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)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (ICS 700) and the Incident Command System (ICS 100).  NIMS content describes the key concepts and principles of NIMS, and how NIMS provides a consistent nation-wide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations, to work together during domestic incidents.  ICS content describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of ICS. The course will explain the relationship between NIMS and ICS.  Students cannot earn credit for both FIR 180 and LAE 180.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
ICS 700
    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.

ICS 100
    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 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 700
    1. Understanding NIMS
    2. NIMS Preparedness
    3. NIMS Communication and Information Management
    4. NIMS Command and Management
    5. Additional Resources and Course Summary

ICS 100
    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

This course will employ interactive lectures, discussions, in-class group activities, in-class assignments,
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 as face-to-face o hybrid:
*    Interactive Lectures
*    Reading
*    Writing
*    Group Discussions and Activities
*    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.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale:
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.

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.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at