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PBS 100 - Introduction to Public Administration
Focuses on principles underlying public administration in federal, state and local government. Examines the role of government, administrative and policy processes, organizational structure, basic problems of management, administrative responsibility, and the future of public administration.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PBS 140 - Principles of Emergency Management
Teaches a framework intended to guide emergency planners through the process of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Presents the concepts of emergency management, its integration of systems, identification of hazards and their analyses as well as the nature of local government emergency planning.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PBS 145 - Resource Management & Mitigation for Emergency Managers
Teaches knowledge and skills to effectively identify, develop, and manage a resource management system. Trains students in advocacy techniques that support mitigation efforts and that create long-term strategies for disaster-resistant communities. Develops methods to manage public and private resources in a crisis situation.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PBS 210 - Laws Regarding the Public Sector & Disaster Emer. Mgmt.
Highlights the legal issues involved in day-to-day emergency response scenarios in the dispatch arena, emergency medical services, volunteers, and first responders. Teaches the legal requirements of state and local emergency managers when planning and managing personnel in their emergency response activities.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PBS 220 - Disaster Response and Recovery
Introduces basic concepts and operational procedures for responding to major disasters. Addresses federal, state and local roles and responsibilities in major disaster recovery work with an emphasis on government coordination and solution to problems frequently arising in recover situations.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PBS 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits