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EV5606 - Disasters: Vulnerability, Mitigation and Planning

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Disasters are a human construct, where a natural hazard interacts with a community, overwhelming emergency services and causing widespread loss. Planning for disasters is a multi-disciplinary process that involves understanding, analysing, mapping and measuring communities, their infrastructure and their physical characteristics and location. The knowledge is necessary for preparing people to deal with hazards, to mitigate against disaster and to recover from hazards that impact communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • assess a range of mitigation measures;
  • assess the roles of all sectors of government and institutions in emergency management and planning responses;
  • provide an understanding of community vulnerability and its measurement;
  • understand the roles and limitations of public education;
  • use social impact methodology to assess hazard impact.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments.
GE3606 and GE5606 and EV3606


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor David King
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor David King.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); team exercises and report (30%); assignments (30%).

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