Course Code: ERSC401 Course ID: 4748 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the complex relationships between the natural hazards of earth processes that have direct, and often sudden and violent impacts on human society. The course integrates principles of geology, hydrology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, soil science, ecology and solar system astronomy. This class describes the earth processes that drive hazardous events in an understandable way, illustrates how these processes interact with our civilization, and describes how we can better adjust to their effects. Examples and case studies are taken from international and U.S. experiences, along with how societies adjust to natural hazards. (Prerequisites: GEOG103, ERSC206, and ERSC302)
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|12/28/20 - 06/04/21||06/07/21 - 08/01/21||Spring 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
|03/29/21 - 09/03/21||09/06/21 - 10/31/21||Summer 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to
- CO-1 Summarize methodologies, tools and traditions applied the study of natural hazards and understand the difference between a disaster and a catastrophe.
- CO-2 Describe the relationships between human activity and “place” that create hazardous environments
- CO-3 Explain how the various geologic process are linked to natural hazards.
- CO-4 Illustrate the importance of geologic processes analysis in hazard and disaster predictions.
- CO-5 Evaluate how the United States government and other nations and communities approach to minimize the effects that lead to natural hazards.
- CO-6 Propose ways to minimize risk and suggest adjustments we can make to protect ourselves against the effects of natural hazards.
- CO-7 Compare and contrast chronic events and episodic disasters as they impact adjustment to hazards.
- CO-8 Interpret the relationship between climate, weather and Earth’s energy balance.
- CO-9 Distinguish the variable impacts of actual events through comparative analysis of case study natural disasters.
- CO-10 Discuss salient issues in adjustment to hazards in the U.S. over the next decade.
|Forum 1||3.13 %|
|Forum 2||3.13 %|
|Forum 3||3.13 %|
|Forum 4||3.13 %|
|Forum 5||3.13 %|
|Forum 6||3.13 %|
|Forum 7||3.13 %|
|Forum 8||3.13 %|
|Quiz 4 Chapters 7 & 8||5.00 %|
|Quiz 7 Chapters 13 & 14||5.00 %|
|Quiz 6 Chapters 11 & 12||5.00 %|
|Quiz 5 Chapters 9 & 10||5.00 %|
|Quiz 3 Chapters 5 & 6||5.00 %|
|Quiz 2 Chapters 3&4||5.00 %|
|Quiz 1 Chapters 1&2||5.00 %|
|Research PowerPoint Assignment||20.00 %|
|PowerPoint Research Assignment||20.00 %|
|Final Exam||20.00 %|
|Final Exam Natural Hazards Chapters 1-14||20.00 %|
|Book Title:||Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes, 4th ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library|
Not current for future courses.