PMSC13007 - Contemporary Emergency Services Issues

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is a survey of contemporary issues related to emergency and disaster management, with a focus on those issues that have particular resonance for you and your specific industry context. From the broader pool of identified issues, you will select one contemporary emergency or disaster management related issue of interest and investigate that issue in some depth. Based on your investigation, you will then identify future directions and recommendations, and communicate your findings in a genre that is appropriate to the academic community and your specific industry context.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite is PMSC13008 Evaluating Emergency Services Risks.

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

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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 Undergraduate 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 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (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: Have your Say
Student scaffolding
Students are required to select an issue of interest from their work or industry context and use that issue throughout their assessment work. It is recommended that additional resources and tips be provided to guide the selection of an issue appropriate to unit requirements.
Action Taken
Additional resources and suggested topics were included in the 2020 offering. This additional support was appreciated by students and will be maintained in future offerings.
Source: Student feedback
Flexible engagement opportunities
Given the nature of this capstone unit and the different topics being explored by students, the flexibility to tailor student engagement sessions (for example, Zoom sessions) was appreciated by students. It is recomended that this flexible approach be maintained in future offerings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify a contemporary issue impacting the emergency or disaster management contexts
  2. Locate appropriate peer-reviewed literature and industry-based literature relevant to a contemporary emergency or disaster management issue
  3. Critique literature relevant to an identified issue
  4. Evaluate the located literature in order to formulate future directions and recommendations for addressing the identified issue
  5. Communicate findings and directions in a genre that is appropriate to the academic community and the specific emergency or disaster management context.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation