DSMG20001 - Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Drawing on your own experience, you will explore the concept of leadership, particularly how leadership styles impact an emergency and disaster management environment. You will differentiate between leadership and management in the strategic and crisis contexts unique to emergency and disaster management. Using examples specific to your experience, you will consider the challenges faced by leaders in this sector. In addition, you will consider the important role effective leadership plays in developing and maintaining relationships within the community, and across the constellation of disciplines which play a role in emergency and disaster management.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Unit Evaluation comments (Have Your Say)
The unit was delivered in a very flexible format and was very instructive. The readings were very good, supported by some Power-point presentations and relevant videos.
Continue to develop the unit and ensure it remains informative and flexible.
Action Taken
Continuous updates and development are made to this unit for every offering.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation comments (Have Your Say)
Unit was comprehensive in various source materials, activities promoted reflective analysis of own past experience.
Continue to develop the learning materials for this unit.
Action Taken
The unit design and content continued to allow students a comprehensive reflective experience.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation comments (Have Your Say)
The assessment activities were excellent.
Continue to offer authentic learning experiences for students.
Action Taken
Assessments were kept very similar in outcome to reflect the authentic learnings in this unit.
Source: Have your Say
The assessment tasks were well explained
Continue to clearly communicate expectations and outcomes for the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate contemporary leadership theories
  2. Analyse different leadership styles
  3. Compare different leadership styles, with a focus on understanding appropriate circumstances for different styles
  4. Critically analyse the role of leadership in emergency and disaster management contexts and situations
  5. Distinguish between leadership styles and management approaches


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8