DISMGT 703 : Disaster Management and Resilience


2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Disaster management concepts and approaches related to urban resilience, including societal and infrastructure resilience. Key elements include exploring holistic approaches to disaster management and assessment of the relationship between resilience and disaster management. This includes systems and complexity, policy and general regulatory environment. This course involves group work and a course project.

Course Overview

The frequencies of occurrence and impact on communities of various natural and man-made disasters have escalated over time. Disaster Management is a critical element of the delivery of a functioning urban system. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the management of disasters and the concept of resilience in a variety of settings. It aims to offer an overview of all key components of the urban resilience and of the solutions needed to successfully enhance disaster resilience. It covers the theories of natural resilience, social resilience, built resilience and economic resilience to disasters. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of disaster management and resilience (Capability 1.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1 and 8.1)
  2. Identify resilience needs at the national, regional, organisational and community levels (Capability 1.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 8.1 and 8.2)
  3. Apply a range of disaster management theories, approaches, tools and techniques (Capability 1.1, 3.1, 4.2, 5.1 and 8.2)
  4. Create solutions for post-disaster reconstruction and disaster prevention (Capability 1.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 and 8.1)
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of policy decision making for disaster management (Capability 1.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1 and 8.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 40% Individual Coursework
Project 40% Group Coursework
Presentation 20% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures, 1 hour of tutorials, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content, and 4 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation, on average per week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings.

The course will include live online events including tutorials.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

[1] National Research Council (2011), Building community disaster resilience through private-public collaboration, Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press
[2] Douglas Paton & David Johnston (2006), Disaster resilience: an integrated approach, Springfield
[3] Kevin Ronan & David Johnston (2005), Promoting community resilience in disasters: the role for schools, youth, and families New York : Springer.
[4] Jennifer E Duyne Barenstein & Esther Leemann (2013), Post-disaster reconstruction and change communities' perspectives, Boca Raton : CRC Press
[5] Abhas Kumar Jha & Jennifer E. Duyne (2010), Safer homes, stronger communities a handbook for reconstructing after natural disasters, Washington, DC: World Bank
[6] Gonzalo Lizarralde, Cassidy Johnson & Colin H Davidson (2010), Rebuilding after disasters: from emergency to sustainability, London; New York: Spon Press
[7] Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh (2011), Post-disaster reconstruction of the built environment: Rebuilding for resilience, London: Wiley-Blackwell
[8] Chang-Richards, Y., & Wilkinson, S. (2015). Trajectories of Recovery and Reconstruction after the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes: Effects of project management and financing mechanisms. In P. Daly, & M. Feener (Eds.), Rebuilding Asia: Approaches to Post-Disaster Reconstruction in the Asia-Pacific Region. Cambridge University Press.
[9] Stevenson, J., Giovinazzi, S., Seville, E., Brown, C., Chang-Richards, Y., & Wilkinson, S. (2015). From Disaster to Opportunity: Reviving Urban Function after the Canterbury Earthquakes. In Cities at Risk: Planning for and Recovering from Natural and Human Disasters. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
[10] Mannakkara, S., Wilkinson, S. & Potangaroa, R. (2018). Resilient Post Disaster Recovery through Building Back Better. Taylor & Francis

Health & Safety

Students must ensure they are familiar with their Health and Safety responsibilities, as described in the university's Health and Safety policy.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

No changes

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.