The Master of Emergency and Disaster Management recognises the changing nature of emergency and disaster management in Australia and the important role research and evidence-based practice play in underpinning contemporary perspectives and approaches. As a student in this course, you will draw upon the multidisciplinary nature of emergency and disaster management to explore current and emerging trends in national and international approaches, as well as the key concepts and perspectives that underpin contemporary emergency and disaster management practice. This course initially introduces you to the fundamental concepts and frameworks that underpin the effective management of emergencies and disasters and helps you develop a comprehensive understanding of the nature of hazards and disasters. You will be introduced to the key stakeholders involved with emergency and disaster management, explore the historical and contemporary principles, policies, and legal frameworks guiding the field of practice. The unit will explore local and global concepts of emergency and disaster management and the models, systems and processes required to effectively mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from various disasters. This course draws on expertise from various disciplines in the university, such as occupational health and safety and public health, to ensure a holistic approach to emergency and disaster management. You will gain skills in leadership, crisis communication, risk management and strategic operations, which you will need to meet and fulfil the requirements of employment in a disaster and emergency role. Graduates of this course will be able to use this qualification in various multidisciplinary settings, including emergency service and response agencies, public safety, humanitarian aid organisations, governmental and non-governmental organisations, both nationally and internationally.
This course is aimed at people wanting to enter into or who are working in emergency and disaster management that wish to change or advance their careers in this area. This may include people who are in the public safety or emergency services, volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, military personnel, 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.
Possible future job titles:
Emergency management officer, Emergency Management Coordinator, Advisor Emergency Management, Coordinator Emergency Management, Emergency Management Work Health Safety Coordinator, Senior Director/Director/Consultant - Safety, Security And Emergency Management, Disaster Manager, Emergency Management Project Officer, Emergency Planner, Emergency Management Trainer, Disaster Planner, Disaster Recovery Specialist, Disaster Resilience Officer, amongst many others.
|Duration||3 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||72|
|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 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||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||MEDM|
|AQF Level||Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)|
Indicative Year - 2023
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:
English Language Proficiency 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:
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 with a minimum 5.5 ineach subset; or
• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper BasedTest), 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.
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.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
|Interim Awards||CC27 - Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management CM39 - Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster Management|
|Exit Awards||CC27 - Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management CM39 - Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster Management|
No Residential School for this course.
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice|
|2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice|
|5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level|
|6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences|
|7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability|
|10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Communicate, interact and collaborate with others effectively in culturally or linguistically diverse contexts in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 12||Total credit points: 72|
This course will not be offered full time.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|DSMG28001||Foundations of Emergency and Disaster Management|
|DSMG20003||Research for Emergency and Disaster Management|
|DSMG29001||Disaster Risk Reduction|
|DSMG29002||Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management|
|DSMG29003||Building Adaptive Capacity in Communities|
|DSMG29004||Contemporary Issues in Emergency and Disaster Management|
|SAFE20018||Fatigue Risk Management|
|DSMG29006||Volunteerism and the Community|
|PBHL20005||Global Public Health|
|SAFE20011||Exposures and Health Risk|
|DSMG29005||Community Safety and Education|