Professional Practice in Disaster Management

10 Units

The course examines professional practice for disaster professionals. The key focus is making decisions in a professional manner. Students will explore not-for-profit entrepreneurship approaches to disaster reconstruction. The course will also cover codes of practice and ethical challenges associated with disaster related operations. Cros- professional engagement and team management approaches will also be covered.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Availability Trimester 3 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the role of not-for-profit entrepreneurship approaches in post disaster recovery
  2. Critically evaluate professional dilemmas faced in post-disaster situations and appropriately respond
  3. Appreciate cross-cultural differences and judiciously apply appropriate strategies to be culturally inclusive
  4. Identify and utilise alternative conflict resolution mechanisms, in a post-disaster context
  5. Critically evaluate the role of the media and social media in post-disaster reconstruction
  6. Appreciate team and knowledge management approaches
  • Introduction to professional practice
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Social responsibility
  • Working within different cultural contexts
  • Working in cross disciplinary teams
  • Managing teams and conflict resolution
  • Theories of decision making
  • Not-for-profit entrepreneurship
  • Performance management of teams
  • Legal challenges
  • Information and technology management
  • Knowledge management
  • Understanding social media
Assessment Items
  • Presentation: Audio Visual Presentation
  • Report: Team Report and Individual Reflection
  • Report: Individual Report

Contact Hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Distance Learners will engage online for 12 weeks.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Materials
  • Elaborating Professionalism
Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for ARBE6604
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