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AHA722 - Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Daniel McAvoy



AHL701 unless previously completed

Students enrolled in course A767 - NIL

Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

All students will be required to complete 18-hours of self-paced preparatory work in the three weeks prior to the intensive

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

This unit will also engage students in enhanced online presence through CloudDeakin. Students will undertake online exercises, case studies, virtual simulations, cloud concept presentations and student-led discussions

In-person attendance requirements:

All students are required to attend a 5-day intensive (8-hours per day) at Burwood (Melbourne)

Intensive located learning will engage students through visits to local case study sites, guest speakers from the Humanitarian and Emergency Management sectors, classes and seminars


This unit consists of an intensive campus based module that introduces key issues in humanitarian contexts. While these issues will inevitably change over time, the unit will address current and emerging issues that are affecting humanitarian responses.  The located intensive learning will include visits to local case study areas to explore implementation, political, geographic, organisational, and power issues involved in humanitarian and emergency responses to complex disaster situations.  Students will also be introduced to international case studies of humanitarian responses and the contexts in which they occur. 

The second aspect to this unit will be delivered via Cloud (online) and include the use of virtual case studies to examine the issues of disaster preparedness and the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC) across different physical and cultural contexts.  We will also examine the role of different stakeholders in pre-disaster and post-disaster phases and how community development principles can inform and strengthen the processes involved.  Further, we will explore the role of the media in disasters and emergency response. Finally, the role of response coordination processes will be critically analysed to strengthen understandings of the importance of including all stakeholders including local communities to achieve the best outcomes possible in all phases.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


As a team, analyse and synthesize information on humanitarian needs and context from a simulated emergency scenario and be able to develop and communicate key operational and strategic issues to donors, government, community and media using written, personal and digital means

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork


Demonstrate critical and strategic thinking to inform and influence humanitarian practice taking into account sector policies, dynamics, dilemmas and principles of best practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Self-reflect and evaluate your role and contribution as an individual and team member throughout the unit and in particular during the team scenario task of conducting an assessment of humanitarian need and developing an appropriate strategic response plan

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Literature Review 1500 words 30% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Group Assignment 2000 words 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Journal 1500 words 30% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AHA722 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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