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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Issues & Trends in Emergency Mgt Research
Module Code MT5006
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Caroline McMullan
Semester 2: Caroline McMullan
Autumn: Caroline McMullan
Module TeachersCaroline McMullan
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module exposes students to current trends in emergency management research. It explores how to critically appraise relevant research/literature and how to assess the quality of journals and papers. Finally, theory and theories in Emergency Management are identified and investigated.

Learning Outcomes

1. select, analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of research papers relevant to global trends and current thinking in emergency management.
2. determine the core components of a problem/issue, their relationships to each other and to the practice of emergency management.
3. recognise, articulate and challenge assumptions in published research.
4. evaluate the ethics, responsibility, reliability, validity and overall quality of published research in emergency management.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Directed learning101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Session One
(a) Introduction to the module (b) Overview of module handbook and assessment (c) Importance of Research (d) Types of Research (e) Dissemination of Research (f) Research Quality (g) Group Assignment: In Class Exercise (h) Feedback (i) Reading for Session 2

Session Two
Risk Perception & Protection Motivation Theory

Session Three
High Reliability Organisations & Normal Accident Theory

Session Four
National Culture & Risk Management

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentResearch & Literature Review70%Sem 1 End
Group assignmentIn class exercise.15%Week 1
Loop QuizUnderstanding of Theory15%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Robert A. Stallings: 2002, Methods of Disaster Research, Xlibris Corporation, Indiana, USA, 1401079709
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MSEMMSc in Emergency Management

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