.g. Local, state and Federal responders) of an emergency (due week 4). Each student will develop a presentation for class with a summary for hand-outs. The presentation will be briefed using power point. This presentation will be 15-20 minutes in length.

There will be one group project/presentation (due week 6). This project is intended to extend your understanding of some concepts presented in class and to continue the development of the teamwork and communication skills. You will be formed in a group of your peers. Your group will develop a presentation (.ppt and  summary for hand-outs) and an oral presentation (maximum  15-20 minutes) about one organization and how the organization’s function in the field of emergency management utilizing the key principles discussed in class.

There will be one individual research-based term paper (Due Week 9). Each student will write a research-based term paper due at the end of the course. The term paper will be 5-7 pages (1" margin, double spaced, 12pt font) worth 25% of the final grade. The topic selection must be a subject of interest and relevance to the course. A research topic for review must be handed in prior to the mid-term exam. Conduct original research. Additional information will be provided as needed.  The term paper will be a computer-generated written paper using the American Psychological Association (APA) writing style (See the Park University website to learn more about this writing style). Late papers will not be accepted.  Students should use at least five sources (e.g. your text, and four other scholarly works).


Quiz: 50 points:  150 Points Midterm: 200 Points End of Course Paper: 250 Points Final Exam: 250 Points Class Participation:  Presentation: 50 Points: Group Presentation 50 Points: Total Course Points = 1000

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Timely submission of assignments is important. Generally, these assignments are discussed in class the week prior they are due. If the assignment is submitted late, the student does not benefit from doing the assignment, and he/she is given an unfair advantage over others. To compensate for this unfair advantage, late assignments will be accepted with a reduction of five points for each week missed.

In the case of our course, if an assignment that is due and is submitted the following week, five points will be deducted; if it is submitted two weeks following the due date, 10 points, etc…

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Policy #1: Communicate. Each student is asked to inform the instructor via office hours, e-mail or telephone if you are experiencing any difficulty with any course material.

Policy #2: E-Mail Procedures through General e-mail. Please ensure when sending e-mail other than assignments you identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class. I will respond to each of you with course-related questions within 24-48 hours. I check my e-mail frequently.

Policy #3: Workload/Due Dates. Each assignments must be completed on time. Late assignments will submitted beyond the due date shall receive a 5 (five)-point penalty for each day late up to 7 days.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The following is the approximate schedule that will be used for covering the course material. Adjustments may be made as necessary.

Weeks                         Topics

1 (20 Oct 10) Course Introduction


2 (27 Oct 10) Overview of the Incident Command System

                                    FEMA, IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System

                                    Haddow, Bullock & Coppola, Chapter 2

3 (3 Nov 10) Emergency Management Cycle

                                    Mitigation – Haddow, Bullock & Coppola, Chapter 3

                                    Preparedness – Haddow, Bullock & Coppola, Chapter 6


4(10 Nov 10) Roles of Key Participants

                                    Class room presentation (15-20 min)                              

                                    Response - Haddow, Bullock & Coppola, Chapter 4


5 (17 Nov 10) Mid-Term Exam 

                                    Paper topic proposal due
                        Recovery –
Haddow, Bullock & Coppola, Chapter 5

6 (24 Nov 10) Planning and Coordination
                        Emergency Management Cycle

                                    Haddow, Bullock & Coppola Chapter 6           

                                    Group project/presentation (15-20 mins)

7 (1 Dec 10) Functions of the Emergency Management Program
                                    Haddow, Bullock & Coppola Chapter 7 and 9


8 (8 Dec 10) Applying Emergency Management Principles

9 (15 Dec 10) Final Examination
                                      Term Paper Due                       

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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