Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS)
I. Course Prefix/Number: LAE 180
Course Name: Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS)
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
1. Describe the intent of NIMS.
2. Describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS.
3. Describe the purpose of the NIMS Components including: Preparedness, Communications and
4. Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management.
5. Describe the purpose of the National Integration Center.
1. Identify requirements to use ICS, three purposes of ICS and common incident tasks.
2. Describe the basic features of ICS.
3. Describe the role and function of the Incident Commander and Command Staff.
4. Describe the role and function of the Operations, Planning, Logistics and Finance/Administration Sections.
5. Describe the six basic ICS facilities, identify facilities that may be located together, and identify facility map symbols.
6. Describe common mobilization responsibilities and common responsibilities at an incident, list individual accountability responsibilities, and describe common demobilization responsibilities.
V. Academic Integrity
• 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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. Understanding NIMS
2. NIMS Preparedness
3. NIMS Communication and Information Management
4. NIMS Command and Management
5. Additional Resources and Course Summary
1. ICS Overview
2. ICS Features and Principles
3. Incident Commander and Command Staff Functions’
4. General Staff Functions
5. Unified Command
6. Course Summary – Putting It All Together
VII. Methods of Instruction
and / or demonstrations. Instruction is designed to maximize student master of the learning objectives of
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
* Interactive Lectures
* Group Discussions and Activities
* Table Top Exercises
* Written Quizzes and Examinations
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
59 and below....................F
Homework 10 points
Activity #1 10 points
Activity #2 10 points
Quizzes 20 points
Exam #1 25 points
Exam #2 25 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.