Crowded Places and Public Safety Management MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

EECT031

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Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

May 2019

 

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Overview

From international sporting events and concerts to world-class retail and transport hubs, mass gatherings are increasing in scale and complexity. In the current global environment the challenges of keeping people safe are greater than ever.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

Students will analyse the features that make for best-practice planning, policy and process, so that they can go on to devise effective crowded places arrangements of their own. The programme covers important legal and political frameworks of the crowd safety and emergency management sector.

The course will also help provide an understanding of the issues that underline many problems faced by crowd safety management practitioners, such as multi-agency cooperation and coordination and business continuity. We will look at how these issues may be addressed, in practice with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of integrated emergency management and organisational resilience.

You will also be required to carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Emergency Planning for Public Safety & Security:
    • The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of the concepts, issues, processes and structures relevant to the development of effective strategies for preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters, and apply them specifically to work for public safety in crowded places.

      Students will explore the concepts of integration as they apply to the processes of the creation of plans for the management of emergencies, and in particular examine the role of the private sector in supporting the duty of integration.

      Following this, students will engage with approaches to construct, implement, test and evaluate a range of emergency and disaster preparedness arrangements across a broad scope of hazards, focussing on those that present the most relevant risks to public safety in crowded places.

      The module will focus on the composition and structure of emergency and disaster plans, policies and practices. This includes consideration and evaluation of the various organisational, institutional and legal frameworks that influence emergency preparedness, and consideration of wider social and technological factors that can affect emergency and disaster planning at the local, sub-national, national and international levels, in both the private and public sector.

    • Managing Crowded Places:
    • The aim of this module is to facilitate a detailed understanding of crowded places and the influences upon their formation, design and management, considering them as socio-technical, psychological, geographical and temporal phenomena, complex in nature and vulnerable to emerging properties.

      Taking a risk-based approach, the module will provide particular insight into the impacts of complexity on crowded places, examining theoretical approaches to complexity, and applying them to the understanding of, and subsequent planning for and management of, crowded places. In doing so it will consider the application of tools such as planning, crowd science, command and control, coordination and communication, and information and technology systems.

    • Public Safety & Security:
    • Strategic approaches to Public Safety and Security requires an understanding of the underpinning frameworks for governance and best practice in the realms of health and safety, workplace safety and security management.

      This module will help students undertake structured threat assessments to appraise the challenges facing the management of public safety and security within their organisations and the wider environment. It will then show them how to use analytical tools which are necessary to diagnose the underlying causation of such problems - be they organisational or malicious.

      Finally, it will offer students the opportunity to develop their critical capabilities to assess the tools available to address public safety and security issues, enabling a resolution that is sensitive and appropriate to the operating environment.

    • Risk, Incident & Leadership:
    • This module aims to develop an in depth understanding of a range of risk interpretations, explore non-technical skills, minimisation techniques and leadership models that can be applied during incidents and crises. It will use models, theories and simulations to critically evaluate the challenges for leadership and decision making within the constraints of some command and control practices. Incidents are recognised as vital opportunities for learning lessons but there are usually challenges to facilitating and leading the implementation of change. Students will investigate ways in which these barriers and challenges can be overcome.

  • Semester 2

    • Training and Exercise Design & Delivery:
    • The aim of the module is to facilitate students’ competence to plan, design, and manage an exercise in the context of disaster, crisis and emergency management. The module will place exercises in the wider context of preparedness and organisational resilience, examine theories and approaches to training and exercising. In addition, the module will aim to help students  critically assess and evaluate generic principles of training and apply them to training needs for disaster, crisis and emergency management. Approaches to the evaluation of exercises and associated learning will be developed, and the project management requirements for managing and organising exercises are also examined.

    • Resilience, Security & Emerging Technologies:
    • This module aims to investigate today’s complex technology-dependant society and organisations, and the factors that influence security and resilience in complex and integrated systems. The module investigates vulnerabilities, risk and security challenges at an organisational, national and transnational level, going beyond the traditional cyber security purview to look at the demands in wider interconnected systems across critical infrastructure and city resilience, existential threats and global risks. The module evaluates the potential opportunities and risks associated with emerging technological advancements and considers them as part of an horizon scanning approach.

