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EV3454 - Natural Hazards

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

The subject examines the physical characteristics and causes of various natural hazards as well as the social consequences of these events. Emphasis is placed on planning for and managing these events in tropical urban environments. Major topics: characteristics, causes, planning for and managing the consequences of the following: tropical cyclones (wind and marine inundation), earthquakes, tsunami, storms and tornado, lightning, landslip, flood and drought, and disease.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop an understanding of the causes and characteristics of various forms of natural hazards affecting human society;
  • to recognise those areas within a region most prone to a particular type of natural hazard;
  • to learn effective planning strategies to mitigate the effects of hazards;
  • to learn management strategies in dealing with the consequences of a disaster.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively.
GE2454 TG2005 TG3005 GE3454


Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: Professor Jonathan Nott.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 6 hours practicals
  • 2 days fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (15%); practicals (20%); field report (15%) (35%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.