HSEM 210 : Exercise Design and Evaluation

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop, conduct, evaluate and report effective exercises that test a community’s operations plan and operational response capability. Throughout the course, participants will learn about topics including exercise program management, design and development, evaluation, and improvement planning. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC).


HSEM102 and HSEM120 or coordinator approval.

Course Outcomes

  1. Examine the value of exercises to improve the four phases of comprehensive emergency management.
  2. Outline the basic components of a comprehensive exercise program based off of area risk assessment.
  3. Examine the importance of designing a comprehensive and progressive exercise program to meet the needs of your organization or community based off the Target Capabilities List (TCL)/Universal Task List (UTL).
  4. Describe the organization of an exercise design team.
  5. Distinguish the purposes and characteristics of a tabletop exercise, functional exercise and full-scale exercise.
  6. Outline the steps in facilitating a tabletop exercise.
  7. Differentiate designing a functional exercise from designing a tabletop exercise.
  8. Recognize the physical requirements and participant roles in a functional exercise.
  9. Differentiate designing a full-scale exercise from designing a functional exercise.
  10. Determine planning considerations for site selection and scene management for a full-scale exercise.
  11. Break down the tasks in the exercise evaluation process.
  12. Outline resources available for exercise enhancement.
  13. Design a small functional exercise using the seven building blocks of design process.