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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 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite is PMSC13008 Evaluating Emergency Services Risks.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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

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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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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The students appreciated the self directed learning and discovery aspects of this unit.
Continue with this unit learning design.
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Self-direction continues to be a feature of this unit.
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The students appreciated the timely and concise feedback that provided clear directions for their learning.
Continue to provide timely and useful feedback.
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Timely and useful feedback continues to be provided.
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Number of assessment items
Decrease the number of assessment pieces and re-distribute assessment requirements across three pieces of assessment (instead of four).
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