Workplace Violence: A Guide to Responding and Preventing

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Course Description

The goal of this course is to provide you with comprehensive information on the topic of workplace violence and related topics. Our audience can be anyone interested in the topic or anyone who needs the information for professional, personal, or other reasons.

Workplace violence can be a major and growing concern for employees and employers. Here is some of what we will cover in this course.


  • Definitions of workplace violence
  • Facts about workplace violence and its impact on business
  • Creating an effective workplace preparedness plan
  • Avoidance strategies
  • What kind of workplace culture breeds violence
  • Prevention strategies
  • Intervention strategies
  • Early warning signs
  • Background checks
  • Training considerations
  • Emergency codes and procedures
  • Legal obligations
  • Violence on a college campus
  • Cyber threats

Unfortunately, workplace violence is a reality today. This course will give you information to help you minimize the chance of it happening at your workplace and also help you survive in the event you are involved in an incident of violence on the job. We cover what an employer can do to reduce workplace violence and what an employee can do. We also cover how no industry and no one person are immune. Workplace violence can happen to anyone in any industry. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Welcome and Overview

Lesson 2: What are the Facts about Workplace Violence

Lesson 3: Creating an Effective Workplace Preparedness Plan

Lesson 4: Culture and Workplace Violence

Lesson 5: Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Lesson 6: Defense of Self and Others

Lesson 7: Environmental Factors and Emergency Codes

Lesson 8: Violence on College Campuses

Lesson 9: Increasing Awareness and Vigilance

Lesson 10: Example of a Workplace Violence Program

Lesson 11: Workplace Violence as a Global Concern

Lesson 12: Readiness and Response Overview

Lesson 13: Workplace Aggression

Lesson 14: Legal Obligations and Emerging Concerns

Lesson 15: Overview and Conclusions

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a brief quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.


Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the facts and statistics about workplace violence.
  • Describe creating an effective workplace preparedness plan.
  • Describe culture and workplace violence.
  • Know prevention and intervention strategies.
  • Describe defense of self and others.
  • Know environmental factors and emergency codes.
  • Know violence on college campuses.
  • Know readiness and response overview.
  • Know legal obligations and emerging concerns, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Exam 150
Exam 250
Exam 350
Exam 450
Exam 550
Exam 650
Exam 750
Exam 850
Exam 950
Exam 1050
Exam 1150
Exam 1250
Exam 1350
Exam 1450
Exam 1550
Final Exam350
Total Points:1100

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