Summer 2024 Syllabus

MGT 5045 Info Systems for Complex Emergencies

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Instructor: Dr. Jeff Cerny
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Course Foundation

Course Text(s) We will use one Text.
Humanitarian Logistics: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing for and Responding to Disasters and Complex Emergencies Edition: 4TH 23 Author: Heaslip, Graham
PAPERBACK ISBN 13: 978-1-398-60714-9 (can find used $45-65)
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-398-60714-6 (
Great link for searching other book sites.
Course Description
Addresses the use of information technology systems (ITS) and communications systems in a crisis operational environment. Includes legal and regulatory systems and interface with public safety/emergency agencies.
Course Objectives
By the end of the course, the student will have accomplished these major objectives:
1. Evaluate and analyze the relationships between technology and crisis environments.2. List the interfaces between systems and agencies.3. Use these concepts by applying them to case situations and current or future analysis.
Course Requirements
All students are expected to be prepared to discuss in Canvas the text, readings or projects assigned for each session. Students are encouraged to identify and analyze any relevant material and exchange these materials and ideas with the class. Students are held responsible for the material in all assigned sessions as well as highlighted class presentations (see Grading Methods). The Course will use the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to record all student inputs. 
Course Instructional Methods
Discussions in class sessions will be based online. Class instruction will consist of discussions, and/or student participation in discussions in Canvas folders and report presentations.

Class Performance

Students will prepare professional reports that will be posted in class. Presentations will be on subjects relating to the course.
Students will contribute to class discussions based on outside readings and assigned text. Twice during the course, a one-page summary of student contributions will be submitted (two grades at 20%).
In addition, during the Group Report effort students will be evaluated by their Peers in their Groups (as averaged for 10%). This Peer evaluation score will also be a weighting factor for the student's Group Report Grade.
Grading Method
Final course grades will be determined by a weighted average of individual grades.
Course Activity Percent of Total Grade
Participation (Individual & Grp -20%/20%/10%) 50%
Prelim Report  (Written) 10%
Final Reports (Written) - Adjusted by Peer Evaluations 40%

Grade scales are as follows: A= 100-90%   B= 89-80%   C= 79-70%   D= 69-60%   F= 59% or lower

Course Outline and Assignments

SESSION (week of)



1/ 13 May  

Human Log (HL) Intro

1. Bios Submitted

2/ 20 May

Online Discussions

Student Inputs

3/ 27 May

HL 3 & 4


4/ 3 Jun

Online Discussions

Student Inputs

5/ 10 Jun

HL 5

3. Part Justification (20%)

6/ 17 Jun

HL 6 & 7

7/ 24 Jun

Online Discussions

Student Inputs

8/ 1 Jul

HL  8 & 9

2. Reports (10%)

9/ 8 Jul

Online Discussions

Student Inputs

10/ 15 Jul

HL 12

3. Part Justification (20%)

11/ 22 Jul


2. Reports (40%)
4. Peer Evaluation of Group Participation (10%)



1. Student Bio submitted into Canvas LMS (not graded). This is to verify that students can use Canvas and have participated in the first week and establish backgrounds within the class. Visit the CANVAS Information Area ( to an external site.) for answers to frequently asked questions or to request assistance.
2. Graded Reports are to be posted into Canvas.  Report Labs are sessions used by students to prepare Reports. Reports are to be Academic Research related to the course or a Case Study from a student organization or others. The Florida Tech Library has an online system that you can use to search for materials to support Reports. Go to Links to an external site. and use the Express Links to the left. You will find that A to Z journal list to be helpful, and the Databases and Indexes as well.

Students can also choose actual crisis situations issues that the student wants to research. Students could provide real-life examples from their organizations, or other organizations and/or academic research. The purpose of this requirement is to provide experience in succinctly identifying and analyzing significant work-related issues with technology and crisis situations.  

Preliminary Reports need to be posted into Canvas. This assignment counts for 10% of your grade.

1) Title & Statement of the Problem/Opportunity (1 page)
2) Background (1-2 pages)
3) Situation (1-2 pages)
4) References (2 or more)

Reports need to be posted into Canvas. This assignment counts for 40% of your grade.

Students in each Written Report should include the following (suggested though not required length):
1) Title & Statement of the Problem/Opportunity (1 page)
2) Background (2-3 pages)
3) Situation (2-4 pages)
4) Analysis/Comparisons (5-6 pages)
5) Summary & Conclusions (4-5 pages)
6) Recommendations (3-4 pages)
7) References (8 or more)

Recommended Style Manual is the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.
The Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab website is also an excellent resource for APA style writing that is required for this course:

3. Graded Student Justifications of participation inputs. Should be a one to two-page write-up with a suggested numerical grade. There are four Student Input weeks. Each of the four (4) Discussion answers (Student Inputs) will receive a Numerical Grade (e.g., 89 for a high B).
Each learner will submit an Individual Participation self-evaluation write-up (1/2 page plus) for the two noted periods in the syllabus.
Your Individual Participation self-evaluation will be for the two prior Discussions (Student Inputs). 
 The Four (4) Student Inputs will result in two (2) Individual Participation Write Ups.

Added points can be gained for added participation noted below. This is for each of the four Discussion Question Student Inputs.

    • If you submit your response (student input) to the Discussion Question before CoB Wednesday of the week you will receive an extra point to the assigned numerical grade (please so note this on your Individual Participation write-up). This is to help increase student exchanges and participation. 
    • If you comment (more than a sentence) to two other student inputs during the week you will receive an extra point to the assigned numerical grade (please so note on your Individual Participation write-up of how many responses you provided if any and to whom).
    • If you receive comments (of more than two sentences) from two different students during the week you will receive an extra point to the assigned numerical grade (please so note on your Individual Participation write up of how many two or more sentences responses you received if any).

Learners each week of the Discussion Question could obtain three (3) additional participation points. This could for example move an 89 Student Input grade to 91 grade for that week.  And in their Individual Participation Write Up they could justify having six (6) combined added points to their two Student Inputs.

4. Peer Evaluations of contribution to Group effort. This averaged grade will also become a weighting factor toward each member's final Report grade. For example, if the final Group Report grade was 95 and the students' Peer evaluation grade was 90, that individual student's Report grade would become 85.5 (95 x 90) versus 95. If the Peer evaluation grade were 100 (the student engaged in the Report process was rated as contributing 100% per their Peer evaluation), their Report grade would then be 95. 
5. Student Survey of this class is completed online.