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Applied Studies

 

Information

 

Charlie Hill, Executive Director

Online Degree Programs, Online and Continuing Education
Program Office: Lincoln Hall 215
Program Telephone: (920) 424-0234

Code 31 or LIB STDS

Code 03 or FERM

 

Faculty

BAS teaching staff are selected from diverse areas of the University (the College of Business, College of Letters and Science, College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Nursing). In addition, visiting lecturers are invited to join the BAS teaching staff.

 

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: The OCE Division offers two degrees.
    • The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree program offers a major in Liberal Studies. Within the major, the program offers a choice of two emphases: (1) Organizational Administration, and 2) Leadership Development.
    • The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree program offers three majors: (1) Leadership and Organizational Studies, (2) Fire and Emergency Response Management and (3) Criminal Justice.  Within the Leadership and Organizational Studies major, there are two emphases: (1) Organizational Studies, (2) Aviation Management.
  • Graduate: None
 

Summary of Fields of Study

 

Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree

The BAS degree program offers three majors:

  • Leadership and Organizational Studies with classes meeting solely online.
  • Fire and Emergency Response Management with classes meeting solely online.
  • Political Science with classes meeting solely online.  For major requirements, please see the Criminal Justice major in the College of Letters and Science section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Students may complete course work leading to the Bachelor of Applied Studies degree with a major in Leadership and Organizational Studies, or a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree with a major in Fire and Emergency Response Management.

The BAS Degree includes three components: (1) the General Education required course work, (2) course work to satisfy the Leadership and Organizational Studies or Fire and Emergency Response Management major coursework, and (3) elective courses to meet minimum graduation requirements.

General Education required course work: Students complete general education requirements by taking the approved general education courses. See General Education Grid Minimum University Requirement in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Transfer of general education course work: The Bachelor of Applied Studies degree program recognizes the Associate of Arts and Science degree from University of Wisconsin System institutions as having satisfied the program’s General Education requirements. Associate degrees from technical colleges and universities are evaluated on a course-by-course basis in accordance with UW Oshkosh transfer credit policies.

1. The Goal(s)

Administered by the OCE Division, the BAS degree program is designed especially for the working adult with an Associate’s Degree from a Wisconsin Technical College.

2. The Major(s)

 

A. The Leadership and Organizational Studies Major The Leadership and Organizational Studies major consists of cross-discipline studies in communications, leadership skills, conflict resolution and quantitative reasoning. The course work emphasizes verbal and written communication skills, problem solving and critical analysis. See Section VI for required course work.

    • Electives: Students are required to take elective credits to meet the 120-credit minimum for the BAS degree.
    • The Leadership and Organizational Studies major cannot apply more than 30 units (crs.) earned in business-related courses (as defined by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) to the BAS degree. This includes credits earned at UW Oshkosh as well as credits transferred into the degree program from other institutions.
    • A block of up to 45 credits from the AAS Major of a Wisconsin Technical College.
      Note: These credits will not apply or transfer out to any other UW Oshkosh degree program.
    • Approximately 15 General Education Credits from an approved Technical College.
    • Any additional credits to complete the required 41 General Education totals.
    • Prerequisites completed for all beginning coursework to include:
      • AAS degree from a WTCS institution with a 2.5 GPA
      • Communication 111
      • English 101, 110 or WBIS 188

 

B. The Fire and Emergency Response Management Major

    • The Fire and Emergency Response Management major consists of interdisciplinary theme and contemporary issue courses, research seminars and a final capstone seminar, all which emphasize verbal and written communication skills, problem solving and critical analysis. See section VI for required course work.
 
3. The Minor(s)
 
    • None offered. The BAS degree program does not require completion of a minor. Students may elect to minor in an area of interest outside of the BAS degree program (i.e., Business, English, Environmental Studies, Psychology, etc.). Availability of course work for completion of a minor outside of the BAS degree program is dependent upon departmental offerings for the minor selected.
 
4. The Certificate(s)
 
    • Emergency Management Certificate
    • Fire Service Management Certificate
    • Aviation Management Certificate
 

Admission/Graduation Requirements

 

BAS Degree

Admission to the BAS degree program is governed by the general admission policies of the University as stipulated in this Undergraduate Bulletin. Applicants to the BAS program must have successfully completed a high school diploma or Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED/HSED) and, in the case of reentry and transfer students, must enjoy good academic standing with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for all prior collegiate work.

In addition, applicants to a BAS degree program must have completed an approved AAS degree from a Wisconsin Technical College. (Graduates of other technical college or community college programs will be assessed on an individual basis.) Approved AAS programs are specific to the major to which the student is applying. Lists of approved AAS programs can be found on the OCE web site.

  • Graduation requirements:
    • The BAS Degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 earned semester credits, including required general education course work, the required courses for the Leadership and Organizational Studies major or the Fire and Emergency Response Management major and a sufficient number of elective credits to meet the 120 credit requirement.
  • General Baccalaureate Degree requirements:
    • At least 30 credits of the 120 semester credits applied to the degree must be earned in UW Oshkosh courses.
    • At least 15 of the final 30 semester credits applied to the degree must be earned in UW Oshkosh courses.
    • A minimum of 35 of the 120 semester credits must be earned in upper-level courses (courses recognized and numbered at the 300 and 400 level).
    • The BAS degree requires a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the following categories:
      • Official grade point average
      • All upper-level credits attempted
      • All credits in the major

 

Required Core Courses

See Majors section.

