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ERSC401 - Natural Hazards and Society

Course Details

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)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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.
NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
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 %
Tests 35.00 %
Quiz 1 Chapters 1&2 5.00 %
Quiz 2 Chapters 3&4 5.00 %
Quiz 3 Chapters 5 & 6 5.00 %
Quiz 4 Chapters 7 & 8 5.00 %
Quiz 5 Chapters 9 & 10 5.00 %
Quiz 6 Chapters 11 & 12 5.00 %
Quiz 7 Chapters 13 & 14 5.00 %
Research PowerPoint Assignment 20.00 %
PowerPoint Research Assignment 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Exam 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. Link also available inside the classroom Lessons section.
ISBN:9780321939968
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Keller, Edward
Unit Cost:$138.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.