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 natural disasters according to their occurrence in nature  and their triggering mechanisms; for example, (1) disasters occurring in the hard surface shell of the Earth (the Lithosphere), (2) those that involve the water envelope of the planet, (3) disasters occurring in the atmosphere, (4) disasters that affect the biota (the biosphere), (5) disasters that result from direct human activities, and (6) disasters that are triggered by phenomena or   objects from out side planet Earth (extraterrestrial). 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. The activities can range from simple reading to web-adventures to online questioners to special field trip suggestions.
(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 pedagogy.

You must submit the Acknowledging Syllabus Form  to receive the user name and password to access the website for the Course Plan containing a plan for each section.


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