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CC27 - Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management

Overview

Course Overview

Natural disasters are expected to become more frequent and severe. This course provides professionals from a broad range of disciplines to develop skills and knowledge in community-based disaster management across the four phases of a disaster: preparation; prevention; response and recovery. It is strongly based on the Australian National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. Students completing this course will understand the model of community-based disaster management, develop a wide range of communication skills to facilitate community-based disaster management, develop both collaborative and transactional leadership styles and know when it is appropriate to use these style of leadership, develop interoperative capacities and strategies to ensure services, agencies and communities are best prepared and able to respond effectively to natural disasters.

Career Information

This course is targeted at people working in emergency service agencies; professionals working in private, government, non-government and community-based organisations who play a role in emergency and disaster management; and those with a personal and/or professional interest in the field.

Course Details
Duration 1 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 24
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).
Expected Hours of Study Each unit at this level, typically requires 192 hours of student commitment over a period of 12 weeks.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradCertDM
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2023

Online

Term 1 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2023

Online

Term 1 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

A Bachelors degree or equivalent. Students applying on the basis of equivalency will be assessed individually by the Head of Course and will be required to demonstrate a minimum of 5 years experience in emergency or disaster management services across a range of roles through the submission of a portfolio outlining: roles and responsibilities of work positions; other documentation that supports application.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Nil required

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

DSMG20003 - Students will be currently working in the area. We will be drawing on their experiences and using these to link to the theory of disaster management response.
DSMG20001 - Students will be currently working in the area. We will be drawing on their experiences and using these to link to the theory of disaster management preparation.
DSMG20004 - Students will be currently working in the area. We will be drawing on their experiences and using them to link to the theory of disaster management recovery.
DSMG20002 - Students will be currently working in the area. We will be drawing on their experiences and using these to link to the theory of disaster management mitigation.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 23
2020 24
2019 15
2018 11
2017 2
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and take responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.
  • Demonstrating the applicable codes of ethics as they apply in the practice of emergency services and disaster management.
  • Demonstrating respect for cultural diversity as well as individual differences and capacities in emergency services and disaster management practice.
  • Treating personal information obtained in professional settings as private and confidential.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner that shows respect for difference, including when dealing with difficult situations.
  • Successfully processing your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with stressful situations that can arise in emergency services and disaster management practice.
  • Maintaining behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your own personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from others and situations in a professional setting.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating your emergency services or disaster management knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Actively participating in discussion and course activities with appropriate use and command of language relevant to the context.
  • Establishing rapport with a wide range of emergency services and disaster management stakeholders as well as members of the public from differing socio-cultural environments.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, body movements, gestures and eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course and in professional practice.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing accurate written reports for a range of purposes and audiences that also meet professional and legal standards.
  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, skills to engage in on-line learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Competently using productivity software such as Microsoft Office in your course of study.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and performing professional skills within reasonable set time-frames.
  • Constructing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in a professional setting.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Building and maintaining positive working relationships in stressful or difficult situations.
  • Relating to and building rapport with different stakeholders from across the community in emergency and disaster management situations. 
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Critically reflecting on emergency and disaster management situations that may/may not have gone well, and taking the learning point(s) from that situation.
  • Give deep thought to topics taught during the course and their application to emergency and disaster management contexts and situations.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course and professional experience to the required standard and for the required duration.
  • Performing with the required mental energy and endurance to correctly fulfil emergency services and disaster management practice and requirements.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Demonstrating the skills of collaborating with fellow students and colleagues, modifying and reflecting on practice, or modifying and reflecting on work in response to supervisor feedback.
  • Rapidly building rapport with colleagues and stakeholders in order to engage them in effective emergency services and disaster management practice, for example during difficult situations and crisis situations.
  • Critically self-reflecting on situations that may/may not have gone well, and taking the learning point(s) from that situation.
  • Interacting and engaging with individuals and groups in emergency services and disaster management practice in a respectful and culturally competent manner in a wide variety of contexts.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Evaluate the benefits and challenges of community-based disaster management.
  • 2. Implement appropriate strategies to instigate and maintain the necessary partnerships for community-based disaster management.
  • 3. Identify appropriate resources and strategies for a variety of natural disaster related scenarios and contexts.
  • 4. Justify decisions associated with disaster management scenarios and contexts on evidence.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications
11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications
13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
14. Course content drawn from higher education units
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Disaster preparation

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
DSMG20001 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management

Disaster mitigation

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
DSMG20002 Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster response

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
DSMG20003 Research for Emergency and Disaster Management

Disaster recovery

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
DSMG20004 Building Adaptive Capacity
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.