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GEL 1005
NATURAL DISASTERS

TERM PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

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First off: Don't Panic!  The main requirement will be for you to apply and share what you have learned.  You will be able to work on this throughout the course and may discuss it with me at any time.

Subject: Apply the concepts learned in the class by preparing two (2) term projects discussing two natural hazards and how they impact the area where you live (or an area you might like to live in) and presenting in written form and on-line. The projects will be presented as a term paper accompanied by a brief, on-line presentation (you may submit a Power Point or create a web page).  Specific requirements are listed below.

Due Dates:

  • Project 1 paper and presentation must be submitted to me on or before Sunday, October 19, 11:00 pm (The project will receive a preliminary grade and will be returned for revisions, some presentations will be posted for the class to view.)
  • Project 2 term paper (and any revisions to Project 1) must be submitted on or before Frisday, December 5, 11:00 pm.

Length Each project will be graded based on content, so the primary requirement is that the points listed in the outline are all covered.

Area Covered Each project should focus on a town or township where you live or where you might like to live. Describing the hazard with respect to a region or state is not focused enough. Your goal is to look at the potential risk to, impact on, and planned response by a community such as a city or town or, if you live in a rural area, a township or county.

Resources  This web page has on-line resources I encourage you to use.

Outline Each project should follow this outline and, at a minimum, cover the following points. Listed items should be discussed (even if only to say they are not a concern); 'etc.' indicates that additional items may be appropriate.

  1. Introduction
    1. Description of the hazard and area you are discussing. The area should be a town or county where you live or where you might like to live.
    2. Why you find this hazard interesting (why did you choose this hazard)
  2. For the hazard you need to provide the following (cover these points, not necessarily in this order)
    1. Describe the hazard and it's history in your area.
    2. Explain the probability that this hazard will impact you and the people in the area in which you live (or might like to live).
      1. What is the likelihood that this hazard will impact you community?
      2. Include maps, charts, graphs, etc., that explain the overall probability this hazard will impact the area
    3. Describe the potential consequences of the hazard to your area (be sure to cover the most likely as well as the worst case).
      1. Explain what would happen if the hazard hit your community.
      2. Use examples from past events.
      3. Describe vulnerable areas.
      4. Describe how the hazard is linked to other hazards in the area.
    4. Describe how the hazard is currently addressed
      1. Describe the current plans in place should this hazard take place. (Contact the local emergency response agencies to see what they plan to do.)
      2. Describe structures, planning maps, and other responses to the hazard.
      3. Explain what you think are the good and bad points of the current plan.
    5. Describe how the hazard could be better addressed.
      1. What else could/should the community do to address the hazard.
      2. Explain why you think this would be an improvement.
  3. Summary - the impact this report has had on you.
  4. References - You must reference all your work!!! (textbook, maps, books, local officials, etc.); they should be in alphabetical order and in one of the formats (APA or MLA) commonly used.
  5. Figures - geology is a very visual science, maps and diagrams are extremely useful for explaining points.

Grading: EACH project is worth 100 points as indicated on the grading sheet. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling are worth 10% your grade.

Questions: If you need help, please ask me.


SPECIAL NOTES

Format: Your report MUST be in one of the following formats: MS Word (.doc .docx) OR Rich Text Format (.rtf) OR Adobe Reader (.pdf).  If not, it will be returned without a grade.

Presentation: You will present the key findings to the class. You should submit a PowerPoint presentation of 4 to 8 slides Or a link to a web site you have created.  (Note: a YouTube video is a possibility as PART of your submission, if you want to explore this option, please consult with me.) PowerPoints must not be more than 8 slides.

References: I do not expect you to be all knowing; the information in your reports will be the result of research and observation. When you obtain information from a source, you must reference that source!!! If you make an observation, indicate that you observed it.

Visuals: You should include pictures and maps to illustrate you findings. These visuals should be used within your report by calling out from the text to the map or picture to show the reader what you are talking about.

Conclusions: To receive full credit, you must make conclusions based on your observations. This is key to receiving maximum credit. This project is intended to allow you to apply what you learn in the class and, at the same time, show me that you understand the material and can use it to interpret the area where you live. I expect to see indications that the material you include in the report means something to you.

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