Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
ESC-30009 Natural Hazards
This module examines the causes and characteristics of a broad variety of natural hazards and their destructive impact on human society. 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 analysis the causes of a variety of natural hazards, to investigate their potential impacts on human society and infrastructure, & to evaluate measures that can be taken to mitigate and predict their destructive effects.Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:¿ critically 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.¿ critically evaluate the techniques that can be used to predict & mitigate the impacts of natural hazards & evaluate the most appropriate measures for varying circumstances.Skills gained include: (1) analysis, interpretation & manipulation of a variety of scientific data to assess the risk posed by natural hazards; (2) evaluation of the most suitable measures to prevent or minimise their effects in a various circumstances; (3) Further development of written communication skills through coursework assessments.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-40015/lists
This module aims to examine in detail 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.
Intended Learning Outcomes
critically evaluate the causes and dangers associated with specific natural hazards and propose mitigation solutions: 1critically assess, quantify and analyse in detail the risk posed by a specific natural hazard: 2
Lectures: 20 hoursWorkshops: 12 hoursIndependent study: 118 hours
1: Individual Report weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Individual report of chosen hazardStudents will produce a written report of 2,500 words. The emphasis will be on students critiquing and synthesising secondary and primary 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.2: Portfolio weighted 50%
Portfolio of practical exercises2,500 words, or equivalent, digital portfolio of the 4 practical exercises