DSMG20001 - Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Drawing on your own experience, you will explore the concept of leadership, particularly how leadership styles impact an emergency and disaster management environment. You will differentiate between leadership and management in the strategic and crisis contexts unique to emergency and disaster management. Using examples specific to your experience, you will consider the challenges faced by leaders in this sector. In addition, you will consider the important role effective leadership plays in developing and maintaining relationships within the community, and across the constellation of disciplines which play a role in emergency and disaster management.

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
  • Distance

Website

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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 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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. Evaluate contemporary leadership theories
  2. Analyse different leadership styles
  3. Compare different leadership styles, with a focus on understanding appropriate circumstances for different styles
  4. Critically analyse the role of leadership in emergency and disaster management contexts and situations
  5. Distinguish between leadership styles and management approaches

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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

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

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)
  • Access to Online Classroom - See Moodle site for more information
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) 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 leadership

Introduction and course overview - Online classroom session (Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM AEST)

Week 2 13-03-2017

Theme One: Conceptualising leadership

Week 3 20-03-2017

Theme Two: Contemporary leadership theories

Weaving together the threads and assessment - Online classroom session (Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM AEST)

Week 4 27-03-2017

Theme Two: Contemporary leadership theories

Week 5 03-04-2017

Theme Two: Contemporary leadership theories

Assessment drop-in session - Online classroom session (Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM AEST)

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Theme Two: Contemporary leadership theories

Assessment Task One Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Theme Two: Contemporary leadership theories

Week 8 01-05-2017

Theme Three: Industry environment and leadership

Week 9 08-05-2017

Theme Three: Industry environment and leadership

Weaving together the threads and assessment session - Online classroom session (Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM AEST)

Week 10 15-05-2017

Theme Four: Me as a leader

Week 11 22-05-2017

Theme Four: Me as a leader

Assessment drop-in session - Online classroom session (Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM AEST)

Week 12 29-05-2017

Theme Five: Bringing it all together

Assessment Task Two Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task One
Task Description

Through assessment task one, you will explore the concept of leadership in emergency and disaster management. In particular, this assessment task asks you to engage with contemporary leadership theories and styles, plus management approaches and then relate those to the emergency or disaster management context in which you are located or collaborate with.

To set the scene, firstly, you will identify and provide an overview of the emergency or disaster management context in which you are engaged in or collaborate with. You will then discuss contemporary leadership theories and styles and distinguish these from management approaches. Finally, you will discuss the relationship of leadership and management to the emergency or disaster management context you outlined.

The assessment task will be up to approximately 2000 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 2000 words in total). The submitted response must include as a minimum:

a) Title page;

b) Emergency or disaster management context;

c) Contemporary leadership theories and styles and management approaches; and

d) Leadership and management in emergency or disaster management context.

Note: your response must be supported by appropriate literature

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

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

· Knowledge of leadership theories and styles

· Knowledge of management approaches

· Application of knowledge and skills in contemporary leadership

· Communication and presentation

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

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

1. Evaluate contemporary leadership theories

2. Analyse different leadership styles

5. Distinguish between leadership styles and management approaches

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



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task Two
Task Description

Assessment task two asks you to select a strategic issue related to emergency or disaster management and write a high-level briefing. The briefing paper is intended for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or the equivalent of your emergency or disaster management context, and, as such must be pitched accordingly, that is, the brief must be high-level, strategic in nature, sufficiently detailed and the contents supported by relevant data and literature. You must also ensure that the issue and your response is linked to leadership. As a minimum, the briefing must include:

a) An overview of the issue;

b) Analysis of the various elements of the issue;

c) Impact of the issue on emergency or disaster management;

d) Significance of the issue and / or the resulting impact; and

e) Suggested course of action to address the issue.

You may select any strategic issues, as long as you can analyse it using the leadership theories and styles, plus management approaches and importantly the briefing must include references.

Presentation Guidelines:

Assessment task two is submitted via Moodle. You are free to structure the briefing note in a format that best suits you and or your context, however, as a minimum you must respond to each requirement above (up to approximately 2000 -3000 words in total).

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

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

· Knowledge of leadership theories and styles

· Knowledge of management approaches

· Application of knowledge and skills in contemporary leadership

· Communication and presentation

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

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

1. Evaluate contemporary leadership theories

2. Analyse different leadership styles

3. Compare different leadership styles, with a focus on understanding appropriate circumstances for different styles

4. Critically analyse the role of leadership in emergency and disaster management contexts and situations

5. Distinguish between leadership styles and management approaches

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




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