Modern Approaches to Incident Management - PS717

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 3)
Autumn and Spring 7 30 (15) 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 accidents, marine accidents, rail accidents, terrorist attacks, and industrial, nuclear and chemical incidents.
This will be achieved using lectures, critical evaluation of case studies, real time and simulated incident exercises using our new crime scene house and garden, and the preparation and presentation at court of incident command reports.
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, personnel management, evidence prioritisation, preparing incident reports, and presenting such reports at court.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

  • 24 hours of lectures
    • Table top major incident planning exercise
    • Critical case evaluation and report
    • Live Incident briefing, preparation, and execution
    • Court report preparation and presentation


    This is not available as a wild module.

    Method of assessment

    Critical evaluation of a historic case study: 35%
    Tabletop major incident planning exercise: 15%
    Monitored real time management of a limited incident: 15%
    Preparation of incident management report: 20%
    Tribunal presentation of incident management report: 15%

    Indicative reading

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

    Recommended reading:

  • 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
  • Air Accident Investigation. Owen. 2001. ISBN: 1 85206 607 X
  • The Terrorism Reader: 4th Edition. Whittaker. 2012. ISBN. 978 0 415 68731 7

    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.
  • Develop skills in managing major incidents from a forensic perspective at local and national levels.
  • Management of finite resources in order to achieve set goals.
  • Understand evidential prioritisation in relation to major incidents
  • Develop the ability to manage personnel in live incidents.
  • Develop the ability to manage logistics in live and simulated incidents.
  • Management of evidence recovery, storage and analysis.
  • Understand the reporting requirements associated with major incidents.
  • Develop skills in the writing of such reports as evidential submissions.
  • Understand the challenges associated with presenting such reports at court under hostile cross examination.
  • Management of time, resources, and personnel.
  • Problem solving in real time incidents and in simulated exercises.
  • Ability to gather information and data from numerous sources and to use such information to synthesis a response to highly fluid forensic investigations.
  • Ability to interact with personnel in order to extract accurate information and to take command of a major incident.
  • Presentation skills to professional level.


    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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