• 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, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Phil Cummins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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 earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, tropical cylcones, soil hazards, 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.


This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and explain the temporal and spatial distribution of the most devastating natural hazards throughout the world
  2. Identify the most effective measures to monitor and mitigate these hazards
  3. Design, undertake and communicate a basic hazard evaluation and risk assessment

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written reports based on the practicals and performance in online quizzes (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Final paper (in the format of a scientific paper) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Presentation of a scientific journal article (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Participation in class discussion during lectures, student presentations of journal articles, field trips, laboratory practicals (5) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

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.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with EMSC4706

Prescribed Texts

Keller and Devecchio, Natural Hazards: Earth Processes as Hazards, Disasters and Catastrophes, 4th or 5th edition 

Assumed Knowledge

Basic knowledge of earth sicence

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3769 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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