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MIR4160

Monash Injury Research Institute

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyMonash Injury Research Institute
Organisational UnitMonash Injury Research Institute
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Flexible)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Caroline Spencer

Synopsis

The unit is the advanced discipline theory unit for this field of study. It will review the epidemiology trends of disaster and emergencies, from both the global and students' regional perspectives and use contemporary models and principles to examine the background, intentions and implications of the February 2011 COAG Statement on "National Strategy for Natural Disaster Resilience". This unit aims to promote the development of a broad and critical conceptual and practical understanding of disaster resilience and community safety in disaster and emergency situations, and includes themes of: disaster preparedness and leadership; hazard assessment, disaster risk reduction and disaster risk communication; vulnerability assessment; community capacity building; and, shared responsibility, each applied across the spectrum of the emergency management cycle of preparedness, response and recovery. This unit will highlight the key elements of humanitarian responses and emerging disaster threats in the region. It will bridge the policy context to the practicalities of community capacity building in the setting of disaster resilience and will be attractive to a broad range of health and emergency management professionals in this field. The unit will conclude with examining the implications of these principles for both community and responder education and identifying research opportunities in this field. Students will apply the principles in this Unit to their respective professional practice.

Outcomes

By the completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Critically review the epidemiology trends of disaster and emergencies, from both the global and students' regional perspectives, and identify emerging disaster threats in the region.
  2. Critique the historical trends in the evolution of the conceptual base describing the "Emergency Management Cycle";
  3. Critically review the literature and evidence-base for "Disaster resilience and Community Safety", in the setting of disasters and emergencies;
  4. Analyse the unique challenges associated with Disaster resilience and Community Safety", in terms of appropriate contemporary models and principles and/or international standards, including but not necessarily limited to, disaster preparedness and leadership; hazard assessment, disaster risk reduction, based on the "Hyogo" Framework; disaster risk communication; vulnerability assessment; and, community capacity building; and, shared responsibility, each applied across the spectrum of the emergency management cycle;
  5. Outline the key elements of humanitarian responses
  6. Apply the principles of "Disaster Resilience and Community Safety' to the student's respective professional practice;
  7. Identify education requirements and research opportunities in the field of disaster resilience and community safety.

Assessment

Two minor assignments (1500 words) 50%
Major assignment (3000 words) 50%

Workload requirements

156 hours including pre-reading, three day full-time block release, post reading and assignments supported by online tutorials using MUSO.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students are required to spend 12 hours per week on this unit working through self directed learning materials, participating in tutorials through MUSO and in preparation of unit assessment tasks (156 hours total).

Prerequisites

Must have passed an (I/W) unit in (MDM4010)

Prohibitions

MDM4110