Course Description

Business resilience, according to CIO magazine, "is the ability to rapidly adapt and respond to business disruptions, safeguard people and assets, while maintaining continuous business operations. Business resilience planning provides guidance for ensuring the ability of personnel to respond, resume, and restore to a pre-determined level of operation following a disruption." Careful planning and creating a business continuity plan is essential to detailing how your organization will maintain business functions or quickly resume them in the event of a major disruption.

This hybrid online course explores the steps to creating action plans for organizational response and recovery for various disruptions to continuing business operations. Participants will prepare and organize an online presentation of their strategies and plans as a final project.

Course Outline

The following is the program outline:

  • Program overview, definitions, guidance and program management
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Training and education
  • Exercises and tests maintenance and continuous quality improvement
  • Putting it all together - final project plan and presentation

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to use the knowledge gained to:

  • Identify organizational threats, hazards and risks
  • Analyze the impact from disruptions on the organizaiton's ability to continue operations
  • Describe critical functions and dependencies
  • Organize tasks, procedures and resources
  • Develop plan for response, recovery and operational continuity
  • Evaluate the efficacy of their plans in preparedness [readiness], response, and recovery for organizational sustainability.


E komo mai! Laulima is the University of Hawai‘i’s course management and collaborative resources tool. You will be using Laulima for this online course and will receive an email notification from your instructor prior to the start of the class. In the meantime, please view the following videos to get acquainted with this system.


A brief introduction to basic concepts in Laulima


Presentations on specific tasks & tool usage in Laulima (in Flash, PowerPoint, or HTML format):



Please note that students are expected to be online at least 2-5 hours per week to complete the coursework. There will not be specific times to meet online, however, there will be specific assignments to work on and submit every week. Coursework will be on Laulima. Access to Laulima will be given by the instructor once you are enrolled. You will be notified via email of your Laulima login information.

For questions regarding the course, please contact Shirley at 734-9701. For questions regarding registration, please contact the Noncredit Registration Office at 734-9211.

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