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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Systematic Emergency Management
Module Code MT5138
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gavin Brown
Semester 2: Caroline McMullan
Autumn: Caroline McMullan
Module TeachersCaroline McMullan
Eileen Tully
Gavin Brown
Pat Farrelly
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will provide programme participants with a comprehensive overview of the systematic approach to emergency management. The module aims to provide students with the tools to identify and assess the variety of hazards which may trigger a major emergency, potential risk mitigation strategies and the incorporation of these risks into the development of emergency plans. Emphasis will be on the principles of developing such plans and the role of training and exercising in testing, validating and maintaining preparedness. Key issues such as planning command and control will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

1. explain the concepts of risk analysis, risk assessment, vulnerability, mitigation and resilience
2. critique the various approaches which may be used to classify and categorise risks as well as measure hazards and their potential impact
3. compare and contrast a range of tools for plotting risks and creating relativities
4. determine strategies for managing risks, including the development of strategies for mitigation and building organisational and community resilience
5. devise and evaluate Major Emergency Plans appropriate to specific organisations and consistent with 'A Framework for Major Emergency Management'
6. verify plans using a range of exercising methods
7. apply the principles of training in order to deliver enhanced preparedness.
8. revise, test and implement changes to Major Emergency Plans

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48No Description
Group work24No Description
Directed learning178No Description
Lecture48No Description
Group work24No Description
Directed learning178No Description
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

Risk 1
Introduction and definitions; Models for risk analysis and assessment; The risk assessment process I: Establish context and identify risks

Risk 2
The risk assessment process II: Analysis and assessment of risks; Classification and categorisation of risks and impacts; Recording of potential risks on a matrix

Risk 3
Risk mitigation strategies; Promoting community and critical infrastructure resilience; Establishing a strategic framework for managing risks

Planning 1
Preparing to Respond: Guiding Principles of Emergency Management; Preparing Major Emergency Plans

Planning 2
The Process: Disseminating; Testing; Exercising & Revising Emergency Plans

Planning 3
A systematic approach to staff preparedness; Delivering a Coordinated Response & Recovery.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentGroup Risk Assessment Written Submission30%Week 19
AssignmentIndividual Planning & Preparedness Assignment60%Sem 2 End
ParticipationReference to participation is made in its widest form, including engagement with loop (forum) discussions and quizzes, live class discussions & engagement, and being an active team member.10%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

  • Damon P. Coppola: 2015, Introduction to International Disaster Management, Butterworth-Heinemann, 9780128017036
Other Resources

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

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