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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Emergency Management Theory and Practice
Module Code MT5136
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Caroline McMullan
Semester 2: Caroline McMullan
Autumn: Caroline McMullan
Module TeachersCaroline McMullan
Gavin Brown
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of Emergency Management Theory and Practice is to provide programme participants with an introduction to the subject of Emergency Management with a particular emphasis on the development and nature of Emergency Management, the need for effective Emergency Management and the practical application of key Emergency Management models. In addition, the module will explore the key stakeholders involved in delivering effective emergency management in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

1. critique a range of emergency management definitions
2. ascertain the nature of Emergency Management, Crisis Management and Business Continuity Management
3. verify the various categories of emergencies which can occur and those which have occurred nationally and internationally
4. validate the need for effective emergency management
5. compare and contrast a range of emergency management models and apply these models to various incidents and to their organisations
6. monitor and evaluate the dynamic nature of the field of emergency management

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48including guest speakers
Group work24No Description
Directed learning178Preparation of course work; Reading; Research
Lecture48including guest speakers
Group work24No Description
Directed learning178Preparation of course work; Reading; Research
Total Workload: 500

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

Defining Emergency Management, Crisis Management & Business Continuity Management. Classification Categories of Emergency – Natural, Technological, Social etc. and Global Trends in Emergency Management Case Studies

MEM In Ireland
The Development of Emergency Management in Ireland. Key Stakeholders – Government, Local Authorities, An Garda Siochana, the Health Service Executive, the Ambulance Service, the Fire Service, the Defence Forces, the Irish Coast Guard, the Voluntary Sector, Private Sector.

Classification of Emergency
Natural, Technological, Social Emergencies

A review of key models of Emergency Management. The Systems Approach to Emergency Management – exploring the key elements of Hazard Analysis, Mitigation, Planning & Preparedness and Response & Recovery.

National & International Incidents
An exploration of the nature and scope of recent national and international incidents

Current Issues
A review of current issues and trends at a national and international level

Emergency Management in Practice
Identifying and Sharing Good Practice

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentn/a30%Week 12
Reflective journalReflection on guest speaker series & linked research70%Other
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

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    GCEMGraduate Certificate in Emergency Mgmt.
    MSEMMSc in Emergency Management

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