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Online course

Emergency Management: Risk, Incidents and Leadership

An introduction to managing risk and providing leadership during emergency incidents.

Emergency Management: Risk, Incidents and Leadership

This course is part of the program Risk, Incidents and Leadership, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Emergency Management and Resilience. Find out more.

Why join the course?

Emergency managers understand the importance of managing risks during dynamic incidents.

This online course will provide you with an introduction to the concepts, issues, processes and structures relevant to the management of risk during the emergency phase of an incident. This will include an examination of the relationship between formal risk management and command systems and leadership, including a look at the complex world of decision-making.

What topics will you cover?

  • Risk management and incident command systems
  • The incident timeline
  • Incident review and debrief processes
  • Leadership
  • Decision-making and situational awareness

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

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

  • Evaluate the relationship between leadership and followership.
  • Explain what factors influence risk and why risk management is important to the incident manager.
  • Describe how people make decisions and how leadership and followership influence decision-making processes.
  • Explore why emergency incidents go wrong and why good situational awareness is so important in preventing disasters.
  • Describe various incident command systems.
  • Describe leadership in the context of emergency incidents.

Who is the course for?

This course is for any emergency management practitioners operating at or aiming to operate in the future at tactical or strategic level, in any discipline and in any country. It will introduce the key concepts and provide a look forward to an online MSc degree available on FutureLearn.

Who will you learn with?

Emma Parkinson

An Emergency Planner, specialising in crowd safety. Course Director for the MSc degrees in Emergency Management & Resilience, Disaster Management & Resilience, and Crowded Places & Public Safety.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Risk, Incidents and Leadership, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Emergency Management and Resilience.

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