Subject details

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this subject, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. explain the concept of resilience as it applies to national security, preparedness planning, crisis response and emergency management
  2. identify key threats to and vulnerabilities of critical national infrastructure
  3. apply risk analysis models to a range of crisis response options available to government or business organisations
  4. prioritise resilience planning tasks in accordance with business continuity principles appropriate to private and public sector organisations
  5. critically evaluate coordination mechanisms between levels of government, across public and private organisations and among private sector organisations
  6. employ emergency management principles to assess the applicability of coordination methods for different crisis scenarios.
  • Topics
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

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. This subject complements PICX210, which covers the operational aspects of homeland security, and PICX211, which focuses on government and private sector national security strategy and policy

  • Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assessment 3 (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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