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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE1034 Natural Hazards

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Prof Jeff Peakall
Email: j.peakall@see.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

How do tsunamis form and why are they so destructive?- What can be done to minimise their impact? - Why was the response to the Sumatran tsunami wrong? - How many Bangladeshi lives could be saved for the same amount of money as the annual subsidy on an EU cow? Come and find out the answers to these questions and hundreds more, across the whole spectrum of Natural Hazards. Such hazards annually take 10,000's of lives and cause billions of pounds of damage. Examine the physical processes that control natural disasters and learn what can be done to minimise the death and destruction caused by these events. Topics covered include volcanoes, earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and meteorite impacts. Two lectures are also included on tsunamis, and the science behind the Boxing Day Sumatra, and Japan tsunami. We also touch upon the response of societies to natural hazards. We can be 100% certain that thousands of people will be killed by natural hazards during the duration of the course, and we will examine some of these 'current' events during the course. The course gets fantastic feedback, for instance: "People not even on this course come along anyway just because it is enjoyable and people speak so highly of it? "Why not just sign up! No previous science background is required.

Objectives

On completion of this module students should have a broad understanding of:
- the physical processes that control natural hazards;
- the methods of assessing and monitoring natural hazards;
- and societal responses to these events, and the types and magnitudes of natural hazards that have occurred in the geological past.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have a broad understanding of:
- the physical processes that control natural hazards;
- the methods of assessing and monitoring natural hazards;
- and societal responses to these events, and the types and magnitudes of natural hazards that have occurred in the geological past.

This broad understanding will be coupled with a knowledge of specific examples.


Syllabus

- Earthquakes: causes, location, detection, hazard assessment and planning
- Volcanic hazards: causes, plate tectonic settings, types and threats, assessment of risks and planning
- Flooding: causes, location and planning responses, large-scale flood alleviation schemes
- Landslides: factors influencing slope stability and instability
- Coastal hazards: causes of erosion, tropical cyclones, storm surges
- Deep-space impacts: nature of the threat, frequency-magnitude relationships and probabilities
- Environmental change and natural hazards: models, predictions and environmental impact
- Geological disasters: types, magnitudes and effects.

These topics will be supported by case studies which will include many of the major natural hazard induced disasters that have occurred in the past few years, as well as key geological disasters.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session101.0010.00
Lecture161.0016.00
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)110.00

Private study

- 3 hours reading per lecture: 48 hours
- Reading on a specific topic to be announced at the start of each year and will be assessed by examination: 11 hours
- Revision time: 25 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

None during course.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam48 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:32

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