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CC60 - Bachelor of Emergency Service

Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Emergency Service recognises the increasingly complex industry and operational environment faced by emergency service workers plus the economic, social and environmental impact emergencies have on the community. By drawing on interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research from a range of emergency service related discipline areas, you will extend upon your current qualifications and work experience to explore in–depth a range of key concepts and perspectives. These concepts and perspectives will come from the areas of safety science, public health, community safety and education, plus management.  You will also gain important lifelong learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, which you can apply to a variety of employment opportunities and life situations. The degree's flexible structure and approach to delivery allow you to tailor this degree to meet your own needs by combining compulsory units with the choice of minor specialisation unit options.

Career Information

The Bachelor of Emergency Service supports graduates to operate in the increasingly complex environment faced by those working in the emergency service sector. In addition, this qualification provides a pathway for those holding Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications who wish to deepen their knowledge, for example in the areas of safety science, community safety and management for specialist roles in emergency service contexts.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
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 undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BEmergServ
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

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 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2015

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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
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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

Domestic Students

  • Diploma qualification from the national Public Safety Training Package
  • Diploma qualification from the national Police Training Package or
  • Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) (HLT50412 or earlier) from the Health Training Package from a State or Territory Ambulance Service or
  • Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) (HLT50412 or earlier) from the Health Training Package from other training providers considered on a case by case basis.
  • Other Vocational Education and Training (VET) training package qualification applicable to an emergency service role or context considered on a case by case basis.

International Students

  • Qualification equivalent to an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 5 Diploma from the Fire and Emergency Service or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) context
  • Refer to the international student section

NOTE: Students with an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 6 Advanced Diploma will be provided with additional credit for study undertaken.

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

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

Emergency service related areas.

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

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 10
2018 17
2017 15
2016 18
2015 17
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 movement, 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. Analyse technical and theoretical concepts that underpin practice in emergency contexts
  • 2. Integrate theory and research into everyday emergency service practice
  • 3. Develop and maintain community and industry partnerships to improve the prevention, preparedness, response to and recovery from emergency situations
  • 4. Formulate strategies to solve complex problems in emergency service contexts and settings
  • 5. Critically reflect on one's own practice in order to inform lifelong learning and continuous professional development.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Management Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Public Health, Community Safety and Education Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Safety Science Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 2 minors
Number of units: 10 Total credit points: 60

It is highly recommended that students undertake EMER12001 Emergency Services and the Community in the first term of study. 

The Bachelor of Emergency Service (BEmergServ) is open to students who have successfully completed a relevant emergency service qualification. Students may be admitted on the basis of either a Diploma or an Advanced Diploma qualification and appropriate credit will be made available. Students who are admitted on the basis of:

  • A Diploma qualification must complete all compulsory units, which consists of the 10 Compulsory Units listed below (that is, 1 from Block One and 9 from Block Two) and 2 minors from the 3 options available for this course.
  • An Advanced Diploma qualification must complete the 9 compulsory units from Block Two listed below and 1 minor from the 3 options available for this course.

Compulsory Units - Block One

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS11026 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety

Compulsory Units - Block Two

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EMER12001 Emergency Services and the Community
HRMT11011 Human Resource Management
OCHS12019 Human Factors
EMER13001 Community Safety and Education in Action
PBHL13002 Public Health Disaster Management
PMSC13008 Evaluating Emergency Services Risks
PMSC13007 Contemporary Emergency Services Issues
OCHS13022 Management of Fatigue Risk
EVST19022 Climate Change: Risk and Assessments
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 2 minors
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 2 minors

Public Health, Community Safety and Education Minor

Number of units: 3 Total credit points: 18

Note: Students who select HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning as part of their minor studies units are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 25 hours with a community agency.

Available units
Students must complete 3 from the following units:
HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems
GEOG19029 Applied Demography
EVST19007 Environmental Impact Assessment
PBHL13001 Public Health and Environmental Sustainability
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 2 minors
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.