    • Research Perspectives and Practice:
    • This module is designed to equip students with the required skills in systematic critical evaluation, research design and data collection relevant to assessing practice and policy in disciplines aligned to emergencies and crises. The module content will review processes and principles for conducting research, students will explore intensive and extensive research designs and be introduced to the principal methods of conducting extensive research - social surveys, documentary, archival and census evidence, and quantitative analysis. The module also explores more intensive forms of investigation, including interviewing, ethnography and other forms of qualitative analysis. Issues of research dissemination and research ethics will also be considered.

    • Business continuity and Crisis Management:
    • This module will aim to provide students with the necessary evaluative skills to assess internal and external risk contexts and apply appropriate approaches for managing risks within organisations. The impacts of incidents can quickly become a serious threat to both the internal and external operating environment for organisations. Traditionally, business continuity and crisis management techniques have been applied in order to manage these risks. Increasingly risks are unknown, complex and dynamic requiring more adaptive management practices and responsive governance systems. Critical incidents can spill over into political, economic, social, technical, legal and environmental domains requiring effective assessment, communications and media management so as to limit impacts and losses.

  • Semester 3

    • Working paper:
    • The aim of this module is to support masters students to define a need or critical issue within the sector. Working with a supervisor students will develop an industry facing paper that evaluates the evidence and makes recommendation for change and overcoming expected barriers to that change at team, institutional, national level as appropriate.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to experience Coventry University’s Crisis Simulation Centre.
  • Our Centre is a beacon standard for advanced training of professionals from a wide range of emergency responders.
  • With a Learning Curve, interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially-trained actors, this training can not only help to improve skills, but can also help to develop new ways of working.
  • The programme can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over three years for home/EU students. You can start in September, January or May.
  • Modules are offered in the form of five-day 'intensive' blocks of teaching and learning, which is ideal if you are already working within the profession, live some distance from Coventry or both.
  • Taught sessions take the form of lectures, workshops, discussions supported by guided reading material and guest speaker events.
  • Students can access all learning materials and library resources remotely.
  • Please note that if you are an international ‘Tier 4’ student, you will be required to take the course on a full-time basis and must, in addition to the one week of ‘face-to-face’ teaching, receive some additional events to fulfil UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. For more information, visit our page on Tier 4 compliance.
  • In addition, your working paper (project) tutor will assist you in developing your study and research skills.

Assessment for all modules is by 100% coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you should have:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of risk, its components and influencing factors, approaches to assessment, prioritisation and role in planning and managing crowded places.
  • An in-depth knowledge of policy and approaches for mitigating, preparing for and managing crowded places for the private sector, responding agencies and organisations and other affected stakeholders.
  • A thorough comprehension of approaches to assessing complexity and interaction, and developing, monitoring and evaluating processes, systems and organisations within the sector from known and emergent threats in a sustainable way.
  • A detailed analysis of multi-stakeholder engagement, communication, co-operation and governance in all aspects of policy and strategy, implementation and management at all scales.
  • An ability to manage information, evaluate uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in knowledge, method and management, and make appropriate and defensible decisions.
  • A critical awareness of issues and challenges at the forefront of research and practice in crowded places and public safety.
  • An ability to evaluate and use appropriate methods of enquiry and analysis, and progress good practice in the discipline over the course of their career.
  • The skills demanded to research, evaluate high level material in order to produce an independent working paper that meets ethical requirements of the university, synthesises both academic and sector perspectives and presents findings and recommendations in a professional way.

Modules are taught as one-week ‘face-to-face teaching’ at the University, along with several weeks of directed and/or self-directed study, which may be undertaken off-campus. 

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 26-30 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

International case studies are used throughout the course. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Normally, the entry requirement is a second classification degree in a relevant discipline. Those with a level 5 qualification and or professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Normally, the entry requirement is a second classification degree in a relevant discipline. Those with a level 5 qualification and or professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Normally, the entry requirement is a second classification degree in a relevant discipline. Those with a level 5 qualification and or professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


May 2019

£13,350 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.

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