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GEOG422: Disaster Management


Department: Lancaster Environment Centre NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF7//RQF7
Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters level) Credit Points: 15
Start Date: 06-10-2014 End Date: 28-06-2015
Available for Online Enrolment?: N Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Professor IW Marshall

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

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    The module will investigate the provision of infrastructures designed to warn stakeholders about events in external environments that expose them to personal or financial risk.  Examples will include flooding (fluvial and tidal), fire, landslip, meteorological, industrial, etc.  Early seminars will cover risk analysis and common technologies such as communication networks.  Subsequently, each seminar will examine a different scenario and, in the light of a critical analysis of existing provision, explore the risks and the social technical and organisational issues, and then discuss the technologies available for improving mitigation and warning and the system needs to facilitate timely analysis and effective response by impacted stakeholders.  A key focus of the seminars will be an attempt to examine the suitability of existing western world (mainly UK) solutions for the developing country scenarios discussed in the course text (Smith)

    Possible timetable
    session 1 and 2 – risk analysis
    session 3 and 4 – communication systems
    session 5 – Flood warning system (UK)
    session 6 – Fire warning system(Australia)
    session 7 – Tsunami warning system (Global)
    session 8 – Weather warnings (mainly UK)
    session 9 – Pollution hazard warnings (UK)
    session 10 – ground movement warnings (EU)

Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

  • none

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

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    MSc Environmental Informatics

    MSc in Resource and Environmental Management

    MSc in Environmental Performance Management

    MRes in Environment and Development (Overseas Placement)
  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

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    Coursework 1 will consist of Structured questions testing understanding of key concepts of risk analysis and communication systems.

    Coursework 2 will consist of a detailed case study (including field visit if possible) and report together with a presentation.  The report will include a range of proposed warning system designs and an SWOT analysis for each design

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The module aims to provide a broad awareness of relevant available and emerging technology and issues with current warning systems.  The module will train students in how to apply general principles to a variety of specific circumstances. The course also aims to provide a risk based framework for designing effective improved systems, and an overview of those aspects of modern communication systems most pertinent to the reliable dissemination of warnings.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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    Research, analysis, design, and communication

    ICT systems understanding

    General Geo-risk awareness

    Understanding of social and technical vulnerabilities

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students will develop the ability to
    a) accurately assess geo-risks
    b) research existing warning infrastructures from technical, scientific and social perspectives
    c) to identify issues with these systems and propose improvements, with a particular focus on timely and effective communication
    d) to record their findings thoroughly and concisely
    e) to influence decision makers on the basis of the evidence they have gathered

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students will be able to research a socio-technical problem, design and document  a solution and present a case for action to policymakers and investors

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