Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
EM 110
Course Title:
Theory of Emergency Management
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Course Description

Introduces emergency management theory, including basic definitions, identification of hazards, descriptions of the phases of emergency management, identification of resources, roles and responsibilities of emergency managers, and coordination of various systems. Recommend: WR 115. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is intended to provide an overview of emergency management, introduce students to preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery, discuss the integration of local, state and federal resources, and outline the roles and responsibilities of emergency managers and law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical service, public works, public health, the private sector and others.              

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the appropriate resources available from local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector.
  • Discuss the key components in a comprehensive emergency management program.
  • Conduct a preliminary hazard analysis.
  • Discuss the integration of emergency management components in various situations

Course Activities and Design

  • Lecture on the components of an emergency management program
  • Case studies
  • Application of theories and concepts in emergency management
  • Application of appropriate systems and resources

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written assignments
  • Analysis of case studies
  • Written exams
  • Application of textbook materials to situational exercises

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Comprehensive emergency management
  • Integrated emergency management
  • Natural hazards
  • Technological hazards
  • Terrorism
  • Homeland Security