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Bachelor of Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Bachelor of Emergency Management

Associate Degree in Emergency Management [exit point only]

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Cyclones, bushfires, floods, plane crashes, and oil spills have all shaped significant events in history globally in recent years. How these events are managed, before, during and after a crisis can mean the difference between life and death. 

CSU's Bachelor of Emergency Management provides you with the skills and confidence required to coordinate emergency management activities before, during and after a crisis or disaster event. If you want to make a difference in emergency management in your community and see yourself responding in times of crisis and coordinating emergency management activities, this degree is for you.

  • Why study this course?

    With CSU's Bachelor of Emergency Management, you will learn both the principles and practices of emergency and disaster management, and examine and analyse community resilience, disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

    Contemporary relevance, taught by global leaders

    CSU's academics bring a wealth of practical, operational, policy and strategic experience into the classroom. This course is designed to meet the needs of public bodies concerned with the protection of life and property – such as federal, state and local government, the police, fire, ambulance, state emergency services and community and health services – as well as private sector groups, such as the insurance and manufacturing industries.

    Flexible online study with global connections

    Study part-time online so you can earn or upgrade a qualification while continuing to work within the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS). This course is designed in collaboration with emergency management agencies, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia. The AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India (National Police Academy), New Zealand, Indonesia (UNODC), Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom. While delivery is entirely online, you will have the opportunity to undertake international study programs facilitated by CSU Global.

    Gain a well-rounded education

    Drawn significantly from real-world case studies and covering areas including emergency management, leadership and management, environmental management and psychology, the Bachelor of Emergency Management includes specific studies in:
    • community resilience and disaster planning
    • risk management and mitigation
    • climate change and environmental science
    • spatial science and geographical information systems (GIS)
    • decision-making in crisis situations.

  • Career opportunities

    The recent impact of emergency and disaster events, both in Australia and around the world, has seen a steep rise in demand for tertiary qualified emergency management professionals. As an emergency management professional, you can work with a variety of organisations.

    Public bodies and non-government organisations

    Take up a challenging role in emergency management with federal, state and local government organisations, community service groups and humanitarian aid organisations. Or take up a role in essential services, public utilities or even health, community and aged care services.

    Emergency and community services organisations 

    Take your emergency management skills to the front line in police, fire, ambulance/paramedic, State Emergency Services, national parks, forestry, prisons and defence.

    Manufacturing industries or the commercial sector

    See business continuity and safety realised in the petroleum, steel, aluminium, mining, primary production and manufacturing industries. Or utilise your emergency management skills in hotel chains, shopping centre and major property services, major events management, security firms, refugee processing centres and financial risk organisations.

  • Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Emergency Management is a nationally recognised degree that has been developed to be applicable in an international context.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Standard CSU credit regulations apply.

    Recognition of Emergency Management Australia (EMA) courses and a number of certificates are outlined in Appendix: BEmergMgt: Applying for Credit.

  • Subjects

    The Bachelor of Emergency Management is made up of a series of core (required to be studied) subjects, including all 10 emergency management (EMG) subjects as well as seven non EMG subjects. On top of these 17 core subjects, students are required to select a further four subjects from the elective subject pool.

    The emergency management core subjects fall into the three key areas of emergency management planning, emergency operations management and emergency recovery management. Each key area is studied over 12 to 18 months, with subjects within each area designed to follow on from the previous, providing students with a step by step appreciation and understanding of the key concepts, principles and practices associated with that aspect of emergency management.

    The core non-EMG subjects are organised so that some are studied concurrently with the earlier EMG subjects and the remainder are studied consecutively with latter EMG subjects.

    Students who successfully complete the 14 subjects (128 points) required for the Associate Degree (approximately two thirds of the way through the degree), may elect to exit the program and receive the Associate Degree in Emergency Management.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 20 subjects (192 Credit Points). Students may exit with an Associate Degree award upon completion of the first 128 Credit Points.

    Common subjects (Associate Degree)

    EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
    EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
    EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
    EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
    EMG201 Training and Exercise Development
    EMG206 Analysis of Disaster Response (16CP)
    EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16 CP)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data                                                                                                                                                                
    JST324 Team Management and Leadership
    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information systems

    Plus two Restricted Electives

    Bachelor subjects as per Associate Degree, plus the following

    EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16 points)
    EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience
    EMG309 Humanitarian Relief
    PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma
    AGS320 Water Policy and Management (EM)

    Plus two Restricted Electives

    Restricted Electives

    Students may select four subjects from the Restricted Electives listed below. It will be the student's responsibility to select subjects based on subject availability, prerequisites, co-requisites and/or enrolment restrictions.

