Courses & Units

Decision Making in Emergency Management HSP218



This unit examines the process of decision making in emergency management. You will analyse the elements that contribute to decision making in dynamic, complex and uncertain environments as experienced in emergency management. The unit will address the processes, structures and approaches of decision making, including the concepts of situational awareness and common operating picture in the context of emergency management. This unit is an intermediate (level 2) emergency management unit where you will be presented with a range of examples which you can reflect upon, in order to analyse the decision making process in emergency management.


Unit name Decision Making in Emergency Management
Unit code HSP218
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management

Dr Steven Curnin

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the principles that underpin the decision making process in emergency management.
  2. Analyse the decision making process in emergency management practice.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090399

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HSP101 Introduction to Emergency Management



Assessment Task 1: Written case study on the decision-making process in emergency management (1,000 words excluding references) - 30% weighting.

Assessment Task 2: Online multiple-choice quiz consisting of 30 questions based on your learnings from weeks 2 to 11 - 20% weighting.

Assessment Task 3: Written case study on situational awareness in the context of decision-making in emergency management (2,000 words excluding reference list)– 50% weighting

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