Homeland Security and Emergency Management - HSEM

HSEM F120 Introduction to Emergency Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will introduce students to the vocabulary and core components of emergency management. The important of this growing field will be discussed. The field is changing rapidly as a result of an increase in frequency, complexity and severity of man-made, natural and technological disasters. Historical events that have changed the nature of the field will be examined and students will be introduced to the leadership and management roles that have emerged as a result of these events taking place. (3+0)

HSEM F121 Introduction to Homeland Security

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will introduce students to the vocabulary and important components of homeland security. We will discuss the importance of the agencies associated with homeland security and their interrelated duties and relationships. Historical events that affect homeland security will be examined. State, national and international laws affecting homeland security will be explored. The most critical threats confronting homeland security will be examined. (3+0)

HSEM F223 Terrorism: A Global Threat

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will investigate the historical origins of global terrorism, the major contemporary terrorist organizations (foreign and domestic), their ideological motivations and their methodologies for employing terror. It will also explore the threats posed to the United States and the West in terms of national security and the economy. An in-depth examination and evaluation of several case studies of terrorist acts will be made. The primary focus of this course will be on terrorist organizations and their acts of terror. Prerequisites: HSEM F120 or HSEM F121. (3+0)

HSEM F225 Intelligence Analysis and Security Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will examine the history of intelligence gathering and espionage in the United States. A succinct study and comparative analysis of intelligence collection methods of other nations will also be made. An in-depth study of key U.S. intelligence agencies, their collection methodologies, and their effect upon national security will be examined. Prerequisites: HSEM F120 or HSEM F121. (3+0)

HSEM F227 Transportation and Border Security

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course provides an overview of modern border and transportation security challenges, as well as different methods employed to address these challenges. The time period from post 9-11 to the present is covered. Topics explored include those associated with border and transportation infrastructure security; seaports, ships, aircraft, airports, trains, train stations, trucks, highways, bridges, rail lines, pipelines and buses. The course will include an exploration of technological solutions employed to enhance security of borders and transportation systems. Discussions will include such topics as the legal, economic, political and cultural concerns and impacts associated with transportation and border security. Prerequisites: HSEM F120 or HSEM F121. (3+0)

HSEM F231 The Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

In a post 9/11 environment, concerns surrounding the potential use of weapons of mass destruction have been an ever increasing concern. This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the study and history of weapons of mass destruction as a tool of terrorism. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F233 Critical Infrastructure Protection

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course provides tools and techniques to students who desire to increase their knowledge, skills and abilities in the protection of critical infrastructure elements. The course focuses on the predominant infrastructure sectors such as water, energy, SCADA, power, telecommunications, internet and cyber infrastructure. Prerequisites: HSEM F120 or HSEM F121. (3+0)

HSEM F271 Fiscal Management for Emergency Management Operations

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course is about accounting for public organizations such as fire, police and similar functions of local governments. Accounting is an essential function in all organizations. This course is from a user's perspective- understanding accounting reports rather than preparing them. The major topics covered include: understanding financial reports, budgeting preparation, governmental accounting basics, grant writing and management and ethics. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher; placement, concurrent enrollment or completion of MATH at the F100-level or above. Cross-listed with ACCT F271. (3+0)

HSEM F301 Principles of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

3 Credits
Offered Spring

The course provides a foundational perspective as to how our present federal emergency management and homeland security structure emerged with emphasis placed on the characteristics, functions, and resources of its integrated systems. This course additionally focuses on the principles and practices of homeland security and emergency management at the local, state and federal levels. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: MATH F113X; or MATH F151X; or MATH F122X. (3+0)

HSEM F405 Introduction to Emergency Management Exercise Design

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course examines exercise design, evaluation, and development. The course will focus on developing the knowledge and skills that are imperative to implementing a Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercise. The class will also design and develop a table top exercise to be executed as a class project at the end of the semester. Lastly, the course will emphasize the importance of incorporating emergency exercise planning to effectively prepare and respond to disasters of all types and magnitudes. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F406 Comparative Homeland Security

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The purpose of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the homeland security and counterterrorism methods utilized by other countries. To achieve this goal, the course will examine several different countries and compare the policies and strategies they have developed to protect their citizens from unique global threats. This course will help broaden student understanding of homeland security in today's global environment. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F407 Comparative Emergency Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will focus on examining regional and global responses to various types of disasters. Topics covered will include the importance of regional collaboration between nations in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Additionally, the roles that regional partnerships play in disaster mitigation will be examined, as well as issues concerning the requirements to sustain collaborative efforts between nations in the 21st century. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F408 Homeland Defense and Security

