EMER12001 - Emergency Services and the Community
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Drawing upon your experience in emergency service contexts, this unit will examine individuals and groups within the community who contribute to or participate in some way to emergency service organisations and situations. You will examine different types of participation, national and international trends in community-based activity and how this impacts upon work in the emergency services. By working with authentic examples you will explore key concepts and apply your learning within your individual context.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 35%
2. Written Assessment 65%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Flexibility in student contact times Self-reflection and student feedback Given the nature and cohort undertaking this course, continue to offer flexibility in contact hours, including online sessions.
Learning resources Self-reflection Continue to monitor learning resources to ensure new resources and engaging approaches for the delivery of resources are provided.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify different types of participation by individuals and groups within the community in emergency service contexts.
  2. Analyse different models and theories related to participation.
  3. Discuss the impact community participation has on emergency service contexts and settings.
  4. Apply the principles of community participation to emergency service contexts and settings.
  5. Collaborate with individuals and groups to enhance community participation in the emergency service sector.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    

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    
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural 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
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Internet
  • Blackboard Collaborate
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorHelen Keen Dyer (h.keendyer@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Theme One: Conceptualising emergency service

Introduction and course overview - Online session
(Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM AEST)

Week 2 13-03-2017

Theme Two: Participation

Week 3 20-03-2017

Theme Two: Participation

Weaving together the threads and assessment drop-in session
(Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM AEST)

Week 4 27-03-2017

Theme Two: Participation

Week 5 03-04-2017

Theme Three: Conceptualising community

Weaving together the threads and assessment drop-in session
(Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM AEST)
Assessment Task One: Understanding emergency services and the community Due Wednesday (05 Apr 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Theme Three: Conceptualising community

Week 7 24-04-2017

Theme Four: In your own backyard

Week 8 01-05-2017

Theme Four: In your own backyard

Week 9 08-05-2017

Theme Four: In your own backyard

Weaving together the threads and assessment drop-in session
(Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM AEST)

Week 10 15-05-2017

Theme Five: Enhancing community participation

Week 11 22-05-2017

Theme Five: Enhancing community participation

Weaving together the threads and assessment drop-in session
(Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM AEST)
Week 12 29-05-2017

Theme Five: Enhancing community participation

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Assessment Task Two: Enhancing participation Due Wednesday (07 Jun 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task One: Understanding emergency services and the community
Task Description

Assessment task one asks you to reflect on and analyse models and theories related to participation by individuals and groups in emergency service contexts, and how these relate to the specific context you are focusing on. Please refer to the ‘Unit Support - Getting Started and Assessment Help section of the course Moodle site for suggestions and additional guidance.

Firstly, you will set the scene with an overview of your conceptualisation of emergency services, the specific emergency service context you are focusing on and contemporary models and theories broadly and those related to this context. You will then explore a particular group from within the context that you have chosen to focus on during this course. This group must directly contribute to the emergency service organisation in some way, but must not consist of permanent paid employees.

The assessment task will be up to 1500 words in total and importantly your response must be supported by appropriate literature.

Presentation Guidelines:

Assessment task one is submitted via Moodle. You are free to present the response in a written format that best suits you, however you must respond to each requirement (up to approximately 1500 words). The submitted response must include as a minimum:

a) Title page;

b) Models and theories related to volunteerism and the context you have chosen;

c) Emergency services broadly and the particular emergency services context you have chosen to focus on;

d) Chosen group, including the nature of their participation, their role and type of service(s) provided in the emergency services context;

e) Contribution of the group to the emergency services organisation and the emergency service context more broadly.

Note: your response must be supported with appropriate literature.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Wednesday (05-Apr-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Wednesday (26-Apr-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

The detailed assessment criteria for this course are in the form of a rubric, which is available from the Moodle course site, however, you will be assessed on:

· Knowledge of participation by individuals and groups in emergency service contexts

· Skills in enhancing participation by individuals and groups in emergency service contexts

· Application of knowledge and skills in participation by individuals and groups in emergency service contexts

· Communication and presentation of knowledge and skills

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify different types of participation by individuals and groups within the community in emergency service contexts.

2. Analyse different models and theories related to participation.

3. Discuss the impact community participation has on emergency service contexts and settings.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task Two: Enhancing participation
Task Description

Assessment task two requires you to utilise your analysis from assessment task one to propose a strategy to enhance community participation in the chosen emergency services context. In preparing your strategy you will consider current approaches to community participation, the impact of community participation on emergency services contexts, and apply the principles of participation and collaboration to enhance current efforts.

You have two options in completing this task:

Option a) - you utilise the group you identified in assessment task one or select another group and focus your strategy on improving the participation of that group, for example increasing numbers or increasing, changing or enhancing the contribution or a combination of both.

Option b) – you take a higher level view and propose a strategy that looks at the whole-of-organisation and all of the various groups within the chosen context and propose an organisational-level strategy that enhances participation more broadly.

Please ensure you clearly identify which option you have selected. The assessment task will be up to 2000 words in total and importantly your response must be supported by appropriate literature.

Presentation Guidelines:

Assessment two is completed via Moodle. You are free to present the response in a written format that best suits you, however, you must respond to each requirement (up to approximately 2000 words). The response must include as a minimum:

a) Title page;

b) Chosen emergency service context;

c) Participation in that context;

d) The particular group you have chosen to work with (delete this section if you have selected the whole of organisation strategy (that is option b) and add additional discussion to section c);

e) Strategy for enhancing participation, with a clear link to models and theories related to volunteerism.

Note: your response must be supported with appropriate literature.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Wednesday (07-Jun-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Wednesday (14-Jun-2017)
Weighting 65%
Assessment Criteria

The detailed assessment criteria for this course are in the form of a rubric, which is available from the Moodle course site, however, you will be assessed on:

· Knowledge of participation by individuals and groups in emergency service contexts

· Skills in enhancing participation by individuals and groups in emergency service contexts

· Application of knowledge and skills in participation by individuals and groups in emergency service contexts

· Communication and presentation of knowledge and skills

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Discuss the impact community participation has on emergency service contexts and settings.

4. Apply the principles of community participation to emergency service contexts and settings.

5. Collaborate with individuals and groups to enhance community participation in the emergency service sector.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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