DSMG29001 - Disaster Risk Reduction

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with a comprehensive understanding of disaster risk, reduction, and resilience within the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. You will critically analyse these concepts and gain skills in applying the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction principles to community-level activities and initiatives while aligning them with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through this unit, you will learn how to develop appropriate disaster risk reduction strategies at a community level and facilitate collaborative and evidence-based decision-making regarding disaster resilience, preparedness, and hazard mitigation while addressing the interconnected goals of 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 public health.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

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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 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
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 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 87.50% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.60% 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 Evaluations
Course content was easy to follow and relevant.
Continue to offer contemporary and relevant content.
Action Taken
Continue to encourage ongoing feedback from students and discipline team members to improve the content's clarity and relevance.
Source: Student Evaluations
Assessment feedback has been constructive and timely.
Continue to provide constructive and timely feedback to students on their assessment pieces.
Action Taken
Ensure consistency in the quality and tone of feedback across different markers. Maintain guidelines for our assessment feedback approaches.
Source: Self-reflection
To encourage independent study and thinking, include more formative activities in the learning guides.
The unit learning guides will be enriched with expanded narratives and formative learning activities, purposefully framing the context and establishing a robust foundation to guide students through independent study.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse the concepts of disaster risk, disaster risk reduction and disaster resilience
  2. Apply the principles of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to community-level activities aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals
  3. Develop appropriate disaster risk reduction strategies at a community level
  4. Facilitate collaborative and evidence-based decision-making regarding disaster resilience, preparedness and hazard mitigation.

Not applicable.

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