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 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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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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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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: Have Your Say Student Feedback.
Students asked for greater clarification around the assessment tasks.
The assessment details will be enhanced in the next offering to better detail the assessment tasks requirements.
Action Taken
Assessment tasks were clarified during tutorials and clarifications entered on Moodle site.
Source: Have Your Say Student Feedback.
Students appreciated being able to practically apply the assessment tasks into their agency contexts.
Continue to ensure that the assessments have a practical application into a student's agency context to make them relevant.
Action Taken
Assessments tasks continued to be enhanced in ensuring they remained authentic, relevant and practical to Emergency Management sector practitioner roles and responsibilities.
Source: Weekly feedback
Inclusion of guest speakers
Consider adding a second guest into the schedule in order to expose students to a diversity of leadership styles and readjust the speaker schedule to align to topic areas.
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment