CJ353 Emergency Management

for F1T 2012

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CJ 353 Emergency Management


F1T 2012 DL


Bower, William C.


Senior Adjunct Instructor


Juris Doctor
Master Criminal Justice
BS Workorce Education

Office Location

Lansing, MI

Office Hours

After 6pm EDT

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

Ausgust 20 to October 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



Title: Introduction to Emergency Management, 4th Edition
Author: George Haddow
ISBN: 978-1-85617-959-1
424 Pages
Copyright 2011

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Week 3  http://www.fema.gov/prepared/index.shtm Preparation
Week 3  http://www.fema.gov/prepared/plan.shtm Preparation
Week 3  http://www.fema.gov/prepared/org.shtm  Preparation
Week 3  http://www.fema.gov/prepared/train.shtm  Preparation
Week 3 & 6  http://www.fema.gov/prepared/exercise.shtm Preparation & Response
Week 3  http://www.fema.gov/prepared/eval.shtm Preparation
Week 3  http://www.fema.gov/prepared/library.shtm  Preparation
Week 1&2 http://www.fema.gov/hazard/types.shtm Types of disasters
Week 1&3 http://www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm Hazards and preparation
Week 1 http://www.fema.gov/plan/determine.shtm determine risk
Week 3&6 http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/plan.shtm preparation & response
Week 3&4 http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/index.shtm citizen preparedness
Week 5  http://www.fema.gov/rebuild/index.shtm recovery
All Weeks  http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp Independent Study for students
All Weeks  http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp ICS independent study program
Week 2  http://www.fema.gov/government/mitigation.shtm Mitigation
Week 2  www.gao.gov/new.items/d07403.pdf. Mitigation
Week 2  http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=1935 Mitigation
Week 3&6 http://www.fema.gov/about/community.shtm Preparation & Response
Week 3&4 http://www.nvoad.org/ Volunteers
Week 4  http://www.continuitycentral.com/EmergencyProcedures%20FlowCharts.pdf  
All Weeks http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/research/qr/qr140/qr140.html 911 report

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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 is the introductory course in emergency management. This course will examine how government agencies plan for situations involving small and large emergencies. The primary focus is on state and local law enforcement agencies and their response to such emergencies. Emergency management involves planning for mitigation, response, recovery, preparedness and communication. The course will cover these issues through interactive discussions, essays, term paper and an exam. We will examine general principles of criminal responsibility, defenses to that responsibility, and the elements of specific crimes.

Emergency management has developed into a system that allows for the smooth integration of law enforcement agencies and support agencies from all levels of government. Through use of NIMS, ICS and Unified Command systems, agencies are better prepared to resolve emergencies in the most effective and efficient manner. However, the systems may also be used by individual agencies and groups of law enforcement for responses including major crime scenes.

Class Assessment:

Weekly Discussions and assessment criteria:

  • There will be of 7 assessed discussions worth 40 points each week.


Possible Points

Did the student answer at least 2 of the instructor's opening questions?

10 points

Did the student substantively reply to at least 4 peer answers?

10 points

Did the student reply on time?

5 points

Did the student demonstrate knowledge of the topic?

10 points

Did the student support opinions and conclusions?

5 points

  • Participation is required. Answering opening questions in the week's discussion is required by Thursday morning, with follow-up discussion required by Sunday morning.
  • **Netiquette link is located on the Help and Resources page under Course Home Menu in the navigation pane. It is located, under "New Student Survival Kit", hit the + sign, Netiquette link is now visible. Please be sure to read through the data on guidelines for what is acceptable in discussion postings.
  • A breakdown of discussion points is as follows:


·         There are three short essays worth 40 points each and are due at the end of weeks 2, 4, and 6.

·         These essays should be 2 – 3 pages, double spaced in Courier or Times New Roman and in 12 font.

·         Each paper shall have a Cover Page and a Reference Page in APA format.

·         All information from sources shall be cited in APA format.

·         Specific instructions for the essays are provided in each week homework tab.

Mid-Term Exam:

·         In week 4 there will be a mid-term exam worth 100 points.

·         Students will have the entire week to complete the exam.

·         The exam will consist of 50 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each.

·         It is an open book exam.

Core Assessment Term Paper:

  • There will be a term paper worth 250 points which is the Core Assessment as explained above in the Core Assessment instructions.
  • The term paper is due at the end of week 7.
  • See Rubric below for specific grading guidelines in Core Assessment
  • For CJ353, the student will select local or state government organization concerned with emergency management and planning, and research, analyze and critique on the organization’s emergency management and planning processes. The focus of the analysis is to examine the various emergency management planning components: Mitigation; Preparedness; Response; and Recovery, as well as how the organization uses Unity of Command and NIMS principles in its emergency management practices.