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a overview of the categories of military operations (other than war) that require homeland defense and security. A comparative approach will be utilized to compare the U.S. with other countries which use their respective militaries for smaller scale contingencies both internal and external to their borders. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F412 Emergency Planning and Preparedness

3 Credits
Offered Fall or Spring

This course will examine the concepts of developing and writing an emergency operations plan and the elements necessary for inclusion in the plan (all-hazards risk analysis). Students will transition through the process of identifying hazards, creating plans and developing a program which specifically addresses planning and preparedness objectives. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F423 Disaster Response Operations and Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the principles that promote effective disaster response and recovery operations after disasters. To achieve this goal, the course will examine the nature of disasters as well as the roles and responsibilities of various actors involved in emergency management and homeland security. Various problems associated with response and recovery operations will be identified and discussed with special emphasis on the role of technology and communications coordination. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HSEM F301 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F434 All Hazards Risk Analysis

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course covers risk analysis and assessment from an All-Hazards emergency management and homeland security perspective. Students will explore vulnerability and risk assessment methodologies for natural, man-made as well as technological disasters/events and develop an understanding of the processes used in identifying and quantifying vulnerabilities in a system (e.g., a physical facility such as a chemical plant, or an infrastructure component such as a power plant). Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HSEM F301 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F439 Supervising Emergency Services

3 Credits


This course is intended for upper division students not yet working in the emergency services field as well as seasoned fire officers seeking a structured examination of issues relating to supervision of firefighters and emergency environment. Topics includes a review of federal laws, labor relations, coaching, counseling and disciplinary action, managing conflict, motivation, stress management, time management and group dynamics. This course will be conducted in seminar format using a flipped classroom approach, in which most content is presented between class sessions and synthesis of information occurs during facilitated class discussions. This course aligns with the National Fire Academy Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education model core curriculum. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F440 Advanced Principles of Fire Service Administration

3 Credits


The class will build a strong base of knowledge for upper-division students not yet working in the emergency services field as well as appeal to seasoned chief fire officers. Topics include community risk management, strategic planning, labor relations, leadership and visioning, managing change, politics, organizational culture and data analysis. This course aligns with the United States Fire Administration (USFA) Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Curriculum. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HSEM F301; or permission of instructor. (0+0)

HSEM F445 W,O/2 Business Continuity and Crisis Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

The course serves as an introduction to crisis management and organizational continuity from a private sector business crisis and continuity management partnership perspective. The topics include comprehensive emergency management, public and private roles and partnerships for emergency and crisis management, the risk management process, strategic crisis management, contingency planning, training and exercises, emergency response, business continuity and recovery, the role of the crisis management team, and crisis communication. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X; COMM F131X or F141X; HSEM F301 or AIS F310 or F316 or BA F360 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HSEM F456 W Leadership in Dangerous Contexts

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course focuses on the challenges faced by those who serve as leaders during crisis and emergency circumstances. During emergency circumstances, leading others, being able to influence and motivate them during crisis is critical. Topics including leadership and followership, crisis decision making, fear and emotion and the unique circumstances of an emergency manager/homeland security professional are examined. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HSEM F301; ENGL F111X or ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with LEAD F456. (3+0)

HSEM F601 Legal Aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Homeland security and emergency management (HSEM) are heavily regulated by US Code, executive agency guidelines and various federal and state laws and regulations. Participants in emergency planning and execution, are, themselves, subject to myriad laws and regulations while executing their response functions but also in the way they coordinate and interact with other responders whose authorities may differ from their own. This course examines the applicable statutory, regulatory and policy aspects regulating HSEM. It begins with an overview of the Constitution, separation of powers and federalism- the foundation that defines the legal basis for federal, state, tribal and local action before, during and after emergency and contingency management. With this background, the course focuses on relevant statutes such as the Stafford Act, the Economy Act Insurrection Act, Posse Comitatus Act, and those relating to governmental and individual liability/defenses while performing emergency and contingency management. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM program; or permission of the MSDM program director. (3+0)

