Executive Master Program (MSc) in Disaster and Crisis Management
Environmental Hazard & Disaster Management
This course aims to provide an overview of geological, meteorological, radioactive, chemical and biological hazards facing the international communities, as well as Saudi Arabia. It also discusses organizational responsibilities for hazard identification and management. Light will be shed on communication and perceptions of vulnerability and risk along with challenges to local governments and communities. j
Course Objectives j
Shed light on the processes of natural disasters in general.
Study the underpinning scientific principles of both natural hazards (eg hurricanes, storms and tornadoes, flooding, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and radon gas emissions) and human-induced disasters (eg terrorism, explosions and oil tanker accidents).
To cover modern disaster management strategies and planning techniques for the mitigation (eg structural measures and education), preparation (eg early warning), response (eg search and rescue) and recovery (eg. insurance) phases.
Review of natural disaster cases in Saudi Arabia and worldwide.
General References for the Course: (Books/Journals...etc.) h
Students in this course can read from the following text books
Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster (Fifth Edition), by Keith Smith and David N. Petley, 2010.
Environmental Hazards and Disasters: Contexts, Perspectives and Management, by Bimal Kanti Paul, 201. John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Natural Hazards: Explanation and Integration, by Tobin, G.A. and Montz, B.E., 1997.
List of URLs for this Course (Useful Hazard & Disaster links) h
Real time Disaster Monitoring & Event Reporting
Jour. Of Mass Emer. And Disasters http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/ijmed/cumulative.php
Natural Hazards Review http://scitation.aip.org/nho
Hazards Research Centres
Hazard Mitigation & Disaster Reduction
Disaster simulation games
The student will learn the following: l
Students will able to understand the general knowledge about natural disasters.
Students will learn to differentiate between a number of facets of hazards and disasters including causes, impacts.
Students will address disaster management phases such, and planning techniques for the mitigation the prediction process of earthquake and volcanic hazards.will consider a number of facets of hazards and disasters including causes, impacts and management strategies.
Students will learn the principals of organizational, local & international responsibilities regarding disaster management and future trends.
Scheme of assessmentg
Periodical examination: 40%
Essay (2000 - 2500 words): 20%
Final exam: 30%
Timetable for course lectures