• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course discusses the physical processes that underpin a selection of natural hazards: severe weather, tropical cyclones, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis, coastal hazards and earthquakes. Basic knowledge from EMSC8706 is extended and each hazard is discussed in depth. Detailed hazard and risk assessments are undertaken in class and relevant writing and presentation skills are further trained.

Lectures in this course are designed to provide comprehensive knowledge on a selection of hazards. During practicals, methods for detailed hazard and risk assessments are discussed and analytical skills are trained. Discussion sessions focus on recent scientific findings published in peer-reviewed journals and will help students to further train the skills necessary for critical reading, thinking and data analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. identify and evaluate the physical mechanisms and context in which natural hazards form globally,
2.  judge the impact of natural hazards on society,
3. assess the most effective hazard monitoring and mitigation measures,
4. devise, apply and communicate a detailed hazard and risk assessment.  

Indicative Assessment

-         Written reports based on the practicals and performance in online quizzes (40%; LO 1-4)  
-         Final paper (in the format of a scientific paper) (35%; LO 1-4)  
-         Presentation of a scientific journal article (20%; LO 1-3)
-         Participation in class discussion during lectures, student presentations of journal articles,  field trips, laboratory practicals, etc. (5%; LO 1-4)

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Two 2 hour lectures/practicals per week. Students are expected to spend an average of a further 6 hours per week on work related to the course.

Preliminary Reading

Recommended preparatory reading:

1)      Press and Siever ‘Understanding Earth’ or Kump et al. ‘The Earth System’.
2)      Keller and DeVecchio (2012) ‘Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes’ or Hyndman and Hyndman (2006) ‘Natural Hazards and Disasters’

Assumed Knowledge

EMSC8706   Basic knowledge of geoscience.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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