Theory and Practice of Disaster Management

10 Units

Examines the impacts on the built environment of natural and human initiated disasters and conflicts. The theory, practice, ethics and social responsibility of disaster management is explored in the context of Construction Industry involvement. This is done through the investigation of the resilience of the built environment, consequences and activities during the immediate period after the occurrence of a disaster or conflict.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the concept of disaster resilience in the context of the built environment
  2. Effectively analyse the impact of disasters or conflicts on physical infrastructure and the built environment
  3. Critically evaluate the principles and stages of disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction
  4. Judiciously apply strategies within the built environment to reduce risk and mitigate against the effects of a disaster or conflict
  5. Critically appraise the need to link reconstruction in the built environment to sustainable development of communities
  • Introduction: a global and local perspective on disasters
  • Understanding hazards, risks and vulnerability
  • The disaster management cycle
  • The concept of resilience in disaster management
  • Principles of disaster mitigation
  • Disaster planning: strategic and built environment preparedness
  • The post-disaster environment: emergency response and temporary arrangements.

  • Post-disaster reconstruction: the impact of disasters, assessment and decision making.

  • Post-disaster reconstruction: restoring physical assets.

  • Developing resilience in the built environment

  • Community consultation and participation in post-disaster reconstruction.

  • Reflections: drawing together the key themes of the course.

Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Journal - -Ongoing submssions to a collaborative database (wiki). Students work on small group to build on (wiki) coolaborative knowledge on a selected issue.
  • Reports - -An academic paper (literature based) addressing a theoretical issue related to disaster management of disasters. -An academic piece of work (professional report) addressing a practical issue related to disaster management.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ARBE6601

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