Major Incident Management - PS704

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring 7 15 (7.5) MR R Green checkmark-circle


The module will cover incident management from a tactical/regional and national/ strategic perspective using the four stage model: Identification, preparation, mitigation, and recovery.
A range of actual and potential incidents will be covered including air accident, marine accident, rail and road incident, terrorist attacks, and industrial and chemical incidents.
This will be achieved using lectures, critical evaluation of case studies, and real time simulated incident exercises.
Students will be required to examine all aspects of scene and major incident management, disaster planning and related legislation.
This will encompass emergency management and planning legislation, damage limitation, evacuation plans, logistical support, inter-agency operation and cooperation, and personnel management.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

24 Lectures.
Table top major incident planning exercise.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

  • Critical evaluation of a historic case study: 60%;
  • Table top major incident exercise: 40%.
  • Real time and time limited management of simulated major incident using resource maps which reflect actual emergency service deployment.

    Indicative reading

    Introduction to Emergency Management, Haddow. 2008. ISBN: 978-0-7506-8514-6

  • Aircraft Safety, Kraues. 2003 ISBN: 0-07-140974-2
  • Maritime Safety: The Human Factors. Trafford. 2009. Book Guild Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1846243790
  • Homeland Security in the UK: Future Preparedness for Terrorist Attack since 9/11: Wilkinson.2007 ISBN-13: 978-0415383752
  • Blackstone's Counter-Terrorism Handbook: Stainforth. 2010 OUP: ISBN-13: 978-0199597109
  • Derail: Why Trains Crash. Faith: 2000. Channel 4 Publishing: ISBN-13: 978-0752271651

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    Learning outcomes

    Understand the processes involved with emergency management.

  • Imparting an understanding of how major incidents are managed at local, national, and international levels.
  • Management of finite resources in order to achieve set goals.
  • Understand evidential prioritisation in relation to major incidents
  • Develop the ability to manage logistics simulated incidents.
  • Understand the reporting requirements associated with major incidents.
  • Management resources and personnel under strict time pressure.
  • Problem solving in real time incidents and simulated exercises.
  • Ability to gather information and data from numerous sources and to use such information to synthesis a response to highly fluid incident.
  • Ability to interact with personnel in order to extract accurate information and to take command of a major incident.
  • Ability to gather data from numerous sources and to critically evaluate that data in light of current practice and legislation.


    1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
    2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
    3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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