- Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards (Professor - University of London)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||11 x 3 Hour Lectures|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Written project Practical exercise (ArcGIS exercise aimed at forecasting potential lahar inundation areas)||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Real time crisis exercise Problem solving and presentation in groups.||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Written report Reflection on decision making in crisis exercise (1500 words)||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written project Practical exercise (ArcGIS)||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written report Report on a key topic from the course (2000 words) – in lieu of the real time crisis exercise||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written report Reflection on crisis exercise||30%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Outline the main tectonic controls on volcanism.
2. Assess the importance of; viscosity, volatile content and magma chemistry on the explosivity of magmas.
3. Explain the different hazards associated with varying types of volcanic activity.
4. Describe the main methods of monitoring at volcanoes and how this information is used in decision-making and eruption preparedness.
Students will be introduced to; the main types of volcanoes and tectonic environments, controls on volcanic processes, potential hazards associated with volcanoes (proximal and distal), methods for monitoring volcanoes and complexities in decision making.
This module will make use of recent case studies to introduce students to the most up to date literature in the field and current areas of debate.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Interpretation of numerical and graphical data is integral to the interpretation of geophysical monitoring data. This will be covered in lecture and seminar material.|
|Communication||Students will be expected to work as part of a team during a simulation exercise (seminar session) that aims to re-create the complexity of managing a volcanic crisis. In their teams, students will be asked to discuss data and agree on a course of action (under time constraints). They will then describe to the rest of the class what course of action they have taken, and why.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Independent reading and self-critique of parameters chosen for the project work will be encouraged. There will be detailed feedback from project work.|
|Information Technology||Additional reading is integral to the module and alongside provision of reading lists, students will be expected to use information technology to search for relevant online or hard copy material. One of the key assessment components will be based in ArcGIS, which will also strengthen students’ information technology skills.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Upon completion of this module students will have a solid grounding in key aspects of volcanology research and applied skills. They will also have been introduced to the complex nature of decision-making in the context of uncertainty. Skills which are transferable to many professions.|
|Problem solving||The ability to recognize the key drivers in different types of volcanism and how these affect the hazards that are generated at a volcano will provide key problem solving skills. In lectures and the practical, students will need to interpret the significance of this data in the context of understanding volcanic history and decision making in crisis periods.|
|Research skills||The students will be required to complete additional research to complete the assessed practical exercise. Library resources and the internet will be used as sources for this project.|
|Subject Specific Skills||This course will develop skills in; the theory of geophysical monitoring, igneous petrology, physical volcanology and complexity in decision-making. Students will be encourage to make conceptual links between each of these areas.|
|Team work||Team work is embedded in the simulation exercise (as described above).|
This module is at CQFW Level 6