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Course Offerings 2017-02-02T16:23:14+00:00

MCNY’s accredited BA in Emergency Management and Business Continuity curriculum can be completed in two years and eight months. We also offer an AA degree in emergency management, which can be completed in 16 months.

Purpose 1 Purpose 2 Purpose 3 Purpose 4
Constructive Action Assessment and Planning Professional Relationships in the Community Negotiating and Promoting a Risk Analysis Integrating Emergency Planning
Values & Ethics Critical Thinking & Writing Contemporary Values & Ethics Political & Economic Philosophy Humanities: World Civilizations
Self & Others Human Biology Psychology of Disaster Understanding Terrorism American Government
Systems Introduction to Homeland Security Introduction to Emergency Management Introduction to Business Continuity Community Health Services
Skills Computer Applications for Profit & Non-Profits Business Math Principles of Accounting Cyber-Security
Credits 15 15 15 15
Purpose 5 Purpose 6 Purpose 7 Purpose 8
Constructive Action Managing Information and Communication Collaborative Identification of Disaster Needs Initiating and Testing a Disaster Plan Disaster Plan
Values & Ethics Public Speaking Manegerial & Business Writing Homeland Security Law & Policy Business Law
Self & Others Principles of Management Macroeconomics Natural Disaster Planning for Communities EM for Tourism, Hospitality & Travel Management
Disaster Case Management Building Disaster Resilient Communities
Systems Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Disaster Response and Recovery ICS/EOC Interface Business and Industry Crisis Management
Risk Assessment and Analysis Strategy and Planning for Business Continuity Business Intelligence and Corporate Security Long-term Recovery Planning
Skills Computer Mapping ARC/GIS Intelligence and Investigations in Homeland Security Exercising and Maintaining a Plan Principles of Project Management
Credits 15 15 15 15

Career Track Selections

Emergency Management
Business Continuity
Assessment and Planning (EMB 110 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on teaching the student how to research and identify careers in Emergency Management and/or Business Continuity. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document, which demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose and develop a written career plan to complement their chosen degree and professional interests. The Emergency Management and Business Continuity program will be analyzed so the student can decide their specialty and create an academic plan. The Keirsey Temperament Inventory tool will be utilized to assist the student in identifying their type so that they can work with their strengths and understand where there may be opportunities to improve. Students will learn Internet job search tools, preparation of a resume, cover letter and list of references, and best use of software programs is part of the curriculum.
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Critical Thinking and Writing Through the Study of Literature (ENG CC 110) (3 credits)
This course uses the framework of Purpose-Centered Education to help you develop critical thinking and writing skills. You will develop these skills by learning to critically analyze sentences, to construct effective paragraphs, to use narrative and argumentation as styles of writing and by learning to apply the MCNY Dimensional Analysis to works of literature.
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Human Biology and the Life Sciences (BIO CC 180) (3 credits)
This course presents human biology as a life science and covers health issues. Students learn how systems fail and what kinds of medical interventions can be successful. Current issues in the life sciences, including common human diseases, genetic engineering, stem cell research and the impact of humans on the planet’s ecosystems are explored.
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Introduction to Homeland Security (EMB 110 SYS) (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to the challenges associated with the five-fold mission of The Department of Homeland Security: to prevent terrorism and enhancing security, to secure and manage our borders, to enforce and administer our immigration laws, to safeguard and secure cyberspace, and to ensure resilience to disasters. The course will provide an overview of the threat of terrorism, public and private sector counterterrorism, and all hazards emergency management. An examination of antiterrorism and counterterrorism applications through research, planning and testing techniques will be discussed. Evaluation of the impact on state and local resources committed to security in local communities.
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Computer Applications for Profit and Nonprofits (MIS CC 130) (3 credits)
An introduction to Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Students are encouraged at the end of the course to seek Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification.
