Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction

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Details

Program Code 12410
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
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Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to face on-campus and online

Description

PLEASE NOTE: This new AQF level 9 Masters coursework program commences in 2015. Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction requires planning, organising, and management resources to bring about the successful administration of a situation, post disaster. In recent years, there has been an increase in natural and human created disasters that have adversely impacted people and the Built Environment. The management of situations resulting from disasters requires a diversity of knowledge, skills and attitudes but it will ultimately draw on the field of project management for its practices. Effective Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction will help: -Address a situation from a natural or human created disaster; -Maximize the use of resources (time, people, money, space etc) -Bring the situation to a successful resolution meeting the needs of the impacted peoples; -Monitor and document what was done providing reflection for future reference; and -Build confidence in a project team and the impacted community. This program has been assembled by experienced practitioners who have worked in disaster situations.

Why study with us?

The program will involve presenters who are current practitioners in the industry as well as presenters from the University. The program will provide a case based approach to the study of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction. The focus of the program is case based drawing on the expertise and experiences of current practitioners. Newcastle offers a unique approach of online technologies and industry involvement. Please note: This program is offered both online and on campus.

Career Opportunities

Disasters occur indiscriminately but one factor is consistent, the long-term restitution of the situation is left to local governments or non-governmental organisations and their staff. This program applies recognised project management practices to the resolution of a disaster situation providing graduates with the unique ability to work in the situation of a disaster with short-term demands requiring long-term solutions. The professional application of project management skills and techniques as a process for resolving a post disaster situation will develop graduates who are a valuable resource for local government bodies, non-governmental organisations involved in disaster relief, and private contracting organisations seeking to be involved in post disaster redevelopment.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

AQF Level 8 ‘Cognate’ entry into this program is possible through the following ‘Cognate’ qualifications:

  • Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction with 5 years’ experience.

AQF Level 7 ‘Cognate’ entry into the program is possible through the following ‘Cognate’ qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree with 5 years’ experience, Bachelor Degree with NO experience

AQF Level 8 ‘Non-Cognate’ entry into this program is possible through following ‘Non-Cognate’ qualifications:

  • Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate with 5 years’ experience
  • Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate with NO experience

AQF Level 7 ‘Non-Cognate’ entry into the program is possible through the following ‘Non-Cognate’ qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree with 5 years’ experience
  • Bachelor Degree with NO experience

‘Cognate’for the purposes of admission are considered to be in the following areas:

  • Social services/Humanitarian
  • Medial/Nursing
  • Land Economics / Real Estate / Property / Valuation
  • Architecture / Building / Construction Management
  • Surveying / Quantity Surveying
  • Engineering in Civil / Structural / Mechanical / Electrical/Computer
  • Natural Environment
  • Town Planning / Urban Planning
  • Commerce / Economics / Finance
  • Business / Marketing / Technology Management/Government Administration
  • Emergency management services (fire, ambulance, security, civil-military etc.)
  • Law

AQF ‘Non-Cognate’ areas are those that fall outside the above list.

Selection Criteria

Relevant work experience will be assessed from the information provided below:

  • Applicant statement outlining the relevant work experience that applies to the program learning outcomes of the program. Applicants must demonstrate experience against all learning outcomes.

  • Evidence of employment and experience including start and end dates from employer(s): Offer of employment letter;

  • Certificate of experience/employment
  • Detailed resume/CV setting out work experience
  • Interview (where necessary)

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is distinctive in its purpose and content. The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment will seek endorsement by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) in due course.

International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue. Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner. NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Additional Information

This program is available both on campus and online.

Requirements and Structure

The entry requirement into the Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is possible through multiple pathways. However, the requirements and structure of total units needed to be eligible for the award, will differ, based on an individual’s entry qualification and level of experience. This may be a minimum of 80 units to a maximum of 160 units.

AQF Level 8 ‘Cognate’ entry into this program is possible through the following ‘Cognate’ qualifications:

*  Honours Bachelor Degree - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.

*  Honours Award - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.

*  Graduate Diploma -  Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.

*  Graduate Certificate - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.

*  Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction with 5 years’ experience - Total 80 units: 60 core + 20 directed courses.

AQF Level 7 ‘Cognate’ entry into the program is possible through the following ‘Cognate’ qualifications:

*  Bachelor Degree with 5 years’ experience - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.

*  Bachelor Degree with NO experience - Total 120 units: 70 core + 50 directed courses.

AQF Level 8 ‘Non-Cognate’ entry into this program is possible through following ‘Non-Cognate’ qualifications:

*  Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate with 5 years’ experience - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.

*  Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate with NO experience - Total 120 units: 70 core + 50 directed courses.

AQF Level 7 ‘Non-Cognate’ entry into the program is possible through the following ‘Non-Cognate’ qualifications:

*  Bachelor Degree with 5 years’ experience - Total 120 units: 70 core + 50 directed courses.

*  Bachelor Degree with NO experience - Total 160 units: 70 core + 90 directed courses.

Transition Arrangements

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.

Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the “Further Information” section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ARBE6121 Disaster Management Research Project Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
20 units
ARBE6602 Post-disaster Project Management
Not to be undertaken if you have completed the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction (please see Program Convenor or Student Hub if unsure)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6603 Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Re-development Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6604 Professional Practice in the Post Disaster Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6605 Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6606 Economics of and for Disaster Recovery Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 90 units from these courses. NOTE: Students choose a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 90 units dependent upon admission to the program. (Please see Program Convenor, if unsure)
ABOR6004 Community Development Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6312 Sustainable Development Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6331 Property and Facilities Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6351 Property Investment and Evaluation Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6403 Project Communication Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6404 Project Procurement, Cost, Quality & Risk Management Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ARBE6406 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6525 Sustainability and Ecosystem Health Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6545 Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6560 Contemporary Issues in Water Management Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6001 Managing Under Uncertainty Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6007 Managing Human Resources in International Organisations Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
10 units
GSBS6012 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6040 Human Resource Management Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6190 Human Resource Development Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6484 Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFO6090 Business Intelligence for the Enterprise Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6060 The Digital Economy Trimester 3 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
INFT6304 Project Planning and Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6190 Gender and Social Change Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6240 Project Design and Evaluation Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SWRK6008 Capacity Building in the Human Services Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SWRK6200 Transformative Leadership in Human Services Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
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