The National Response Framework (NRF), Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command System (ICS)
I. Course Prefix/Number: LAE 281
Course Name: The National Response Framework (NRF), Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command System (ICS)
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
1. Describe the purpose of the National Response Framework.
2. Describe the response doctrine established by the National Response Framework.
3. Describe the roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the National Response Framework.
4. Describe the actions that support national response.
5. Describe the response organizations used for multi-agency coordination.
6. Describe how planning relates to national preparedness.
1. Describe how the NIMS Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents.
2. Describe the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by the Incident Command System (ICS).
3. Implement the incident management process on a simulated Type 3 incident.
4. Develop an Incident Action Plan for a simulated Incident.
1. Explain how major incidents engender special management challenges.
2. Describe the circumstances in which an Area Command is established.
3. Describe the circumstances in which multi-agency coordination systems are established.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
1. National Response Framework Overview
2. Roles and Responsibilities
3. Response Actions
4. Response Organization
6. Course Summary – Putting it All Together
1. Incident Command System Fundamental Review
2. Unified Command
3. Assessment and Agency Guidance in Establishing Incident Objectives
4. Planning Process
5. Incident Resource Management
6. Demobilization, Transfer of Command, and Closeout
7. Course Summary
1. Fundamental Review for Command and General Staff
2. Major and/or Complex Incident /Event Management
3. Area Command
4. Multi-agency Coordination
5. Course Summary
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
* Group Discussions and Activities
* Group Project
* Table Top Exercises
* Written Quizzes and Examinations
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Activity #1 5 points
Activity #2 5 points
Activity #3 5 points
Quizzes 20 points
Exam #1 20 points
Exam #2 20 points
Exam #3 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.
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.