DSMG20004 - Building Adaptive Capacity
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

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

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band [not found]
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

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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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 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 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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced 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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Group Work
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

Principles for building resilience
Author/s: Biggs, R, Schluter, M & Schoon, M (Eds) Year: 2015
Edition: Publisher: Cambridge University Press
City: Cambridge
Country: UK
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IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorWendy Madsen (w.madsen@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 10-07-2017

Introduction to unit

No set chapter

Week 2 17-07-2017

What is adaptive capacity building? What is community resilience?

Chapter 1: An introduction to the resilience approach

Week 3 24-07-2017

How do adaptive capacity building and community resilience contribute to communities dealing with change?

Chapter 2: Politics and the resilience of ecosystem services

Week 4 31-07-2017

Understanding your community

Chapter 3: Maintaining diversity and redundancy

Week 5 07-08-2017

Establishing community partnerships

Chapter 4: Manage connectivity

Group Work Due Monday (07 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Evaluating community partnerships

Chapter 5: Manage slow variables and feedback

Week 7 28-08-2017

Communication within partnerships

Chapter 6: Foster CAS thinking

Week 8 04-09-2017

Co-generation of knowledge

Chapter 7: Encourage learning

Written Assessment Due Monday (04 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Building adaptive capacity in community partnerships

Chapter 8: Broaden participation

Week 10 18-09-2017

Power and politics within community partnerships

Chapter 9: Promote polycentric governance systems

Week 11 25-09-2017

End of project or end of partnerships

Chapter 10: Reflections on building resilience

Week 12 02-10-2017

Reflection and evaluation of learning

No set chapter

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Written Assessment Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Group Work

Assessment Title Group Work
Task Description

Using the discussion board on Moodle, engage in conversation with your class colleagues to develop your understanding of the fundamental concepts contained in this unit. You will need to demonstrate:

  1. an inquiring and critical thinking approach to understanding fundamental concepts associated with capacity building and community resilience;
  2. application of the concepts to your own professional context.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Monday (07-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be marked directly from the discussion board posts. A detailed marking criteria can be found on the Moodle site. The two marking criteria relate to: 1) critical discussion of key concepts (10%); 2) reflexive approach in applying concepts to your professional context (10%).

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Collaborate with community members and agencies to prioritise strategies to build community resilience

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Write 200 words for each of 10 guiding principles, as outlined in Table 1 of Doyle et al. (2015), related to how you have used, or are intending to use, these principles in developing your community partnership and prioritising strategies to build community resilience. NB there are 14 building principles listed, so you need to choose the most applicable.

Reference: Doyle, EEH, Becker, JS, Neely, DP, Johnston, DM & Pepperell, B 2015, ‘Knowledge transfer between communities, practitioners, and researchers: A case study for community resilience in Wellington, New Zealand’, Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 55-66.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (04-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

There is a detailed marking criteria available on the Moodle site you should refer to. This assessment will be marked according to three criteria: 1) selecting 10 appropriate guiding principles for your partnership and context (10%); 2) application of principles to demonstrate skills and knowledge related to building community partnerships (15%); 3) application of principles to demonstrate skills and knowledge related to building community resilience (15%).

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Explain the relationship between adaptive capacity building and community resilience and how each contributes respond to how communities deal with change

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Write a 3000 word report outlining the process of building the community partnership you have worked on this term. In your report, you will need to:

  1. provide an overview of the context of the partnership;
  2. evaluate the strategies used to build the partnership and community resilience;
  3. reflect on the whole process;
  4. use relevant literature to support your evaluation and your reflections.
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

You will find a detailed marking criteria on the Moodle site you should refer to when completing this assessment. This assessment will be marked according to criteria related to: 1) professional presentation of the report (5%); 2) providing a background regarding the context of the partnership (5%); 3) strategies and evaluation of these strategies (10%); 4) critically reflecting on the whole process (10%); 5) use of literature to support the strategies, evaluation and reflection processes (10%).

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

3. Evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to build community partnerships.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



Engagement

This course requires you to develop a partnership with a community organisation or agency.


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