Course syllabus

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Preparedness and Planning

VBRN40, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2017-04-03

General Information

Main field: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
Compulsory for: MKAT1
Elective for: BI3, RH4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


In order to facilitate students meeting the aim and objectives, a variety of learning activities are used in the course.

Cases/scenario descriptions, where people who have been involved in the management of real life disasters give an account of their experiences and the complexity of issues managed during an after a disaster. Lectures where important aspects of preparedness work are introduced and discussed, e.g. people’s needs and behaviour in disaster situations; risk, vulnerability, and needs assessments as input to preparedness planning; preparedness and contingency planning processes; early warning systems; simulation exercises; and coordination systems/processes. Literature seminars designed to make the students engage actively in the course literature and debate different views on central aspects, e.g. preparedness ideals vs reality constraints. Exercises to deepen understanding of and skills in utilising major preparedness tools such as contingency planning and simulation exercises. Project assignment where the students (in groups) practice teamwork while addressing a topic central to preparedness and planning. The students work on the project throughout the course and at the end a seminar is held where they present/discuss their projects with the rest of the class.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written individual course paper and approved group project. The group project shall be reported both orally and in writing.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0114. Name: Preparedness and Planning.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Individual Paper
Code: 0214. Name: Group Assignment.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 50
Selection: Guaranteed admission for students at the Master's Programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation. Selection rules for the remaining places: priority is given to students firstly at the Programme Risk Management and Safety Engineering and secondly at the Fire Safety Engineering Programme at LTH. To distinguish between students from the same programme, number of credits and results on the programme will be used.
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 16.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBR225

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Marcus Abrahamsson,
Further information: Active participation in group work is mandatory. Each group member must be able to present and answer for the contents of the joint report. Members who do not meet the demands of active participation by the others, or disregard their obligations, can be replaced or failed by the examiner.