DSMG20002 - Disaster Risk Reduction

General Information

Unit Synopsis

According to the United Nations (UNISDR), there is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster, only natural hazards. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a contemporary approach that aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards in disaster situations. DRR applies an ethic of prevention and combines the principles of disaster management, disaster preparedness, disaster mitigation and sustainable development. In this unit, you will learn how to reduce disaster risk through sustainable planning, building community partnerships, reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience, with a particular emphasis on risks that impact upon public health.

Details

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

Co-requisite DSMG20004 Building Adaptive Capacity

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online

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

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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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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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: Unit evaluation feedback
Feedback
Navigation of the forums on the Moodle site.
Recommendation
Provide instruction on the location and use of the discussion forums.
Action Taken
Instruction on the use and location of the discussion forums was clarified. As such no further action is felt necessary.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Students would appreciate greater clarification of the assessment.
Recommendation
Students will be offered online engagement sessions, in addition to the support offered in the discussion forums, to further clarify the assessment for 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Return rates for assessment marking could be improved
Recommendation
The feedback for the marking of one assessment item was returned late by a few days due to the ill health of the Unit Coordinator. As it wasn’t possible to make arrangements to replace the Unit Coordinator, all students were informed of the delay in return for this one item and no student was disadvantaged by the late return of the assessment marking.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
One student identified how one learning resource was difficult to locate on the Moodle site.
Recommendation
All students were informed of the location of this one learning resource. With the change of the Moodle sites to the tile format in 2021 all learning resources should be easier to locate.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Tutorials by experts in the field were not offered this year.
Recommendation
Students routinely appreciate the input of disaster management specialists into this unit. Due to the influence of COVID 19 it wasn’t possible to offer this extra service in 2020. These practice-based forums will be reintroduced in 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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