DSMG20002 - Disaster Risk Reduction
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

According to the United Nations (UNISDR), there is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster, only natural hazards. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a contemporary approach that aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards in disaster situations. DRR applies an ethic of prevention and combines the principles of disaster management, disaster preparedness, disaster mitigation and sustainable development. In this unit, you will learn how to reduce disaster risk through sustainable planning, building community partnerships, reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience, with a particular emphasis on risks that impact upon public health.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite DSMG20004 Building Adaptive Capacity

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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation 30%

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. Apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to disaster risks at a community level.
  2. Conduct a disaster risk assessment within a community in partnership with relevant professional agencies, businesses and/or community groups.
  3. Design appropriate disaster risk reduction strategies for a community.
  4. Facilitate collaborative and evidence-based decision making regarding disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation.
  5. Advocate for investment in disaster risk reduction to enhance resilience.

Not applicable.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

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 - Presentation

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)
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 CoordinatorDale Trott (d.trott@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

Module 1: Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction

Week 2 17-07-2017

Module 2: Identifying disaster risks

Week 3 24-07-2017

Module 2 cont'd

Assessment task 1 Part A: due Wednesday, 5:00pm

Week 4 31-07-2017

Module 2 cont'd

Week 5 07-08-2017

Module 3: Designing strategies for reducing disaster risks

Assessment task 1: Disaster risk assessment Due Friday (11 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Module 3 cont'd

Week 7 28-08-2017

Module 3 cont'd

Week 8 04-09-2017

Module 4: From strategies to action

Assessment task 2: Disaster risk reduction strategies Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Module 4 cont'd

Week 10 18-09-2017

Module 4 cont'd

Week 11 25-09-2017

Module 4 cont'd

Week 12 02-10-2017

Review

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Assessment task 3: Presentation Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

In this unit, students are required to work in partnership with a business, agency or community organisation. Consideration should be given to the student's ability to establish and participate in such a partnership prior to enrolment.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment task 1: Disaster risk assessment
Task Description

Identify a business, agency or community group in your area that you would like to work with. Establish a partnership with the organisation and work with them to identify hazards that would impact upon the organisation during a disaster. Assess the disaster risk each hazard presents, supporting your assessment with evidence from the literature and information from your partner organisation.

Part A (Pass/Fail) DUE WEDNESDAY WEEK 3

Negotiate a partnership with a business, agency or community group using the form provided on Moodle. It is recommended that you choose an organisation that you are already imvolved with- for example a business, your employer, a social or community group. If you are unable to successfully negotiate a partnership by the due date, you will be eligible to withdraw from the Unit before Census Date. It is strongly advised that you complete this assessment task well before the due date. In your negotiations, you must make it very clear that you are a student and that you do not represent CQ University in your negotiations.

Part B DUE FRIDAY WEEK 5

Write a report, addressed to your partner organisation, describing the hazards and their impacts and explaining their priority according to the risk they present. The aim of the report should be to provide guidance to the organisation in identifying which disaster risks they wish to act on.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Relevance (30%)

  • works with appropriate organisation
  • uses relevant information from credible and reputable sources to support ideas
  • report is relevant to the context under investigation
  • hazards identified are realistic
  • effectiveness of the response activities is evaluated

Validity (50%)

  • evidence of collaboration with partner organisation
  • depth and extent of discussion
  • accuracy of risk assessment
  • prioritisation based on critical thought and analysis of the risk
  • depth and range of research to support risk assessment

Organisation (10%)

  • structure and flow of information
  • ideas are logically developed and presented
  • coherence and clarity of expression (spelling, grammar, syntax)
  • all sources attributed

Presentation (10%)

  • style and formatting
  • typographical matters (types, font, headings etc)
  • referencing is consistent and in accordance with Harvard style
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to disaster risks at a community level.

2. Conduct a disaster risk assessment within a community in partnership with relevant professional agencies, businesses and/or community groups.

4. Facilitate collaborative and evidence-based decision making regarding disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation.

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 Assessment task 2: Disaster risk reduction strategies
Task Description

For this task, work with your partner organisation to identify the disaster hazards they wish to prioritise for action. Work to design and develop strategies for reducing the risk these hazards present during times of disaster. Use relevant examples from published case studies and the literature to assist you in the design and development of your strategies.

Write a report addressed to your partner organisation clearly describing a range of strategies targeting each of the disaster hazards they have selected. Provide a clear description of each strategy; explaining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; and recommending the option you consider to be the best choice in terms of organisational capacity.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
Relevance (30%)
  • works with appropriate organisation
  • uses relevant information from credible and reputable sources to support ideas
  • report is relevant to the context under investigation
  • strategies proposed are realistic
  • strengths and weaknesses of the strategies are evaluated

Validity (50%)

  • evidence of collaboration with partner organisation
  • depth and extent of discussion
  • accuracy of risk assessment
  • recommendations based on critical thought and analysis
  • depth and range of research to support strategy development
  • creativity and innovation in strategy design and development
  • organisational capacity clearly considered when making recommendations

Organisation (10%)

  • structure and flow of information
  • ideas are logically developed and presented
  • coherence and clarity of expression (spelling, grammar, syntax)
  • all sources attributed

Presentation (10%)

  • style and formatting
  • typographical matters (types, font, headings etc)
  • referencing is consistent and in accordance with Harvard style
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must achieve a score of 50% for this assessment task in order to pass the course
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to disaster risks at a community level.

3. Design appropriate disaster risk reduction strategies for a community.

4. Facilitate collaborative and evidence-based decision making regarding disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation.

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



3 Presentation

Assessment Title Assessment task 3: Presentation
Task Description

For this final task, work with your partner organisation to develop an implementation plan for the disaster risk reduction strategies they have selected. Prepare a presentation of this plan aimed at stakeholders to encourage involvement and/or investment in your disaster risk reduction strategies. For the purposes of this task, investment could include support in the form of financial contribution, in-kind support or provision of labour (paid or volunteer). Stakeholders could include members of your group or society, management or community members. Use evidence from published case studies and relevant literature to support your arguments.

Deliver your presentation to your identified stakeholder group. Your presentation should be videoed (a mobile phone video or recorded Zoom session is sufficient) and submitted online through Moodle. Your video and audio need to be of sufficient quality to allow your presentation to be graded. If you use Powerpoint slides, handouts or other presentation materials, a copy of these should also be uploaded to Moodle as part of your submission for this task.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Following certification of grades.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Relevance (20%)

  • works with appropriate organisation
  • uses relevant information from credible and reputable sources to support arguments
  • presentation is relevant to the stakeholder group
  • arguments used are realistic
  • strengths and weaknesses of the plan are presented

Validity (40%)

  • evidence of collaboration with partner organisation
  • depth of discussion
  • persuasiveness of argument
  • accuracy of information used
  • recommendations based on critical thought and analysis
  • depth and range of research to support implementation plan
  • creativity and innovation in development of plan
  • organisational capacity clearly considered in development of plan

Organisation (20%)

  • structure and flow of information
  • ideas are logically developed and presented
  • coherence and clarity of verbal expression
  • all sources appropriately attributed

Presentation (20%)

  • personal appearance
  • quality and standard of presentation materials
  • quality of engagement with audience
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission should be in a commonly used video format such as AVI, WMV, MP4, or MOV. If Powerpoint sildes or handouts are used, these should also be subnmitted.

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

1. Apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to disaster risks at a community level.

5. Advocate for investment in disaster risk reduction to enhance 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




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