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UNIVERSITY MASTER'S DEGREE IN PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RISKS

Code:
 D062

Credits:
 60
 
Publication date:
 09/01/2014

Title:
 Master (ECTS)
 
Fee:
 46,20
 1st registration credits
 

FIELD OF STUDY

Arts and Humanities

SYLLABUS

UNIVERSITY MASTER'S DEGREE IN PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RISKS

TYPE OF EDUCATION

Face-to-face

LANGUAGE / S THAT IS OFFERED

Not defined

CENTRES WHERE IT IS TAUGHT

Faculty of Arts

PROGRAMME JOINTLY SHARED WITH

Only taught at this university

EXAMINATION DATES

Enter the list of examination dates for this graduate programme.

SYLLABUS OFFERED

 

Legend: Not offeredNo teaching
UNIVERSITY MASTER'S DEGREE IN PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RISKS
57 credits
 
3 credits
 
 
Once this block is approved, you get
MASTER'S DEGREE IN NATURAL HAZARDS: PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

OBJECTIVES

 

  • To train researchers to analyse and diagnose regional processes and problems with special reference to natural hazards.
  • To train researchers to carry out fundamental or applied research in areas related to natural hazard planning and management.
  • To train researchers to conduct research and planning actions in relation to emergency management.
  • To ensure that students acquire the knowledge necessary to equip them for critical analysis of natural hazards.
  • To interpret the diverse and complex nature of regions and the inter-relationships between extreme natural phenomena and economic, social and cultural phenomena.
  • To develop specific skills related to the collection, analysis, management and mapping of extreme natural phenomena risk, vulnerability and exposure data.
  • To provide students with the resources that will enable them to communicate the results of their research in natural hazards to the academic community.

 

COMPETENCES


General Competences (CG)

  • CG1:Analyse, interpret and assess the results obtained in a critical fashion.
  • CG2:Make decisions and solve problems in territories under risk.
  • CG3:Interpret and assess the results obtained in critical fashion.
  • CG4:Organise and lead multidisciplinary risk management teams.
  • CG5:Recognise competence and learning abilities at individual and group level.
  • CG6:Apply one's knowledge of risk management to spatial planning.
  • CG7:Awareness of topics related to sustainable spatial development and the prevention of natural risks.
  • CG8:Master communication techniques clearly and in a manner appropriate to the social context of territories at risk.
  • CG9:Understand the language and proposals of other specialists.

Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1:Understand and know how to use territorial, economic, legal, statistical, sociological and historical concepts in risk analysis.
  • CE2:Understand the phenomena of natural hazards at different territorial levels.
  • CE3:Understand the importance of interrelating the physical environment with the social and economic factors of the territory in the genesis and accentuation of natural risks.
  • CE4:Master geographical information technologies applied to the planning and management of natural risks.
  • CE5:Use Geographical Information Systems and prepare maps of natural risks.
  • CE6:Master and apply fieldwork techniques to analysing and diagnosing areas of risk.
  • CE7:Prepare, process, interpret and present data using quantitative techniques appropriate for risk analysis.
  • CE8:Design and manage projects for analysing and proposing risk reduction and emergency management.

 

MASTER’S DEGREE: CREDITS AND SUBJECTS

 

 

Subject type

Credits

 Compulsory (OB)

42

 Optional (OP)

3

Work Experience (OB)

3

 Master’s Final Project (OB)

  12

TOTAL CREDITS

60

 

DISTRIBUTION OF SUBJECTS BY YEAR/SEMESTER

 

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

THE SOCIOLOGY OF RISK

OB

1.5

GIS AND NATURAL HAZARDS

OB

3

THE GEOGRAPHY OF RISK

OB

1.5

SEISMIC MAPPING

OB

3

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY SOURCES FOR ANALYSING NATURAL HAZARDS

OB

1.5

OFFICIAL NATURAL HAZARD MAPS IN SPAIN

OB

2

GREAT NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE LEVANTE REGION IN SPAIN (19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES)

OB

1.5

NATURAL HAZARDS AND LAND USE PLANNING

OB

2

HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES FOR ASSESSING HAZARD ZONES

OB

3

LEGAL ASPECTS OF NATURAL HAZARD PLANNING

OB

1.5

TECHNIQUES FOR ANALYSIS OF HYDROLOGICAL HAZARDS IN MEDITERRANEAN ARROYOS

OB

2

NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION

OB

1.5

SEISMICITY AND SEISMIC RISK

OB

1.5

ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF NATURAL HAZARDS

OB

1.5

MASS WASTING AND EROSION

OB

1.5

DROUGHT, WATER USE AND SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

OP

1.5

ATMOSPHERIC AND CLIMATIC HAZARDS

OB

4.5

NATURAL HAZARD PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT IN EUROPE AND LATIN AMERICA

OP

1.5

PHYTOGEOGRAPHICAL HAZARDS: WILDFIRES AND PLAGUES

OB

3

WORK EXPERIENCE

OB

3

CLIMATE CHANGE: CAUSES AND FORECASTS

OB

4

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HAZARD IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

