Business Continuity Management (BCM)

Learn to address the whole life cycle of business and organizational continuity planning, operation and enhancement.

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4 Years


Degree Programs
Program TitleBusiness Continuity Management
Exit Award(s)Associate Degree / Diploma

Higher Diploma

Bachelor of Science

Academic Unit offering the programFaculty of Resilience
Program ChairDr. Matthew Ellis
Duration2 – year Associate Degree / Diploma

3 – year Higher Diploma

4 – year  Bachelor of Science

No. of Credits60 credits – Associate Degree / Diploma

90 credits – Higher Diploma

120 credits – Bachelor of Science

Delivery Site(s)Rabdan Academy
Mode(s) of DeliveryFace-to-Face (maximum of up to 25% online courses)
Mode(s) of StudyFull-Time / Part-Time

The program prepares graduates as leaders who are able to manage a multidisciplinary team in the application of standard, ethical, practices, procedures, and technologies to identify threats, assess risk, and implement organisational, interagency, business continuity solutions to enhance resilience of the nation.

The program was developed to meet the educational and security goals of the Abu Dhabi Plan. Specifically, in the education sector, the program empowers students through improving and enhancing their capacities and skills; provides a driving and supporting environment for research, sciences and technology; and promotes the system and culture of innovation. For the security sector, the program qualifies employees for maintaining of security and safety; and enhancing the cooperation and collaboration in various national security scopes and area.

The Business Continuity Management program addresses the whole life cycle of business and organisational continuity planning, operation, and enhancement. Courses in the program cover organisational support and development of plans to support the resilience of the whole of the UAE. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, simulation exercises, and applied real-world scenarios, students learn team organisation, professional ethics, interagency operations, and resilience through the core principles of contemporary relevance, integration, cooperation, multi-agency coordination, and interoperability. Graduates are leaders who contribute to the safety, security, defence, emergency preparedness, and crisis management (SSDEC) for resilience of the nation.

  • Have relevant technological skills, knowledge, and abilities for employment as a manager in the SSDEC sector.
  • Work, lead, and communicate effectively in a team to achieve common goals.
  • Apply standards, ethical practices, procedures, and technologies to collect information, conduct risk assessment, and develop effective programs.
  • Implement organisational, interagency solutions to strengthen the SSDEC community and build national resilience capacities.
  • Expand knowledge and capabilities through continuing education, certification, and other lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Fulfil civic duties and responsibilities through local, national, or global service.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles, theory and frameworks applicable to solving problems related to organizational business continuity management.
  • Apply research methodologies and techniques to identify the broader role that organisational business continuity management plays in the resilience of the nation and society as a whole.
  • Analyse the organisational, legal, social and ethical problems relevant to organisational business continuity management and formulate resilience-based solutions.
  • Communicate effectively through written and oral methods comprehensive risk management practices as the basis for developing business continuity management programs.
  • Work independently in a collaborative setting to generate innovative solutions for complex crisis situations within business continuity management contexts.
  • Take responsibility for self-improvement to foster a life-long learning culture.
  • Apply business continuity knowledge, skills and abilities including the ability to synthesize different or conflicting ideas to formulate effective data driven outcomes.


Program Courses that are approved for Optional Online Delivery
Code Title
IEM101Introduction to Risk Management
IEM103Emotional Intelligence and Personal Resilience
IEM201Introduction to Crisis Leadership/SSDEC Planning
BCM202Developing Specific Plans and Procedures for BCM
SEC100Introduction to Academic Studies
SEC320Resilience Program Validation
SEC302Applied Stakeholder Analysis
SEC403Strategic Planning


Semester One

Semester (1)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
BCM100Introduction to BCM3
SEC100Introduction to Academic Studies (Gen Ed – SBS)3
MTH101General Education Mathematics (Gen Ed – NSM)3
ENG210English 2 (Gen Ed)3
IEM103Emotional Intelligence & Personal Resilience3


Semester (2)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
IEM101Introduction to Risk Management3
IEM100Introduction to IEM3
BCM201BCM Program Creation and Organizational Risk Assessment3BCM100
EMS100Emirates Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)3
ISL100Islamic Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)3


Semester (3)
IEM201Introduction to Crisis Leadership/SSDEC Planning3IEM100
BCM202Developing Specific Plans and Procedures for BCM3BCM201
HUM100Ethical Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)3
ARA100Arabic Studies (Gen Ed – HFA)3
Elective 13


Semester (4)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
HLS310Supply Chain Security3
SEC290Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Gen Ed – SBS)3
SEC301Critical National Infrastructure Protection3IEM101
Elective 23
Elective 33


Semester (5)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
SEC302Applied Stakeholder Analysis3
BCM301Awareness and Training Program Development3BCM201
ENG310English 3 (Gen Ed)3
SCI100Environment, Health and Safety (Gen Ed)3
Elective 43


Semester (6)

CodeNameCreditsPre Req
SEC320Resilience Program Validation3BCM202
BCM302BCM for Ministries and Promotion of BCM3BCM201
MGT100Management Fundamentals  (Gen Ed – SBS)3
SEC303Introduction to Research Methods3ENG310
Elective 53


Semester (7)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
SEC403Strategic Planning3
Elective 63
Elective 73
Elective 83


Semester (8)
CodeNameCreditsPre Req
SEC490Project in SSDEC Management3SEC303 /
81 credits
SEC210Systems and Technologies (Gen Ed)3
BCM401Comparative Approaches to BCM3BCM302
Elective 93
Elective 103


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