Professional Practice in Disaster Management

10 Units

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

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Availability Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate the role of stakeholders including not-for-profit entrepreneurs, non-government organisations, emergency services, and civil/military authorities in disaster-related operations and projects
  2. Critically evaluate and apply appropriate communication and project management approaches to disaster contexts including cross-cultural differences, trust and distrust, and alternative conflict resolution mechanisms
  3. Critically evaluate and apply appropriate project management strategies to address specific post-disaster challenges in disaster contexts

Professionalism in disaster contexts:

  • roles and responsibilities of professionals
  • ethics and codes of practice
  • legal and financial considerations
  • decision-making
  • performance management of teams

Communication in disaster contexts:

  • transnational and cross-cultural considerations
  • intra-organisational communications (eg, information and knowledge capture/management)
  • managing organisational media and social media engagement

Project management under disaster conditions:

  • managing stakeholders and resources
  • managing time constraints
  • planning for project success
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE6602 and ARBE6604. Students who have successfully completed ARBE6602 or ARBE6604 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE6614.
Assessment Items
  • Report: Working as a professional in a disaster context
  • Presentation: Communication strategy for not-for-profit organisations
  • Report: Project management plan for disaster contexts

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for ARBE6614
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