Course Summary
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4 Days
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 emergency management leadership


The course objective is to develop strategic leadership and critical thinking for senior executives involved with multi-jurisdictional, national, and international homeland security and emergency management policy development and decision making responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Compare theories of how complex systems relate to decision making and emergency management leadership
  • Critique how to apply the Cynefin Framework to recognizing different types of systems and the ways that those systems impact decision making
  • Evaluate outcomes for situations in emergency management that can be simple, complex, complicated, and chaotic
  • Quantify and analyze the laws, regulation, policies, and doctrine that establish governance for emergency management organizations at the SLTT and federal levels
  • Defend the civic responsibility of citizens to prepare for, response to, recover from, and mitigate disasters
  • Theorize how net-centric analysis is applicable to studying the relationships between emergency management organizations and their communities, partners, and stakeholders
  • Relate and analyze the principles of design thinking and how the 5-step process can be applied to emergency management
  • Integrate techniques and best practices to help organizations adapt to social, technological, political, and environmental challenges
  • Design ways to elicit creativity in emergency management organizations to solve problems.
  • Study and debate the differences in how emergency management organizations are structured and how that impacts response, recovery, mitigation, and preparedness
  • Assess how emergency management executives can become visioneers who are able to combine abstract concepts such as ideation, out-of-the-box thinking, and forecasting with tangible engineering skills like prototyping and testing
  • Investigate how innovative solutions are being used to help manage emergencies across the country

General Topics:

  • Complex systems
  • Emergency management leadership
  • Decision making
  • Laws, regulation, policies, and doctrine
  • Organizational structure
  • Net-centric analysis
  • Principles of design thinking
  • Creativity
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials