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Emergency Preparedness Technology Course Descriptions

EPT 120  Sociology of Disaster

This course is designed to overview sociological disaster research, disaster system, and alternative research approaches. Topics include human and organizational behaviors, long term disaster impact on communities, disaster warning, and evacuation considerations. Upon completion, students should be able to assess and predict the impact of disaster-related human behavior.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 120 Course Outline

EPT 124  EM Services Law & Ethics

This course covers federal and state laws that affect emergency service personnel in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist incident.  Topics include initial response and long-term management strategies, with an emphasis on legal and ethical considerations and coordination between local, state, and federal agencies.  Upon completion, students should have an understanding of the role of private industry, government agencies, public policies, and federal/state declarations of disasters in emergency situations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 124 Course Outline: Not Available

EPT 130  Mitigation & Preparedness

This course introduces the mitigation and preparation techniques and methods necessary to minimize the impact of natural, technological, and man-made disasters.  Topics include hazard identification and mapping, design and construction applications, financial incentives, insurance, structural controls, preparation, planning, assessment, implementation, and exercises.  Upon completion students should be able to develop a mitigation and preparedness plan.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 124 Course Outline: Not Available

EPT 150  Incident Management

This course introduces the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  Topics include integrating command and control systems, maintaining communication within command and control systems, and using NIMS procedures.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of key concepts necessary for operating within the National Incident Management System.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 150 Course Outline: Not Available

EPT 210  Response & Recovery

This course introduces the basic concepts, operational procedures, and authorities involved in response and recovery efforts to major disasters.  Topics include federal, state, and local roles and responsibilities in major disaster  response and recovery work, with an emphasis on governmental coordination.  Upon completion, students should be able to implement a disaster response plan and assess the needs of those involved in a major disaster.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 210 Course Outline: Not Available

EPT 220  Terrorism and Emergency Management

This course covers preparing for, responding to, and safely mitigating terrorism incidents. Topics include the history of terrorism, scene hazards, evidence preservation, risk assessment, roles and responsibilities, explosive recognition, and terrorism planning. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize the threat of terrorism and operate within the emergency management framework at a terrorism incident.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 220 Course Outline

EPT 225  Hazard Analysis/Risk Assess

This course covers the probability and frequency of hazards, level of hazard exposure, and the effect or cost, both direct and indirect, of this exposure.  Topics include identifying and characterizing hazards, evaluating hazard severity and frequency, estimating risks, and determining potential societal and economic effects.  Upon completion, students should be able to identify the potential hazards and risks within a community.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 225 Course Outline: Not Available

EPT 230  Emergency Planning

This course covers the rationale for and methods related to a comprehensive approach to emergency planning.  Topics include the emergency planning process, command arrangement, coordination, budgetary issues, environmental contamination issues, and public policy concerns.  Upon completion, students should be able to develop an emergency plan for a community.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 230 Course Outline: Not Available

EPT 260  Business Continuity

This course covers emergency preparedness techniques necessary to maintain business continuity.  Topics include critical processes, planning, risk assessment, impact analysis, mitigation strategies, response, recovery and resumption activities.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the partnership between business and emergency response. Course Hours Per Week: 

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT  260 Course Outline: Not Available

EPT 275  Emergency Operations Center Management

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage and operate an EOC during crisis situations. Topics include properly locating and designing an EOC, staffing, training and briefing EOC personnel, and how to operate an EOC. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate how to set up and operate an effective emergency operations center.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 275 Course Outline: Not Available

EPT 280  Building Resilient Communities

This course covers concepts needed to design and implement strategies in protecting communities from disasters, including decreasing community vulnerability and increasing community resiliency.  Topics include disclosure of hazards, lifeline systems, evacuation planning, infrastructure location, analysis of building codes, public policy, natural environmental proactive systems, and educational programs.  Upon completion, students should be able to develop a basic disaster-resilient community plan.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EPT 280 Course Outline: Not Available

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