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The postgraduate degree in Community Development (Emergency Management) grew out of a United Nations imperative to provide skills for communities to proactively work to prepare for, prevent, or reduce the effects of, disasters. The course is designed to enhance professional skills and knowledge to help communities reduce the effects of and build resilience to major emergencies and disasters, to develop strategies and to minimise the impact disaster can have.
Students enrolled in this degree from all around the world, working in both paid and voluntary capacities, are able to network online, which adds another dimension to the learning and development outcomes of this course.
Students will gain a greater understanding of the principles of working effectively and proactively with communities and how assisting communities to become more resilient impacts on the consequences of disasters. The course develops students’ analytical skills and knowledge, with emphasis on practical application to communities.
The degree is aimed at those who work (or wish to work) anywhere in the world, in emergency services or humanitarian organisations, including aid work in developing countries, disaster mitigation and recovery, community development and education programs offered by NGOs (non-government organisations) and a variety of community-based services offered by all levels of government.
The course includes studies concerning the social, cultural, political and economic contexts of communities and disasters; communication and community education for emergencies; and monitoring and evaluating emergency management. Independent study units enable students to undertake projects and research in human services.
To qualify for the Master of Community Development (Emergency Management) a total of 12 units (144 credit points) must be completed.
This course offers intermediate awards (early exit points) at Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma levels.
Please note that some majors and units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
|Distance Education||Trimester A
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
|Course Duration||Master: 1.3 years full-time (4 Trimesters); 2.6 years part-time (8 Trimesters)
Graduate Diploma: 1 year full-time (3 Trimesters); 2 years part-time (4 Trimesters)
|Fees and Charges||• Domestic fees
• Additional fee information
|School||School of Arts and Social Sciences|
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||scu.edu.au/enquiries|
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|Total Units:||Award Abbreviation:||2013 ATAR equivalent/OP:|
|Master - 12
Graduate Diploma - 8
Graduate Certificate - 4
|UAC Course Code||QTAC Course Code||CRICOS Course Code|
The course is delivered online and there are no on-campus attendance requirements. Academic staff are available by phone and email for student consultation. Discussions through the MySCU online environment are an important element of learning in this course. Course materials are online and all units have a dedicated unit website on MySCU, which is accessible upon enrolment.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and provide opportunities for students to apply their developing knowledge to their work and to explore their areas of interest. Most units utilise progressive assessment with marks typically allocated across a combination of assessment tasks due at different times during the study period. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task.
General campus resources are available including access to computer laboratories for individual study purposes.
Visa conditions of International students studying in Australia mandate that they cannot enrol in courses offered online or by distance education. However International students residing outside of Australia may enrol in this course.
The following applications to study can be made online, directly to SCU:
Online applications for the Master of Community Development (Emergency Management) involve four key steps:
Once registered you can exit and return to your application at any time.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Admission to Candidature