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The DRRE402 course provides an introduction to natural hazard risk assessment and management theory and practices, with a strong focus on risk communication. The course assumes no background, but progresses to advanced topics throughout the course. The course begins with equipping students with a strong foundation in risk concepts and the risk management process. It then progresses to using risk tools and applications in real world case-studies as part of course assessment. The course includes a number of guest lecturers from industry and local government.
Goal of the course:To introduce students to the risk management process, with a focus on risk assessment, in order to understand its application to natural hazards in New Zealand and globally, and to provide students with an understanding and ability to effectively communicate risk management to a range of different audiences.Learning Outcomes:Students successfully completing this course will:Appreciate the risk management process and its application to natural hazards in NZ and globallyUnderstand the interdisciplinary nature of the risk management processUnderstand quantitative approaches for assessing and evaluating riskHave a firm grasp of appropriate risk assessment process and techniquesUnderstand the value of plural knowledge systems (including indigenous and local knowledges) in risk assessmentBe able to effectively and appropriately communicate risk assessment processes and outputs.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Subject to approval of the Programme Director. RP: 100-level statistics
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Three teaching sessions per week - See course outline on LEARN for weekly lecture topicsThree day fieldtrip to Waitaki Valley – 12-14 May 2023
Required Reading (s):ISO31000 – Risk Management StandardsADPC Risk Assessment Guidebook
Domestic fee $1,114.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.
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