Courses & Units

Resilience in the Face of Emergencies JNB262


This unit is designed to respond to the growing challenge that natural and other disasters pose to organisations and individuals. It will provide individuals with insight into how to improve resilience at multiple different levels considering personal, community, organisational and at global levels. The unit itself also embeds the requirement to build skills in auditing and project design, fundamental skills for professionals working in management, logistics and other aligned professions. Indeed, any person working in a professional organisation may be exposed to emergencies, disasters or crises and this unit provides an introduction to principles, knowledge and skills that will be useful in responding to and recovering from these sorts of events. The unit also addresses a ‘wicked problem’ – specifically – we seek greater levels of resilience at times when the challenges to that resilience has also never been greater. By needing to consider and respond to this issue students will be supported to navigate complicated problems with unclear, even impossible solutions.


Unit name Resilience in the Face of Emergencies
Unit code JNB262
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Maritime and Logistics Management
Coordinator Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the psychological, physiological, sociological, behavioural and organisational principles that underpin human responses to emergencies.
  • Identify factors that support individual resilience to emergencies and develop skills in applying these in preparedness for emergencies via auditing and project design.
  • Develop skills in critical reflection including reflection of your own resilience to emergencies and how developing resilience could be extended to other aspects of life.
  • Analyse how key concepts (e.g., safety, resilience) interact at individual, group and community levels to support social responsibility and sustainability.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090799 $1,892.00 $888.00 $1,037.00 $2,213.00

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Teaching Pattern

Fully Off Campus:  Lecture recordings, online tutorials and online activities

AssessmentAssessing Accounts of Personal Resilience: (20%)|Audit of personal household and community resilience (40%)|Scaling-Up Resilience to communities and other collectives. (40%)|Assessments attached to in-semester learning activities
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