Required Courses for Masters Students

Master students will enroll in two required (0.5 credits) and one elective (0.5 credits) course to earn a total of 1.5 Collaborative Specialization in Hazards, Risks, and Resilience credits.

HRR 9573 Natural catastrophes – modelling, assessing, and mitigating the impact (0.5)

This course will provide an overview of analytical/numerical approaches, i.e. catastrophe models, in modelling, assessing, and mitigating the impact of natural catastrophes. It covers four main elements of catastrophe models, namely, hazard, exposure, vulnerability, and risk. More specifically, students will be exposed to various hazard modelling techniques (event frequency, hazard intensity, footprint modelling, etc.), gathering of exposure information (databases from public sources, GIS-type data acquisition), vulnerability modelling (damage surveys, statistical modelling of structural fragility, and its use for damage assessment), and risk quantification and management (physical mitigation, financial protection, and risk communication). Financial/insurance implications and aspects of disaster risk policies will also be incorporated, as appropriate. The students are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of the sequences and their connections that comprise natural catastrophe modelling and assessment. This will be facilitated through assignments, computer lab sessions, and research-oriented individual project. 

2020 -2021 
Day: September - December 
Time: Lecture – On-line, recorded lectures will be posed on OWL; Weekly Q&A sessions will be held. Computer lab - On-line, recorded instructions will be posed on OWL; Weekly Q&A sessions will be held. 3 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course. 
Classroom Location: TBD
Instructor: Katsu Goda 
Course start date: September, 2020 

HRR 9600Y Hazards, Risks, and Resilience Seminar Masters (milestone)

The main objective of the seminar series is to build community within students participating in the program across various home departments and for them to expand their network through events with external visitors. The presenters will be distinguished researchers who conduct research in these areas, faculty members who are participating in the collaborative specialization, PhD students participating in the collaborative specialization satisfying the 3rd year presentation progression requirement (if not presenting elsewhere), as well as guest speakers from industry and government agencies. Students will be required to write a brief report reflecting on the event and how it connects to either their specific research interests/project and/or what topics covered in the core course.  

2020 -2021 
Day: September - April 
Time: TBD 
Classroom Location: TBD 
Instructor: Cindy Mora-Stock
Course start date: September, 2020 

HRR 9574 L Natural hazard and risk evaluation in a team-based and experiential-learning environment (0.5)

* 1-year master students will not be required to complete the core short course HRR 9574L in case this course is not offered during the study period.

Natural hazard and risk evaluation practice-oriented short course (0.5 credit)

**This course is a requirement for Collaborative Specialization**

This practice-oriented short course provides a team-based and experiential-learning focus for the multi-hazard risk and resilience program. Students will receive the practical experience of working together within an interdisciplinary team, collecting primary observations (outdoors ‘in the field’) and assembling and integrating these observations (spatial datasets) for input to perform hazard and risk evaluations, thereby testing their modelled predictions. Delivery of the short course varies year to year - as a post-disaster reconnaissance mission (international or national field trip), a simulated post-disaster exercise on campus, or using case studies.  

2021 -2022
Instructor: Sheri Molnar
First offering: May 2022 (confirm enrollment by/ in April 2022)
Maximum enrollment:  20