MAN 5124 Crisis Management and Logistics

MAN 5124 Crisis Management and Logistics

Course code: 
MAN 5124
Department of Accounting and Operations Management
Course coordinator: 
Marianne Jahre
Course name in Norwegian: 
Crisis Management and Logistics
Product category: 
EMM - Security management and Cultural understanding, Specialisation
2017 Autumn
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

Crisis management, also called emergency - , disaster -, and/or risk management, depending on the context, is more important than ever. Political instability and climate change are among drivers that increase the number of manmade and natural disasters globally, affecting increasing numbers of people and creating more economic damage. The aim of this course is to provide students with tools, knowledge and understanding, enabling them to work with developing and implementing disaster preparedness and response in various contexts. The course will be a meeting arena for different actors involved including municipal, governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations, civil protection and military forces, commercial companies and financial institutions. A major aspect of any disaster preparedness, response, and recovery is the organizing of supply chains to secure provisions. Accordingly, the course will put specific emphasis on the logistics of disaster and crisis management.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The main learning outcome targets are that students shall have the

  • Knowledge of key concepts such as mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Knowledge of main methods for preparedness and response planning, risk analysis and audit.
  • Knowledge of actors involved in crisis management and logistics and their different roles.  
  • Understanding of the interconnection between the phases in the disaster cycle.
  • Understanding of traditional and new approaches to crisis management.
Learning outcomes - Skills

The students shall have the ability to

  • Critically, systematically and autonomously utilize concepts, methods, and tools for risk/emergency/security analysis, planning and evaluation
  • Develop and evaluate preparedness plans
  • Present and discuss his/her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in speech and writing to different audiences in national and international contexts
  • Work constructively in a team and communicate effectively with people from other disciplines and contexts
Learning Outcome - Reflection

Goals defined for the entire Master Program apply for this course as well:

  • After having completed the course, the students shall be able to make independent decisions and contribute to major decision-making processes that have a strong focus on security issues.
  • The students shall be able to take ethical responsibility and supervise other people in an independent and reflective way.
  • The students shall be aware of their opportunities and constraints as regards knowledge about their surroundings and the alternative courses of action at their disposal.
Course content

Module 1: The arena

  • Introduction & course concept (Chapter 1)
  • Hazards, risk and vulnerability (Chapters 2 & 3)  
  • Local, national and international participants (chapters 8, 9 & 10)
  • Special considerations  (chapter 11)


Module 2: The preparing

  • Mitigation and Preparedness (chapters 4 & 5)
  • Securing provisions - logistics preparedness & planning (articles)


Module 3: The doing

  • Response and Recovery (chapters 6 & 7)
  • Leadership and learning (articles)
  • Simulation/training  (field, table-top and/or web-based)
Learning process and requirements to students

Nine teaching days in three 3-day modules, amounting to 72 hours. The students must expect to use at least 400 study hours, which is the norm for 15 ECTS. In addition, students have one reading day per week and some extra time for working on the term paper. Students are responsible for obtaining information given in the lectures not posted on the program website/itslearning or in other course material.

We recommend you to take the E-learning course at offered by Harvard for free. It will give you a good introduction to and understanding of the international context, with a particular focus on humanitarian assistance.

Attendance in simulations/trainings during the course is strongly recommended.

The students are evaluated based on and individual home examination and a term paper written in groups of up to three persons accounting for 15 ECTS credits. We recommend starting the work on the term paper early to supplement classroom learning. The term paper should be 15-20 pages and will concern application of methods, tools, and concepts on a situation in practice, e.g. from own workplace. 

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Bachelor degree, corresponding to 180 credits from an accredited university, university college or similar educational institution
The applicant must be at least 25 years of age
At least four years of work experience. For applicants who have already completed a master’s degree, three years of work experience are required. (two years of work experience are required for applicants employed at The Norwegian Armed Forces)

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
MAN 51241
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
60No1 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
MAN 51242
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
40No48 Hour(s)Individual
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Exam code:MAN 51241
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:48 Hour(s)
Exam code:MAN 51242
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 15 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 400 hours.