Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the impacts on the built environment of natural and human initiated disasters. This is done through the context of investigating the consequences and activities during the short, medium and long-term periods after the occurrence of a disaster. The role of the construction in supporting post disaster reconstruction and making the built environment resilient will be explored.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the theory and practice of emergency management

2. Apply post-disaster project management principles and practices

3. Apply post-disaster mitigation and sustainable re-development measures

4. Present written and visual concepts and ideas.


  • Overview of emergency or disaster situations and the consequences in the built environment.
  • Existing theories and practices in disaster management.
  • Existing bodies that manage disaster situations.
  • The principles and process of post disaster reconstruction project management, including planning, organising, staffing and controlling a - project management team.
  • Stakeholder, knowledge management, communications management.
  • Mitigation thorough community consultation and engagement.
  • Sustainable economic, social and cultural redevelopment of the affected communities.
  • Ethics and social responsibility of redevelopment


This course replaces ARBE4321. If you have successfully completed ARBE4321 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Report: Professional Report

Proposal / Plan: Project Plan

Written Assignment: Disaster Scenario

Journal: Online Journal

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.