|| ES30710 |
|| GEOHAZARDS |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr John Grattan |
|| Semester 2 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 11 Hours 11 x 1 hour |
|| Practicals / Field Days || 11 Hours 11 x 1 hour |
|| Continuous assessment || In-course assessment to be submitted by week 10. || 50% |
|| Exam || 2 Hours Written examination. || 50% |
|| Resit assessment || 2 hour written examination 50%, in-course assessment 50% Students who have failed the continuous assessment component of the module will be set a recovery assessment which will take the form of an extended essay to be submitted to the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences General Office by the day of the written examination. || |
Module Outline (Lecture Themes)
Lecture concentrate on the following general themes:
1. The extent to which people impact on environmental processes and trigger 'natural' disasters.
2. The extent to which people can mitigate the effects of environmental disasters.
3. Human perception of disasters.
This module aims to examine the relationship between people and the environment by focusing on society's role in exacerbating or mitigating environmental phenomena.
This module aims to examine the relationship between people and the environment by focusing on society's role in exacerbating or mitigating environmental phenomena. Students are expected to acquire a good working knowledge og the extent to which people can impact on environmental processes and trigger 'natural' disasters. Students should acquire a knowledge of the range of sources of material which cover the area of risk in geomorphology. Students should be capable of critically assessing the extent of understanding or particular aspects of literature and have a clear idea of how they could approach a reasearch problem in this field. Students will improve their report writing skills and will acquire a knowledge of how to use modern data sources such as Electronic Bulletin Boards and the World Wide Web to explore research problems and present research finding.
On completion of this module students should be able to :-
write in an academic style
use information services with confidence
conduct independent research
synthesise conflicting/ complimentary arguments
give an oral presentation
Alexander, D.. (1993)
Natural Disasters. UCL
Blaikie, P. et al.. (1994)
At Risk. Routledge
Grattan J & Brayshay, M.. (1995)
'An Amazing and Protentous Summer: Environmental & Social Responses in Britain to the 1783 eruption of an Iceland volcano'. The Geographical Journal. 161 (2). 125-134.