ESC-30009 - Natural Hazards
Coordinator: Steven Rogers Tel: +44 1782 7 33752
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

ESC-40015 - MGeoscience: Natural Hazards

Description for 2023/24

This module examines the causes and characteristics of a broad variety of natural hazards and their destructive impact on human society, the environment, the economy and more. These hazards range from small-scale to large-scale events, from relatively minor disturbances to catastrophic disasters, and are associated with both environmental and anthropogenic triggers. Particular attention is paid to the assessment of risk and the steps that can be taken to prevent or mitigate the damage and disruption associated with these processes.
This module aims to evaluate and analyse the causes of a variety of natural hazards, to investigate their potential impacts on human society and infrastructure, and to evaluate measures that can be taken to mitigate and predict their destructive effects.

This module aims to examine the causes of a variety of natural hazards, to investigate their potential impacts on human society and infrastructure, and to evaluate the measures that can be taken to mitigate their destructive effects.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

analyse and critically evaluate the causes and dangers associated with specific natural hazards: critically assess and quantify the risk posed by natural hazards in a variety of hypothetical situations: demonstrate the interconnectedness between natural hazards, society and the economy:

Study hours

Active Learning Hours (57hrs):
In person sessions - 46 (2 x2hr sessions most weeks)
Approximately and hour a week engaging with journal articles, websites and news reports (1 x 11)
Independent study (93 hours):
50 hours assessment preperation
43 hours engaging with wider reading

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Individual Report weighted 100%
Individual report of chosen hazard
Students will produce a written report of 3,000 words. The emphasis will be on students locating and analyzing data from the published literature in relation to a chosen natural hazard topic. Guidance in terms of project titles and association information will be given throughout the module - with specific sessions dedicated to the planning and implementation of this assessment. The report will include a 1 page "infographic" summarising the students chosen hazard. Students will also complete a formatively assessed report plan.