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Unit information: Hazards and Infrastructure 2 in 2014/15

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Unit name Hazards and Infrastructure 2
Unit code CENG20003
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Agarwal
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to enable the students to understand the natural and man-made hazards (e.g. earthquakes, tsunami, floods, wind, explosions, accidents, human error) and the risks these pose to infrastructures and the society at large. The course will be delivered in the context of civil engineering infrastructures e.g. buildings, bridges, embankments, dams, transport, water supply etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the project, the students will

1. have a good knowledge and understanding of the hazards and resilience, (A4, B1) 2. understand how civil engineering infrastructures are vulnerable to different natural and man-made hazards, (A5, B4, C3) 3. be able to carry out a qualitative risk analysis and to identify measures to improve infrastructure resilience.(B2, B4, B8, C3)

Teaching Information

Lectures will be arranged to cover different hazards and risks to infrastructures. Students will supplement these by undertaking wider reading.

Assessment Information

100% coursework. Students will work in groups to examine different models / case studies or to assess the impact of hazards on infrastructures in real contexts. They will present their findings in the form of a report.

Reading and References

D.Blockley (Ed.), Engineering Safety, McGraw Hill, 1992. B.M.Ayyub, Risk Analysis in Engineering and Economics, Chapman and Hall, 2003