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Exercise Design and Management

Explore the process of producing successful exercises for the emergency and disaster management sector.

Exercise Design and Management
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

Putting on an exercise can be viewed as a matter of project management. There is a process with a defined start and end with key deliverables and time constraints. Taking this approach it is possible to design a scenario that tests assumptions, plan the exercise, assure buy in from key stakeholders and ensure key objectives are met.

You will consider the stages required from planning the exercise and how to develop a team to turn the plan into reality through to the exercise day itself and how to manage it.

What topics will you cover?

  • The exercise development cycle

  • The exercise design team

  • Taking a consultative approach

  • Getting buy in

  • SMART exercise objectives

  • Scenarios, timelines and injects

  • Exercise assumptions and artificialities

  • The exercise project plan

  • Exercise delivery team roles

  • Battle Rhythm

  • The importance of evaluation

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply an exercise development cycle
  • Identify challenges to obtaining buy in and participation from stakeholders
  • Develop exercise objectives and align them to needs and evaluation
  • Produce and exercise plan to facilitate effective exercise delivery
  • Evaluate the challenges of running an effective exercise

Who is the course for?

This course is for those enrolled on Training and Exercising Design and Delivery, which forms part of the MSc Emergency Management & Resilience online degree at Coventry University.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Assistant Professor in disaster management and emergency planning at Coventry University, The focus of my research is on the risk communication and pedagogy for emergency response exercises.

Principal Lecturer in Disaster Management, 18 years experience working internationally and in the UK. Teaching and research interests in risk, resilience, climate change and community engagement

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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