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Bachelor of Emergency Management

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (21 subjects).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Emergency Management focuses on the concepts associated with emergency risk management, including hazard and risk assessments, emergency operations management and the recovery management of communities following the impact of an emergency event.

About the course

The Bachelor of Emergency Management aims to develop a practical as well as theoretical base for those people who have responsibilities in the field of Emergency Risk Management.

The course is designed to meet the needs and interests of a variety of client groups ranging from public bodies concerned with the protection of life and property such as local government, the police, fire, ambulance, state emergency services and community and health services to a myriad of private sector groups (e.g. the insurance industry, manufacturing industry).

Research has shown that the amount of damage being caused to communities around the world from both natural and technological hazards is increasing steadily. The management of natural and technological disasters has been formalised through government legislation establishing emergency management organisations which must develop and maintain community counter-disaster preparedness and plans at all levels of the community.

To enable our communities to become more resilient and sustainable from an emergency management perspective, we must ensure that they continue to develop their emergency risk management capabilities. The development and conduct of emergency management activities (e.g. hazard and risk assessments, emergency management plan development, operations management strategy development, community recovery strategy development) will assist in reversing the hazard trend by minimising the risk of hazards occurring and the consequences when they do occur. Such activities are an essential aspect of comprehensive emergency management practice for communities.

Articulation

The Associate Degree in Emergency Management is an exit-point only course within the Bachelor of Emergency Management.

Credit

Depending on student/ applicant qualifications, credit can be awarded for appropriate industry training applicable to the field of emergency management (e.g. some relevant TAFE Certificate 3, 4 and Diploma level courses and specific industry courses such as State level Introduction to EM courses, humanitarian aid programs etc.) or previously completed tertiary education subjects, thereby reducing the total number of subjects required to complete the degree.

CSU has deemed that some courses provided by Emergency Management Australia's Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) at Mt Macedon in Victoria (including the Advanced Diploma of Public Safety) have sufficient concepts, principles, educational content and assessment regimes to make them equivalent to subjects within the Bachelor of Emergency Management. Credit applications are dealt with on a case by case basis and determined by a thorough analysis of the applicant's submission.

Key learning areas

Subjects are grouped according to three key Emergency Management and a series of Core and Elective learning areas to meet the objectives of the courses.

The key learning areas are:

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management subjects provide students with a foundation level knowledge, understanding and appreciation in the key areas of emergency management planning, emergency operational management and emergency recovery principles and practices associated with the management of emergencies within our communities.

Social Sciences

This grouping of subjects provide foundation knowledge and understanding in areas of Psychology and Sociology relevant within the Emergency Management discipline. The subjects emphasise the application of psychology to the human services, while in sociology, the aquisition of knowledge and understanding of social issues (e.g. gender, ethnicity, community) is the focus of attention.

Human Resource Management and Management

The subjects in this key learning area are designed to provide emergency management practitioners with the knowledge and skills associated with the management of human resources and general management concepts and principles. The subjects in this sequence cover topics ranging from financial planning, organisational behaviour, the role of the human resource manager and the processes of training and development in organisations.

Climate Change and Environmental Science

The subjects in this learning area provide the student with an understanding and appreciation of the impact that climate change is having on our communities and society and the relevance of effective environmental management within our communities. Subjects in this area cover topics ranging from climate change, water policy and management, natural resource management to sustainability.

Spatial Science and Geographical Information Systems

This learning area provides a range of subjects that are designed to enhance the students’ understanding and appreciation of the role that spatial science and the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have within our communities and the potential they provide for enhancing the management of hazards and risks impacting upon our communities. Subjects in this area cover topics ranging from spatial science, image analysis, remote sensing to principles of GIS and GIS applications.

Law and Policing

This learning area provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the specialist linkages that exist between the areas of emergency management and the law enforcement and community/ public safety sector. Subjects in this area cover topics ranging from applied legal studies, investigative interviewing, team management and leadership to terrorism awareness.

Course components

The Bachelor of Emergency Management course is made up of a series of core (required to be studied) subjects, including all ten (10) emergency management (EMG) subjects as well as seven (7) non EMG subjects. On top of these 17 core subjects, students are required to select a further four (4) subjects from the elective subject pool.

