GEOG 5012EX - Identifying Risks and Vulnerabilities
External - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5012EX Course Identifying Risks and Vulnerabilities Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s External Units 3 Contact Participation in the set online tutorials, 3 hours per week of self-directed study, 3 hours per week of research and assignment preparation Prerequisites A Bachelor degree or equivalent demonstrated skills as endorsed by the Head of School Course Description Conducting a vulnerability or risk assessment is a complex exercise, and usually, depending on the scale involved, one that requires input from many fields of expertise. It is also an exercise that is conducted in many ways. Such assessments help to: (i) identify specific areas of the community/sector that are vulnerable to climate change impacts, (ii) prioritise which of these are most important regarding management and (iii) therefore which adaptation option is the most appropriate. This unit aims, via a series of case studies and interactive assessments to develop students skills in and knowledge about what types of decisions are needed and what types of processes must be implemented to assess risk and vulnerability to climate change.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate and be able to critically apply the terms vulnerability, sensitivity, exposure, adaptive capacity, risk, and risk perception
2. Demonstrate capacity to choose between different assessment techniques and be able to conduct a basic risk assessment, risk perception and vulnerability assessment
3. Demonstrate capacity to apply knowledge and expertise to local conditions and tailor assessments accordingly
4. Demonstrate ability to use results of vulnerability and other assessment to prioritise adaptation options
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2,3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2
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Recommended ResourcesAs this area is very dynamic, we will upload each semester a suite of supporting and relevant resources.
Online LearningThis course is 100% online. Students will be given opportunities to contact staff and other students via blogs, post, and wiki activities. Students will have a skype or phone tutorial at least once each semester.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is 100% online. Students will be given opportunities to contact staff and other students via blogs, post, and wiki activities. Students will have a skype or phone tutorial at least once each semester.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This is a 100% online course, so there are no prescribed workload activities per se, as the course is based on independent learning methods. However, it is assumed that students will spend the equivalent of the following:
3 hours a week @ 14 weeks doing the online activities: 42 hours
4 hours a week @ 14 weeks reading : 56 hours
2 hours a week @ 12 weeks completing assessments: 24 hours
2 hours a week doing @ 12 weeks research for the major assignments: 24 hours
4 hours tutorial preparation and presentation: 4 hours
Total: 150 hours
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Risk society, Fussel and vulnerability
Week 2: Tools and Types of vulnerability
Week 3: Indicators of vulnerability
Week 4: Ranking vulnerability
Week 5: Case study exercise
Week 6: Evaluating vulnerability approaches
Week 7: Assessing risk assessments
Week 8: Work on risk assessment assignment
Week 9: Risk perception
Week 10: Risk perception and adaptation
Week 11: Major interactive tutorial
Week 12: Assessing and understanding resilience
Weeks 13 – 14: Finalisation of major assessments
Specific Course RequirementsStudents need a computer to do this course
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Vulnerability essay: 15%
Risk assessment: 10%
Study guide assessments: 40%
Resilience essay: 20%
Attendance and participation in major interactive tutorial: 15%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents will need a computer to complete assessments
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: Completion of vulnerability essay/assessment
Using examples, write a short essay (1000 -1500 words) that discusses the nature of vulnerability, specifically, why it is important as a tool to assist in building climate change adaptation.
Assignment 2: Risk assessment
In this assignment students are asked to choose a case study and then complete a risk assessment process.
Assignment 3: Online and study guide activities
As this unit is online, students will be undertaking a series of interactive exercises that act both as learning activities as well as constituting the assessment activities.
Assignment 4: A Critical Review Task
Go to the journal Ecology and Society Using various relevant articles and drawing on actual case studies, answer one of the following:- "Resilience weakens the adaptive capacity of communities and thus ability to adapt to climate change" Discuss.
"How does the existence of adaptive capacity and resilience in social-ecological systems affect its vulnerability?"
SubmissionInformation available on enrolment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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