    The research should include web search, periodicals, publications and interviews of personnel involved with the Emergency Management planning of the organization and personal observations when possible. Students should view the information obtained with the purpose of critiquing the organization’s fulfillment of the components suggested by the text and other sources. Explain the pros and a con of the organization’s emergency management process. Have they anticipated emergencies that law enforcement will be responsible for? Have they coordinated with other local state and federal agencies? Have they developed plans for handling emergencies? Have they exercised these plans? What should the organization do to improve their emergency management planning and response? What have they excelled at?

    The purposes in conducting and writing this study are to improve your ability to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information carefully and objectively, solve problems effectively, present your ideas in clear written form directed to a specific audience, in this case, your class. 

    To complete this project, you should: 

  • Select the agency in which you are interested.
  • Gather materials from the agency, such as planning reports and practical exercise reports.
  • Interview persons working in the planning section about their job(s) in person, telephone or e-mail.
  • Observe the activities in the organization if possible.
  • Describe the structure, practice, and procedures of the organization.
  • Describe the procedures you will use to conduct your study including interviewing some people who work in the section.
  • Describe the results of your study.
  • Make conclusions about your findings, including the positive and negative aspects you discovered. 

Your paper must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Abstract
  3. Introduction
  4. Methodology section
  5. Discussion
  6. Reference page
  7. Appendix which might include a summary of your interview(s) and organization charts of your agency and your section 
The text of this paper should be at least 2,000 words or eight pages typewritten or computer-generated, not counting the cover page, reference pages, and appendices. The paper shall be double spaced in either Courier or Times New Roman, 12 font. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in the section of the agency you study and that you know how to apply these concepts.   You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information. You must correctly use APA format in source citation both in the body of the paper and in the reference page. Read the Plagiarism tab in the course.

Final Exam

  • Final Exam is week 8
  • Final Exam must be proctored
  • Final Exam will be  multiple choice, short answer covering all 7 weeks of information
  • Final is worth 250 points.


Grading Criteria –Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the weeks in which they are assigned. The due date for all assignments is 12:00 midnight Mountain Time on the Sunday of each week of the course unless a different due date is specified.

Course Grading Scale- The components of the course and their respective worth are as follows:




7 Discussions






Mid-term exam



Term Paper






Total points


Point Spread


1,000 - 900


899 - 800


799 - 700


699 -600


599 and below


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will be subject to 5% penalty each week each week it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course weeks begin on Mondays and end on Sundays. The classroom each week will open on Sunday, the day before the class officially begins. You are required to enter the course discussion each week several times. You should enter your initial responses to discussion questions posted by the instructor by Thursday , then enter your responses to classmates' responses by Sunday . I will enter responses periodically during the week.

Assignments must be posted by 12:00 midnight Sunday evening, Mountain Time, by submitting the assignment to the correct drop box. I will grade the assignment, and submit the graded assignment with score and comments back to that drop box. Additional graded activities, including participation, will posted in the grade book weekly.

For private communication with me or with classmates, use e-mail. For all other course activities, use the discussion, chat and drop box.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1; August 20;  Historical Context of Emergency Management; Natural and Technological Hazards; Risk Assessment,

Weekly Objectives;

·         Explain the early roots of emergency management.

·         Explain the modern history of emergency management in the US.

·         Examine how FEMA came to exist and how it evolved since the 1980’s.

·         Examine the range of natural hazards that affect the US.

·         Understand the scales and systems to measure the magnitude of hazards and disasters.

·         Examine terrorist threat, including WMD.

  1. Read chapters 1 & 2, CLO1, CLO3, CLO5
  2. Submit your personal introduction,
  3. Review the Syllabus and all documents in the course,
  4. Discussion with 2 answers to questions and 4 peer replies, CLO1, CLO3, CLO5.

Week 2; August 27; Mitigation,


·         Examine and explain the variety of mitigation tools available to planners.

·         Explain the impediments to mitigation and other associated problems.

·         Examine federal and nonfederal mitigation programs.

·         Analyze the mitigation methods in practice.

  1. Read Chapters 3, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5
  2. Discussion with 2 answers to questions and 4 peer replies, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5
  3. Complete homework #1 CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5
  4. Start research for term paper,
  5. Final Exam Proctor forms will open this week, please complete and submit the form.

Week 3; September 3; Preparedness and Communication,


·         Explain why preparedness is considered the building block of emergency management.

·         Explain why evacuation planning is important.

·         Examine how training and equipment helps first responders prepare.

