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EV5612 - Disaster Planning and Preparedness

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

Disasters are a human construct, where hazards interact with individuals/households/communities/organisations, overwhelming community resources and causing widespread disruption and/or loss. Effective preparedness and planning for the impacts of disasters requires extensive knowledge of the role of planning and preparedness in the disaster context. In particular there is a need for people involved in planning and preparedness to understand the processes for identifying community vulnerability and capacity and the associated ethical dilemmas. On completion of this unit, you should be able to evaluate the efficacy of planning and preparedness processes and practices in terms of addressing community vulnerability and capacity in the context of disasters.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an extensive understanding of the principles of prevention, mitigation and planning including risk management in the context of disasters as the impact on communities;
  • demonstrate an extensive knowledge and understanding of the disaster management system's role in planning and preparation for disaster response and recovery;
  • demonstrate advanced understanding of the local, jurisdictional and national preparedness arrangements;
  • demonstrate appropriate skills in evaluating processes and practices for planning and preparing for disasters;
  • demonstrates appropriate skills in evaluating processes and practices for planning and preparing for disasters;
  • demonstrates the ability to evaluate community vulnerability and capacity in the context of disasters;
  • critically evaluate the ethical dilemmas relating to the provision of emergency management services.

Availabilities

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 9
Census Date 09-Oct-2014
Face to face teaching (TBA)
Workload expectations:
  • 12 hours lectures
Assessment: assignments (60%); workbook (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.