Emergency Services Management

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General Education Courses

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Major Core Courses

Critical Incident Management and Response
ESM 320 4 credits

This course is designed to immerse the student in the principles of critical incident management. Special attention will be given to the emergency services agencies as complex and dynamic organizations. Emphasis will be placed on planning and preparation and application of the Incident Command System. The role of the Critical Incident Manager is to use a variety of resources, techniques, and skills to reduce the probability and impact of extreme incidents, and to restore operations quickly should an emergency occur.

Fiscal Management for Emergency Services Administrators
ESM 401 4 credits

This course will present the processes of budget preparation for emergency services administrators, including comparative analysis of major-line-item expenses, contractual and consultative items. It will examine the problems of governmental funding, service and equipment cutbacks, cost comparison and accessibility of federal grants.

Emergency Services Administration
ESM 403 4 credits

This course presents an overview of organizational and management practices in emergency services. It covers management principles and techniques, supervision and leadership styles, motivation, morale, and organizational behavior. It will prepare students for future leadership positions within their respective public service agencies.

Legal, Economic, and Ethical Issues in Emergency Services
ESM 405 4 credits

This course provides an overview of the legal, strategic, political, economic, ethical, and human issues encountered in the management of disasters or major traumatic public events. This knowledge gives the emergency administrator a realistic view of the issues to expect in a disaster, how to plan accordingly, and how to manage resources and people more effectively in emergency situations.

Homeland Security
ESM 440 4 credits

This course focuses on a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of homeland security. It will examine threats to homeland security, including natural and technological disasters, as well as intentional threats of domestic and international terrorism, including weapons of mass destruction. Students review the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citizens in homeland security.

ESM Major Elective Courses

Incident Command Systems
ESM 321 2 credits

This course is designed to immerse the student in the levels of FEMA’s incident command system and to successfully complete training that provides four levels of credential for ICS. ICS focuses on the role of the critical incident manager to use a variety of resources, techniques, and skills to reduce the probability and impact of extreme incidents, and to restore operations quickly should an emergency occur. This course will support the lessons taught in ESM 420 by explaining the importance of using ICS while working at a disaster. It will also build on the lessons in the ESM course by enhancing the student’s ability to understand common ICS terminology. ESM 320 is a prerequisite for this course.

Organizational Psychology
ESM/PSY402 4 credits

This course applies organizational psychology theories as applied to topics which include organizational structure, motivation and job satisfaction, organizational communication, characteristics of leadership, and personnel selection, training and appraisal.

Contemporary Issues in Emergency Services Management
ESM 410 4 credits

This course examines major issues and current events that have or will have a significant impact on the field of Emergency Services Management. In-depth analysis of contemporary issues such as catastrophic events, public health and disasters, or homeland security issues will be the focus of this course.

Natural Disasters and Defense Planning
ESM 412 4 credits

This course covers the impact of natural and manmade disaster emergencies on defense planning and details the role of various public safety agencies in such events. It analyzes how different factors (i.e., building standards, geographical location, economy, communications) play a significant role in disaster preparedness.

Emergency Services Technology
ESM 422 4 credits

This course concentrates on the introduction and use of technology in public safety and examines a variety of issues, including the impact of technology on emergency response systems. It also surveys the trends and uses of modern technology in emergency response, investigations, communications and response to major incidents. It will examine problematic issues and the potential unintended consequences of technology in emergency services.

Terrorism and Extremism
ESM 442 4 credits

This course explores the motivation, tactics, and targeting trends of terrorist and extremist groups by evaluating potential threats and identifying appropriate countermeasures to protect the community. Using case studies and discussions, the course will examine groups ranging from radical religious fundamentalists to environmental extremists and other similar special interest groups.

Weapons of Mass Destruction
ESM 444 4 credits

This course examines how nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons offer both terrorists and rogue states a powerful selection of tools to shift the power in their direction. The course reviews the range and characteristics of these weapons, how they are most effectively employed, and potential impacts that are all critical to defending communities. This course provides a detailed look at history, capabilities, and tactics while exploring options available to both attacker and defender.

