Courses & Units

Emergency Management Cycle HSP235



This unit examines the application of general management principles to the particular context of emergency management where normal challenges are further complicated by system failures, inadequate information, complex multiagency and whole of community approaches and a challenging political and social environment. The unit will examine the management principles through the cycle of emergency management involving the prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery phases. It will also explore specific management issues that are central to effective emergency management practice including the impact of socio-technical systems design and human factors. This unit is an intermediate (level 2) emergency management unit focused on the application of general management principles to the particular context of emergency management in disasters. This unit will present a range of examples upon which to reflect, in order to critically analyse the cycle of emergency management.


Unit name Emergency Management Cycle
Unit code HSP235
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

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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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

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

1. Describe the basic principles that underpin the emergency management cycle.

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



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.


Teaching Pattern

Off campus online.


Assessment Task 1: Assignment exploring the preparedness phase of the emergency management cycle (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:  Assignment exploring the emergency management cycle in an Australian or international disaster (1,500 words excluding reference list) – 40% weighting.

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