- Code EMSC4706
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
This course is for Honours students
This course combines state-of-the-art knowledge from geology, geophysics, geochemistry and other fields of earth sciences to understand the natural processes that have hazardous impacts on society. This course focusses on soil hazards, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, tropical cylcones, severe weather, bushfires and coastal hazards. Further, the impact of climate change on these hazards is discussed.
Lectures in this course are designed as an introduction to the topic and provide students with the scientific principles that underpin each of the major natural hazards. Practicals and one-day field trips (free of charge) are used to illustrate and discuss aspects of each hazard and train hazard and risk assessment practice. Discussion sessions focus on recent scientific findings published in peer-reviewed journals and will train critical reading, thinking and analytical skills.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse and explain the temporal and spatial distribution of the most devastating natural hazards throughout the world
- Identify the most effective measures to monitor and mitigate these hazards
- Design, undertake and communicate a basic hazard evaluation and risk assessment
- Written reports based on the practicals and performance in online quizzes (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Final paper (in the format of a scientific paper) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Presentation of a scientific journal article (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Participation in class discussion during lectures, student presentations of journal articles, field trips, laboratory practicals (5) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 1 hour practical/ field trip per week
- Short field trips (no additional costs, additional information in class summary)
- Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Keller and Devecchio, Natural Hazards: Earth Processes as Hazards, Disasters and Catastrophes, 4th or 5th edition
Some knowledge of Earth Science
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- 6 units
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