DRRE402-22T2 (C) Term Two 2022

Natural Hazard Risk Assessment

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 25 April 2022
End Date: Sunday, 5 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 May 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 22 May 2022


The DRRE402 course provides an introduction to natural hazard risk assessment and management theory and practices, with a strong focus on risk communication. The course assumes no background, but progresses to advanced topics throughout the course. The course begins with equipping students with a strong foundation in risk concepts and the risk management process. It then progresses to using risk tools and applications in real world case-studies as part of course assessment. The course includes a number of guest lecturers from industry and local government.

Learning Outcomes

  • Goal of the course:
    To introduce students to the risk management process, with a focus on risk assessment, in order to understand its application to natural hazards in New Zealand and globally, and to provide students with an understanding and ability to effectively communicate risk management to a range of different audiences.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Students successfully completing this course will:
  • Appreciate the risk management process and its application to natural hazards in NZ and globally
  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of the risk management process
  • Understand quantitative approaches for assessing and evaluating risk
  • Have a firm grasp of appropriate risk assessment process and techniques
  • Understand the value of plural knowledge systems (including indigenous and local knowledges) in risk assessment
  • Be able to effectively and appropriately communicate risk assessment processes and outputs.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director. RP: 100-level statistics


HAZM410, ENCI601

Recommended Preparation

100-level statistics

Timetable Note

Three teaching sessions per week - See course outline on LEARN for weekly lecture topics
Three day fieldtrip to Waitaki Valley – 13-15 May 2022

Course Coordinator

Tom Robinson


Tom Wilson , Kristie-Lee Thomas and Sarah Beaven


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
In-Class Exercises 40% (spread over multiple exercises)
Risk Assessment 35%
Risk Communication 25%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Reading (s):
ISO31000 – Risk Management Standards
ADPC Risk Assessment Guidebook


Restrictions: ENCI601

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,084.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All DRRE402 Occurrences

  • DRRE402-22T2 (C) Term Two 2022