Course Syllabus


FES 3223 Foundations of EMS Syllabus Spg 2021.pdf

Course:                       FES 3223

Credit Hours:             3

Session:                      Spring 2021

Instructor:                  Jaime S. Greene, MS, EMT


Office Hours:            Virtual office hours 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Course Communications: General questions should be posted to the Module Discussion Forum. Private messages should be sent using the Canvas Messenger feature. Urgent messages can be sent to my UF email. I will make every effort to respond within 24 hours on weekdays, and 48 hours on weekends.
Required Texts: Mund, E. and Lindsey, J. (2015). Foundations of EMS. Pearson. ISBN-10: 0-13-610003-1 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-610003-4
Concise Guide to APA Style, Seventh Edition ISBN 978-1-4338-3273-4
Additional Reading List

 Course Description

Covers the design and operation of EMS systems, service delivery, and echelons of care. The history of EMS, interface of public and private organizations and review of the various personnel who comprise these systems, will be examined in relation to their impact on the health care delivery system.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: None

Purpose of Course: This course exemplifies the foundations of the EMS system in the United States in order to understand the overall perspective as an EMS chief. 

 Course Objectives

 By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define EMS system.
  2. List the 15 components of EMS systems and the 14 attributes.
  3. Recall important milestones in the evolution of EMS.
  4. Describe the federal role in EMS.
  5. Describe the role of state government in EMS.
  6. Identify laws and legislation associated with EMS.
  7. Describe the levels of prehospital care providers.
  8. Describe medical oversight.
  9. Identify various configurations of EMS delivery systems.
  10. Summarize the recommendations and findings in “EMS Education Agenda for the Future.”
  11. State the role of public education and prevention in EMS.
  12. Describe the role of EMS in disasters.
  13. State role of communications and communications technology in EMS.
  14. Identify the fundamentals of emergency medical dispatching.
  15. Describe the sources of EMS funding.
  16. Describe the role of information systems and evaluation in EMS.
  17. Summarize the role of research in EMS.

How This Course Relates to the Student Learning Outcomes in the Fire & Emergency Services Program: Identify and evaluate organizational issues associated with fire and emergency services.

Instructional Methods: The course is designed for individual and group interactivity. It is important to post and respond to discussion questions in the course within the time frame allotted. This provides a learning environment by networking with other students in the course. The assignments are individual-based to give you the opportunity to do a variety of activities, in many cases, similar to what you will be doing in roles of leadership in the emergency services profession.

 Course Policies

Attendance PolicyThe course is designed in a module format. You should check the site at least once a week. You are required to complete the assignments, including discussion questions, within the time period designated on the module. There will be virtual meetings set up throughout the course. Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found in the online catalog .

Quiz/Exam Policy:  There is a final project for this course. There are no exams or quizzes.

Make-Up Policy:  You must contact me if you are going to be late on any assignment to receive credit.

Assignment Policy:  All assignments have a due date. Please be sure to check the date and time due in each module.

Course Technology:  The course resides in the web-based Canvas learning management system, requiring access to internet. Class meetings require a web camera and mic/audio. If you are not able to use a web camera, you will need to provide audio/mic. You can also call in using a telephone to attend required class meetings.

Online Course Evaluation (Required):  Students are expected to provide feedback of the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations. Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students.

 UF Policies

University Policy on Accommodating Students with Disabilities: Students requesting accommodation for disabilities must first register with the Dean of Students Office.The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodation. You must submit this documentation prior to submitting assignments or taking the quizzes or exams. Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the office as soon as possible in the term for which they are seeking accommodations.

University Policy on Academic Misconduct: UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, "We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." The Honor Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obliged to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate  personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor of this class.

Class Demeanor or Netiquette: All members of the class are expected to follow rules of common courtesy in all email messages, threaded discussions, and chats.  For expectations see; Netiquette Guide for Online Courses


Student Evaluations

Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at

 Getting Help

For issues with technical difficulties for E-learning in Canvas, please contact the UF Help Desk at:

Any requests for make-ups due to technical issues must be accompanied by the ticket number received from the Help Desk when the problem was reported to them. The ticket number will document the time and date of the problem. You must e-mail your instructor within 24 hours of the technical difficulty if you wish to request a make-up.

Other resources are available at for:

  • Counseling and Wellness resources
  • Disability resources
  • Resources for handling student concerns and complaints
  • Library Help Desk support

Should you have any complaints with your experience in this course please visit to submit a complaint.


 Grading Policies

Course grades are on a point system. A grading rubric for the final project is under the Resource Tab within the course.

Late Assignments and Discussion Posts:

  • Assignments 48 hours late will receive a 10% grade deduction.
  • Assignments more than 48 hours, but less than 30 days late, will receive a 20% grade deduction.
  • Assignments more than 30 days late, but submitted during the semester, will receive a 50% deduction.
  • Discussions up to 48 hours late will receive a 25% grade deduction.
  • Discussions later than 48 hours will receive a 50% grade deduction.

See current UF grading policies.

Assignment Points
Discussion Participation: 15 points each discussion 105
Homework Assignments: 15 points each assignment 105
Final Project: comprehensive and applied 100


A   = 93.0% to 100.0%     C   = 73.0% to 76.9%
A-  = 90.0% to 92.9%       C-  = 70.0% to 72.9%
B+ = 87.0% to 89.9%       D+ = 67.0% to 69.9%
B   = 83.0% to 86.9%       D   = 63.0% to 66.9%
B-  = 80.0% to 82.9%       D- = 60.0% to 62.9%
C+ = 77.0% to 79.9%       F   = below 60.0%  

 Course Schedule

Week 1

Jan. 10

Read Syllabus and review course content
History of EMS

Module 1 Discussion                      Jan. 15

Week 2

Jan. 17

Legislation and Regulation
Module 1 Assignment                     Jan. 22

Week 3

Jan. 24

Human Resources
Module 2 Discussion                      Jan. 29

Week 4

Jan. 31

Module 2 Assignment                    Feb. 5

Week 5

Feb. 7

Medical Oversight
Educational Systems
Module 3 Discussion                      Feb. 12

Week 6

Feb. 14

Public Education
Module 3 Assignment                    Feb. 19

Week 7

Feb. 21

Module 4 Discussion                      Feb. 26

Week 8

Feb. 28

Public Access
Module 4 Assignment                    Mar. 5

Week 9

Mar. 7

Submit a one paragraph abstract describing final project
Module 5 Discussion                      Mar. 12



Week 10
Mar. 14

Clinical Care
Module 5 Assignment                    Mar. 19

Week 11
Mar. 21

Information Systems
Module 6 Discussion                      Mar. 26

Week 12
Mar. 28

Module 6 Assignment                    Apr. 2

Week 13
Apr. 4

Module 7 Assignment                      Apr. 9

Week 14
Apr. 11

Module 7 Discussion                      Apr. 16

Week 15
Apr. 18

Final Project                                     Apr. 21

Disclaimer: This syllabus represents my current plans and objectives. As we go through the semester, those plans may need to change to enhance the class learning opportunity. Such changes, communicated clearly, are not unusual and should be expected.

Course Summary:

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