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Graduate Course Descriptions

SSE 801 MS Safety Security Emergency Management Academic Orientation. (0) Academic orientation for the SSEM Graduate Program. This course will address the college experience at the graduate level and assist the student in building skills and competencies for academic success in the program.

SSE 815 Safety, Security, and Emergency Administration.  (3) A. Examination of administrative concepts and principles regarding organizing and managing the functional areas of fire, safety, and security.  Development of organizational and administrative structure to include policy formulation, goals and objectives, managerial tasks, and impact evaluations within an encompassing safety, security, and emergency framework.

SSE 820 Strategic Planning for the Fire and Emergency Services.  (3) A. Comprehensive strategic planning including theory and value of strategic planning are examined. Steps to develop a strategic plan are examined and discussed. Students will assimilate a mock strategic plan for their organization that examines organizational development with consideration given to resource management.

SSE 822 Workers Compensation/Labor Law.  (3) A. Comprehensive study of workers compensation and regulations; National Labor Relations Act; Title VII; A.D.E.A.; and other relevant laws applicable to the functional areas of safety, security, and emergency services.

SSE 824 Leadership in the Fire and Emergency Services.  (3) A. Leadership issues including developing as a leader, leadership styles, decision skills, influencing, persuasion, and storytelling are examined. Characteristics of effective leaders are examined and discussed. Students will evaluate their leadership skills, shortcomings and develop a plan for obtaining needed inventory of leadership skills within themselves and their organizations.

SSE 825 Public Sector Finance and Budgeting.  (3) A. This class examines the relationship of fire department budgeting within the scope of overall financial management of municipal governments.  Funding sources including taxes, supplements from other governments, and grants are explored. Cost accounting and auditing are explored. Students will demonstrate their understanding of complex financial management issues by preparing arguments for prioritization of fire service issues over other governmental considerations.

SSE 826 Emergency Prep/Response.  (3) A.  In-depth study of the planning process, program development, training methods, etc., for response to man-made and natural emergencies/disasters for both private and public entities.

SSE 827 Issues in Security Management.  (3) A.  Survey of salient issues and concerns confronting security managers. Examines the application and contribution of various management concepts and philosophies to assets protection issues such as information security, personnel protection, threat analysis, technological adaptation, and resource allocation.

SSE 828 Industrial Safety Management.  (3) A. Investigation and analysis of hazard control principles relating to the management of personnel, facilities, and equipment, including control procedures, work-task analysis, risk identification and countermeasures, safety training, and pertinent safety management techniques.

SSE 829 Public Emergency Services.  (3) A.  Overview of the theories and techniques of management practices regarding the operation and delivery of public sector emergency services. Agency coordination, budgetary considerations, resource assessment, and liability issues are emphasized.

SSE 830 Organizational Continuity. (3) Organizational continuity will be discussed using the phases of emergency response, crisis management, and recovery. This course addresses value added activity of planning for catastrophic events and critical factors in restoring operational activity.

SSE 832 Construction Safety.  (3) A. Introduction/analysis of general construction safety utilizing the key components of 29 CFR 196. Included in this study will be general safety & health provisions of OSH Act and a review of the various subparts of 29 CFR 1926.

SSE 833 Legislation & Regulatory Comp.  (3) A. Comprehensive study and analysis of federal/state regulations and legislation such as OSHA, EPA, etc., which mandate compliance with certain safety, health, and environmental conditions and practices relating to work performed in occupational, industrial, and comparable settings.

SSE 834 Corporate Compliance.  (3) A. The assessment, analysis and development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs. This course will address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas.

SSE 839 Applied Learning:  ______.  

 (.5-6) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval.  Work under faculty and field supervisor in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours, but only three hours may count toward master’s degree. A minimum of 80 hours required for each hour of academic credit.

SSE 839 A-F Cooperative Study:_____.    (.5-6) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval.  Work under faculty and field supervisor in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours, but only three hours may count toward master’s degree. A minimum of 80 hours required for each hour of academic credit.

SSE 841 Applied Study in Safety, Security & Emergency Management.  (3) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval. Supervised study in loss prevention setting to provide the student an opportunity to synthesize theory and on-the-job situations.  Individual conferences.

SSE 845 Personal/Environmental Hazards.  (3) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval.  Analysis and investigation of hazard and threat control principles relating to personal and environmental risks within the workplace. Investigation techniques, inspection methodologies, management techniques, and prevention programs essential to the manager within the safety, fire, and security functions are emphasized.

SSE 850 Ergonomics & Human Factors. (3) A. The assessment and analysis of ergonomic risk factors, identification of known musculoskeletal disorders, and development of effective ergonomic management techniques and compliance programs

SSE 851 Human Factors in Simple & Complex Systems. (3) Assessment and analysis of ergonomic risk factors, such as NIOSH Lifting Equation, Office Ergonomics, special issues, legal concerns with ergonomic related legislation. Human factor issues that influence design, implementation, evaluation of products and systems.

SSE 852 Ergonomics Process & Practice. (3) Assessment, analysis and development of efficient effective analysis methods specifically on ergonomic hazards in private sector industrial environments. Course will address physical methods, psychophysiological methods, behavioral and cognitive team methods, environmental methods and macroergonomic methods of evaluation and assessment.

