CQUniversity Unit Profile
PBHL13002 Public Health Disaster Management
Public Health Disaster Management
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General Information

Overview

Since the 1960s, the occurrence of natural disasters globally has more than tripled. Extreme weather events are predicted to become even more frequent as our environment continues to change and communities will need to become more resilient if they are to withstand and recover from the effects of disasters. Disaster risk reduction and resilience is based upon a combination of risk reduction strategies combined with increasing intra- and inter-personal resilience, including building on existing strengths and relational networks. Individuals and communities are the starting point to build disaster resilience, consistent with Australia’s National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (2011) which underscores “shared responsibility” between governments and communities for disaster resilience. Connecting and working in partnership with the community is the aim in disaster risk reduction (DRR); building on existing networks, resources and strengths; identifying and supporting the development of community leaders; and empowering the community to exercise choice and take responsibility are some of the practical actions that can be undertaken to build a more resilient community. In this unit, you will review the historical aspects of disaster management, contrasting the traditional command and control method against the increasing involvement of the public/community in disaster management. You will examine the benefits and barriers to partnering with the broader community, identifying their level of commitment, making use of the community’s emerging skill base, and access to largely underutilised resources. By learning from authentic examples of emergency services and community interaction, you will be able to explore the concepts of engagement, preparedness and resilience and be able to participate in contemporary public health disaster management practices.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite of 96 credit points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Group Work
Weighting: 45%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation

Feedback

Assessment 2 could do with greater clarification.

Recommendation

Each assessment item and relevant marking criteria will be reviewed prior to term 2, 2021.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

Assessment 2's teamwork component was an excellent way to get a feel for working in a team.

Recommendation

For 2021, consider adding a resource on the skills needed to undertake effective teamwork.

Feedback from Personal reflection

Feedback

Practice-based seminars require updating.

Recommendation

Reinstate practice-based online forums with updated topics in 2021.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify prominent public health issues during and after disasters
  2. Analyse the history and focus of disaster management from a global and domestic perspective.
  3. Compare and contrast traditional command and control concepts of disaster management with contemporary community based disaster management frameworks.
  4. Evaluate and apply the community based disaster management framework as a means to build and maintain partnerships within the context of disaster management.
  5. Collaborate to plan a response to a disaster scenario based on current and emerging evidence.
  6. Communicate information relating to disaster management to a wide variety of audiences using both “air and ground” strategies, including through a variety of information technologies and engagement strategies, respectively.

The external accreditation link, i.e. enHealth Environmental Health Officer Skills and Knowledge Matrix, Part 3 - Applied Skills and Knowledge (2009) to relevant learning outcomes, is as follows:

1. Apply understanding of principles, policies and procedures that support public and environmental health emergency PPRR processes.

2. Identify and operate within emergency management structures and chain of command. Facilitate community engagement in planning for, responding to and recovering from incidents and emergencies.

3. Provide information and advice to communities and individuals on emergency planning, preparation, response and recovery (PPRR) processes. Facilitate community engagement in planning for, responding to and recovering from incidents and emergencies. Develop information strategies and campaigns to promote community capacity.

4. Identify, collect and apply data to prepare, plan, respond to and recover from incidents and emergencies. Work with others to apply public and environmental health knowledge and implement plans in high pressure/stressful situation. Determine and prioritise action required to respond to emergencies and incidents.

5. Liaise with and report to partner agencies/departments to develop, review and implement emergency and incident PPRR and disseminate information. Provide advice and leadership within enforcement agencies. Lead/participate in multi-disciplinary teams.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Group Work - 45%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Group Work - 45%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Dale Trott Unit Coordinator
d.trott@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Approaches to Public Health Disaster Management

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (Zoom): Introduction to the unit & Introduction to Assessment 1

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Legislative framework - Queensland & Australia

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 1- Online Quiz Opens: Week 2 Friday (23 Jul. 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Hazards

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (Zoom): Introduction to Assessment 2


Assessment task 1- Online Quiz Due: Week 3 Friday (30 Jul 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Hazards cont'd

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Hazards cont'd

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Working Tutorial (Zoom): Assessment 2 general help

MId-term break Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Building Community Resilience

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 2- Hazard analysis Due: Week 6 Friday (27 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Disaster Risk Reduction

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial (Zoom): Introduction to Assessment 3

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Partnering with communities in DRR

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Working Tutorial (Zoom): Assessment 3 general help

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Planning a disaster response

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Recovery

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Working Tutorial (Zoom): Assessment 3 general help

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Community partnerships in recovery

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Communication strategies

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 3- Community Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment task 1- Online Quiz

Task Description

  • The quiz will become available at 5:00pm on the Friday of Week 2 and remain open until Friday of Week 3.
  • There is no time limit to complete the quiz and you can save your quiz and return to it later (while the quiz is available).
  • You will get your final result from the quiz after the closing date showing which questions you got right or wrong. This will let you know what areas you need to study/revise.
  • You should choose the most correct answer.
  • There will be 12 quiz questions.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Friday (30 Jul 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

After the quiz has closed on Friday of Week 3.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The quiz will assess the student's knowledge of introductory disaster management; the hallmarks of traditional and contemporary approaches; legislation relating to disaster management in Queensland and Australia; and the structure & content of disaster management plans.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify prominent public health issues during and after disasters
  • Analyse the history and focus of disaster management from a global and domestic perspective.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Group Work

Assessment Title
Assessment task 2- Hazard analysis

Task Description

Part A: Report (80% of the grade allocated to assessment task 2)

A scenario of a extreme weather event impacting on the hypothetical community is provided on Moodle. As a team of public health professionals, you have been assigned the task of assisting to plan for the impending event.

