BSc International Disaster Management & Humanitarian Response / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Disaster Management and humanitarian response in Scholarship and Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code HCRI11071
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course is about transforming students from A-level learners into independent scholars. It does this by working through a key set of skills, ranging from identifying appropriate academic sources and scholarship, through reading academic texts critically, to producing the required style, tone and level of critical analysis in academic writing and presentations. Students will work with a member of the academic staff in tutorials to study their specialism with them; so that they can understand how disaster management and humanitarian knowledge and scholarly practice work side by side, and why the key skill set they are learning is essential to this.


HCRI11071 this module is only available to students on the IDM&HR degree programme,(please check your programme structure for further details).


 The aims of this course are:

1) To manage the leap between school-level work and university level work.

2) To get to know one of the lecturers well, to understand what they do and understand their approaches.

3) To experience lots of varieties of disaster management and humanitarianism that won't have been experienced in other modules

4) To acquire the practical skills required to succeed at Manchester and get a job.


Knowledge and understanding

1. Compile and present a bibliography.

2. Identify, analyse and contrast academic arguments.

3. Plan university-level essays with a clear structure and coherent argument.

4. Compose introductions to essays and conclusions to essays

5. Understand the aims of academic presentations as alternative communication mechanisms to different audiences.

6. Plan university-level presentations as individuals and groups.

Intellectual skills

1. Discrimination between highly relevant and highly valuable challenging reading, and peripheral or less rigorous styles of writing.

2.  Organisation of ideas in writing and presentations


Practical skills

1.  Information management skills, requiring evaluation, synthesis, and record-keeping.

2. Research skills, including planning, prioritisation of tasks, identification and location of primary and secondary sources, evaluation of findings.

3.  Essay-writing skills related to the analysis of a specific question, construction of arguments, assessment and deployment of evidence, writing style.

4.  Participation in seminar discussion and collaborative learning through virtual seminars.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students will have the opportunity to develop interpretation and argumentation skills, both written and oral. They will gain experience of working with others and presenting to academic staff. Students will develop research and project management skills throughout the course. They will develop skills to help them apply the skills developed from this course to all of their future assessments at university.

Employability skills

Group/team working
Recognising and identifying views of others and working constructively with them.
Information Retrieval - ability independently to gather, sift, synthesise and organise material from various sources (including library, electronic and online resources), and to critically evaluate its significance. Presentation - capacity to make oral presentations, using appropriate media for a target audience. Time Management - ability to schedule tasks in order of importance. Improving own Learning - ability to improve one's own learning through planning, monitoring, critical reflection, evaluate and adapt strategies for one's learning.

Assessment methods

Portfolio of reflective learning and individual weekly tasks 50%
Essay 50%


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Written feedback on assignments


Verbal feedback seminars


Verbal and peer feedback on practice group presentations and practice portfolio pieces in the tutorials



Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jessica Hawkins Unit coordinator

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