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 - 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. 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 Student feedback

Feedback

Flexible engagement opportunities

Recommendation

Given the nature of this capstone unit and the different topics being explored by students, the flexibility to tailor student engagement sessions (for example, Zoom sessions) was appreciated by students. It is recomended that this flexible approach be maintained in future offerings.

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: 12 Jul 2021

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: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

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: 02 Aug 2021

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 (6 Aug 2021) 4:00 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

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: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Two (2) - Annotated Bibliography of Burning Interest Due: Week 8 Friday (10 Sept 2021) 4:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

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: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

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 (8 Oct 2021) 4:00 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 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 provide a summary that argues the importance of the topic to the emergency or disaster management context. To do so, you will draw on both peer-reviewed literature (for example, journal articles) plus at least one industry-based source (for example, a policy or procedure, strategy document, annual report or the like).


In your summary, you will introduce the topic, its link to the emergency or disaster management context and importantly, using the literature and industry documentation, argue why it is a pressing or important topic worth further exploration (addressed in a later task).


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).


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (6 Aug 2021) 4:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (27 Aug 2021)


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) - Annotated Bibliography of Burning Interest

Task Description

In assessment task two, you will expand on your assessment task one summary and produce an annotated bibliography (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) Annotated bibliography

In part 1), you will develop an annotated bibliography, which contains:
a) Ten (10) sources.
b) Seven (7) of the ten (10) sources MUST be peer-reviewed sources, and you must confirm their peer-reviewed nature in the title, see optional assessment template for an example.
c) Each source must be related to your burning interest.
d) Based on the ten (10) entries of the annotated bibliography, you are required to make a summary statement about possible future directions and/ or recommendations for addressing the burning interest (topic). This is a single summary statement of approx. 150-200 words.


Each annotated bibliography entry will be 150-200 words (1500 – 2000 words total) and the summary statement will also be 150-200 words. The combined total for Part 1) will be 1650 – 2200 words.


Part 2) Library search strategy
In part 2) you will provide a detailed account of the search strategy you used to locate the sources for the annotated bibliography. Using the CQUniversity Australia seven (7) step process for searching databases as a framework (the process can be found in the ‘Assessment Resources and Help’ section of the PMSC13007 eReading and in the Moodle site under Assessment) you will provide a description of the steps taken. Part 2) is to be presented as a table showing the actions, results, refinements you made along the way and the rationale for these actions and refinements. A template has been provided in the Moodle site under Assessment.


There is no set word count on part 2) as it will depend upon your particular actions and refinements.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (10 Sept 2021) 4:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (24 Sept 2021)


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 assessment task one and assessment task two together in order to communicate findings and directions related to your chosen topic (burning interest). Assessment task three has both a written and audio component.


Part 1) Written component.
For Part 1) you have two (2) options to choose from. Option 1 is a PowerPoint Presentation and Option 2 is a Poster Presentation (like you see at conferences). Your PowerPoint Presentation or Poster Presentation must include the following five (5) components:

  1. Brief description of the topic
  2. Rationale for your choice of topic (why is this an important issue)
  3. Summary statement about what the relevant literature says on the topic
  4. Three possible future directions/ recommendation(s) for enhancement
  5. How the proposed enhancement(s) are envisaged to improve practice/ an aspect of your work or volunteer context

Presentation guidelines for Option 1 PowerPoint Presentation
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.


Presentation guidelines for Option 2 Poster Presentation
The poster should include the title of your poster and your name. The Poster Presentation template and examples of Poster Presentations have been provided in the Assessment section of the Moodle site. The template is a PowerPoint slide, specially set up for developing Poster Presentations, which you will save as a PDF. The PDF file is what you submit for grading. You must also submit a reference list. For the Poster Presentation option, the reference list will be a separate document (Word or PDF). 


Part 2) Audio component
Part 2) is an expanded discussion of the topic and verbal presentation of the content from Part 1) Written component. The audio component is an MP3 file and can be submitted as a separate file, or for the PowerPoint Presentation option, you can embed the audio in your PowerPoint Presentation.


The audio presentation will be a maximum of 10 minutes in length.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 4:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)


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?