Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction
Why study disaster preparedness and reconstruction?
Disaster preparedness and reconstruction requires planning, organising, and management resources to bring about the successful administration of a situation, post disaster. In recent years, there has been an increase in natural and human created disasters that have adversely impacted people and the built environment. The management of situations resulting from disasters requires a diversity of knowledge, skills and attitudes but it will ultimately draw on the field of project management for its practices.
What will I study?
Throughout your program you will learn to:
- Address a situation from a natural or human created disaster;
- Maximise the use of resources (time, people, money, space etc)
- Bring the situation to a successful resolution meeting the needs of the impacted peoples;
- Monitor and document what was done providing reflection for future reference; and
- Build confidence in a project team and the impacted community.
Disasters occur indiscriminately but one factor is consistent, the long-term restitution of the situation is left to local governments or non-governmental organisations and their staff. This program applies recognised project management practices to the resolution of a disaster situation providing graduates with the unique ability to work in the situation of a disaster with short-term demands requiring long-term solutions. The professional application of project management skills and techniques as a process for resolving a post disaster situation will develop graduates who are a valuable resource for local government bodies, non-governmental organisations involved in disaster relief, and private contracting organisations seeking to be involved in post disaster redevelopment.
The Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is distinctive in its purpose and content. The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment will seek endorsement by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) following successful completion of the program by the first graduates.