Prospective and newly commencing students should refer to our new program
Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction requires planning, organising, and management resources to bring about the successful administration of a situation, post disaster. In recent years, there has been an increase in natural and human created disasters that have adversely impacted people and the Built Environment. The management of situations resulting from disasters requires a diversity of knowledge, skills and attitudes but it will ultimately draw on the field of project management for its practices.
Effective Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction will help:
- Address a situation from a natural or human created disaster;
- Maximize the use of resources (time, people, money, space etc)
- Bring the situation to a successful resolution meeting the needs of the impacted peoples;
- Monitor and document what was done providing reflection for future reference; and
- Build confidence in a project team and the impacted community. This program has been assembled by experienced practitioners who have worked in disaster situations.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Apply a range of analytical and problem solving skills to deal with complex problems or issues in the practice of disaster mitigation and redevelopment
- Analyse disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies in the context of disaster management and propose alternative solutions
- Develop the sustainable and socially responsible approaches to disaster mitigation and post disaster redevelopment
- Develop strategic and operational directions for implementing short, medium and long term goals for disaster mitigation and redevelopment
- Be able to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in interdisciplinary and multi professional environments and teams to facilitate issue based outcomes
- Be able to conduct research and employ research skills appropriate to a research problem in a disaster management area to advance existing of understanding of theory and/or practice
- Develop project management strategies in the context of disaster management and resilience building
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Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)
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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Australian Institute of Project Management
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The entry requirement into the Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is possible through multiple pathways. However, the requirements and structure of total units needed to be eligible for the award, will differ, based on an individual's entry qualification and level of experience. This may be a minimum of 80 units to a maximum of 160 units.AQF Level 8 'Cognate' entry into this program is possible through the following 'Cognate' qualifications:
- Honours Bachelor Degree - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.
- Honours Award - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.
- Graduate Diploma - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.
- Graduate Certificate - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.
- Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction with 5 years' experience - Total 80 units: 60 core + 20 directed courses.
AQF Level 7 'Cognate' entry into the program is possible through the following 'Cognate' qualifications:
- Bachelor Degree with 5 years' experience - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.
- Bachelor Degree with NO experience - Total 120 units: 70 core + 50 directed courses.
AQF Level 8 'Non-Cognate' entry into this program is possible through following 'Non-Cognate' qualifications:
- Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate with 5 years' experience - Total 80 units: 70 core + 10 directed courses.
- Honours Bachelor Degree, Honours Award, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate with NO experience - Total 120 units: 70 core + 50 directed courses.
AQF Level 7 'Non-Cognate' entry into the program is possible through the following 'Non-Cognate' qualifications:
- Bachelor Degree with 5 years' experience - Total 120 units: 70 core + 50 directed courses.
- Bachelor Degree with NO experience - Total 160 units: 70 core + 90 directed courses.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Additional Information" section (located towards the top of this page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
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|ARBE6121||Disaster Management Research Project||Not currently offered||20 units|
|ARBE6602||Post-disaster Project Management||Not currently offered||10 units|
|ARBE6603||Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Re-development||Not currently offered||10 units|
|ARBE6604||Professional Practice in Disaster Management||Not currently offered||10 units|
|ARBE6605||Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management||10 units|
|ARBE6606||Disaster Management Economics||10 units|
Choose 90 units from these courses. NOTE: Students choose a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 90 units dependent upon admission to the program. (Please see Program Convenor, if unsure)
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|ABOR6004||Community Development||10 units|
|ARBE6312||Sustainable Development||10 units|
|ARBE6331||Property and Facilities Management||10 units|
|ARBE6351||Property Investment and Evaluation||10 units|
|ARBE6403||Project Communication||10 units|
|ARBE6404||Project Procurement, Cost, Quality and Risk Management||10 units|
|ARBE6406||Negotiation & Conflict Resolution||10 units|
|ARBE6607||Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction||10 units|
|ARBE6608||Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction||10 units|
|ENVS6510||Environmental Legislation and Policy||10 units|
|ENVS6525||Sustainability and Ecosystem Health||10 units|
|ENVS6530||Environmental Management||10 units|
|ENVS6545||Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy||10 units|
|ENVS6560||Contemporary Issues in Water Management||10 units|
|GSBS6001||Managing Under Uncertainty||10 units|
|GSBS6007||Managing Human Resources in International Organisations||10 units|
|GSBS6012||Entrepreneurship and Innovation||10 units|
|GSBS6040||Human Resource Management||10 units|
|GSBS6190||Human Resource and Organisational Development||10 units|
|GSBS6484||Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility||10 units|
|INFO6090||Business Intelligence for the Enterprise||10 units|
|INFT6060||The Digital Economy||10 units|
|INFT6304||Project Planning and Management||10 units|
|SOCA6190||Gender and Social Change||Not currently offered||10 units|
|SOCA6240||Project Design and Evaluation||10 units|
|SOCA6590||Environmental Issues and their Social Context||10 units|
|SWRK6008||Capacity Building in Human Service||Not currently offered||10 units|
|SWRK6200||Transformative Leadership in Human Services||Not currently offered||10 units|
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue. Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner. NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.