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PMGT5897: Disaster Project Management

This unit identifies the causes of some well-known disasters (natural, man-made and projects) and reveals what can be learned by being able to think critically and analyse the issues. The aim of this unit is to outline traditional and contemporary theories in emergency response planning; to provide an overall scope of comprehensive emergency planning and the major elements that must be addressed in an Emergency Response Plan. Student outcomes from this unit include: Developing and implementing an Emergency Response Plan; Specific recommendations for the health and safety of emergency response personnel and provides concise information on learning objectives and a review of important concepts.

Details

Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT5897
Unit name Disaster Project Management
Session, year
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Intensive July, 2021
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Julien Pollack, julien.pollack@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Class participation
Contributions made during class and to discussion forums
10% Multiple weeks During class
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Reflective journal
Jnl 1 & 2 due 02/07/21 Jnl 3 & 4 due 09/07/21
20% Multiple weeks Max 2 pages per journal entry
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Case study
Group assignment selected from topics provided in class
40% Week 04
Due date: 16 Jul 2021
4-5 pages per group member
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Disaster management paper
Individual assignment selected from topics provided in class
30% Week 05
Due date: 23 Jul 2021
Min 10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

  1. Class particpation – contribute to discussion in class and in onlne discussion forums
  2. Reflective journal – demonstrate an understanding on each topic discussed in class and provide critical feedback on the key concepts
  3. Individual assignment – select a topic of your choice (listed in class) and prepare an individual assignment discussing contempoirary issues in disaster management
  4. Group case study – select a topic (listed in class) and prepare a group assignment and presentation discussing your findings.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Review learning materials, readings and independent research. Independent study (100 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 01 Co-ordination Theory Block teaching (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Studying Organisations using Social Network Analysis Block teaching (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 02 Modelling Co-ordination Block teaching (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Disaster Coordination Block teaching (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance in class or online is mandatory.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings are available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. prepare an emergency management plan
  • LO2. prepare recommendations for the improvement of contemporary emergency management issues
  • LO3. undertake a critical analysis of contemporary emergency management issues
  • LO4. formulate and justify recommendations for improvement
  • LO5. present complex ideas, analyses, and recommendations using appropriate communication tools
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding of emergency management planning, in both theory and practice.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
Modifications to current case studies have been made to the course content since it was offered 12 months ago.

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