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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Crisis and Emergency Resilience (Oct 2015 entry)

Academic Year: 2015/16

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) n/a
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

n/a

Final award MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert (available as entry as well as exit awards)
Programme title Crisis and Emergency Resilience
Programme code BSPT96
Length of programme The programme is normally offered on a part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is thirty calendar months. The minimum period of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is twelve and eighteen calendar months respectively.
UCAS code n/a
Admissions criteria

Entrance Requirements to the programme are: 

i)   possession of a degree or equivalent

or

ii)   have achieved the academic requirements for corporate membership of

a British Chartered professional institution;

or

iii)   hold any other relevant qualification or professional experience as determined by the Programme Director together with a reasonable level of formal academic education.

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:45:04 GMT

1. Programme Aims

The programme’s specific aims are:

  • To provide specialised, systematic and in-depth knowledge of crisis and emergency management deploying appropriate theories, concepts and methods associated with the specific subject area. 
  • To enable students to acquire a critical awareness of the breadth of current issues involved in the practice of crisis and emergency management
  • To provide training in the concepts, theories and research methods appropriate for the study of crisis and emergency management
  • To offer opportunities for independent study and research within the field of crisis and emergency management
  • To equip students with the skills to pursue careers in the emergency services and related areas

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications/Descriptors for a Higher Education qualification at Level 7.
  • The benchmark statement for Masters awards in business and management
  • School of Business and Economics Business Plan
  • Loughborough University Learning and Teaching Strategy.
  • The University academic quality procedures

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

K1  The theoretical and analytical perspectives within the study of crisis and emergency management, as deployed in literatures at the forefront of current research;

K2  The complex linkages between these perspectives and their application to the realities and practical case studies of crisis and emergency management.

Specific to the PGDip/MSc:

K3  Important contemporary and historical case studies in the field of crisis and emergency management.

Specific to the MSc:

K4 Research design and methodology appropriate to the study of crisis and emergency management, including the successful completion of an independently researched project.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1  Identify and critically evaluate theories and conceptual approaches appropriate to the study of crisis and emergency management;

C2  Identify and critically apply theories and concepts to case studies of crisis and emergency management, developing existing knowledge and understanding;

 C3 Identify case studies for analysis in crisis and emergency management.

Specific to the PGDip/MSc:

 C4 Demonstrate skills of research design and research methodology relevant to the study of crisis and emergency management.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

 P1  Formulate research questions and research strategies for studying crisis and emergency management.

 P2  Develop research frameworks for the completion of an independent research project/dissertation pertaining to the study of crisis and emergency management.

 P3  Demonstrate timely management of a research project on international crisis management that is consistent with both professional practice and the principles of research ethics in the field of crisis and emergency management.

 P4  Manage research, source materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of crisis and emergency management, including translation into policy orientated products and services (where appropriate).

 

 

 

 

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1  Design and complete a research project, manage data and demonstrate independent learning ability and self-learning skills (using the Library and other printed, audio-visual and electronic resources; time management).

T2  Demonstrate sophisticated written and oral communication and ICT skills.

T3  Discuss networking, team working and human resource management issues 

Specific to the PGDip/MSc:

T4  Demonstrate decision making abilities in complex situations and exercise of initiative and leadership

4. Programme structure

4.1       Core Modules

       Code    

 Module title

Modular Weight

BSPR01

What is Resilience

15

BSPR02

Risk Management

15

BSPR03

Emergency Simulations

15

BSPR30

Population and Community Emergency

15

BSPR40

Concepts of International Crisis Management

15

 

BSPA01†

Masters Research Project

60

 

4.2        Optional Modules

Code Module title Modular weight
BSPR32 Communicating Risk Hazard and Threat Information 15
BSPR41 Foreign Policy Management 15
BSPR42 Practices of International Crisis Management 15
BSPR51 International Security 15
BSPR52 Intelligence Studies 15
BSPR54* Cyber Security and the Management of Computer Related Crime 15

 

† partially by distance learning (>50%)

* by distance learning

 

To complete the PG Cert in Crisis and Emergency Resilience students must complete 4 x 15 credit modules.  To complete the PG Dip in Crisis and Emergency Resilience students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules.  To complete the MSc in Crisis and Emergency Resilience students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules and a 60 credit research project.  Section 5 outlines the specific modules required for each degree award.

 

4.3 For full details of the specific assessment requirements for each module see the Module Specification.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also:

5.1.1 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, candidates must have accumulated at least 60 credits from the modules listed in Section 4 specifically, BSPR01; BSPR02; BSPR30 and BSPR40.

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, candidates must have completed modules with total modular weight of 120.  Specifically, candidates must have completed all of the compulsory modules from Section 4 (modular weight 75 credits, not including BSPA01) and three optional modules from 4.2 (modular weight 45 credits)).

5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of MSc candidates must have satisfied all the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits module BSPA01.

 

5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re- assessed in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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