CQUniversity Unit Profile
PMSC13007 Contemporary Emergency Services Issues
Contemporary Emergency Services Issues
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General Information

Overview

This unit is a survey of contemporary issues related to emergency and disaster management, with a focus on those issues that have particular resonance for you and your specific industry context. From the broader pool of identified issues, you will select one contemporary emergency or disaster management related issue of interest and investigate that issue in some depth. Based on your investigation, you will then identify future directions and recommendations, and communicate your findings in a genre that is appropriate to the academic community and your specific industry context.

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 is PMSC13008 Evaluating Emergency Services Risks.

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 - 2020

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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Presentation
Weighting: 40%

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 Have your Say

Feedback

Student scaffolding

Recommendation

Students are required to select an issue of interest from their work or industry context and use that issue throughout their assessment work. It is recommended that additional resources and tips be provided to guide the selection of an issue appropriate to unit requirements.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify a contemporary issue impacting the emergency or disaster management contexts
  2. Locate appropriate peer-reviewed literature and industry-based literature relevant to a contemporary emergency or disaster management issue
  3. Critique literature relevant to an identified issue
  4. Evaluate the located literature in order to formulate future directions and recommendations for addressing the identified issue
  5. Communicate findings and directions in a genre that is appropriate to the academic community and the specific emergency or disaster management context.
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
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation - 40%
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)
  • Zoom capacity (web cam and microphone)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Helen Keen Dyer Unit Coordinator
h.keendyer@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Stage One: Selecting and preparing a topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Unit welcome, unit overview and guidance on selecting an appropriate assessment topic (burning interest) - Online Classroom (Wednesday 6.30 to 7.00pm AEST)

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Stage One: Selecting and preparing a topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Stage One: Selecting and preparing a topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task one drop-in session - Online Classroom (Wednesday 6.30 to 7.00pm AEST)

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Two: Reviewing the literature for the topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment One (1) - Burning Interest in Emergency and Disaster Management Due: Week 4 Friday (7 Aug 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Two: Reviewing the literature for the topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Two: Reviewing the literature for the topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task two drop-in session - Online Classroom (Wednesday 6.30 to 7.00pm AEST)

Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Two: Reviewing the literature for the topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Two: Reviewing the literature for the topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Two (2) - Literature Review of Burning Interest Due: Week 8 Friday (11 Sept 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Three: Refining and presenting your topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Three: Refining and presenting your topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task three drop-in session - Online Classroom (Wednesday 6.30 to 7.00pm AEST)

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Three: Refining and presenting your topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Stage Three: Refining and presenting your topic (burning interest)

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Three (3) - Bringing it all Together Due: Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment One (1) - Burning Interest in Emergency and Disaster Management

Task Description

In assessment task one, you will select a topic (burning interest) and write a short overview. In addition, you will outline the search strategy (and individual steps) used to source the literature you selected for the overview.  


Please note: the topic you select will be unique to you and your specific area of interest in emergency and disaster management. The topic will be used for all assessment work, so please carefully consider your choice. You can pick any emergency or disaster management-related topic, which you consider is both important to the context you work (or volunteer) in and one that can be improved upon, that is, you can make recommendations for enhancement (addressed in a later task).


As such, assessment task one is broken into two parts.

Part 1) Topic Overview
In part 1) you will provide the topic overview. In this overview you will a) describe the topic, b) identify how the preliminary literature you sourced informed your topic selection, and c) based on the literature found, argue why the chosen topic (burning interest) is important to your particular work or volunteer context.


Part 2) Literature search
In part 2), you must provide an overview of the literature search strategy (including the individual steps) you used to find relevant literature. The strategy may be presented in a format that best suits you, including in a table.


Assessment task one is 650 - 800 words (approx.) and must be supported by appropriate literature.


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (7 Aug 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Vacation Week Friday (21 Aug 2020)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this unit are in the form of a detailed rubric, which is available from the Moodle site. However, broadly you will be assessed on:

- Knowledge of contemporary emergency or disaster management related issues, with depth in a selected topic
- Application of knowledge and skills in relation to the selected topic
- Communication and presentation


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify a contemporary issue impacting the emergency or disaster management contexts
  • Locate appropriate peer-reviewed literature and industry-based literature relevant to a contemporary emergency or disaster management issue
  • Critique literature relevant to an identified issue


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment Two (2) - Literature Review of Burning Interest

Task Description

In assessment task two, you will expand on your topic overview and produce a short literature review (for the topic you selected in assessment task one) and an overview of the steps you undertook in your literature search. As such, assessment task two consists of two parts.


Part 1) Literature Review
The literature review is your description and analysis of the available literature and should help reinforce the key ideas and concepts related to your interest and the reasons why your topic is important. It should also make a summary comment about the recommendations that are made within the literature you have selected (you will expand on these and make your own recommendations in a later assessment task).


Your submission should have at least 10 (maximum 15) references. A vast majority of the references must be peer-reviewed articles, but some may be non-peer reviewed sources, such as books/book chapters, government documents, news articles, non-peer-reviewed articles and/or web pages.


Part 2) Literature search strategy
In part 2), you will provide an overview of the literature search strategy (including the individual steps) you used to find your sources. You may present part 2) in any format, including a table. 


Assessment task two will be approximately 1700 2000 words (approx.).


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (11 Sept 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (25 Sept 2020)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this unit are in the form of a detailed rubric, which is available from the Moodle site. However, broadly you will be assessed on:
- Knowledge of the literature related to contemporary emergency or disaster management issues, with depth in a selected topic
- Knowledge of the elements that relate to a selected topic
- Application of the literature relevant to a selected topic
- Communication and presentation


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Locate appropriate peer-reviewed literature and industry-based literature relevant to a contemporary emergency or disaster management issue
  • Critique literature relevant to an identified issue
  • Evaluate the located literature in order to formulate future directions and recommendations for addressing the identified issue


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

3 Presentation

Assessment Title
Assessment Three (3) - Bringing it all Together

Task Description

In assessment task three, you will bring the threads of your overview and literature review together and deliver a presentation related to your chosen topic (burning interest). As such, this assessment task has both a written and audio component.


Part 1)
Written component – this written component takes the form of an abstract (like the ones in the journal articles you drew on for your literature review).

Your abstract will include four components (approximately 250 - 300 words), including:

  1. Your topic and why it is important
  2. Summary statement of the relevant literature
  3. Broad recommendation(s) for enhancement
  4. How the enhancement(s) are envisaged to improve practice/ an aspect of your context

Part 2) Written component - a PowerPoint presentation which speaks to the above points (which you will use as the basis of your audio component). The PowerPoint presentation will have a maximum of 15 slides. The first slide should include the title of your presentation and your name. The last slide will be a reference list.


Part 3)
Audio component – the audio component is an MP3 file (or embedded audio in your Powerpoint) of your presentation. The presentation itself is an extrapolation (expanded discussion of the topic) and verbal presentation of the abstract you submitted in part 1). The audio presentation can be a maximum of 10 minutes.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (23 Oct 2020)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this unit are in the form of a detailed rubric, which is available from the Moodle site. However broadly, you will be assessed on:
- Knowledge of the literature related to contemporary emergency or disaster management related issues, with depth in a selected topic
- Ability to analyse a selected topic and relevant literature in order to make a recommendation for enhancement
- Ability to communicate (present) the topic and literature relevant to a selected topic
- Communication and presentation


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate the located literature in order to formulate future directions and recommendations for addressing the identified issue
  • Communicate findings and directions in a genre that is appropriate to the academic community and the specific emergency or disaster management context.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology 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.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

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.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?