What to Expect
The Disaster and Emergency Management program provides students with the opportunity to study while maintaining their busy personal and/or professional lives. All courses are currently delivered online, allowing students to complete their academic learning without having to take leave from their jobs or families, however students should budget 6-8 hours/week/course to complete all lesson review and associated activities. This program does require students to be very self-disciplined and exercise excellent time management throughout their coursework. As this profession requires people to collaborate and work together to solve complex problems, often with competing priorities, availability and level of competency, students will also be expected to participate in several group projects dispersed throughout the program. To better facilitate group and general course work, students are advised to note the following:
- Links to additional online materials and access to public websites will be provided. This program currently only requires students to purchase 2 textbooks (EMGT1240 and LEAD2370) available through the bookstore
- Students are required to have access to a computer equipped with audio (microphone and speakers) and video (camera). In addition to this, the program uses Apps such as Panopto and WebEx for lesson delivery and student assessments/activities. System requirements for these are as follows:
- Panopto System requirements: https://support.panopto.com/s/article/System-Requirements
- Viewing Requirements: https://support.panopto.com/s/article/viewing-requirements-2
- Webex System Requirements: https://collaborationhelp.cisco.com/article/en-us/nb8raex
NAIT currently has an Academic Institutional Membership with the Canadian Risk and Hazard Network (CRHNet). This allows students who have been accepted in the the EMGT program to secure membership access to the network for the duration of their program at no additional cost to the student. In addition, the NAIT EMGT program is included on FEMA’s Higher Education Program list and works closely with the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI Canada) and International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM Canada) to enable learning, scholarship and additional credentialing opportunities for students. For more information on these organizations, please click on the links found in the Additional Resources.