OB

2

MASTER’S FINAL PROJECT

OB

12

FIELD WORK IN HAZARD ZONE ANALYSIS

OP

1.5

NATURAL HAZARDS IN THE MEDIA AND ON THE INTERNET

OP

1.5

 

GENERAL COURSE PROGRAMME

 

The University Master’s Degree  in Natural Hazard Planning and Management consists of 60 credits distributed as follows:

  • Compulsory module: 42 credits,
  • Master’s Final Project: 12 compulsory credits,
  • Work experience in the public and private sector: 3 compulsory credits,
  • Optional module: 3 credits.

The course programme for the Master’s Degree in Natural Hazard Planning and Management includes subjects from geography, sociology, law, economics, engineering, ecology and geology, due to the multidisciplinary nature of hazard analysis and planning.  Accordingly, the aim of the course is to provide a basic and applied training in regional and environmental issues and in managing hazards of varying degrees of magnitude, which is essential to effectively address the subject .

The course programme is divided into 9 modules.  The first six are compulsory and correspond to the acquisition of skills in theoretical, instrumental and management questions.  Specifically:

  • Module I (SOURCES, CONCEPTS AND METHODS): 6 credits. This module is aimed at providing students with the basic theoretical knowledge necessary for understanding conceptual aspects related to the notion of risk and the documentary and instrumental sources available for the study of hazard.
  • Module II (HAZRD ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES): 5 credits. This module is aimed at equipping students with the methods and instruments used for analysis and management of the data employed in hazard analysis.
  • Module III (NATURAL HAZARD ANALYSIS): 10.5 credits. The main aim of this module is to present theoretical and practical knowledge in hazard analysis and hazard zone identification, for varying degrees of magnitude.
  • Module IV (CLIMATE CHANGE AND HAZARD): 6 credits. This module examines the relationship between climatic fluctuations and cycles, and the genesis of extreme atmospheric events.  The implications of present global warming on the Mediterranean region are explained , which acts as a model for the future rise in extreme atmospheric events.
  • Module V (HAZARD MAPPING): 8 credits. This module enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the skills involved in the techniques used in spatial analysis and mapping of various hazards. The importance of these issues is vindicated  in European regulations which justifies  their thorough and exhaustive study by official bodies. 
  • Module VI (NATURAL HAZARD PLANNING and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT): 6.5 credits. The aim of this module is to train students in emergency planning and management, through knowledge of the different tools and actions used in prevention, mitigation and management of emergencies.
  • The seventh module corresponds to optional subjects, and consists of four subjects from which students are required to choose two.  The aim of these subjects is to provide a deeper understanding of questions related to the analysis of specific hazards of regional and economic relevance, together with specific study techniques.
  • The Master’s Degree programme concludes with the modules corresponding to work experience in the public and private sector, and the Master’s final project.

Subjects have been timetabled so that the basic contents (modules, I, II, III, and IV) are taught in the first term, whilst subjects related to practical applications (mapping, hazard planning: modules V and VI) and optional subjects are taught in the second term.  Likewise, work experience in the public and private sector and the Master’s final project are both carried out in the second term.

Subjects range from  1.5 and 4.5 ECT credits, although the majority are between 1.5 and ECT 3 credits, and represent 72% of the 48 compulsory credits.  This variation in subject study load is due to the diversity of contents covered and their relevance from the point of view of the skills that students are required to master.

Subjects have an average classroom-based study load equivalent to 40% of the total ECTS credits for each subject, divided between theoretical and practical classes where attendance is compulsory (requiring more or fewer classroom hours depending on the nature of the subject), and other activities (tutorials, etc.).

Non classroom-based activities vary from subject to subject, and comprise the remaining 60% of each subject’s study load.

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

 

According to the Regulations of the University of Alicante, the following requirements must be complied to have access to official taught Master’s degrees:

  1. To be in possession of a SPANISH OFFICIAL GRADUATE DEGREE CERTIFICATE or other issued by an institution of higher education  within the EHEA (European Higher Education) that enables the holder to have access  to Master’s degrees in the issuing.
  2. To be in possession of an officially approved  FOREIGN HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREE CERTIFICATE that had been recognised as equal to the degree that allows access to the requested studies.
  3. To be in possession of a UNIVERSITY DEGREE CERTIFICATE obtained in a University or Higher Education Institution of COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE EHEA, without the prior approval of their studies. In this case, the following should be considered:
  • Non- recognised degree certificates shall require a technical report showing an equivalence statement issued by the University of Alicante (ContinUA – Continuing Education Centre), for which the corresponding fee should be paid.
  • Access through this way does under no circumstances imply prior official approval of the holder’s degree certificate, nor its recognition for purposes other than studying a master's degree.

