DSMG20003 - Research for Emergency and Disaster Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The emergency and disaster management industries have highlighted the importance of contemporary practice being grounded in current research and evidence. You will be encouraged to question why and how research can inform best practice, analyse research critically, and identify how to transform information into applicable policies and procedures. You will focus on using research and evidence to guide best practice, and this approach will inform content delivery and assessment. As a student in this unit, you will learn how to make quick and effective decisions using available research and evidence, which in turn will inform decision making processes which are grounded in evidence-based practice.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band [not found]
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
  • Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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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  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Locate appropriate peer-reviewed and industry-based research and evidence relevant to emergency and disaster management
  2. Interpret contemporary research literature relevant to emergency and disaster management
  3. Critique current research literature, including why and how this knowledge informs best practice
  4. Apply contemporary research relevant to the different phases in an emergency or disaster management situation
  5. Communicate future directions and strategies to enhance the body of knowledge

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom
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 CoordinatorAmy Reynolds (a.reynolds@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 1 - Who/What is a Researcher?

Online Classroom Session

Week 2 13-03-2017

Theme 1 - Who/What is a Researcher?

Week 3 20-03-2017

Theme 1 - Who/What is a Researcher?

Online Classroom Session

Week 4 27-03-2017

Theme 2 - Me as a Researcher

Online Assessment Drop-In (optional)

Week 5 03-04-2017

Theme 2 - Me as a Researcher

Assessment Task One - Engaging with Research Due Wednesday (05 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Theme 2 - Me as a Researcher

Online Assessment Drop-In (optional)

Week 7 24-04-2017

Theme 3 - Me 'Doing' Research

Week 8 01-05-2017

Theme 3 - Me 'Doing' Research

Online Classroom Session

Assessment Task Two - Developing Research Questions Due Wednesday (03 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Theme 3 - Me 'Doing' Research

Week 10 15-05-2017

Theme 3 - Me 'Doing' Research

Online Classroom Session

Week 11 22-05-2017

Theme 3 - Me 'Doing' Research

Online Assessment Drop-In (optional)

Week 12 29-05-2017

Theme 4 - Bringing Everything Together

Assessment Task Three - Communicating Research Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task One - Engaging with Research
Task Description

Through this task you will begin the process of engaging with peer-reviewed literature in an area that interests you (preferably within the bounds of Emergency and Disaster Management).

This assessment task is based upon your engagement with the coursework and the posts you and your fellow classmates make to the learning forums. At the beginning of this assessment task, you will need to include you response to the formative forum post in week two: What are your burning interests?

Your response will include three sections:

  1. Your forum response from week 2: What are your burning interests?
  2. Your search methodology for identifying three peer-reviewed research articles; and
  3. A brief (200-250 words per article) overview of each of your three articles including why it was chosen, it’s significance to your burning interest, and the key findings.

Your response may be up to 1500 words including all three sections.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Wednesday (05-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Wednesday (19-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this course are in the form of a rubric, which is available from the Moodle course site.

You will be assessed on:

  • Application of knowledge and skills relative to accessing peer-reviewed sources through University resources;
  • Interpretation of peer-reviewed research, and understanding of how this links to your identified area of interest;
  • Communication and presentation
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. Locate appropriate peer-reviewed and industry-based research and evidence relevant to emergency and disaster management

2. Interpret contemporary research literature relevant to emergency and disaster management

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

1. Knowledge

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task Two - Developing Research Questions
Task Description

Through this task you will explore the ‘gaps’ in literature, or areas requiring further research, in your burning area of interest. Please refer to the ‘Course Support – Getting Started and Assessment Help’ sections of the Moodle site for suggestions and additional guidance.

Drawing on the three articles you selected for Assessment Task One, you will summarise the key gaps/areas for further research in the area you have selected. This should not be a repetition of the limitations or future directions the article/s may identify – rather, this summary should represent a cohesive consideration of all three articles, and what these articles tell you about future research options. If you desire, you may include additional articles which support/guide your comments, but this is not a requirement for grading.


Your response will therefore include a discussion of:

a) your area of interest (this can again be copied from your forum post from week two, or modified slightly if you have developed this since the first assessment);

b) a discussion of the ‘gaps’ in literature which could be further explored; and

c) formulation of at least one research question, using the guiding principles from the unit to date.


The assessment task will be up to approx. 700 words in total and importantly your response must be supported by appropriate literature. The articles you used for Assessment 1 at a minimum should be included.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Wednesday (03-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Wednesday (17-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this course are in the form of a rubric, which is available from the Moodle course site.

You will be assessed on:

• Understanding of gaps/areas for further research in existing literature
• The ability to concisely communicate information
• Development of a meaningful research question/s using the principles explored in the course

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. Locate appropriate peer-reviewed and industry-based research and evidence relevant to emergency and disaster management

2. Interpret contemporary research literature relevant to emergency and disaster management

3. Critique current research literature, including why and how this knowledge informs best practice

4. Apply contemporary research relevant to the different phases in an emergency or disaster management situation

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task Three - Communicating Research
Task Description

This assessments asks you to select and critically evaluate two types of scientific communication relevant to one of the four stages of emergency management - prevention/mitigation; preparedness; response or recovery. Through this process, you will consider the area of interest for the research teams you've chosen, their communication of their research question/s, methodologies and findings. You will critically evaluate the approaches used, and consider the following questions:

a) Justify the articles you have chosen for your assessment - how do you know they are scientific literature? Draw upon content from the course to justify your selection.

b) What is the area of interest for the researcher/s? (not limited to the article – can source extra information)

b) What are the research question/s in each article?

c) Compare and contrast the methodologies used by the researchers

d) Which audience/s are each communication beneficial for? Provide a brief explanation.

e) What are some of the strengths and limitations of each communication approach? What might the most suitable audiences be for each communication approach?

f) Provide a suggestion for an alternative methodology that the authors could consider for each communication. What could the author/s have done differently? What could a different methodological approach add?

Draw upon the work of Coolican (page 24) and focus on the ‘variables’ and ‘design’ components of the decision areas in a research project. You could use these headings to inform your response.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for this course are in the form of a rubric, which is available from the Moodle course site.

You will be assessed on:

· Knowledge of the research process

· Skills in interpreting and communicating research findings

· Application of knowledge and skills in the research design and implementation process

· 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

2. Interpret contemporary research literature relevant to emergency and disaster management

3. Critique current research literature, including why and how this knowledge informs best practice

5. Communicate future directions and strategies to enhance the body of knowledge

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

7. Leadership




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