|Delivery type||10-Day Off-Campus|
|ACE recommendation||In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in fire service administration, organizational behavior, or public administration.|
|Student pre-course materials and course syllabus||https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_n0331.pdf PDF 120KB|
This 10-day course is designed to prepare fire/Emergency Medical Services managers and executives to understand organizational theory as it relates to practice. During the course, students acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and abilities to operate an organization efficiently and effectively. Theories, principles and analytical tools are applied in workshop exercises to the strategic organizational issues associated with planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.
Units of instruction include organization definition and structure, explanation and application of theory, planning in an organization, theories of organization and management, control and evaluation within an organization, organizational analysis, leadership styles and supervisory practices, decision-making, and organizational communication.
A course project report requires students to identify a problem in their department or division over which they have some influence, develop a solution to the problem, and write a post-course report on the various organizational theories learned. The report is due six months after completion of the course. Noncompliance with this requirement, or a project that receives a failing grade, will result in failure of the course.
|Comments||This should be a mandatory course for chiefs...I will be able to bring back leadership skills to my department to better serve the community as well as increase morale of department...Provides an excellent foundation for understanding how an organization functions both formally and informally.|