Course Syllabus

FES 4825: Disaster Planning and Control

Course Description

Course: Disaster Planning and Control

Section: FES 3233

Credit Hours: 3

Session: Generic

Course Format: Web-based Distance Learning 

Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Lindsey, PhD, PM, EFO

Email: Jeffrey.lindsey@ufl.edu 

Phone: 353-273-1199

Office: Rinker School of Construction Management 

Office Hours: I am in the office (Rinker 303) Mon – Fri hours vary depending on travel and meetings; however, I am usually available 7am – 2 pm. You can email me any time.

Required Textbook: Disaster Planning and Control  by William Kramer ISBN 13: 978-1-59370-189-5  Additional Resources: Use resources on the course site under the Resource tab

Bio for Jeffrey Lindsey, Ph.D., PM, EFO, CFO 

Dr. Lindsey is an experienced leader, educator, lecturer, author, and consultant in emergency services. He has authored a number of textbooks for Brady Publishing. Dr. Lindsey earned his doctorate and master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from USF. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire and Safety Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and an associate in paramedic from Harrisburg Area Community College. He also has earned his Chief Fire Officer designation and completed the Executive Fire Officer program. He was the 2011 recipient of the IAFC EMS section James O. Page EMS award.

Dr. Lindsey has been involved in the emergency services industry since 1980. He has a diverse background with experience as a paramedic, firefighter, 911 dispatcher, and educator. He served in various ranks including fire chief. He is an associate member of the Pre-hospital Research Forum, representative to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education EMS degree committee, liaison for the IAFC EMS section to ACEP, and a number of other appointments through his career. He served on the inaugural National EMS Advisory Council and was the safety chairperson of the Council. He has served in the past as a member of the State of Florida EMS Advisory Council, vice –chair of the Florida Fire Chief’s EMS section, NAEMT Governor representing Florida, board member of NAEMSE, and Chairperson of the Strategic Planning committee for the Lee County Fire Chief’s Association.

This course examines concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning, and response to fires, natural and human-caused disasters, including National Incident Management System, Incident Command Systems (NIMS ICS), mutual aid and automatic response, training and preparedness, communications, civil disturbances, terrorist threats/incidents, hazardous materials planning, mass casualty incidents, earthquake preparedness, and disaster mitigation and recovery.

Credit Hours: 3

**Textbook Required: Disaster Planning and Control, (2009); 3rd edition William Kramer, PennWell Corp. http://www.pennwellbooks.com/diplandco.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  ISBN: 1593701896

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: None

Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of disaster planning, preparation, and mitigation.
  • Evaluate the hazard assessment processes and the role of the firefighter in community disaster planning and recovery.
  •  Assess hazard response and planning procedures.
  •  Define the impact of hazard occurrence on community response.
  •  Define the parameters and effectiveness of an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and its components.
  •  Differentiate the multilevel agency responsibilities in disaster mitigation.
  • Define the relationships between disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery.

Course Goals

  1. The student will interpret and apply the terminology, concepts, methodologies and theories used within systems management.
  2. The student expresses ideas in a convincing, organized, clear, coherent manner that is nearly error free and uses a style and language appropriate to the emergency services and the analytic profession.
  3. Submitted written assignments should include such elements as well-crafted paragraphs, a persuasive organizational structure (e.g., introduction, body, conclusion; or introduction, methods, results, discussion), well-supported claims, and appropriate and effective stylistic elements adhering to APA style 6th edition.
  4. The student considers the issues from multiple perspectives, logically analyzes evidence from credible, relevant sources, and develops reasoned conclusions.
  • Teaching Philosophy: I am looking for students to demonstrate a working knowledge of the subject. You need to be creative when you complete your assignments but maintain a professional appearance of your work. Your work should be completed in such a manner that someone can pick up your document and understand what you are trying to convey. Your work should be supported with research and cited in APA format. 

  • 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 base to give you the opportunity to do a variety of activities, in many cases, similar to what you will be doing in role as a leader in the emergency services profession.g

Course Policies

Attendance Policy: The course is designed in 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 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 at: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx.

  • Assignments & Discussions:  All assignments and discussions have a due date. Please be sure to check the dates and times they are due in each module. All due dates are set in order to provide consistency with the discussions and assignment submission. Each module will be opened early so you have time to read the material, formulate and answer discussions and finish and submit the assignment. Each discussion and assignment will be closed one week after the due date.
  • Final Project:  There is a final project for this course. There are no exams or quizzes. The final project will cover all material learned and discussed throughout the course.
  • Make-up Policy:  You must contact me, prior to the assignment deadline if you are going to be late on any discussion or assignment to receive credit. In the event of an unforeseen inability to complete an assignment, due to technology, notify me as soon as possible.
  • Course Technology: Class meetings will require a web camera and mic/audio. If you are not able to use a web camera you will need to at least provide audio/mic, you can call in on a phone also. 