 

ADMISSION AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 

1.     Admission Profile

Preference will be given to graduates in Geography, History, Biogical and Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Engineering, Economics, Sociology, Law, Tourism and other related degrees.

 

2.     Assessment criteria

As the body responsible for selecting applicants for admission onto the Master’s Degree the Master’s Academic Committee  will apply the following specific selection criteria:

1. Academic trajectory and relevance of previous studies to the Master’s Degree (40%).  Preference will be given to graduates in Geography, History, Biogical and Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Engineering, Economics, Sociology, Law, Tourism and other related degrees.

2. Average academic record grade (35 %). Awarded according to the following scale: with distinction (4); outstanding (3); very good (2); pass (1).

3. Complementary training in areas related to the Master’s Degree (10 %).

4. Experience of professional practice (10 %), for example, as geographers, engineers, biologists,  etc.

5. Letter of introduction or written explanation from the applicant, detailing the reasons for wishing to study this Master’s Degree (5%).

Services at the University of Alicante will assess the requirements of students with specific educational needs arising from disability.  Where necessary, the Master’s Degree Academic Committee will decide the measures necessary in order to facilitate learning for such students. Although this University Master’s Degree is organised by the Inter-University Institute of Geography and the University of Valencia, the University of Alicante is the proposing and coordinating body of this Master’s Degree , and it is be responsible for adopting the specific measures, since it will be taught exclusively on University of Alicante campus .

 

PRE-ENROLMENT AND ENROLMENT

 

PRE-ENROLMENT +info

Students who intend to study for an officially recognised Master’s Degree at the UA should complete pre-enrolment in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines specified annually.

 

ENROLMENT +info

Following publication of the final list of those admitted to the course, an email containing a user password will be sent to successful applicants, enabling them to enrol via the Campus Virtual in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines specified annually.

In the registration process, the documents issued abroad must be official, duly notorised and translated. Further information:


NUMBER OF PLACES

 

COURSE NUMBER OF PLACES
2012-13 20
2013-14 20
2014-15 20
2015-16 20
2016-17 20

Focus

 

Research.

 

Degree course specialisation profile

 

Natural hazards occur in many different forms and their effects on diverse geographical areas are varied. However, in general, natural hazards clearly display a growing threat to the population, infrastructure and economic activity. Population growth and increasing population concentration in areas at greatest risk have resulted in increased exposure to risk and a greater magnitude of damage caused by catastrophic events.  Accordingly, there exists an increasing demand for knowledge of the subjects covered in this Master’s Degree .

Specifically, the aim of this Master’s Degree is to take an integrated approach to introduce students to natural hazard research in all its varied aspects. Conceptual and methodological modules are offered, together with natural hazard analysis techniques, for a wide range of existing natural hazards. Similarly, students are given a deeper understanding of the basics of hazard mapping, planning and management within the context of global climate change, and particularly, of present-day global warming and its possible implications for the incidence of extreme natural events.

This learning is consolidated through the work experience and final project modules.

TIMESCALE FOR IMPLEMENTATION

 

1. Timescale for implementation of the new Master’s Degree Course

 

 

Academic year

Implementation of the Master’s Degree

 

2010-2011

1st year

 

2. Equivalence Recognition Procedures, where appropriate, between the current and the new course programme.

Students who have taken doctorate studies regulated by Royal Decree 778/98 of the 30th April, or previous Decrees, may apply for postgraduate credit equivalence.

 

3. Studies that will be discontinued and replaced by the proposed Degree course:

Implementation of the Master’s Degree in Natural Hazard Planning and Management does not result in the discontinuation of any existing course, but rather replaces the present preparatory period for the Doctorate Programme: “Current problems in the Valencia Region and Analysis Techniques”.

 

Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIC) of the Title

Follow-up of the Title

 

Information about the Centre General information for students
  • Faculty of Arts
      Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig
      Ctra. de Alicante s/n 03690
      San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante)
      Telephone:+ 34 96
590 3448
      Fax:+ 34 96 590 3449
      facu.lletres@ua.es 
      http://lletres.ua.es/en/

  • Inter-university Institute of Geography
Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig
Ctra. de Alicante s/n 03690
San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante)
Telephone:+ 34
96 590 3426
Fax:+ 34 96 590 9485
Inst.Geografia@ua.es 
https://iig.ua.es/en/
 
  •  Continuous Training Center (ContinUA)
         Ground Floor Germán Bernácer
         Telephone:
+ 34 96 590 9422
         Fax: + 34 96 590 9442
         continua@ua.es
         http://web.ua.es/en/continua

 

 

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