Subject description for 2020/2021

Preparedness and emergency management


Course description

This course emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of emergency response managers in the different phases of crises response. The students learn about operational patterns and leadership within emergency response action especially at tactical and operational level. Team leadership skills to ensure good coordination, communication and control is highlighted. In this course, we elaborate on special challenges related to joint and complex operations, and emergency response in challenging contexts that may call for improvisation and innovative skills. This course is connected to table top and simulation-based training in NORDLAB and participation in Exercise Nord, the full-scale exercise arranged yearly by Nord University.


Current admission requirements for Master in preparedness and emergency management


Costs for semester registration and course litterature apply.

Learning outcomes



  • Have advanced knowledge about central theories within preparedness and management in emergency response
  • Have knowledge about team organizing
  • Have specific knowledge about the different managerial roles, responsibilities and mechanisms for coordination, communication and control in emergency response
  • Have advanced knowledge about management and decision-support systems for emergency preparedness actors
  • Have specific knowledge of challenges related to high complexity environments



  • Are able to collaborate with and govern operations that involve  several emergency preparedness actors, both civil and military, volunteers and professional
  • Are able to recognize different roles in emergency preparedness organizations and allocate tasks according to context
  • Have skills in evaluating different mechanisms and tools for coordination and control
  • Are able to analyze challenges related to task-force management in different environments
  • Are able to develop the capabilities for improvisation and innovation under uncertainty

General competences


  • Are able to acquire research-based knowledge of management at strategic, operational and tactical level in emergency preparedness organizations
  • Are able reflect on the management approaches of relevance to an emergency response organization
  • Are able to discuss the academic topics within the course based on theory and experience from own practice

Course type


Teaching activities and methods

Lectures, work in groups, self-study and exercises in simulator lab.

Recommended prior knowledge

English language

Course evaluation

Evaluation using mid-term and final surveys. Students are also encouraged to participate in the central quality surveys.

Assessment and examinations

Take-home examination (individual), 2 weeks, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
Start semester Spring 2021 Teaching language English ECTS Credits 7.5 Course location Bodø Faculty
Nord University Business School