 

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

 

1. Leadership and Organizational Studies Major

  • Required Core Courses:
    • Liberal Studies 209  Critical Thinking and Writing 3 crs.
    • Liberal Studies 230  Introduction to Leadership 3 crs.
    • Liberal Studies 301  Contemporary Global Issues & Problems 3 crs.
    • Liberal Studies 302  Contemporary Technology and Trends 3 crs.
    • Liberal Studies 335  Transformative Leadership 3 crs.
    • Liberal Studies 336  Collaborative Leadership Dynamics 3 crs.
    • Liberal Studies 337  Conflict Resolution: Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration 3 crs.
    • Communication 322 Online Studies of Intercultural Communication for Adult Learners 3 crs.

A. Organizational Studies Emphasis

    • Required Credits: 39 minimum
    • Required Courses:  In addition to the Core Courses:
      • Liberal Studies 319 Creating Presentations in the Virtual Workplace 3 crs.
      • Liberal Studies 325 Introduction to Organizational Administration 3 crs.
      • Liberal Studies 405 Project Planning & Implementation 3 crs.
      • Liberal Studies 436 Capstone Applied Learning Project 3 crs
      • Liberal Studies 466 Applied Data Analysis 3 crs.

B.  Aviation Management Emphasis

    • Required Credits: 39 minimum
    • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
      • Liberal Studies 340 3 crs.  Aviation Law
      • Liberal Studies 341 3 crs.  Management of Airline Production & Operation
      • Liberal Studies 342 3 crs.  Aviation Labor Relations
      • Liberal Studies 343 3 crs.  Airline Management
      • Liberal Studies 415 3 crs.  Aviation/Aeronautics Systems Analysis
    •  

 2. Fire and Emergency Response Management Major

    • Required Credits: 45 minimum
    • Required Courses:
      • Liberal Studies 209 3 crs. Critical Thinking and Writing
      • Liberal Studies 230 3 crs. Introduction to Leadership
      • FERM 335 3 crs. Firm & Emergency Services Leadership
      • FERM 337  Conflict Resolution for Emergency Management or 338 Mentoring for  Emergency Services Personnel 3 crs.
      • FERM 351 3 crs. Occupational Safety & Health in Emergency Services
      • FERM 362 or Public Administration 362 3 crs. Public Personnel Administration
      • FERM 365 Public Administration 365 3 crs. Policies of Emergency Management
      • FERM 366 Public Administration 3 crs. Emergency Planning & Administration
      • FERM 401 3 crs. Fire Prevention & Risk Management
      • FERM 402 3 crs. Community Risk Reduction for the Fire & Emergency Services
      • FERM 408 3 crs. Management of Emergency Medical Services
      • FERM 436 3 crs. Applied Research in Emergency Management
      • Liberal Studies 463 3 crs. Budgeting for Program Managers or Public Administration 369 Government & Economy
      • Communication 322 3 crs. Online Studies of Intercultural Communication for Adult Learners
      • Public Administration 307 3 crs.
 

The Minor(s)

  • None
 

The Certificate(s)

  1. Emergency Management Certificate
  • Required Credits: 15 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 340 Introduction to Emergency Management  3 crs.
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 341 Technology in Emergency Management  3 crs.
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 342 Disaster Operations & Decision Making  3 crs.
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 365/Public Admin 365 Policies of Emergency Management  3 crs.
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 366/Public Admin 366 Emergency Planning and Administration  3 crs.

 2. Fire Service Management Certificate

  • Required Credits: 15 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 335 Fire & Emergency Services Leadership  3 crs.
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 351 Occupational Safety & Health in Emergency Services   3 crs.
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 401 Fire Prevention Organization & Management  3 crs.
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 402 Community Risk Reduction for Fire & Emergency Services  3 crs.
    • Fire & Emergency Response Management 408 Management of Emergency Services  3 crs.

 3. Aviation Management Certificate

  • Required Credits: 15 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Liberal Studies 340: Aviation Law
    • Liberal Studies 341: Management of Airline Productions and Operations
    • Liberal Studies 342: Aviation Labor Relations
    • Liberal Studies 343: Airline Management
    • Liberal Studies 415: Aviation/Aerospace Systems Analysis Methods

 

Course Offerings

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    307

3 (crs.)

Political and Legal Foundations for Emergency Services

This course examines the legal aspects of the fire service and political and social impacts of legal issues. This course includes a review of the American legal system, an 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. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 230; FERM major.

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    335

3 (crs.)

Fire & Emergency Service Leadership

This course will help students develop the following skills, all of which are necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department through the challenges and changes of the 21st century: persuasion and influences, accountable budgeting, anticipation of challenges and the need for change, and using specific management tools for analyzing and solving problems. A central part of the course focuses on haw the leadership of a fire and emergency services department develops internal and external cooperation to create a coordinated approach to achieving the department’s mission. Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Lib Stds 230 or department consent; declared FERM major or department consent.

