Course Plan:
The course is structured according to the precepts of andragogy (see flow diagram) to help students maximize learning and mastering the subjects in each unit.

The course contents is divided into large Sections, corresponding to environmental issues according to their occurrence in nature and their triggering mechanisms; for example, (1)  internal processes, (2) surface processes, (3) as being part of the natural resources, (4) environmental problems related to waste disposal and pollution.

Sections are divided internally into Units, representing individualized natural disasters that result from particular geological processes; for example, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides are the units included in the section covering disasters involving the lithosphere (see diagram below).

Each unit contains a Unit Plan which is made of three components:

(1) Contents (a list of topics to be studied). This component of the unit plan corresponds to the question of WHAT to study.

(2) Activities (specific readings and web site links -browsing- you must do). An often worry that students have is: How many levels of links should I do? A very close indication that you have mastered the subject covered in the unit is when you are able to address the items listed in the abilities sections of each unit. So this component corresponds to the question of HOW to study in andragogy.

(3) Abilities (a list of learning competencies that were acquired through the activities). This component can be viewed as a study guide and a preparation for the evaluation. They should guide you into how well prepared you are. The abilities component of the unit plan corresponds to the question of FOR WHAT purpose in andragogy. Each set of abilities constitutes an assignment and should be submitted using the corresponding link in the Submit Work of the WebCT platform.