GVMPFF-Preparing For Floods

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Hannah Cloke

Email: h.l.cloke@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module will provide a basis for understanding key issues in flood preparedness, from the local to the global scale, including flood forecasting and warning, response and incident management and building community resilience. The module uses lectures, seminars for discussion and includes a visit to the European Flood Awareness System operational centre. As students on this module will come from a range of academic backgrounds, they may select either a forecast modelling or policy critique based assignment. The module will be run in conjunction with GV3PF Preparing for Floods to increase opportunity for peer discussion.


Assessable learning outcomes:
- A deep understanding of the components of flood preparedness strategies in different contexts and their relationship to science and policy.

- Ability to critically discuss the scientific and policy concepts used in flood risk management.

- Ability to critically evaluate flood preparedness policy and practice in a national and international context

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
This module will introduce students to the each of the key issues in flood preparedness. Lectures and seminars will cover:

- Flood preparedness: a multi-faceted problem
- Flood forecasting and warning, UK & international
- Flood response and incident management: policy and practice
- Flood risk management for river catchments under a changing climate and a changing landscape
- Building community resilience to flooding

The students will be encouraged, through guided reading and discussion, to critique current flood preparedness science, policy and practice. The module will draw on national and international examples, including the European Flood Awareness System.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The first 5 weeks of the module will involve 2 hour lectures providing an introduction to a key issue in flood preparedness. The remaining 5 weeks will involve 2 hour seminars, where key concepts and readings from the lectures are discussed. Participation in the seminars, in terms of understanding of concepts, depth of preparation and oral skills will be assessed. The written assignment will be critique based, and students can select from a forecast modelling or policy based topic.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Seminars 8
External visits 5
Guided independent study 79
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Active participation in discussions: 10%
Presentation: 30%
Critique: 60%

Formative assessment methods:
Oral feedback during discussions.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

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Last updated: 3 April 2017

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