    SPA406 GIS Applications
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing
    ENM163 Natural Resource Management
    AGB362 Managing Sustainable Development
    PSY214 Health Psychology
    JST313 Investigative Interviewing
    JST344 Terrorism Awareness
    LAW107 Applied Legal Studies (Forensics)
    ACC100 Accounting 1
    MGT100 Organisations and Management
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    HRM210 Human Resource Management
    HRM310 Developing Human Resources
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    SOC205 Social Research
    SOC308 Community Analysis

    Enrolment pattern

    Six years part time, full degree, beginning in Session 1

    Session1

    EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data  

    Session 2

    EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    Session 3

    EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

    Session 4

    EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
    JST324 Team Management and Leadership

    Session 5

    EMG201 SOP's, Training and Exercise Development
    Restricted Elective

    Session 6

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    Restricted Elective

    Session 7

    EMG206 Critical Analysis of Disaster Response (16CP)

    Session 8

    EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16CP)

    Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Associate Degree in Emergency Management, AssDegEmergMgt

    Session 9

    EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience
    AGS320 Water Policy and Management (EM)

    Session 10

    EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16CP)

    Session 11

    EMG309 Humanitarian Relief
    Restricted Elective

    Session 12

    PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma
    Restricted Elective

    Six years part time, full degree, beginning in Session 2, midyear intake

    Session 1

    EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    Session 2

    EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data

    Session 3

    EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
    EMG102 Emergency Decision Making

    Session 4

    EMG201 SOP's, Training and Exercise Development
    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Session 5

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    JST324 Team Management and Leadership

    Session 6

    EMG206 Critical Analysis of Disaster Response (16 points)

    Session 7

    EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16 points)

    With an additional two Restricted Electives, students may exit at this point and graduate with the award of Associate Degree in Emergency Management, AssDegEmergMgt

    Session 8

    EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience
    AGS320 Water Policy and Management (EM)

    Session 9

    EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16CP)

    Session 10

    EMG309 Humanitarian Relief
    Restricted Elective

    Session 11

    PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma
    Restricted Elective

    Session 12

    Restricted Elective
    Restricted Elective

    The Restricted Electives are as listed in Course Structure.

    Six years part time, full degree, beginning in Session 3 (end of year - November)

    Session 1

    EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management 
    EMG102 Emergency Decision Making 

    Session 2

    EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
    SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data

    Session 3

    EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
    PSY111Foundation of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    Session 4

    EMG201 SOP's, Training and Exercise Development
    SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems

    Session 5

    Restricted Elective
    JST324 Team Management and Leadership

    Session 6

    EMG206 Critical Analysis of Disaster Response (16CP)                                                                                                                                

    Session 7

    EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16CP)

    Session 8

    AGS320 Water Policy and Management (EM)
    Restricted Elective 

    Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Associate Degree in Emergency Management, AssDegEmergMgt

    Session 9

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

    Session 10

    EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience
    EMG309 Humanitarian Relief

    Session 11

    EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16CP)

    Session 12

    Restricted elective
    Restricted elective

  • Residential schools

    The following subject may have a residential school component:

    JST313 Investigative Interviewing

  • Admission information

    Standard CSU admission criteria apply.

    Note: Preference will be given to applicants who currently have Emergency Management responsibilities. Students wishing to enrol as full fee-paying students rather than applying for a HECS funded place should include a letter with their application highlighting this fact. To be admitted into the course, prospective students need to indicate their likelihood of success through:
    1. Previous studies and/or
    2. Other attainment and experience

    1. Previous studies include: 

    • The NSW Higher School certificate or interstate/overseas equivalent;
    • The International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • A completed or part completed course of a university, TAFE, or other accredited tertiary education institution
    • Completion of undergraduate subjects as an Associate Student with the university or through another university, or Open Learning Australia
    • Completion of the CSU Pathways Program

    2. Attainment & experience
    Students may also be admitted to the course based on other attainment and experience. These may include:

    • Voluntary or paid work experience
    • Performance in tests and examinations conducted by professional recognised bodies
    • Participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers
    • Completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationManlyCGSYYYEAEM
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYYJAEM

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

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  • About the School

    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

    Established in 1993, CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. CSU’s courses offered through AGSPS span a broad range of global issues that include international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cyber-crime, and natural disaster management. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise. The School continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with courses attracting students from around the globe. AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India (National Police Academy), New Zealand, Indonesia (UNODC), Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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