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Professional Relationships in the Community (EMB 120 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on the importance of groups and professional relationships. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) are excellent examples in emergency management that highlight the importance of group work. This demonstrates the need and importance of networking and coordination efforts, especially in disaster scenarios when resources and staff may be unavailable or shared. The course examines the need for assessment, progress, metrics and conflict negotiation and resolution. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Contemporary Values and Ethics (ETH CC 120) (3 credits)
Introduction to values including definition, sources, relation to social rules, clarification, conflicts and their resolution; empowerment and its roots in history; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Psychology of Disaster (EMB 120 SEL) (3 credits)
This course focuses on the psychological impact of disasters on people and communities. Students will learn the importance of psychological first aid, both immediately following and in the recovery phase after a disaster. Emphasis on the needs of vulnerable groups such as children, older adults, minorities and other populations will be of particular importance. The student will be shown the importance of planning and working with communities to aid in their psychological coping during a disaster.
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Introduction to Emergency Management (EMB 120 SYS) (3 credits)
This course presents the theories and principles that are foundational to emergency management. The philosophy of comprehensive emergency management will be discussed with respect to the four phases: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. An analysis of past disasters will be presented along with their impacts on policy formation leading up to the current FEMA all-hazards approach. The National Incident Management System, National Response Framework, National Disaster Recovery Framework and the Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management will also be covered.
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Business Math (MIS 123 SKI) (3 credits)
This survey course is designed to provide students with fundamental quantitative concepts and skills essential in today’s business world. Topics covered are annuities, present value, interest, insurance, taxation and investments. Equations and graphing will also be illustrated.
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Negotiating and Promoting a Risk Analysis (EMB 230 PCI) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on the importance of an all-hazards, multidisciplinary approach to a comprehensive emergency management plan in the private and public sector. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. The student will examine hazards and risks as well as preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response plans and procedures to ensure that strategies are in place for disaster events. The community and stakeholders are identified and included in the planning process to strengthen resilience. Key staff, resources and assets are ascertained and incorporated into the emergency plan. The student will learn how to train and test the plan periodically to ensure accuracy and staff involvement. Emphasis is placed on efficient response and fostering teamwork in a disaster, along with the proper use of disaster coordination and communication plans in the emergency operations center. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Political & Economic Philosophy (PSC CC 140) (3 credits)
The ideas and values that serve as the foundation of our political system; how our system differs from others; the interrelationship between business and government; major political theories regarding the nature of authority, standards of justice, the ideal of liberty and its limitations, conceptions of a just and good society, and the best form of government.
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Understanding Terrorism (EMB 230 SEL) (3 credits)
The course explains the ideological forces behind terrorism and provides an overview of terrorist groups and their tactics of intimidation and fear. The course highlights the effects a terrorist incident can have. Analysis of various mitigation and prevention models that may be implemented prior to a terrorist attack, along with coordination and leadership efforts, which will be addressed throughout the course to ensure an effective response is achieved throughout the emergency management cycle. Emphasis will be placed on understanding terrorist motivations, goals and objectives throughout history to the present. The course will address lessons learned (based on actual terrorist attacks) for emergency managers and homeland security practitioners to utilize in field operations as well as applying them to the academic environment.
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Introduction to Business Continuity (EMB 230 SYS) (3 credits)
This course is about business continuity planning, which focuses on strategies to minimize the risk of disruptions to normal business operations. Examples of threats and hazards to business would be floods, power outages, catastrophic IT failure, and/or disruption of an organization’s supply chain. Business continuity is the private sector version of continuity of operations planning (COOP). Students will be introduced to business continuity planning methodologies, along with the introduction of the business impact analysis. Operational risk management and crisis management for businesses, municipalities and nonprofits will be discussed.
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Principles of Accounting (ACC 231 SKI) (3 credits)
An introduction to accounting instruction is provided with microcomputers as an accounting tool. In addition, accounting is examined as a tool for organizing business information. Financial accounting is the field of accounting that provides economics and financial information for external users such as investors and creditors.
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Integrating Emergency Planning (EMB 240 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on the evolution of management practices over the past half century. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. It also introduces the student to the National Incident Management System, which will be covered more fully in Purpose 5. The National Response Framework (NRF) and the NFPA 1600 (National Fire Protection Association Standard for Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs) will familiarize the student with national standards. Ethics, culture and attitudes will be analyzed in the workplace and in management. Management and leadership roles and methods for supporting the emergency management and business continuity fields will be examined. The student will learn effective ways to manage a wide range of organizations and stakeholders. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Humanities: World Civilizations (HUM 471 VAL) (3 credits)
This course will survey world civilizations from A.D. 1500 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on illustrating how major events combined to create the base of political, economic, social and cultural trends that shape contemporary world affairs.
