DRRE403-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Disaster Risk and Resilience Applications

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


The DRRE403 course develops students’ applied research and practical skills, with a focus on disaster risk and resilience. A strong focus of the course is on developing disaster-related communication skills and confidence, during both crisis and non-crisis situations. Students are introduced to contemporary approaches to decision-making under uncertainty, and disaster ethics, and develop transferrable fundamental skills through writing literature reviews and formal research proposals, and by conducting poster and oral presentations. Practical, applied skills are developed through participation in dynamic disaster simulations (including a mock press conference with the UC Journalism programme), and through writing policy briefs for senior leadership (e.g. government ministers).

Course content and assessment is delivered by a range of academic and practitioner experts.  While a core course for the MDRR programme, students from other programmes are encouraged to enrol.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop applied research skills in support of MDRR dissertation or related project
  • Communicate with both experts and lay persons about hazard, risk, resilience and disasters
  • Have experience in reporting disaster management and resilience situations and solutions
  • Understand the ethical risks associated with DRR research, and measures required to reduce them
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.

      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.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Programme Director approval. RP: DRRE401



Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 213 Geol Engineering Lab
17 Jul - 27 Aug
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 213 Geol Engineering Lab
17 Jul - 13 Aug
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
14 Aug - 20 Aug
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Rehua 427 Technology Workshop
21 Aug - 27 Aug
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 102
14 Aug - 27 Aug

Timetable Note

The course will meet up to three times per week for timetabled contact sessions, which will combine information provision, exercises, tutorials and project work. Between contact sessions students are expected to conduct self-directed learning and project work.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Alana Weir


Sarah Beaven


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 30% Assignment 1: Policy Brief
Assignment 2a 20% Assignment 2a: Presser exercise - preparation
Assignment 2b 20% Assignment 2b: Presser exercise - performance
Assignment 3a 10% Assignment 3a: Land Use Planning Workshop
Assignment 3b 20% Assignment 3b: Land Use Planning Report

Assignment 1:  -  Research Proposal   -  25%  -  9th August 2020
Assignment 2a:  -  Media conference – preparation  -  20%  -  20 August 2020
Assignment 2a:  -  Media conference – preparation  -  20%  -  20 August 2020
Assignment 2b:  -   Media conference – performance  -  10%  -  20 August 2020
Assignment 3:   -  Policy Brief  -  15%  -  22 August 2020
Assignment 4:   -  Poster  -  15%  -   8 October 2020
Assignment 5:  -  Oral Presentation  -  15%  -  15 October 2020

Note: there is no final examination for this subject.

Textbooks / Resources

No textbooks – selected journal articles will be provided through Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the departments and faculties page .

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