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Course Description

Volcanic landscape

This course will offer insight into the mechanisms of natural geological disasters and their effects on Planet Earth, human civilization and life in general. Events before, during and after geological disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, meteorite impact and climate change will be the focus of this course. This course will not count as a science credit for B.Sc. students.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Assess a landscape and its' important geologic and geomorphic components for the purpose of land-use planning;
  2. Explain the important concepts that reflect the complexity of the integrated Earth system (e.g., lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere);
  3. Describe the mechanisms and effects of major geological disasters and where they are most likely to occur on the planet;
  4. Discuss the contemporary social issues relevant to natural geological disasters;
  5. Apply scientific ideas and findings to writing that is meant for the general public; and
  6. Investigate natural disasters before, during and after they happen to reduce the impact of these disasters on their communities.

Course Topics

  • The Layers of the Earth
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Target Earth
  • Coastal Disasters
  • Slope Failures
  • River Flooding
  • Climate Change

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of ENVS*1050, ENVS*1060, GEOL*1050, GEOL*1100, GEOG*1300, GEOG*1350

Equate(s): GEOL*2250


Assessment Item Weight
Online Discussion Participation 8%
Quizzes (4) 32%
Assignment 10%
On Campus Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Geology of Natural Disasters
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Natural Disasters by Patrick Leon Abbott © 2020 McGraw-Hill 11th edition ISBN 9781260566048
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