2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CIVE5595M Engineering in Emergencies - MEng
15 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Professor Barbara Evans
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is mutually exclusive with
|CIVE5596M||Engineering in Emergencies - MSc|
This module is approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module is about engineering responses to complex emergencies. The module has a particular focus on appropriate engineering interventions to provide minimum sanitary services and water but will also cover the interaction between engineering, medical services, security and food provision. It will examine the international context within which complex-emergency response is organised and also explore the transition from emergency response to development with a particular focus on post-conflict situations.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to ...
This module aims to enable students to participate effectively as part of a team in a complex emergency such as a natural disaster or major refugee movement. It aims to equip students with state-of-the-art information and knowledge relating to the effective provision of water and sanitation in emergency contexts. It will provide students with an understanding of the global context of emergencies and conflicts, the international institutional response and the standards and protocols that govern interventions in emergency settings.
Upon completion of the module students will:
1. Understand the nature, prevalence and significance of emergencies, complex emergencies and conflicts globally;
2. Be able to assess the public-health dimensions of emergencies and identify critical interventions to minimise the risk of a critical environmental or public-health incident;
3. Have knowledge of the international institutional framework for emergency response;
4. Be aware of the international standards and protocols relating to shelter, water and sanitation in emergency situations and be able to interpret these in terms of practical interventions on the ground;
5. Have knowledge of a range of successful infrastructure and management approaches which can be used to deliver shelter, safe water and sanitation in emergencies;
6. Be able to monitor and evaluation emergency responses in terms of their effectiveness in optimising public health outcomes;
7. Have an awareness of state-of-the-art knowledge and knowledge sources relating to emergencies, post-conflict situations and the emergency-development transition.
Definition of emergencies, complex emergencies, conflict and post-conflict scenarios; global prevalence of emergencies/complex emergencies; typical conditions in emergency situations; assessing the public health risks associated with emergencies; the international institutional framework for emergency responses; international standards and protocols for emergency responses (the SPHERE guidelines); Effective delivery approaches for water and sanitation in emergencies; monitoring and evaluation of emergency responses; references and resources in emergencies; coordinating with other sectors (health, education, shelter, security); best practice and innovation in humanitarian aid.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||111.50|
|Total Contact hours||38.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyThe assignment for this course is to assess a case study of a real-life emergency situation and design and appropriate engineering response. The assignment will be carried out in two parts, the first part in a group to facilitate group work and collective decision making, and the second part as an individual producing a report and set of recommendations. This will require extensive critical background reading on the specific case study as well as the general technical literature.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||Analysis of needs in a complex emergency||20.00|
|Project||Design of a water, sanitation and hygiene intervention for a complex emergency||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resubmission of Design of a water, sanitation and hygiene intervention for a complex emergency (100%)
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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