Emergency and Contingency Planning

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 182

       Course Name: Emergency and Contingency Planning

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides a foundation on the background components and systems involved in the management of disasters and other emergencies within a business. Topics include the role of an organization in the areas of identification, analysis, and contingency procedures related to various emergency situations.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Those who complete this course will be able to:

  1. Understand concepts of emergency management as it applies to the business organization.
  2. Identify areas of possible exposure within a business.
  3. Translate concepts of emergency management into action that would restore business operations.
  4. Apply contingency process and procedures to possible risk.

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

  1. Historical issues regarding emergency management
  2. Hazard and risk assessment
  3. Mitigation
  4. Response
  5. Recovery
  6. Preparedness
  7. Communications and Strategies
  8. The future of emergency management

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A variety of learning activities will be utilized such as: lectures, student projects, student oral presentations, group work, quizzes, tests, assignments, and class discussion.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course content and assignments encourage critical thinking, therefore, student will be expected to read and write English at the college level.

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Appropriate text and online resources selected by the department.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course grades will be determined by the student's demonstration of proficiency regarding course objectives and understanding of the course material.

XI.   Other Course Information

College Policy of the Observance of Religious Holidays
Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors well in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a makeup test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again.

In response to Columbine and the NIU tragedies police agencies in Illinois have developed training for law enforcement and the public school systems. These Nationally accepted law enforcement response plans have been adopted by Oakton's Public Safety Department. Your actions will influence others therefore; if the situation should arise Oakton is asking you as a student to:

  • stay calm
  • secure the immediate area; lock, block, & barricade
  • call 911 and:
    • report your specific location
    • number of people at your location
    • injuries
    • assailants; location, number, race, gender, clothing, physical features, type of weapon

Side Note: There should be a phone for emergency purposes placed in each classroom, if there is not, please report this to your instructor.

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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.