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American Government (GOV CC 150) (3 credits)
An analysis of current political systems with emphasis on the U.S., including decision-making under different ideologies, and how individual interests become positive or negative forces for group decisions, at local, national and international levels. This course explores the structure and dynamics of American national government, providing a broad-based introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the contemporary U.S.
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Community Health Services (HSM 240 SEL) (3 credits)
The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to community health services. It will examine the foundations of community and national health in terms of organization, resources, programming and special populations. Theory and practice of healthcare delivery are evaluated in occupational settings such as schools and worksites. The relationship between coordinating networks, health service organizations, government and volunteer-based health agencies are examined. The course will cover issues of mental, maternal, infant and child health. The impact of the environment on human health will also be examined. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to assess individual, community and national needs for health education; conduct evaluation and research related to health education; serve as a health education resource person and communicate and advocate for health and health education.
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Cyber Security (EMB 240 SKI) (3 credits)
Computer-based technologies are vulnerable to threats and attacks. As a consequence, emergency professionals must possess a range of skills to understand the impact of such threats to be able to secure the information and infrastructure that are so dependent on them. This course provides an introduction to the range of disciplines that are fundamental to protecting cyber assets in the modern world and the various technical and nontechnical skills that are foundational to understanding information technologies security and its key aspects to our nation’s homeland security.
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Managing Information and Communication CA (EMB 350 PCA) (3 credits)
The case study method will be employed in this fifth Constructive Action. This Constructive Action will focus on the recurrent tragedy of communications management errors, as well as the human toll that poor information management can cause during an emergency. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. Students will receive strong support for the CA through their coursework in public speaking and the focus on the public information officer, risk assessment and analysis as it applies to communications regarding risk, and the ARC/GIS course, using enhanced technologies to improve information applications. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Public Speaking (SPE CC 160) (2 credits)(3 Credits)
Students are introduced to the tradition of public speaking and persuasion techniques. Through readings and other activities, students improve public speaking and critical thinking skills. This course emphasizes analysis, reasoning, organization and presentation of evidence.
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Principles of Management (BUS 121 SYS) (3 credits)
This course examines the nature of management and the interpersonal and analytical skills managers need to be successful. Students will examine the manager’s role with emphasis on planning, organizing, leading and controlling in a variety of organizations including profit and not-for-profit organizations. Students will examine management theories on leadership, motivation and communication and how these can be applied to managers’ everyday role.
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Risk Assessment and Analysis (BCP 350 SYS) (3 credits)
This course explains the importance of risk assessment and analysis of threats, vulnerabilities and perils in a business setting. The student is provided with a wide range of considerations and methodologies to be examined in order to determine the likelihood of an occurrence and the potential impact of the determined threats. An analysis determines the necessity of mitigation and preparedness actions to be employed in order to protect the organization during a given disruption.
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Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness (EMB 350 SYS) (3 credits)
This course provides students with a basic overview of disaster mitigation and preparedness, which focuses on strategies to minimize the consequences of disasters. Study of FEMA’s four-step mitigation strategy: Assessment of community support, assessment of risks by a community planning team, identifying mitigation options, and public education and awareness.
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Computer Mapping ArcGIS (EMB 350 SKI) (3 credits)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) encompasses a range of applications and services. GIS is used by several disciplines such as forestry and environmental studies, political science, epidemiology and has the potential to be used by many others. This course is an introduction to GIS and is designed to offer the skills needed to master the elements of GIS. It provides hands-on instructions about GIS technology in the context of safeguarding communities from deliberate attacks and natural disasters. This course introduces the students to the basic skills and problem-solving capabilities of ArcGIS software and applying them to emergencies and disasters.
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Collaborative Identification of Disaster Needs (EMB 360 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on working with a client organization from the community. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. Students will collaborate with their client as well as agencies and entities that support the client and the overall plan. This community-based collaboration is essential in identifying the key components of an emergency plan that will promote community resilience. Students will begin to identify client needs by conducting both a preliminary needs assessment and an outline of their plan. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Managerial and Business Writing (ENG 361 VAL) (3 credits)
Students are expected to actively evaluate real-life situations within the text. After completion of this course, students will have many of the basic skills that will enable them to analyze, build a thesis statement, a paragraph, the body and conclusion of the essays discussed above.
