DSMG20004 - Building Adaptive Capacity

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will explore adaptive capacity building within communities and community resilience from a partnerships perspective. You will come to understand policy levers, available tools, programs and information that support adaptation and will develop skills to help facilitate partnerships and networks across government, non-government and community agencies to build community resilience. A key part of this unit involves understanding how these processes influence community change.

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 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 3 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2022

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. Group Work 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.33% 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
Students would appreciate greater clarification of the assessment.
Recommendation
Students will be offered online tutorials to further clarify their understanding of the assessment.
Action Taken
Online Tutorials were again offered for each of the three assessments; in the evening and during the day but were not well attended. These tutorials were recorded. Clear and unambiguous instructions on the format and content of assessments were also outlined on the Moodle, as has been done in previous years. Weekly welcome emails/Moodle news items were sent out on Monday with weekly learning content and any upcoming due dates.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Allocation of teams for assessment 1
Recommendation
Review moving the team assessment to later in the term for 2021
Action Taken
Teams were allocated earlier in the year. Teams were encouraged to meet earlier in the year. Students who were not engaging were contacted by email or telephone and encouraged to discuss any concerns.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Use of online tutorials to provide clarification of assessment
Recommendation
Online tutorials for assessment instruction will be offered for 2021
Action Taken
Online Zoom Tutorials were again offered for each of the three assessments; in the evening and during the day but were not well attended. These tutorials were recorded.
Source: Have your say Student feedback Teaching Reflection
Feedback
Even though rating for Moodle navigation increased; students still commented that the Moodle site was difficult to navigate.
Recommendation
Continue to improve Moodle site of DSMG29003: use module format; ensure details of assessment information in one place on the Moodle and use Moodle book instead of a printed workbook.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say Student feedback Teaching Reflection
Feedback
Students appreciated the timely and detailed feedback on assessments.
Recommendation
Continue to provide detailed feedback for DSMG29003.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say Student feedback Teaching Reflection
Feedback
Student appreciated engagement of the lecturer particular around explaining assessments. Having access to previous Moodle sites, including feedback from the inaugural unit coordinator helped clarify assessment for the current unit coordinator. However some students were still confused by assessments 2 and 3.
Recommendation
Change assessments for DSMG29003 to be clearly aligned with industry practice as well as theoretical approaches to the concepts explored in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle discussions Student feedback Student assessments Teaching Reflection
Feedback
This textbook is very much focused on ecological systems and climate change. While students could adapt these ideas to the assessment, it is a very deductive and highly theoretical process and any application to ‘real life’ easily lost.
Recommendation
Remove textbook for DSMG29003 and use a combination of readings and industry reports.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the relationship between adaptive capacity building and community resilience and how each contributes respond to how communities deal with change
  2. Collaborate with community members and agencies to prioritise strategies to build community resilience
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to build community partnerships.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Work
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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