Course Brief

The aim of this course is to:
  • Develop the skills and knowledge needed to identify potential disasters, produce an effective management strategy and implement it should the need arise.

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
1. Reflect on the causes of disasters and assess their potential to affect the immediate and wider community;
2. Critically evaluate the impact of disasters;
3. Develop an effect management strategy for a range of disasters;
4. Evaluate the role of other agencies and organisations in the management of disasters.

Taking a thematic approach, this course will examine the nature of disasters and their cause and the outcome of disasters. Themes will include major disaster case studies such as Deepwater Horizon, Exxon Valdez, PEMEX Explosion, Bhopal, the King’s Cross fire, Chernobyl, Three-Mile Island, 9/11, the Munich Olympics, various severe weather events, tsunamis, earthquakes and the consequences of anthropogenic climate change. Further issues for study will be: Planning for disaster; public health consequences; disaster relief; disaster management and recovery; business continuity planning; disaster agencies and other organisations associated with disaster and disaster recovery.

This course forms part of the School’s distance learning provision and will be delivered mainly through the study guide and a wide range of online resources. Students will be invited to a one-day study school at the start of each term but the study will mainly be through independent efforts by the student.
Formative Assessment – Throughout the study guides there will be self-assessment questions [SAQs], which will be linked in to the student website, and these will allow the students to monitor their understanding of principles, procedure and practice as they progress through the material. The answers can be monitored by tutors and feedback given. Where practicable, SAQs will be interactive.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)
Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme.
lectures 0;
seminars 0;
supervised practical sessions 0;
tutorials 0;
formative assessment 15;
other scheduled time 0.
Guided independent study:

Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 50;
Independent laboratory work 0;
other non-scheduled time 135;
Placements (including work placement and year abroad) 0;
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 200.

Written Assignment 1: 40% weighting. Pass mark 50%.
2000 words. An analysis of disaster recovery arrangements within student’s own country.
Assesses – Aim: 1 and Learning Outcome: 3.

Written Assignment 2: 60% weighting. Pass mark 50%.
3000 words. A case based report on a real or fictional disaster.
Assesses – Aim: 1 and Learning outcomes: 1,2 & 4.