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Macroeconomics (ECO 231 SYS) (3 credits)
This introductory macroeconomics course provides students with an overview of how the economy operates and choices made given scarcity and limited resources. Students will examine the major factors that affect output, unemployment and inflation. Using the tools of economics, students will examine how the gross domestic product (GDP) is measured, what impacts economic growth and productivity as well as unemployment and inflation. Students will also examine how monetary and fiscal policies are developed and in the U.S. and the role of the Federal Reserve System, money markets and government influence economic outcomes.
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Disaster Response and Recovery (EMB 360 SYS) (3 credits)
This course provides students with a basic overview of disaster response and recovery, which focuses on strategies to minimize the consequences of disasters. The components of response and recovery are reviewed in the context of the other phases of emergency management. Emphasis will be placed on the three Cs: coordination, cooperation and communication, as well as short-term vs. long-term recovery planning. Social and psychological recovery will also be discussed.
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Strategy and Planning for Business Continuity (BCP 360 SYS) (3 credits)
This course is about the discipline of business continuity and how to create unique solutions for every organization. Each of the industry-recognized 10 professional practices is reviewed. A well-constructed business continuity plan will offer alternatives for an organization to remain in business and to provide goods and services to benefit both their community and for the economic health of their establishment.
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Intelligence and Investigations in Homeland Security (EMB 360 SKI)(3 credits)
The course is about terrorism and why politically motivated acts of violence occur. The course explores the ideological forces behind terrorism and provides an overview of terrorist groups and their tactics of intimidation and fear. The course also highlights the effects of terrorism (examining weapons of mass effect) and will explore what can be done to prevent terrorist attacks or respond more effectively. This course examines threats, vulnerabilities, objectives and strategies, instruments of national power, and protocols for investigating intelligence related activities. The course provides an overview of the intelligence structure within the U.S. to include its inner workings. The student will also be acquainted with the various roles within the intelligence community to include analysis and investigations. The student will become familiar with the various types of intelligence-related investigations and how they interface with criminal investigations. Various in-depth case studies (based on actual terrorist attacks) will provide the student with a foundation for the investigative process for the course.
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Developing, Managing and Testing a Disaster Plan (EMB 470 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action will utilize information learned and apply it in the form of a written emergency plan document. Students will be responsible for developing a plan that is specific to client requirements, as well as managing the interview and data gathering process, and designing effective testing and drills that will demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the disaster plan. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose and prepare either a business continuity plan (BCP) or disaster recovery plan (DRP) based on the needs of the client. Corrections made to the plan as a result of testing will need to be addressed in the final phase of study in Purpose 8. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Homeland Security Law and Policy (EMB 470 VAL) (3 credits)
This course examines the effect that federal and state legislation has on emergency management in various types of disasters. The student will be introduced to the individual rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and the ethical application of homeland security measures within the parameters of these rights. Students will analyze the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001 and provide comparative analysis of the U.S.A. Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005. Students will learn about the constitutional tests that must be the litmus test of laws, procedures and actions applied in defense of national security. Students will be asked to examine the national security process including the national command structure, secrecy issues, access to information and the classification system. Review of intelligence and counterintelligence law, and concerns regarding individual rights and accountability as they pertain to national security.
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Natural Disaster Planning for Communities (EMB 470 SEL) (3 credits)
This course is about the steps required for developing effective disaster plans and the strategies that will help ensure success. Concentration on analyzing natural disaster case studies, the threat and hazard identification and risk assessment process, and analyzes the steps in the planning process such as plan development, implementation and maintenance.
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Disaster Case Management (BCP 470 SEL) (3 credits)
This course is about the effect of disaster and recovery on different global communities, emphasizing the need for resiliency. Emphasis is placed on the different types of communities that can be defined and the need to understand the hazards and vulnerabilities they face. Analysis of how resiliency and disaster planning require a stimulation of social change and public policy in order to build community infrastructure, public health, housing, social and economic systems. Global case studies are discussed to demonstrate the variety of creative initiatives that different communities develop in an effort to create resiliency.
