Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
EM 221
Course Title:
Business Continuity or Resumption of Operations Planning
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Course Description

Address the critical dependence of modern organizations on disaster vulnerable technology, such as management information, communications, and computerized process control systems. Students will have the opportunity to produce working plans that provide preventative measures to minimize disaster impact, provide an organized response, and ensure business continuity during recover. Prerequisites: EM 114 & WR 121. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Given that contingency planning is a rising priority on the agenda of senior management, and that outside auditing firms and internal auditors are becoming increasingly vocal about the lack of Disaster Recovery Plans, this course will familiarize students with contemporary plan development strategies and methodologies.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will be able to:

  • Explain hazards, risks (vulnerability and criticality), and the impact they have on business and industry
  • Identify the facilities, equipment and systems that could be disrupted by various hazards
  • Develop strategies to overcome the risks and either continue operations or rapidly resume business
  • Define critical thinking and decision making and demonstrate through written and oral presentations

Course Activities and Design

  • Identify the major disaster risks for various types of businesses
  • Design or identify strategies for minimizing disaster impact
  • Describe appropriate mitigation and preparedness actions for a business
  • Describe an appropriate business response to a specific disaster
  • Develop a Business Continuity or Resumption of Business Plan

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades and competency will be determined according to student ability to demonstrate and apply knowledge of terminology, theory, roles and responsibilities, and practices of business continuity planning through term papers, case study analysis, oral presentations, and written exams.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • €œIf economics is the dismal science the contingency planning is the abysmal science. No one likes to look into the abyss.€ Unknown.
  • Risk Management €“ vulnerability vs. criticality
  • System (or facility or equipment) hardening vs. redundancy vs. back-up
  • The economics of high risk and low probability