·         Analyze and critique how communication relates to the four phases of emergency management.

·         Explain risk communication concerns and obstacles.

  1. Read Chapters 4 & 5, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
  2. Discussions with 2 answers to questions and 4 peer replies, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
  3. Contact emergency management organization for appointments.

Week 4; September 10; Response,


·         Explain the roles and responsibilities of local first responder and emergency managers.

·         Explain what the incident command system is.

·         Understand and explain the National Response Plan, its affiliated agencies, and how it functions with state and local agencies.

·         Examine how response agencies communicate with each other.

  1. Read Chapter 6, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
  2. Complete homework #2 CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5
  3. Discussions with 2 answers to questions and 4 peer replies, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
  4. Complete Mid-term Exam. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Week 5; September 17; Recovery and International Disaster Management,


·         Explain how the National Response Plan guides disaster recovery operations.

·         Explain how federal, state and local agencies other than FEMA contribute to disaster recovery.

·         Examine the recovery programs administered by FEMA that assist individual and community recovery operations.

·         Examine important issues that influence how international disasters are managed.

  1. Read Chapter 7 & 8, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
  2. Discussions with 2 answers to questions and 4 peer replies, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
  3. Have you completed the final proctor form?

Week 6; September 24; Emergency Management and the Terrorist Threat,


·         Understand and explain how the Department of Homeland Security was formed, the components that make it up, its role in emergency management and counterterrorism efforts.

·         Explain how state and local governments manage the risk of terrorism.

·         Explain how the federal government funds first responders.

·         Understand how the U.S. Government communicates terrorist threat information to the public.

  1. Read Chapter 9, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5
  2. Complete homework#3, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5
  3. Discussions with 2 answers to questions and 4 peer replies, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Week 7; October 1; The Future of Emergency Management,


·         Analyze the future of emergency management at the state and local level from the past.

·         Examine how nonprofit organizations can become emergency management.

·         Examine how FEMA may continue emergency management.

  1. Read Chapter 10, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5
  2. Discussions with 2 answers to questions and 4 peer replies, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Week 8: October 8; Final Week,

  1. Take a Proctored Final Exam. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Core Assessment Rubric:






Exceeds Expectation

           (36-42 points)



Meets Expectation

           (26-35 points)



Does Not Meet Expectation

           (11-25 points)



No Evidence

           (0-10 points)





           1, 2, 3, 4 & 5



Appraises the sources into congruous and thoughtful conclusions - thoughtful implies some original thinking. 



Appraises the sources into congruous conclusions. 



Evaluation is weak. 



Evaluation is not present. 








           1, 2, 3, 4, & 5



Combines researched material into a consistent whole; extends research well beyond minimum requirements. 



Combines researched material into a consistent whole. 



Researched material is presented but not into a consistent whole. 



No evidence of combining researched material into a consistent whole. 








           1, 2, 3, 4, & 5



Analyzes key elements using 4 or more course-external sources. 



Analyzes key elements using at least 3 sources. 



Analyzes key elements using less than 3 sources. 



Analysis is not supported by any source material or no evidence of analysis is present. 








           1, 2, 3, 4 & 5



The essay shows multiple instances
           and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts specific to
           the course core learning outcomes throughout. 



The essay shows sufficient and
           satisfactory use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core
           learning outcomes throughout. 



The essay shows minimal use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout. 



The essay fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes. 






Content of Communication


           1, 2, 3, 4, & 5



Essay conveys complete and
           exceptional information on investigative techniques used in courts and
           specific methods for investigating major crimes. 



Essay conveys sufficient
           information on investigative techniques used in courts and specific
           methods for investigating major crimes. 



Essay conveys minimal information
           on investigative techniques used in courts and/or specific methods for
           investigating major crimes. 



Essay conveys no information on investigative techniques used in courts or specific methods for investigating major crimes. 






Technical Skill in Communicating


           1, 2, 3, 4, & 5



Essay contains all required
           technical components: 4 pages in length (excluding required cover sheet,
           title page, and bibliography), typed, double-spaced.   Written in APA
           Style, including in-text source citations.  Contains fewer than five
           grammatical or spelling errors. 



Essay contains most required
           technical components.  Contains more than five grammatical or spelling
           errors but errors do not detract from understanding. Written in APA
           Style, but may have a few formatting errors. 



Essay contains few required
           technical components.  Contains more than five grammatical or spelling
           errors that detract from understanding. APA Style usage is barely



Essay contains no required
           technical components. There are so many errors in the APA writing
           convention, in the paper presentation, or in grammar and/or spelling
           that it is difficult to read. 



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