Your task is to:

  1. analyse the scenario and identify potential disaster hazards that may create a risk to public health during and after the event;
  2. assess the risk posed by each disaster hazard;
  3. identify actions that need to be taken to reduce the risk posed by these disaster hazards, prioritised according to the risk they present; and
  4. write a report explaining the disaster hazards, prioritising them for action.

Remember that a disaster is when an event overwhelms a community's capacity to cope. In your report, you need to consider (among other things):

  • vulnerable groups
  • built environment
  • community infrastructure
  • available resources
  • industry
  • geography, climate & natural environment
  • communication
  • evacuation needs

As with any report, you should use appropriate evidence to support your findings. There is no prescribed format for this task, but your report should use relevant headings and subheadings to guide the reader. A Table of Contents and Executive Summary are not required.

Length: 3500 words (± 10% is acceptable).

Part B: Team participation (20% of the grade allocated to assessment task 2)
  1. Complete a self and peer assessment task evaluating the quality of participation from each of your team members and an assessment of your own contribution. This activity will contribute 15% of the grade allocated to Assessment Task 2.
  2. Complete a short reflection (no more than 500 words) on the way in which the team environment contributed to the problem-solving process and ways in which your own participation could have made work more effective. This activity will contribute 5% of the grade allocated to Assessment Task 2.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (27 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (10 Sep 2021)


Weighting
45%

Assessment Criteria

Your submission will be graded according to the following criteria:


Part A: (80% of the assessment grade)

Relevance (30%)

  • summarises relevant disaster hazards information from credible and reputable sources
  • report is relevant to the topics covered in the scenario
  • makes appropriate connections between evidence, opinion and recommendations
  • appropriately uses relevant tools to consider risks

Validity (40%)

  • depth and extent of discussion of the evidence presented
  • accuracy of the application of evidence to opinion and recommendations
  • opinion and recommendations have been based on critical thought, analysis of the evidence and synthesis of new ideas
  • depth and range of evidence provided in report

Organisation (20%)

  • quality of consideration of the required components- attention paid to relevant standards and/or legislation, identified hazards, controls, and corrective actions, etc., opinion is clearly expressed, recommendations are reasonable
  • structure and flow of information
  • coherence and clarity of expression (spelling, grammar, syntax)

Presentation (10%)

  • style and formatting of report
  • typographical matters (types, font, etc.)
  • referencing is consistent and in accordance with Harvard style
  • length (3500 words ± 20%)


Part B: (20% of the assessment grade)

  • Reliability
  • Time management
  • Group dynamics
  • Depth of reflection


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
The report will be submitted by the group. The self and peer assessment and reflection will be submitted individually.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify prominent public health issues during and after disasters
  • Compare and contrast traditional command and control concepts of disaster management with contemporary community based disaster management frameworks.
  • Evaluate and apply the community based disaster management framework as a means to build and maintain partnerships within the context of disaster management.
  • Collaborate to plan a response to a disaster scenario based on current and emerging evidence.
  • Communicate information relating to disaster management to a wide variety of audiences using both “air and ground” strategies, including through a variety of information technologies and engagement strategies, respectively.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment task 3- Community Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction

Task Description

Using the community profile previously provided, as a case study, write a discussion paper investigating how community participation and partnerships could enhance community disaster resilience, i.e. discuss community participation and partnerships as they enhance community disaster resilience. You should consider both disaster risk reduction, preparation and recovery contexts. Use current evidence from the scholarly literature and relevant humanitarian resources to support your ideas. You should format your paper as a publication for a relevant journal. An exemplar will be provided on Moodle as a guide. Word limit: 3000 words (± 20% is acceptable).


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Grade will be returned following certification of grades.


Weighting
35%

Minimum mark or grade
You must achieve a passing grade for this item and an overall composite grade of 50% to be eligible to pass the unit.

Assessment Criteria

Your submission will be graded according to the following criteria:

Relevance (30%)

  • summarises relevant information from credible and reputable sources
  • article is relevant to the issue under investigation
  • response activities to the reduction of risk factors
  • response activities are appropriate
  • response activities are thoroughly explained
  • effectiveness of the response activities is evaluated

Validity (50%)

  • depth and extent of discussion
  • discussion is thorough and logically presented
  • accuracy of the statements proposed
  • recommendations for future community participation and partnerships have been based on critical thought, analysis of the evidence and synthesis of new ideas
  • creativity in integrating existing evidence to propose solutions
  • depth and range of research

Organisation (10%)

  • structure and flow of information
  • coherence and clarity of expression (spelling, grammar, syntax)
  • all sources attributed

Presentation (10%)

  • style and formatting
  • typographical matters (types, font, headings etc)
  • referencing is consistent and in accordance with Harvard style
  • length (3000 words ± 20%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify prominent public health issues during and after disasters
  • Analyse the history and focus of disaster management from a global and domestic perspective.
  • Compare and contrast traditional command and control concepts of disaster management with contemporary community based disaster management frameworks.
  • Evaluate and apply the community based disaster management framework as a means to build and maintain partnerships within the context of disaster management.
  • Communicate information relating to disaster management to a wide variety of audiences using both “air and ground” strategies, including through a variety of information technologies and engagement strategies, respectively.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

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