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PSM 3301 - Political and Legal Foundations for Public Safety
Course Description:
This course examines the legal aspects of the fire and emergency medical services and the political and social impacts of legal issues. This course includes a review of the American legal system and in-depth coverage of legal and political issues involving employment and personnel matters, administrative and operational matters, planning and code enforcement, and legislative and political processes with regard to the fire service.

PSM 3302 - Personnel Management for Public Safety
Course Description:
This course examines relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of fire-related organizations, including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, and collective bargaining. 

PSM 3307 - Community Risk Reduction for Public Safety
Course Description:
This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk reduction, and a methodology for the development of a comprehensive community risk reduction plan.

PSM 3310 - Data Analysis for Public Safety
Course Description:
A course designed for students beginning their major program of study to examine data use in their respective professions. Emphasis will be placed upon an understanding of basic principles and techniques involved with analysis, synthesis, and utilization of data.

PSM 4301 - Public Safety Ethics 
Course Description:
  This course examines the basic principles of ethics as related to fire service operations and management with special attention given to current issues in the fire service.

PSM 4302 - Public Safety Leadership
Course Description:
This course empowers students with knowledge, methods and concepts for effective leadership of comprehensive fire prevention and risk reduction programs. 

PSM 4304 - Disaster Planning and Control
Course Description:
This course examines concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning, and response to fires and natural disasters, including the Incident Command System (ICS), mutual aid and automatic response, training and preparedness, communications, civil disturbances, natural disasters, hazardous materials planning, mass casualty disasters, earthquake preparedness, and disaster recovery.

PSM 4308 - Finance and Public Safety
Course Description:
Introduction to the fiscal problems encountered in the administration of Public Safety facilities.