Course Title: Industry Engagement for Disaster Design and Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industry Engagement for Disaster Design and Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Judy Rogers

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via Email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: online

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to link academic with practical workplace learning and/or training in the Disaster, Design and Development (DDD) field.

The course is offered in partnership with industry and may include internships in organizations involved in post-disaster reconstruction, disaster risk reduction or community-based development. It can also involve undertaking training programs with industry partners. The aim is to provide opportunities for you to reflect on and extend your knowledge and skills in professional work situations, develop an applied understanding of DDD industry practices, receive feedback from clients and supervisors, develop professional work practices and experience workplace culture in the humanitarian sector, explore career options and develop a professional networks.

Internships or training opportunities can be undertaken in an international or national setting. Internships should be between 40 to 80 working days. However, the meaningfulness of the internship is determined less by duration than the quality of the learning experience.

The duration of training programs should be no less than 39 hours contact and will need to be approved by the program manager.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

• Use and extend your knowledge and skills in professional work situations in the DDD field.
• Receive, evaluate and apply feedback from target communities and workplace supervisors.
• Develop professional work practices and experience the workplace culture in humanitarian and/or non-profit organisations.
• Articulate and reflect on key guiding principles and practices that are necessary for working in the Disaster, Design and Development Sector.
• Explore career options related to the DDD field while developing your professional network.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will involve work placements such as internships. This may also involve overseas placements. The placement can be arranged for you through RMIT, or you may find your own placement in consultation with the course coordinator.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your instructor, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include research about key organisations working the field of Disaster, Design and Development in preparation for your internship, a reflective practice journal including reflection on feedback from supervisors and a portfolio of work that you have undertaken as part o your placement.
• 1,500 word Research Report (pre-work placement) (20%)
• Reflective Practice Journal Midway (20%)
• Reflective Practice Journal Final (20%)
• Portfolio of work completed as part of your internship (40%)

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures:

The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life.