HSEM F603 Disaster Management Policy

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course will provide context for and contemporary coverage of the fields of disaster management and homeland security. Emphasis will be placed on the role of persons at all levels; federal, state and local. This can include scientists, engineers, civil and military, elected/appointed officials and first responders. The course will explore how social science research can be usefully applied to policy development and everyday practice. Students will discuss and review public policy, organizational management and leadership issues they will face as future practitioners and leaders in the field. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to MSDM program; or permission of the MSDM program director. (3+0)

HSEM F605 Community Planning in Emergency Management

3 Credits
Offered Spring

This course will teach students how community and urban planning principles affect the homeland security and emergency management enterprise. This class is designed with both the traditional emergency manager and urban/community planner in mind to provide a wider perspective as to the larger considerations of urban and community planning in the planning of preparedness. Students will be taught the application of urban community planning methodologies, policies, programs and activities in the context of emergency management. This is an advanced class with the assumption that students have a foundational understanding of basic emergency management and/or homeland security. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM program; or permission of MSDM program director. (3+0)

HSEM F607 Vulnerability and Protection

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course examines security as a discipline and responsibility. The key focus of security is the protection of assets, whether in the public or private sector. It also includes management principles and concepts that practitioners can use to develop defensible and resilient operations, communities and businesses. The course explores the relationship of security to vulnerability and its role in the overall management of risk. It delves into the functions and responsibilities of security practitioners in public and private organizations, and broaches key aspects of institutional security concerns, including control of access, terrorist attack, critical infrastructure protection, insider threats and workplace violence. The course touches on the evolving nature of the homeland security enterprise and of protective concerns within a global context. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM program; or permission of MSDM program director. (3+0)

HSEM F609 Human Security

3 Credits
Offered Summer

This course introduces and reviews the major elements of human security. The term 'human security' provides a human-centric approach to understanding, enhancing and sustaining the security of the individual, as well as our families, communities and nation. A human-centric framework shifts the lens from viewing man-made and natural security challenges -- such as 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Katrina, and Avian Flu and Ebola -- as event -- or government-centric. Students will examine atraditional security influencers, such as public and mental health, climate change, population and pathogen migration, side by side with traditional national and homeland security. The essential question addressed in this course: by focusing on people as the core-- holistically, in terms of cause, effect and a change-agents-- do people become solution-enablers rather than objects demanding security and response resources? Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM program; or permission of MSDM program director. (3+0)

HSEM F613 International Disaster Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course serves as an overview to international disaster management (IDM) addressing the complex and interrelated issues of disasters in a global context. The course will explore historical, socio-economic, risk, hazard, response, preparedness and recovery aspects of international disasters. Special emphasis will be placed on the understanding of those organizations and agencies which play a prominent role in the international disaster management arena. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM program; or permission of the MSDM program director. (3+0)

HSEM F632 Project Management

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course is designed to cover key components of project management fundamentals with emphasis on the project life cycle, project definition, project schedule and cost management, human resource allocation and the challenges facing project managers in every industry. We will focus on concepts, theories and best practices, while discussing managing and leading project teams in complex environments. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM or MBA program; or permission of MSDM or MBA program director. Cross-listed with MBA F632. (3+0)

HSEM F665 Strategic Collaboration

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

This course is designed to explore the techniques of collaboration and communication and their strategic use in managing contemporary organizations. Students will identify their own communication style and how to deploy it in various managerial situations. Topics will include exploring individual personality type and the effect of type on collaboration style, identifying the purposes for types of communication, conflict and collaboration, the presentation of data and results. Emergency communication will also be explored. Students will work on improving practical skills such as listening, writing, and creating and delivering presentations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM or MBA program; or permission of MSDM or MBA program manager. Cross-listed with MBA F665. (3+0)

HSEM F690 Security and Disaster Management

3 Credits
Offered Spring

This course serves as the capstone course for the security and disaster management degree. This course should be taken near the end of the students' graduate program. This course will focus on the integration of both security and disaster management in a complex globalized environment. The course will explore touch points for public and private partnerships, organizing for effective security and disaster management solutions and the development of effective policies for both the public and private sectors. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM program; or permission of MSDM program director. (3+0)

HSEM F692 Security and Disaster Management Seminar

3 Credits
Offered Summer

This course is designed to bring Homeland Security and emergency management topics into the classroom as necessary. Such topics might include international security, disaster logistics or disaster economics. Additional topics will arise out of current events. This course may be taken 2 times as topics change. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the MSDM program; or permission of MSDM program director. (3+0)