Canvas Information & Technology

Class meetings may require a web camera and mic/audio. If you are not able to use a web camera you will need to at least provide audio/mic, you can call in on a phone also. Otherwise, discussions and assignments will be web based and submissions will occur electronically. If technology help is required, 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 LSS 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 athttp://www.distance.ufl.edu/getting-help 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 http://www.distance.ufl.edu/student-complaints to submit a complaint.

UF online/internet privacy statement: http://privacy.ufl.edu/privacy-policies-and-procedures/onlineinternet-privacy-statement/

UF Honor Code

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 honor 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 (http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/process/student-conduct-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 in this class.

UF Policies

University Policy on Accommodating Students with Disabilities: Students requesting accommodation for disabilities must first register with the Dean of Students Office. Here is the link

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 Conduct:

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." 

Netiquette: Communication Courtesy:  All members of the class are expected to follow rules of common courtesy in all email messages, threaded discussions and chats. 

Grading Scale

A= 93.0 to 100% 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

See https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. regarding current UF grading policies.

Course Grades

Assignment Point or Percentage
Grading Discussion Participation –  20 points each discussion 160 points
Homework Assignments –  20 points each assignment 140 points
Final Project - comprehensive and applied 100 points
Total Grade 400 points

The grade is based on a point system. You divide the total number of earned points into the total amount of points available to determine your grade. A grading rubric for the final project is under the Resource Tab on the course.

 

Late Assignments and Discussion Posts

 

Assignments 48 hours late will receive a 10% deduction in their grade.

Assignments more than 48 hours but less than 30 days late will receive a 20% deduction in their grade.

Assignments more than 30 days late but submitted during the semester will receive a 50% deduction in their grade.

 

 Initial posts are due one week before the due date or if there is only a week between due dates, the Thursday before the due date. You must respond to two other students by the due date. Discussions are like being in class, it should be a back and forth discussion. You will lose 1 point per day of being late with initial post and 1 point per day lost for not responding to other student posts. You need to respond to any post that is replied to on your post. 

Please note that any student have less than 75% of their work complete for the semester cannot earn an “I” contract. If you have 75% of the work complete, you can propose an I contract to the instructor.

 

It is your responsibility to keep your instructor informed at all times. The instructor does have the right under extenuating circumstances with proper notification to assist the student by extending the above time requirements.

 

Grading Scale: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx (Links to an external site.)

Course Scale

A   = 93.0 to 100        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  

 

Evaluation process:

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 https://gatorevals.aa.ufl.edu/students/ (Links to an external site.). 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 https://ufl.bluera.com/ufl/ (Links to an external site.). Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at https://gatorevals.aa.ufl.edu/public-results/ (Links to an external site.).

 

Please note: Any student have less than 75% of their work complete for the semester cannot earn an “I” contract. If you have 75% of the work complete, you can propose an I contract to the instructor. It is your responsibility to keep your instructor informed at all times. The instructor does have the right under extenuating circumstances with proper notification to assist the student by extending the above time requirements.*Points will be deducted for all late assignments.

Information on current UF grading policies for assigning grade points:

To convert the final grade to credit hours please refer to by using the link to the web page:  https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx

Course Schedule

Module Coursework
Module 0: Orientation
  • Course Introductions
  • Syllabus Quiz
Module 1: Disaster Anticipation and Preparation
  • Module 1 Overview
  • Module Videos
  • Discussion 1
  • Writing Assignment 1
Module 2: Historical Lessons, Training and Preparation
  • Module 2 Overviews
  • Module Videos
  • Discussion 2
  • Writing Assignment 2
Module 3: Organizational Structure and Incident Management, Resource Management and Augmentation
  • Module 3 Overviews
  • Module Videos
  • Discussion 3
  • Writing Assignment 3
Module 4: Communications and Information Management, Catastrophic Fires
  • Module 4 Overviews
  • Module Videos
  • Discussion 4
  • Writing Assignment 4
  • Mid-Course Survey
Module 5: Transportation Disaster, Hazardous Materials Disasters
  • Module 5 Overviews
  • Module Videos
  • Discussion 5
  • Writing Assignment 5
Module 6: Homeland Security and Civil Disorder, Terrorism
  • Module 6 Overviews
  • Module Videos
  • Discussion 6
  • Writing Assignment 6
Module 7: Mass Casualties and Mass Evacuation, Weather-Related & Terrain-Based Natural Disasters
  • Module Overviews
  • Module Videos
  • Discussion 7
  • Writing Assignment 7
Module 8: Final Project
  • Module Overview
  • End-of-Course Survey
  • Final Project

Evaluation Process

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course based on 10 criteria. These evaluations are conducted online at https://evaluations.ufl.edu. 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.

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