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ICS / EOC Interface (EMB 470 SYS) (3 credits)
This course provides students with a basic overview of incident command system (ICS) and emergency operations center integration. Students will examine the implementation of ICS and EOC during disasters or anything else that would disrupt an organization’s operations. Students will analyze the three essential functions of an EOC: command and control, operational control and recovery planning. Students will learn about containment teams vs. recovery teams.
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Business Intelligence and Corporate Security (BCP 470 SYS) (3 credits)
This course is about recruiting and managing people to construct trustworthy security teams. The importance of recruitment and hiring practices, along with appropriate ongoing training, is the main focus of this course. Helping organizations to understand the importance of data management and managed access security are foundational issues.
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Exercising and Maintaining a Plan (EMB 470 SKI) (3 credits)
This course is about the fundamentals of exercise design, development, conduct and evaluation of an emergency management plan. The roles and responsibilities of players, controllers, facilitators, actors, simulators, evaluators and subject matter experts (SMEs) will also be presented. The course will follow and meet the guidelines established by the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).
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Disaster Plan (EMB 480 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on creating the final version of the emergency plan document for the client/organization. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose as well as demonstrating mastery of the subject matter covered in previous Constructive Action projects. Emergency management students will be responsible for revising, improving and submitting the emergency plan document. Students will prepare a business continuity plan (BCP) or a disaster recovery plan (DRP) based on the needs of the client. Corrections that need to be implemented in the plan will be addressed in this final phase of study. Students will edit the final product and submit the document to their client upon receiving approval from their instructor, department chairperson, dean and president of MCNY.
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Business Law (LAW 351 SYS) (3 credits)
Drawing on a review of the fundamentals of our legal system, this course will provide the student with an introduction to basic concepts of our system of jurisprudence, legal processes and procedures, the methods for establishing and ending business relationships, and the laws regulating our business transactions.
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EM for Tourism, Hospitality and Travel Management (EMB 480 SEL) (3 credits)
This course applies emergency management principles to the tourism, hospitality and travel management industries. There will be a strong focus on the aspects of security and travel risk management for business executives and their families, and providing a safe and secure environment for customers. Students will analyze how the lack of emergency management strategy and planning can adversely affect the bottom line in travel-related industries. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of criminal and civil law, risk and personnel management, budgeting and finance, and a host of other areas that comprise this challenging arena of services. An organization’s ability to obtain and maintain emergency action plans in conjunction with security policies and procedures will be examined in detail. An overview of executive protection methods and employee security awareness for those traveling abroad for their organization in these settings will also be examined.
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Building Disaster Resilient Communities (BCP 480 SEL) (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students a basic overview of disaster case management, which focuses on strategies to minimize the consequences of disasters in the context of case management. Through case studies, case management will be reviewed.
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Business and Industry Crisis Management (EMB 480 SYS) (3 credits)
This course is about managing pre-disaster and post-disaster planning. Crisis management is a crucial issue for any organization that needs to ensure correct information is disseminated to staff, stakeholders and media. Considerations for good planning include moral and legal issues as well as effective messaging, culture, online exposure and suitable staff involvement. Employees must be trained, and drills created to test the training, to ensure that staff roles are defined and understood in a crisis. Case studies will be discussed to show the necessity for crisis management planning.
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Long-term Recovery Planning (BCP 480 SYS) (3 credits)
This course introduces students to effective recovery methodologies. Many different types of disasters whether natural, technological or man-made may affect an organization, putting it out of commission or seriously disabling operations. Recovery planning can begin after a disaster, using lessons learned, or before a disaster occurs. In either case, analysis and tools are used to maximize the plan that will aid the organization to return to normal functions as quickly as possible. The student will cover disaster teams, recovery policies, documentation, vital records, resources, training and testing the plan.
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Principles of Project Management (MIS 351 SKI) (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to project management fundamentals, with an emphasis on planning. Concepts such as the definition of a project, the nature of the project team, and the role and function of the project manager are presented. An effective project manager must organize resources, work under tight deadlines, control project change and generate maximum team performance. Topics covered include project life cycles, organization and charters, work breakdown structures, responsibility matrixes, and the planning, budgeting and scheduling of systems. PERT, Gantt charts, earned value systems, and project management software are also introduced.
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