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EMG206/208: Plan

Identifying what you need

identify imageIt is important to break down the requirements of your assessment task before you start searching for information so that you can plan your approach.

At this first stage, you need to work out:

  • what the assessment is asking you to do
  • how you are going to search for answers to the question

The best place to find this information is your Subject Outline. You should carefully read all elements of the assessment information available including:

  1. the task description,
  2. the rationale, and
  3. the marking rubric.

Reading through each element will highlight key terms or concepts you are expected to demonstrate your knowledge of, and will also identify the types of information, or information sources, you are expected to use.

At first you may feel a little overwhelmed by all of the requirements. However, with some thought and planning, you can come up with a research plan that will suit your assessment tasks.

If you are confused or unsure about the assessment topic, ask your lecturer or tutor who will be happy to talk it through with you.

Looking at your assessments

To complete the assessments in EMG206 and EMG208 you need to select ONE emergency event.

When selecting your event make sure:

  • The event encompasses the three phases of an emergency/disaster: pre-impact, impact, and post-impact
  • Information about your event is readily available
  • Your event occurred between 1980 and 2005
  • The event has:
    • a multi-organisational response
    • extensive media coverage
    • loss of life/casualties, etc.

In EMG206 Assessment 1 you are expected to describe your selected event ensuring that you:

  • clearly identify and describe the event
  • briefly describe the event
  • list the aim, objectives, authority, scope, context, and relevant history for the pre-impact and impact phase study
  • provide the sources and types of information that you will use in your study

In EMG206 Assessment 2 you are expected to:

  • critically analyse the management during the pre-impact and impact phases of your selected event (2 aspects for each phase, selected from the list provided in your subject outline). You will: 
  • Report on the strengths and weaknesses of those aspects
  • Identify what could have been improved

NOTE: The above information discusses the assessments included in EMG206; however, similar skills are required for EMG208 which—except for the addition of an annotated bibliography to Assessment 1—includes the same types of assessment but focuses on post-impact, and a hypothetical re-occurrence.

Annotated Bibliography

The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to demonstrate that you've evaluated a resource and explain why you're using it in your assessment. You can discuss the content of the resource, the intended audience, the credentials of the author/s, etc.

It might help to refer to the Evaluate Information criteria on the Evaluate page - Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose - for some questions that you can apply to your items, which might then help you to write your annotations.

This resource from UNSW about annotated bibliographies contains additional information, as well as a useful sample annotation that could provide a template. 

What type of information do I need?

When completing one or more of your assessment tasks you may need to consult and make reference to the following types of resources:

  • academic literature
  • news and media reports
  • incident reports
  • case studies
  • statistics
  • legislation and regulations

Across your assessment tasks you need to demonstrate your awareness and understanding of theory, and provide supporting evidence of your analysis through the use of relevant information sources. This will require using academic and profession resources including books, reports, and journal articles.

Topic Analysis

Let's start thinking about what terms you will use when searching for information. To do this:

  • Identify the key concepts of your topic (watch the topic analysis video for assistance); and then
  • Brainstorm as many synonyms and similar terms/phrases as you can.

This is a useful exercise because the language used to describe your topic may vary from source to source, and you don't want to miss out on a good source because it uses a different term to the one you are searching on.

Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

Keyword activity

As you start working on each of your Assessment Tasks:

Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.