The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course examines professional practice for disaster professionals. The key focus is making decisions in a professional manner. Students will develop a working understanding of not-for-profit entrepreneurship approaches to disaster reconstruction. The course will also cover codes of practice and ethical challenges associated with disaster-related operations. Cross-generational professional engagement, team and project management approaches will also be covered.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 2 - 2020


  • Trimester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE6602 and ARBE6604. Students who have successfully completed ARBE6602 or ARBE6604 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE6614.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically evaluate the role of stakeholders including not-for-profit entrepreneurs, non-government organisations, emergency services, and civil/military authorities in disaster-related operations and projects

2. Critically evaluate and apply appropriate communication and project management approaches to disaster contexts including cross-cultural differences, trust and distrust, and alternative conflict resolution mechanisms

3. Critically evaluate and apply appropriate project management strategies to address specific post-disaster challenges in disaster contexts


Professionalism in disaster contexts:

  • roles and responsibilities of professionals
  • ethics and codes of practice
  • legal and financial considerations
  • decision-making
  • performance management of teams

Communication in disaster contexts:

  • transnational and cross-cultural considerations
  • intra-organisational communications (eg, information and knowledge capture/management)
  • managing organisational media and social media engagement

Project management under disaster conditions:

  • managing stakeholders and resources
  • managing time constraints
  • planning for project success

Assessment items

Report: Working as a professional in a disaster context

Presentation: Communication strategy for not-for-profit organisations

Report: Project management plan for disaster contexts

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

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