Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX2013 | 2024
Crisis Management and Disaster Relief
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Determine the threats to, and vulnerabilities of, critical national infrastructure. Evaluate coordination efficacy between levels of government and public and private organisations in relation to natural disasters, chemical incidents and epidemics.
Crisis Management and Disaster Relief
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Explain the concept of resilience as it applies to national security, preparedness planning, crisis response and emergency management
- Identify key threats to and vulnerabilities of critical national infrastructure
- Apply risk analysis models to a range of crisis response options available to government or business organisations
- Prioritise resilience planning tasks in accordance with business continuity principles appropriate to private and public sector organisations
- Critically evaluate coordination mechanisms between levels of government, across public and private organisations and among private sector organisations
- Employ emergency management principles to assess the applicability of coordination methods for different crisis scenarios.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
This subject explores the concept of national resilience. It identifies the role of government in preparing for, managing and recovering from a broad range of crises.
The subject begins with an overview of risk reduction strategies and introduces the concept of contingency planning. It then examines the various kinds of crisis response capabilities that government develop, including interagency and state-federal coordination procedures, interoperability of equipment and ADF domestic counterterrorism capabilities.
The subject then discusses emergency coordination and management in a variety of contexts, including natural disasters, a large-scale mass transit accident, a nuclear, chemical or biological incident, a viral epidemic, a terrorist attack and critical infrastructure failure. Finally, the subject examines planning for national resilience capacity, the ability to recover from unexpected and debilitating crises.
These potent threats to national security are outside the threat-centric concept of homeland security and require a more risk-based approach to planning and preparation.
- Risk aessessment exercise (20%)
- Quiz on Weeks 2-7 (15%)
- Essay (50%)
- Quiz on Weeks 8 - 11 (15%)
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You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
MAQ-PICX213 (Not currently available)
50cp at 1000 level or above
NCCW (pre-2020 units)
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