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  1. 1. Syllabus UCLA Extension Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness MGMNT: X 408:802 Winter 2013: January 8 – April 1Course DescriptionEmergency preparedness is the principle discipline that incorporates and harmonizes thedisciplines of emergency management, homeland security, risk and threat assessment, andemergency preparedness planning, testing, training, and exercise. This course is designed toprovide a basic understanding of the role and function of emergency preparedness in the contextof business, corporate, and government structure. The course also provides the fundamentals ofhow to develop an emergency preparedness program including executive “buy-in”, identificationof business needs through assessments, performance and utilization of threat and riskassessments, and development of intra- and inter-organizational support systems. Fundamentalsof Emergency Preparedness is a required course in the Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement Certificate Program.Pre-requisiteStudents must take the X 408.801 Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security: AnOverview course prior to taking the Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness course. However,the courses may be taken concurrently.Goals & ObjectivesThe goal of this course is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of emergencypreparedness principles which will enable him/her to support the student’s organization ordepartment in its efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.Through an understanding of the Incident Command System, threat and risk assessments, thedevelopment of emergency preparedness plans, and the ability to identify and focus efforts inemergency preparedness, the student should be able to apply the principles in order to define theessential services of their organization or department. This knowledge will be demonstratedthrough class assignments.At the completion of this course the student should have a clear understanding of theinterrelationships of the various types of emergency plans; how to build a program within thestudent’s organization or department; the use and purposes of threat and risk assessments; andthe availability of resources to facilitate completion of preparedness activities. This course willprepare students for participation in further courses in the Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement Certificate Program and, after successful completion of FEMA online courses,they will be awarded a Professional Development Series Certificate of Completion by FEMA.Welcome from the InstructorWelcome to the course! The Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness course is not onlyinformative and practical, but the skills you learn may one day help you save lives in an Page 1 of 8
  2. 2. emergency situation. I know you’ll enjoy the material and collaboration with your fellowstudents and me.To start, please go to the Syllabus folder (in the Blackboard menu on the left of the screen) andread the whole syllabus. Next, you should go to the Discussion Board and find the first messagefrom me. Reply to my posting by posting a brief bio of yourself.You will find all the course materials organized in each of the week’s folders (for example, thematerials for the first week are in the folder “Week 1”). While each week’s folder is visible inBlackboard, the assignments within those folders will only become visible at the beginning ofeach new week (for example, even though you can now see the Week 2 folder, the assignmentswithin that folder will only be visible at the beginning of the second week).Instructor BioI’m currently Save the Children’s lead for the Domestic Emergencies Unit inCalifornia. Even though I have some state- and national-level responsibilities,my focus is on helping Los Angeles get better prepared to meet the needs ofchildren in disasters.Previously, I worked at various levels within the American Red Cross,including being the educational and technical lead for the Preparednessdepartment at the National Headquarters and a Director of EmergencyServices. I also served as a police constable in London’s ScotlandYard/Metropolitan Police Service, where I worked on several counter-terrorism operations. Some of the specific projects I’ve been involved withthat relate to this course are writing a Concept of Operations (ConOps) andDormitory Annex on non-traditional sheltering for the City of Los Angeles,advising the Red Cross on catastrophic planning, and creating emergencyplans for business.Before serving in various emergency management positions, I graduated from UC Santa Barbarawith a PhD in Communication where my research focused on mass-media persuasion in thecontext of disaster relief, health threats and counter-terrorism. I have several academic andprofessional publications in areas of law-enforcement and counter-terrorism and I’m currentlyconducting research into messaging after nuclear incidents. For more information on myprofessional background, you can see my profile by “connecting” on LinkedIn. My profile canbe found at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/359paulI was born in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and I’m half South African and half English. I wasraised primarily in England and came to the United States after being seriously injured in the lineof duty as a police officer. I now live in Los Angeles County with my wife and baby daughter. Email: PaulM359@ucla.edu Phone: 202-642-6421 Office hours: Usually available 9:00am – 5:00pm PST or by appointment.Instructor ExpectationsIm looking forward to working with you, learning about your background and what you’recurrently doing, and how you plan on using this course in your career. Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. Adult learners are generally appreciative when their online instructor is clear and direct withthem about expectations for course requirements and procedures. So, here are a few expectationsI would like you to know as we begin this course. First I want you to be yourself! All of us haveunique backgrounds, skills, and experiences and each of you will have different needs,expectations, concerns and agendas. I will be better able to meet your needs if you communicatethem with me both directly and sincerely. I hope you’ll feel comfortable communicating with meand I hope you’ll find me responsive and supportive.Required ReadingsCourse Text:You will read and complete free online FEMA Independent Study courses. If you have taken theFEMA training recently, please contact me about possible alternative assignments. There are alsosome articles to read which are posted on or linked from Blackboard.Optional Readings:Lindell, Michael K., C. Prater, & R. Perry (2006). “Building an Effective Emergency Management Organization.” Fundamentals of Emergency Management. FEMA. Emergency Management Institute. Emmitsburg, MD. [Available online for free at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/fem.asp]Course GradingAssignments will be graded based on points. I will make every attempt to grade homeworkwithin a few days of the due date. Further information about Discussions, assignments, and othercourse components is provided in the appropriate weekly folders.Course grades will be based on participation and completion of assignments as follows: Number of assignments Points per assignment Total points availableFEMA Independent Study Courses 11 5 55Blackboard discussions 21 2 42Interview report 1 25 25Reading The Dark Side of Web 2.0 1 5 3Final paper 1 25 25 Total Points 150Policies about Deadlines and Late WorkYou will receive full points for your assignment if your work is submitted during the week it isdue. If the work from one week is submitted late during the next week, you’ll lose ten percent foreach day it is late. I usually don’t accept work that is more than a week late. Also, as your fellowstudents rely on your Discussion Board postings to make a response, please make every effort tomake your discussion post before the due date. Discussion postings that are late will not beassessed and will earn zero points. I will grade your first week’s discussion postings within afew days of the due date. After that I will grade them every three weeks.I understand how busy life can get with family and work commitments. This is especially truefor those working in emergency management where individuals may be required to respond to a Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. disaster or emergency situation at short notice. If you believe you will submit an assignment latebecause of a family or work emergency, please contact me before the due date. I may be able togive you an extension for the assignment. However, there are no extensions for the class. Allwork must be turned in by the last day of class.Incompletes:The interim grade “Incomplete” may be assigned when a student’s work is of passing quality, buta small portion of the course requirements is incomplete for good cause (e.g. illness or otherserious problem). The student has the responsibility to discuss with me the possibility ofreceiving an “I” grade as opposed to a non-passing grade. The student is entitled to replace thisgrade by a passing grade and to receive unit credit, provided they complete the remainingcoursework satisfactorily under the supervision of and in a time frame determined by me, but inno case later than the end of the next academic quarter. At that time, the Registrar will cause allremaining Incompletes to lapse to the grade “F”. Note: Receiving an “I” does not entitle astudent to retake all or any part of the course at a later date.Grading ScaleA= 90 – 100%B= 80 – 89%C= 70 – 79%D= 60 – 69%*F= 50 – 59%* *PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOME CERTIFICATES REQUIRE A FINAL CUMMULATIVE GRADE OF B- IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATE. ALL COURSE GRADES ARE FINALAcademic Honesty PolicyAcademic dishonesty covers behavior in cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication of information.These behaviors are not tolerated. Citations and references should be provided following aformatting standard such as the APA 6th Edition. Students are encouraged to familiarizethemselves with the UCLA Student Conduct Code and the official statements regarding cheatingand plagiarism. These and other relevant documents are available on the Dean of Students Officewebsite: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/dos/students/integrity/Posting to Discussion BoardsThe discussion forums are located in the “Discussion Board” folder in the Blackboard menu.There is also a direct link in each weekly folder. They both go to the same place. Each weekthere is at least one discussion question that has to do with the week’s topic. Your posts shouldbe substantive and feature good writing, correct spelling and mechanics. Communication shouldbe professional and use good etiquette.Your postings should incorporate responses to your fellow students, your opinions, and examplesfrom personal experience. You should also refer to relevant information from that week’sreadings. Your responses to others’ postings should include more than phrases such as “I agree”,“Great comment!” or “The Queen would be proud!” The rubric on the next page will be used to Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. assess the quality of your participation in the discussions. Please use this tool as a guide when constructing your postings. Unsatisfactory Basic Proficient DistinguishedMechanics Uses incomplete Uses complete Uses complete Uses complete of the sentences, is sentences and the sentences, sentences, Posting unstructured in its posting is organization is organization is clear organization, and comprehensible. evident, and the and thoughtful, the includes frequent or The organization posting includes no posting is consistent errors in could be improved more than one grammatically correct, mechanics to present a more mechanical error and free of spelling (grammar, spelling, coherent argument, (grammar, spelling, errors. The tone is usage) in each statement, or usage) per clear and respectful. paragraph. The question. Includes paragraph. The tone posting is 2-3 mechanical is clear and respectful unreadable and errors grammar, there is a distinct spelling, usage) per lack of tone. paragraph. The tone is respectful.Participation Provides minimal Provides comments, Provides comments, Provides comments, in the comments and and some new discussion, questions, discussion, questions, Discussion information to other information on a and new information and new information participants in the sporadic basis. on a fairly regular on a regular, active, forum. Interacts with only basis. Interacts with a and weekly basis. 