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Advanced Course
Disaster Risk Management
An advanced course in Disaster Risk Management is needed to build on the skills and capacities learnt from existing basic/ introductory courses.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of the course is on introducing participants to more advanced disaster risk management issues and such as climate change and adaptation, scenario planning and GIS- this is aligned to the outcomes as per National Disaster Management legislation and are considered as high-level skills that officials should be trained in.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Students need to have successfully completed a basic/introductory course in disaster risk management.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Student is assumed to have had contact with basic disaster risk management terminology and competencies to participate effectively

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  1) Describe and explain the interaction between disaster and sustainable development- and the implications therefore for Integrated Development Planning (IDP) Describe and explain the interaction between disaster and sustainable development- and are able to develop concrete strategies to integrating disaster risk reduction into existent Integrated Development Planning (IDP)
  2) Describe and argue why climate change and adaptation should be integrated in existing disaster management and development plans Describe and argue the impact of climate change on existing disaster risk profiles and disaster plans and how climate change adaptation strategies should be incorporated into existing plans to accommodate for the change in climate.
  3) Describe and explain the importance of tacking into account certain and uncertain scenarios (through scenario planning), as a means of improving the overall accuracy and quality of disaster management planning. Describe, explain and argue why in ever changing disaster risk environment it is crucial for disaster risk mangers to incorporate more advanced planning (scenario planning) and assessment tools (GIS) as means to continually reduce disaster risk, now and in future.
  4) Describe and argue the role and contribution of GIS to increase the accuracy of disaster risk assessment and planning  


Class practical’s and written assignment
Method of assessment: 
Students will be asked to solve problems through practical exercise by applying the principles and knowledge that they have acquired after each theoretical contact sessions. This will be done on the last day of the course. Additionally, to the above, students will have to submit a written essay (10-15_ pages) within two months after the last day of the course (pass rate 50%), which will be deemed as final assessment. The elements stated above will form the basis of this assessment

Additional information

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Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
The course will focus on government officials, responders such as fire fighters and fire protection agency members, emergency medical response staff, police officials, disaster management officials, members of society and local agencies involved in handling disaster situations.
Contact us
Mr. Lesego Shoroma
Telephone number: 
018 299 1632