The emergency management core subjects fall into the three key areas of emergency management planning, emergency operations management and emergency recovery management.  Each key area is studied over 12 to 18 months, with subjects within each area designed to follow on from the previous, providing students with a step by step appreciation and understanding of the key concepts, principles and practices associated with that aspect of emergency management.

The core non-EMG subjects are organised so that some are studied concurrently with the earlier EMG subjects and the remainder are studied consecutively with latter EMG subjects.
Students who successfully complete the 14 subjects (128 credit points) required for the Associate Degree (approximately 2/3 of the way through the degree program), may elect to exit the program and receive the Associate Degree in Emergency Management.

Your course is recognised by industry

The Bachelor of Emergency Management is a nationally recognised award.

 

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

With a burgeoning world population and despite increasing technology, the incidence of damage to facilities and harm to people from the impact of natural and technological hazards is increasing exponentially. Our communities are becoming more and more vulnerable. This has brought about an increasing recognition of the need to protect all of our assets and resources and manage more effectively the risks that we face. Consequently, there are growing opportunities for people who have emergency management knowledge and expertise.

Course structure

The course consists of 20 subjects (192 Credit Points). Students may exit with an Associate Degree award upon completion of the first 128 Credit Points.

Common subjects (Associate Degree)

EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
EMG201 Training and Exercise Development
EMG206 Analysis of Disaster Response (16CP)
EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16 CP)
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Sciences and Data Visualisation
SPA115 Principles of Geographic Information systems
JST324 Team Management and Leadership
AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation

Plus two Restricted Electives

Bachelor subjects as per Associate Degree, plus the following

EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16 points)
EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience
EMG309 Humanitarian Relief
PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma
AGS320 Water Policy and Management (EM)

Plus four Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives

Students may select four subjects from the Restricted Electives listed below. It will be the student's responsibility to select subjects based on subject availability, prerequisites, co-requisites and/or enrolment restrictions.

SPA406 GIS Applications
SPA405 Image Analysis
SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
AGB362 Managing Sustainable Development
PSY214 Health Psychology
JST313 Investigative Interviewing
JST344 Terrorism Awareness
JST327 Working with the Community
LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)
ACC101 Financial Planning for Business
MGT100 Organisations and Management
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
HRM210 Human Resource Management
HRM310 Developing Human Resources
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality
SOC205 Social Research
SOC308 Community Analysis

Enrolment pattern

Six years part time, full degree, beginning in Session 1

Session1

EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

Session 2

EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Session 3

EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
SPA115 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

Session 4

EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
JST324 Team Management and Leadership

Session 5

EMG201 SOP's, Training and Exercise Development
Restricted Elective

Session 6

AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
Restricted Elective

Session 7

EMG206 Critical Analysis of Disaster Response (16CP)

Session 8

EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16CP)

Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Associate Degree in Emergency Management, AssDegEmergMgt

Session 9

EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience
AGS320 Water Policy and Management (EM)

Session 10

EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16CP)

Session 11

EMG309 Humanitarian Relief
Restricted Elective

Session 12

PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma
Restricted Elective

Six years part time, full degree, beginning in Session 2, midyear intake

Session 1

EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

Session 2

EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
EMG102 Emergency Decision Making

Session 3

EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Session 4

EMG201 SOP's, Training and Exercise Development
SPA115 Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Session 5

AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
JST324 Team Management and Leadership

Session 6

EMG206 Critical Analysis of Disaster Response (16 points)

Session 7

EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16 points)

With an additional two Restricted Electives, students may exit at this point and graduate with the award of Associate Degree in Emergency Management, AssDegEmergMgt

Session 8

EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience
AGS320 Water Policy and Management (EM)

Session 9

EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16CP)

Session 10

EMG309 Humanitarian Relief
Restricted Elective

Session 11

PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma
Restricted Elective

Session 12

Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective

The Restricted Electives are as listed in Course Structure.

Articulation

The Associate Degree in Emergency Management is an exit-point only course within the Bachelor of Emergency Management.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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