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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Social Sciences


Dr Caroline Spencer



  • First semester 2016 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Second semester 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


The unit is the core discipline unit for the field of study. The unit includes international disaster epidemiology, the disaster cycle, the science and contemporary models of disaster preparedness and management. The unit will introduce national and international organisations, academic resources and an introduction to the multi-disciplinary approach and the community, social and political concepts of disasters and disaster management. A major consideration will be an overview of the personal attributes and emergency management leadership required in disaster preparedness and management. Students will apply the principles in this unit to their respective professional practice.


By the completion of the unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Enhance their ability to perform in their role as community-based emergency services professionals;
  2. Describe the international classification and scope of disasters;
  3. Describe the international trends in disaster epidemiology in Australia, Oceania and Asia, with a specific focus on the student's local or professional environments;
  4. Explain the phases in the natural history of disasters;
  5. Explain the phases of the emergency management cycle;
  6. Outline contemporary models and principles relating to the science of disaster preparedness and management;
  7. Outline the academic resources available in this field;
  8. Outline the national infrastructure, and international relations, relating to Disaster Preparedness and Management;
  9. Describe the personal attributes and emergency management leadership required in the multi-disciplinary approach to disaster preparedness and management;
  10. Outline the impact of political and social contexts of disasters.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MDM4010, MDM4110, MIR4110