1-2 participants in few participants in the Shows a high degree the forum. forum. of interaction with other participants in the forum.Content of Writes a general or Demonstrates a Demonstrates an Demonstrates a solid Posting superficial posting restricted adequate understanding of the that is unrelated to understanding of understanding of the concepts, topics, and the discussion at the concepts, concepts, topics, and ideas as evidenced by hand and/or posts topics, and ideas as ideas as evidenced thoughtful responses no comments. evidenced by by posting superficial, and questions that posting information or general statements show a clear that could be in the forum. Includes connection (are derived from prior a few details in the integrated) with the posts and/or posting. course material at including highly hand. The posting general comments. shows depth, and includes many supporting details. Critical Provides no Indicates agreement Indicates agreement Demonstrates a critical Thinking evidence of or disagreement or disagreement with analysis of an existingEvidenced agreement or with an existing an existing discussion posted idea orby Posting disagreement with discussion but including a limited introduces a different an existing provides no explanation or interpretation to an discussion. justification or justification. Provides existing concept or explanation for comments, idea. Includes comments. discussion, and comments, discussion, questions without a and questions that clear connection to have a clear the course material at connection (are hand. integrated) with the course material at hand. Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. Instructor’s ResponsesI will be online at least five days a week and probably every day. I will respond to questionswithin 24 hours; if I can’t answer your question immediately, I will reply and tell you when Iwill be able to give you a more thoughtful response.Please put my name in the title of Discussion Board postings to me (E.g., “To Paul Myers”) anddo the same for responses to other students. No messages are private. Course OutlineBelow is the course outline that details the topic for each week, the assignments, and when thoseassignments are due. Each week of the course begins on Tuesday and ends on the followingMonday. Due dates are shown in the outline to aid you in balancing your work load.Readings are shown in green font, discussion topics are red, video to watch is purple, otherassignments are dark red, and activities you may want to prepare for but aren’t due immediatelyare dark orange (okay, so the color looks more like a brown—I know!). Assignments that areunderlined hyperlink to a website. Date/Topic Assignments Due Date Week One Discuss: Autobiography 1/11/13 1/8/13 – 1/14/13 Read: IS-241.a Decision Making and Problem 1/14/13 SolvingIntroductions and learning Discuss: Response to posts 1/14/13how to effectively solveproblems Prepare: Identify emergency manager Prepare: Familiarize yourself with creating presentations on Screencast-o-matic.com Week Two Read: IS-230.b Fundamentals of Emergency 1/18/13 1/15/13 – 1/21/13 Management Discuss: Key components of emergency 1/18/13Introduction to emergency managementmanagement principles Read: “Introduction to Emergency Management” 1/21/13 Discuss: Response to posts 1/21/13 Week Three Discuss: Questions to ask an emergency 1/25/13 1/22/13 – 1/28/13 management professional Read: IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command 1/28/13Introduction to Incident System, ICS-100 1/28/13Command System Read: IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Events 1/28/13 Read: “From Forest Fires to Hurricane Katrina…” 1/28/13 Discuss: Response to posts Week Four Read: Readability Testing section in “Making 2/1/13 1/29/13 – 2/4/13 Health Communication Programs Work” Respond: Find and analyze disaster message 2/1/13The role of effective Discuss: Post the website of your message and 2/1/13communication in discussemergency management Read: IS-242.a Effective Communication 2/4/13 Watch: “Crisis and Emergency Risk 2/4/13 Communication” Discuss: Response to posts 2/4/13 Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. Week Five Read: IS-240.a Leadership & Influence 2/8/13 2/5/13 – 2/11/13 Discuss: Lessons learned about leadership 2/8/13 Discuss: Response to posts 2/11/13Leadership and influence Respond: Conduct interview with emergency 2/11/13 management professional Week Six Respond: Create report about your interview with 2/15/13 2/12/13 – 2/15/13 emergency management professional on Screencast-o-matic.comLessons learned from Discuss: Post report 2/15/13emergency management Discuss: Response to posts 2/18/13professional Respond: Mid-Quarter Course Evaluation 2/18/13 Week Seven Read: IS-235.b Emergency Planning 2/22/13 2/19/13 – 2/25/13 Discuss: Organization’s planning efforts 2/25/13Components of anemergency preparednessplan Week Eight Read: IS-906 Workplace Security Awareness 3/1/13 2/26/13 – 3/4/13 Discuss: Threats to organization/business 3/1/13 Read: “The Dark Side of Web 2.0” 3/4/13Preparing a Threat and Risk Discuss: Response to posts 3/4/13Assessment Week Nine Read: IS-547.a Introduction to Continuity of 3/8/13 3/5/13 – 3/11/13 Operations Discuss: TBD 3/11/13The benefits of volunteers in emergency management Week Ten Read: IS-244.a Developing and Managing 3/15/13 3/12/13 – 3/18/13 Volunteers Discuss: Disaster volunteers in the workplace 3/18/13The benefits of volunteers inemergency management Week Ten Read: IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises 3/22/13 3/19/13 – 3/25/13 Discuss: Organization/department exercise 3/22/13 Discuss: Response to posts 3/25/13Introduction to Testing,Training, and Exercise Week Eleven Discuss: Lessons learned from the class and 3/29/13 3/26/13 – 4/1/13 moving forward 4/1/13 Respond: Write a final paper of an outline of aSubmission of final paper proposed emergency preparedness plan for your organization/department. 4/1/13 Discuss: Lessons learned from the final paper Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. Got Questions?If you need clarification on how to complete an assignment, please first ask your fellow studentsfor help in the “Questions about the Course” Discussion Board. This allows for other students,who may also need clarification, to also find the answer. Another student may be able to answerthe question before I next visit the Discussion Board.For technical problems, please contact technical support. For personal issues, feel free to contactme by email or for complex issues, by phone. I hope you have a great learning experience! Page 8 of 8