Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 280

       Course Name: Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FIR 180 or LAE 180 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System structure.  Content (ICS 200) focuses on the management of single resources by supervisory personnel for command and control of the incident or event.  Students cannot earn credit for both FIR 280 and LAE 280.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe chain of command and formal communication relationships, identify common leadership responsibilities, describe span of control and modular development and describe the use of position titles.
  2. Describe scope of authority and the process by which authority is delegated. Management by objectives must be described and explained.
  3. Identify the ICS tools to manage an incident, demonstrate the function of organizational positions within ICS and demonstrate the use of an ICS form.
  4. Give an Operational Briefing and describe components of field, staff and section  briefings/meetings.
  5. Explain how the modular organization expands and contracts, complete a complexity analysis given a specific scenario, define the five types of incidents, and describe the importance of preparedness plans and agreements.
  6. List the essential elements of information involved in transfer of command and describe a transfer of command process.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

ICS 200

  1. Leadership and Management
  2. Delegation of Authority and Management by Objectives
  3. Functional Areas and Positions
  4. Briefings
  5. Organizational Flexibility
  6. Transfer of Command

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will employ interactive lectures, discussions, in-class group activities, in-class assignments, group project, and / or demonstrations.  Instruction is designed to maximize student master of the learning objectives of this course.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught face-to-face or hybrid:

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Group Discussions and Activities
  • Group Project
  • Table Top Exercises
  • Written Quizzes and Examinations

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Emergency Incident Management Systems:  Fundamentals and Application, By Louis Molino 2006

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale:

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F
Homework 10  points
Activity #1 5  points
Activity #2 5  points
Group Project 20  points
Quizzes 20  points
Exam #1 20  points
Exam #2 20  points
TOTAL 100  points

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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