Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2018
Courses and Descriptions
The intention of this course is to blend the learned knowledge base with actual hands on practical experience. This component will be completed in an actual emergency operations centre setting. Participants will develop a scenario based on a specific risk in the selected community risk profile. Research and historic reference of this risk will form the foundation for training and briefing the emergency control group during the upcoming exercise. Acting as lead control, the student will ensure that all aspects of briefing, control, conducting and evaluation is completed during your exercise. A final report submission will conclude this project.
A vital component of an emergency management plan is to plan for the disruption of business with the goals of smooth and quick recovery of affected business services. The intention of this course is to provide an introduction to Business Continuity Planning which includes a comprehensive overview of the professional practices and requirements in planning for businesses in the event of an emergency. This course is intended for anyone who is new to business continuity/disaster recovery industry and wants to understand what business continuity is and what is involved in building a business continuity management program.
The design of emergency exercises and simulations must be done regularly as part of a comprehensive emergency plan. These exercises are based on hazard/risk identification and the occurrence of other possible emergencies that may occur within a given area. Students will design exercises, participate in other students' exercises, and assess their effectiveness using training objectives as criteria.
The new emergency management concept, as set out in the doctrine, is embedded in the hierarchy of documents necessary to implement the concept, including legislation, regulations, guidelines, plans and procedures. Taken together, these documents provide a strategic, coherent and integrated approach to emergency management in Ontario and assist in developing federal, provincial and municipal strategies to reduce risk around a common concept and terminology. Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) have created a new Canadian National Standard for Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs (EM/BCP). The new Canadian Standard, Z1600, based on NFPA 1600, will provide an effective benchmark to allow entities to evaluate and or initiate their Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. As well, it will ensure development of a comprehensive, continentally harmonized, approach that will facilitate compliance for stakeholders.
This course provides the core components of emergency management as it relates to relative legislation and risk management legal liability. The focus will be to prepare an appropriate emergency management program that provides defined roles and responsibilities of all levels of government and private sector.
This course provides the knowledge, skills and methods necessary to perform hazard identification and risk assessment leading to the creation of a community risk profile. Also the identification of critical and essential facilities, equipment and systems is researched to ensure all aspects of public safety and business continuity are addressed. The course will include a detailed review and research, examining how mitigation and prevention strategies may actually eliminate or greatly reduce the impacts of an emergency. The course will address structural and non - structural measures and how they are effective. Students will also explore and evaluate historical success in this area. As part of the course, students will develop a mitigation / prevention strategy for a historical disaster.
Part of the responsibilities of emergency managers is to undertake various projects including the knowledge and skills to manage more than one project at a time. Project management skills are thus vital assets. In this course, students will learn how to identify and plan a project and work toward achieving their project goals. They will interact with a team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of the project goals. They will communicate in written, spoken, or visual format at various stages of the project. The course also includes evaluating the technical, interpersonal, and communication processes the team uses. Students will work on managing a project typical to one that an emergency manager or an employee in the field would likely be assigned in their course of duties.
Building on Part I, the intention of this course is to blend the advanced learned knowledge base with actual hands on practical experience. Using the designed scenario from Part I, the students will continue to develop their scenarios and conclude with the actual designed exercise. This component will be completed in an actual emergency operations centre setting and include site features. Acting as lead control, each student will form an exercise design team that will assist in the devolvement of his or her functional exercise. This project also requires your presenting all aspects of briefing, control, conducting and evaluation of a complex exercise. A final report submission will conclude this project.
Most organizations or businesses use a project management approach to develop their initial Business Continuity Plans. However, Business Continuity does not come to an end once the plan is produced -- that is just the start. The intention of this course is to provide an understanding of different approaches and techniques used to move an organization/business from a Business Continuity project management mindset to a Business Continuity Management Program culture. The course will also examine how an organization/business makes "the plan" a living document and embeds Business Continuity Management into its routine operations and management processes so it can be viewed as part of its overall Risk Management profile.
Business Continuity Plans II is a continuation of Business Continuity Plans I. Students will take the business continuity practices and concepts they have learned to develop a Business Continuity Plan for a local client. Student groups will meet with their respective clients to gather background information and then develop a project charter to fully develop a Business Continuity Plan. Student groups are expected to hand in written reports for each business continuity step and present the report to the rest of the class. The last week of the course, student groups will present their completed plan to their business client. Business Continuity Plans II is a 'hand on' practical learning experience.
The purpose of this applied course is to enable students to develop complex exercise programs such as functional and full scale exercises. This will require complex exercise development with many roles participating simultaneously. The need for careful planning and controlled activation will be key to a successful exercise.
Emergency information management provides public and private sector responders the ability to initiate mitigation, response and recovery phases as it relates to specific disasters within local communities. An emergency information plan supports the emergency management plan and is the primary vehicle for the dissemination of information, preceding, during and after an emergency. Public inquiry systems, media relations, and methods of delivering public awareness and education programs are components of the emergency information plan and are the responsibilities of the emergency management officer. This course covers these vital components of emergency management.
This course has participants develop EOC (Emergency Operations Center) procedures and design an emergency operations center layout with considerations of operational guidelines and best practices. Participants will utilize different formats and design to evaluate the effectiveness of each. Interpersonal and group dynamics and leadership qualities will be assessed in relation to group and personal effectiveness in operating and managing the Emergency Operations Center.
This course addresses how recovery plans are developed to formalize the process for an effective return of activities to the new norm. The recovery plans focus on specific roles and responsibilities for control group members, organizations and private sectors.Reception Centre management which provides a safe place to evacuees will be addressed. This centre provides a place to assemble, receive information and referral, obtain food, clothing and shelter and lodging if required.Recovery supporting plans will also be developed, such as pet plans and agriculture specific recovery plans.