SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK224619
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to understand various disasters that occur due to natural hazards like flood disasters, sandstorm disasters, earthquake disasters, and the various methods of managing the risk under disaster situations.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Understanding disaster: Concept of disaster; Different approaches; Concept of Risk; Levels of disasters; Disaster phenomena and events; Global, national and regional Disasters. Disaster Management: Effect to migrate natural disaster at national and global levels. International strategy for disaster reduction. Concept of disaster management, national disaster management framework; financial arrangements; Community -based organizations and media.; Armed forces in disaster response; Disaster response; Police and other organizations. Planning for disaster management: Strategies for disaster management planning; Steps for formulating a disaster risk reduction plan; International Disaster management Act and Policy; Organisational structure for disaster management in Oman; Preparation of national disaster management plans Mitigation: Types of mitigation: Structural and non-structural; obstacles to mitigation; Assessing and selecting mitigation options; Emergency responses and relief projects: Disaster preparedness: Overview; Government and public preparedness; Media influence; Obstacles to effective preparedness.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to: Understand and define the meaning of disaster, hazards, emergencies and risk factors during disasters. [A1,A2]Knowledge and understanding of disaster management. [D3]Effectively coordinate with team members during mitigation process. [C5]Assess and recommend suitable mitigation procedures. [B1,B4]Understand the techniques of risk management. [C1, C2]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on class room lectures using teaching aids like overhead projector slides and power point presentations. The students will be expected to perform directed reading and self-learning exercises and enhance their knowledge. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

Text book Damon P. Coppola (2011) Introduction to International Disaster Management, Elsevier, U.K. Reference Alexander, D. (1993) Natural Disasters, ULC press Ltd, London. Carter, W. N. (1991) Disaster Management: A Disaster Management Handbook, Asian Development Bank, Bangkok.

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Problem Solving and Numeracy Laboratories provide: use of IT and Interpersonal/team skills Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Assessment (FT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Exam Unseen Written Examination- 2 Hors
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Coursework 1
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid Term Test - Unseen Written Examination