Courses & Units

Introduction to Emergency Management HSP101



Emergency management is when our communities, the public sector (government agencies), the private sector (businesses) and the not-for-profit sector (charities) work together to strengthen society’s capacity to withstand, plan for, respond to and recover from disasters. This unit will provide you with an introductory knowledge on the broader concepts of emergency management. In this unit, you will explore local, national, and international case studies of emergency management in numerous contexts that are applicable and transferable to any discipline.

The assessment tasks allow you to explore a topic in the context of emergency management that is relevant to your interests and has real world applicability regardless of your specific area of study. Therefore, if you have a passion for enhancing society’s disaster resilience to natural hazards (e.g. bushfires, floods, cyclones, tsunamis, etc.) and man-made disasters (e.g. humanitarian crises, acts of terrorism, environmental incidents, etc.) then this unit is for you.


Unit name Introduction to Emergency Management
Unit code HSP101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management

Dr Steven Curnin

Teaching staff

Dr Steven Curnin

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the basic principles that underpin contemporary emergency management practice in Australia and internationally.

2. Identify how emergency management is applied in practice using authentic case studies.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $1,729.00 091105

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Teaching Pattern

Fully on-line.


Assessment Task 1:

Written case study exploring a research initiative that addresses a natural or man-made hazard in the context of emergency management (1,500 words excluding reference list) – 40% weighting.

Assessment Task 2:

Online multiple-choice quiz consisting of 30 questions based on your learnings from weeks 1 to 10 - 20% weighting.

Assessment Task 3:

Written case study exploring an emergency management initiative following an Australian or international disaster (1,500 words excluding reference list) – 40% weighting.

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