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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Hazardous Earth
Module Code GY103
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Susan Hegarty
Semester 2: Susan Hegarty
Autumn: Susan Hegarty
Module TeachersSusan Hegarty
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to elements of the global physical environment and human interaction with this through the examination of hazards. Every so often, the earth reminds us that the ground beneath our feet is not as solid as we might like to think. This module will look at why these events, and others like them, occur, and what we can do to minimise human risk. In this module students develop knowledge and skills in global seismic hazards, general global oceanography, and river environments. The module is taught around learning statements with associated in-class activities within a lecture-format, supported by in-class assessment for learning throughout. Students are expected to attend and engage in the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and explain the key processes that create our physical landscape, in terms of plate tectonics and rivers
2. Distinguish key features of the global oceans
3. Identify some ways of how the physical landscape impacts on human lives and how we can minimize this risk
4. Identify some aspects of human’s impact on the landscape
5. Give examples of how land use planning can be used in the prevention of global hazards

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study102Independent Learning
Total Workload: 124

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Unstable Earth
History of earth science; Global seismic hazards, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami

The Global Ocean
General ocean science, tides, the geomorphology of the ocean floor, the effect of wind circulation on global ocean currents, hazards associated with oceans (coastal management, storm surges, flooding, subsistence and tsunamis)

River environments
History of ideas on rivers; human interaction with Irish rivers historically, causes of river flooding, land use planning for flood prevention

Our interaction with the landscape and how we can prevent loss of life

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizOnline activities and quizzes40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Arbogast, A.F: 2011, Discovering Physical Geography, 2nd, Wiley,
  • Smith, K: 2009, Environmental Hazards: Assessing risk and reducing Disaster, 6th, Routhledge,
  • Ince, M: 2007, The Rough Guide to the Earth: The essential companion to our incredible planet, Rough Guides,
  • Skinner, M: 2003, Access to Geography: Hazards, Hodder & Stoughton,
  • 0: Online resources on Loop,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
BCESClimate & Environmental Sustainability
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)

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