Capstone Learning Experience Project
ESM 499 6-12 credits

The project draws upon all of the student’s previous experience, both academic and experiential, bringing together the theoretical and practical knowledge attained over the course of the program, especially as it pertains to the major. The project will result in a major paper, article, work of art, training manual, or other product that not only provides the student with lasting educational enrichment but also develops and demonstrates background and expertise.

ESM Independent Studies. Each may be taken up to two times.
ESM 100/200/300/400 variable credit 1-4
Independent Study

ESM Special Topics. Each may be taken up to two times.
ESM 190/290/390/490 variable credit 1-4
Special Topics

Major Electives
Electives in the major will come from electives in this major or any UI&U B.S. program, from credits transferred from another institution, or from prior learning assessments and certified learning, or other acceptable advance credit options. Students will complete at least 28 credits in major electives.

Concentration Required Courses – Criminal Justice Management

Research and Management Analysis Techniques for Criminal Justice Managers
CJM 302 4 credits

This course provides an introduction to basic research methodologies that are used by criminal justice managers to design and evaluate criminal justice programs and policies. Students explore various research methodologies so that they can (1) better understand policy and program decision making; (2) select the appropriate research design and methodology for particular criminal justice issues; and (3) relate academic literature to practice. The course will include a review and discussion of issues such as the process of analysis, interpretation and clarification of problems, the issue of confidentiality, and the terminology of research. Focus will be on interpretation of data (e.g., Uniform Crime Reports, demographic studies and other management information such as calls for service and personnel data) commonly used by criminal justice managers for decision making, policy formation, and policy evaluation.

Criminal Justice Organizational Management
CJM 305 4 credits

This course introduces students to theoretical and practical aspects of criminal justice management, including the process of decision-making, human relations, striking power and organizations. It is intended to provide an understanding of the rationale upon which organizations function and to acquaint students with the agency’s component parts. Also discussed are management styles, philosophy, approaches, theories, practices, and other management concerns.

Supervision in the Criminal Justice Field
CJM 306 4 credits

This course introduces the criminal justice professional to basic, intermediate, and advanced concepts in supervision and leadership. Additionally, the course will examine supervisory problems and challenges unique to a criminal justice organization. Topics will include general supervision, leadership, management, motivation, training, personnel evaluation, and mentoring.

Concentration Required Courses – Leadership

Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity
LDS 403 4 credits

Students will focus on self-assessment to determine their effectiveness as leaders and motivators in their environment. Emphasis will be placed on mentoring and development of subordinates and team building for maximum effectiveness.

Leadership and Change
LDS 404 4 credits

This course will focus on how leaders effect change in their environments. They will also explore how to manage change. The chaos theory will also be covered at length.

Theory & Practice of Leadership
MGT 420 4 credits

This course will focus on leadership, management, and organizational concepts in use in business today. It will expand the management principles of the last century, taking into consideration knowledge, behavioral, and technological changes that have recently occurred. The student will learn why and how quality improvements, visionary leadership, and customer-driven enterprises have caused change in business. This course also describes a new way to operate without control or compliance and thus improve service to the business organization, while maximizing corporation profit.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

As part of course work in the major, every student will complete a Capstone Learning Experience (CGR). The CGR requirement may be met by satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Capstone (CGR) Learning Experience Project ESM 499 (6-12 credits within the 120)


Research Paper (Taken in a major core class – separate credit not awarded)

Capstone Learning Experience Project
ESM 499 6-12 credits

As part of course work in the major, every student will complete a Capstone Learning Experience (CGR). The CGR requirement is to be met by:

  • A research paper (taken in the last core course–separate credit not awarded). The major research paper must be a minimum of 10 pages in length and written in APA or MLA format including the abstract. Students are encouraged to discuss their major topic with their instructor at the start of a term.
  • In addition to the major paper, graduating students will write a reflection paper (minimum five pages in length) identifying how their knowledge gained in the ESM program is now reflected in their work experience, along with a current resume.
  • Students work with their assigned major instructor on a major research paper that reflects their knowledge base of Emergency Services Management; their ability to evaluate current information and issues; and their ability to write critically and convincingly on a chosen topic.