CEE4554_2008s-SYLLABUS

CEE4554_2008s-SYLLABUS - CEE 4554 Natural Disasters Spring...

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CEE 4554 Natural Disasters Spring 2008 Revised Jan 16 2007 1 CEE 4554 SPRING 2008 SYLLABUS Instructor GTA: M. Mauldon Thomas Moore [email protected]; Patton 110; 231-5477 [email protected] Office Hours: check Instructor’s door. Ozawa Library Lectures : 2:30 PM - 3:45 MW 257 Whittemore Hall Assessment Web Sites o Blackboard: https://learn.vt.edu o Scholar https://scholar.vt.edu/portal Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the magnitudes and consequences of extreme events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and landslides. 2. Assess likelihood and frequency of the occurrence of natural hazards. 3. Evaluate vulnerability/resistance of the natural ground and existing facilities and structures to threats from natural hazards. 4. Assess risks of loss of life and property resulting from natural disasters. 5. Define, evaluate, and choose among acceptable risk mitigation, emergency response, and disaster recovery alternatives. 6. Identify and evaluate social and environmental issues associated with natural hazards and their mitigation. 7. Understand the roles of government agencies in management of natural hazards and associated risks Justification for course – and why you should take it: Many lives and billions of dollars are lost annually as a result of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and landslides. Civil engineers have a major responsibility for the mitigation of risks from these phenomena, for the protection of life, property, and facilities, and for the appropriate emergency response and restoration of lifelines following their occurrence. This course is designed to prepare the students to understand and develop solutions to meet the challenges from these extreme events. The assessment of risk, development of risk mitigation strategies, the design and construction of protective systems, and the restoration of damaged areas following natural disasters require the special expertise of civil engineers in both public and private practice. Prequisites: 3304, 3514 and 3684. A grade of C- or better is required in each of these prerequisites Class Attendance: is expected, and will in general be monitored. Penalties will be incurred for attendance problems.
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