SSE 853 Applied Research In Ergonomics. (3) Ergonomics will be considered from the perspective of applied research into legal and practical implementation challenges. This course will address the identification of ergonomic research problems and the subsequent development of an applied research project.

SSE 860 Workers’ Compensation Administration. (3) Workers’ compensation administration will review practical activities employers should engage to effectively manage injury/illness claims. Transitional return to work and OSHA recordkeeping associated with workers’ compensation claim management.

SSE 861 Labor & Employment Issues for Safety Professionals. (3) Assessment/analysis of labor/ employment issues that impact safety/ health in organizations. Course will identify and analyze labor, management and safety related laws/regulations and new/pending legislation.

SSE 862 Collective Bargaining & Labor Law for the Safety Professional. (3) Explores foundations of collective bargaining process under the National Labor Relations Act, labor law, and safety professional role in a union/non-union setting.

SSE 863 Discrimination Law for Safety Professionals. (3) Assessment and analysis of anti-discrimination laws and issues that impact safety and health functions in organizations. Identify/analyze Title VII, ADA, ADEA, ADAAA and other laws.

SSE 865 Auditing for Safety, Security, and Emergency Services.  (3) A. Theory and application of auditing in safety, fire, and security.  Comprehensive study of risk/threat exposure and assessment.

SSE 870 School Prevention and Safety. (3) A.  Examines a range of school and community crime prevention and safety strategies and assesses their effectiveness. In addition, students will be required to develop a school and community prevention and safety plan.

SSE 871 Risk Management. (3) A.  Examines a range of threat assessment and risk management strategies and laws, codes, and regulations appropriate for educational settings and evaluates their effectiveness.

SSE 872 School Crisis Response. (3) A.  Examines a range of crisis management and response strategies appropriate for school settings and explores their effectiveness. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for COU 872.

SSE 873 School Safety Evaluation. (3) A.  Explores strategies for developing and evaluating effective school safety interventions.

SSE 880 Safety, Security, and Emergency Research/Planning.  (3) A.  Prerequisites:  APS 465 or equivalent statistics course and departmental approval. Models and applications of research design and planning in safety, security, emergency services and assets protection. Identification and evaluation of problems, information and data interpretation, and research/planning methodologies for contemporary approaches to proactive safety, security, and emergency services.

SSE 885 Quantitative Analysis in SSEM. (3) A. Addresses issues related to SSEM management by developing a systematic approach for evaluating evidence. Reviews study design, measure of associations, confounding, interaction, sources of bias and error, and quantitative analysis and its role in SSEM.

SSE 890 Topical Seminar:  ______. 

(1-3) A.  Prerequisite:  advisor/departmental approval.  Designed to explore specific, contemporary aspects of safety, security, and emergency services. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours provided topic is different each time.

SSE 896 SSE Capstone. (3) I, II and A.  Prerequisite: Completion of 30 hours in MSSSEM or department approval. Final research project and presentation; Students will collect, analyze, interpret and assemble data and conclusions related to issues in SSEM.

SSE 896a SSEM Capstone Continuation. (1) I, II and A.  Prerequisite: SSE 896 or department approval.  Continuation of research from SSE 896 - final research project and presentation; Students will collect, analyze, interpret and assemble data and conclusions related to issues in SSEM.

SSE 897 Independent Study.  (3) A.  Prerequisite: departmental approval. Student must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment. Designed for graduate students who have demonstrated the ability to conduct individual research relating to loss prevention and safety. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours.

SSE 898 Thesis.  (3-6) A.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: SSE 880.For students preparing a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for master’s degree program. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours.



HLS 800 Foundations of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.  (3) A.  Organization, missions and critical issues in US homeland security and emergency management. Focuses on developing professional skills in critical thinking, policy analysis and ethics.

HLS 810 Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis.  (3) A. Foundations for providing security and resilience to the nation’s critical infrastructure with an emphasis on risk management.

HLS 820 Terrorism and Intelligence.  (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 800 or department approval. Causes of terrorism and the application of intelligence support for preventing terrorist attacks.

HLS 825 Intelligence Analysis. (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 800 or department approval.  Intelligence analysis addressing differing intelligence problems and targets using target-centric modeling techniques.

HLS 830 Natural Hazards & Threats to the Nation.  (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 800 or departmental approval.  Description and analysis of significant hazards and threats to national security, and community safety, such as disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and epidemics.

HLS 831 Evolution of Emergency Management. (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 800 or departmental approval.  Current practice of emergency management evolved through governmental reactions to disasters that helped shape current emergency management practices, policy, administrative changes, and historical context for the changes.

HLS 835 Managing the Nation’s Disasters. (3) A.  Public sector emergency preparedness and response, and the associated laws, regulations, programs and practices.

HLS 840 International Relations. (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 800 or department approval.  International relations theory and practice; concepts of power and its application; machinery of foreign policy making and implementation; and world politics and law.

Course descriptions can also be found in the Graduate School handbook which can be found at the Graduate Catalog Page.

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