HAR686: Disaster and Emergency Management

The Disaster and Emergency Management module is led by Chris Blackmore. It runs in the Autumn semester and is worth 15 credits.


The Disaster and Emergency Management module is led by Chris Blackmore. It runs in the Autumn semester and is worth 15 credits.

It is one of the modules on:

This module is available as a CPD option

This module is not available as a DDP module

This module is restricted to 40 students.


Disasters and emergencies can strike any community. It is not a question of whether a disaster will occur but when.

However, the likelihood, scale and impact of a disaster can be minimized through appropriate emergency planning, preparation and response by the community, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

This module will cover the key concepts of disaster and emergency management, explore some of the contemporary issues and develop students’ knowledge and skills in this field.


Students will develop a broad understanding of the knowledge, issues and management principles of disaster and emergency planning, preparation and response.

The module seeks to help students develop practical knowledge and skills for dealing with incidents and emergencies.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to:

  • explain the generic stages of the emergency management cycle;
  • demonstrate an awareness of key emergency management issues and principles;
  • adapt and apply the emergency management stages systematically to any setting or scenario;
  • demonstrate an understanding of emergency planning;
  • critically reflect on emergency exercises and;
  • critically appraise disaster mitigation options.

Teaching methods

The teaching methods include lectures to impart factual knowledge and understanding of the key issues, principles and concepts of emergency management.

Problem-based learning seminars will be run to practically demonstrate some of these concepts.

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