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    337

3 (crs.)

Conflict Resolution for the Emergency Service

Designed to introduce emergency services leaders to the study of ADR, or Alternative Dispute Resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration. A variety of approaches for resolving conflict will be examined, from the adjudicative (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact finding) to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the meditative. Emphasis is given to the meditative process and its usefulness in the Fire and Emergency service industry. Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Lib Stds 230 or department consent; declared FERM major or department consent.

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    338

3 (crs.)

Mentoring for Emergency Services Personnel

This course will examine the principles and techniques of effective mentoring, the mentor as a change agent within the Fire and Emergency services and the impact mentoring programs have in organizational settings. Students will examine and critically analyze their own mentoring experiences and the content of existing programs, and propose recommendations on how to develop or enhance a mentoring culture within the Fire and Emergency services. Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Lib Stds 230 or department consent; declared FERM major or department consent.

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    340

3 (crs.)

Introduction to Emergency Management

This course will provide students with an understanding of emergency management and the historical development of the profession. Students will study the ways in which past events helped to shape the discipline and thoughts about its future directions. Topics will include predictive planning, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    341

3 (crs.)

Technology in Emergency Management

In this course students will learn how the coordinated application of emergency management principles and decision making are enhanced through the use of technology. Technology enables organizations involved in critical incident management to communicate in a variety of ways with each other as well as with the public. Students will learn how to prioritize and purchase technology tools that can be used to protect the community. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    342

3 (crs.)

Disaster Operations & Decision Making

This course adapts general concepts about sound decision-making and combines them with lessons learned from natural and human-caused disasters to create a new operational paradigm for disaster management. Emphasis is placed on team building, situational awareness, and operational systems that are typically incorporated into an Emergency Operations Center. These methods are designed to be incorporated into the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command Systems (ICS) framework to enhance community response to any type of disaster. Prerequisite: Liberal Studies 209

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    351

3 (crs.)

Occupational Safety and Health

This course will provide the student with the basic understanding of occupational safety and health in the workplace, as it relates to emergency services. Topics covered include historical perspectives, setting up safety and health programs and looking at risk management as a tool for reducing injuries and line of duty deaths. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to take the NFPA Pro- Board Certification exams for the Incident Safety Officer and Health and Safety Officer, administered by the Fire Department Safety Officer’s Association. Prerequisites: Lib Stds 209; & BAS-FERM major; Collaborative Nursing Program; Human SV; or Criminal Justice Online

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    362

3 (crs.)

Public Personnel Administration

Personnel concepts and techniques in public organization, staffing, career systems, affirmative action, public unionism, compensation, fringe benefits, motivation, evaluation, supervisor-supervisee relations, etc. Traditional, behavioral and reform approaches in personnel administration. This course is cross-listed. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor. 362/562

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    365

3 (crs.)

Policies of Emergency Management

This course will focus on the political processes, institutional structures, public policies and social phenomena associated with mitigating the likely effects of extreme events, responding to them and recovering from them. The course is intended to help emergency managers develop an understanding of how local, state, federal and intergovernmental politics affect and are affected by hazards, crises, disasters and other extreme events. This course is cross-listed. Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    366

3 (crs.)

Emergency Planning and Administration

This course will introduce the concepts, theories, principles and practices of emergency planning and administration. It is intended to provide students with the analytic tools and techniques they can use in ranking risks and anticipating crises and then developing and implementing strategic preparedness programs in the public sector. The course will identify the various aspects of government and nonprofit planning for emergencies and show how these plans are tied to budgets, operational controls and public accountability. This course is cross-listed. Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    401

3 (crs.)

Fire Prevention Organization & Management

This course examines the theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political and legal components of fire prevention. A methodology for development of a comprehensive fire prevention education plan will be discussed. Prerequisites: Lib Stds 209; declared FERM major or department consent.

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    402

3 (crs.)

Community Risk Reduction for the Fire & Emergency Services

This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical. sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk assessment and risk reduction. A methodology for development of a comprehensive risk reduction plan will be discussed. Prerequisites: Lib Stds 209; declared FERM major or department consent.

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    408

3 (crs.)

Management of Emergency Medical Services

This theory course focuses on the role of the professional fire and emergency manager as coordinator and member of the profession. Emphasis is on facilitating lifelong learning and enhancing the qualities of mind and character that are necessary to act in the public interest, ethics and legal issues in fire and emergency management are included throughout the course as well as the theories of leadership, decision-making, change, and the advocacy process. Prerequisites: Lib Stds 209 and FERM major or department consent. (Elective)

 

 

Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt    436

3 (crs.)

Applied Research in Emergency Management

This course examines the basic principles of research and methodology for analyzing current fire-related research. The course also provides a framework for conducting and evaluating independent research in areas such as the following: fire dynamics, firefighter health and safety, fire test standards and codes, fire safety, risk analysis and loss control, fire service applied research and new trends in fire related research. This course serves as the capstone experience for the Fire and Emergency Response Management major. Prerequisite: Department consent