GV2P1-Geomorphological Hazards

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
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Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Steve Gurney

Email: s.d.gurney@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Geomorphological Hazards are a subset of natural hazards and do not include purely meteorological phenomena. The global impact of geomorphological hazards are presented and discussed.

Aims:
This module aims to introduce the scientific basis of global geomorphological hazards, discuss their effects, and consider hazard prediction, mitigation, and prevention. This will be facilitated through the use of well-documented case studies of past geomorphological hazard events/disasters.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module it is expected that a student will be able to: * Describe and explain the nature and variety of geomorphological hazards * Provide a detailed and reasoned account of how hazards arise from vulcanicity, seismicity, land instability, and snow avalanches * Discuss the key aspects of permafrost engineering hazards, drylands hazards and the global hazard of impact by space objects * Critically evaluate different approaches to hazard mitigation and management * Outline the nature of historical hazard events and assess the lessons learned from them * Present a coherent argument through an essay

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage team working, oral communication skills, data collation, and essay writing. These skills will be developed largely through the seminars and the essay. Students will also develop their IT skills through Word Processing and use of PowerPoint and the use of the online course companion in Blackboard.

Outline content:
The unit begins with an overview of the nature of geomorphological hazards, and this is then followed by lectures covering the following topics: volcanic hazards, earthquake hazards, hazards of land instability, dryland hazards, permafrost and associated engineering hazards, the global hazard of impact by space objects, and snow avalanche hazards.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Ten lectures, and three two-hour seminars

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 6
Guided independent study 84
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 75
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Other information on summative assessment:

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Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

- where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;

- where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    None

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of Coursework in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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