DSMG20003 - Research for Emergency and Disaster Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The emergency and disaster management sector has highlighted the importance of contemporary practice being grounded in research. In this unit, you will be encouraged to explore the notion of research, plus the important questions of why and how research can and should inform the different phases of emergency and disaster management. In order to do so, you will build knowledge and skills in critically analysing research, understandings of the frameworks and practices guiding the ethical conduct of research and your role in utilising and implementing research in a professionally and ethically responsible manner. You will learn fundamental underpinning research literacies and how you can use these to inform decision-making processes grounded in evidence-based practice.


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 for this unit is DSMG28001 Foundations of Emergency and Disaster Management.

Students enrolled in the CM40 Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management must also have a minimum of 96 credit points to enrol in this 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 25%
2. Written Assessment 45%
3. Presentation 30%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 75.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 19.05% 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: Lecturer observations and reflection
Low student response rates and low levels of communication with students made it difficult to assess which parts of the unit material were most and least effective.
Students cannot be compelled to respond to surveys or communication, but it is possible that more involved periodic check-ins and virtual classes could have encouraged a higher level of voluntary response and communication. The nature of these should be considered when the class is offered in the future. Additionally, students can be encouraged to make use of informal discussion forums or other "looser" communication on Moodle, to allow the instructor/s to gauge student engagement from a different perspective.
Action Taken
The unit coordinators strive to create an engaging and interactive learning environment while respecting the students' autonomy to decide their level of participation and communication during the course.
Source: Unit survey response data
Unit requirements and feedback received lower scores from students that responded to the survey.
Although the response rate was very low, this is an important issue, so the assessment rubrics and unit requirements as presented in T1 2022 will be reviewed and revised.
Action Taken
Students were offered additional Zoom sessions to help answer questions, clarify any content and discuss assessment requirements and feedback if they so chose.
Source: SUTE
The assessments were long and required a lot of work (compared to other units) especially as there were three for this unit.
The assessment tasks for this unit will undergo review to ensure that they are not overly burdensome.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Appreciate the teacher's effort to make the material easy and understandable for students.
The unit coordinators will provide ongoing support to aid in the learning process and help students understand the delivered content.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify different research approaches and their use in researching emergency and disaster management issues
  2. Examine ethical issues and the frameworks and practices underpinning the ethical conduct of research
  3. Locate appropriate peer-reviewed and grey literature relevant to emergency and disaster management
  4. Analyse contemporary literature, and its relationship to the different phases of emergency and disaster management
  5. Formulate strategies for the implementation and utilisation of research in emergency and disaster management contexts and situations
  6. Communicate future directions and strategies for enhancing the body of knowledge in emergency and disaster management.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
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