Select a hazard or actual disaster event within the last 15 years (any disaster), consider the different phases of disaster management (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) and management and leadership practice. Develop constructive strategy for reducing risk to that community, given its actual resources and constraints.
The final essay (project) will draw upon readings and other materials used in the course, including case studies of actual disaster events, to develop an appreciation for disaster management. The term project accounts for 30% of the final grade. The paper needs to be at least 10 pages in length, double-spaced, and should not exceed 25 pages in length including references. The report should cover the key areas of application of the topic using the text, the lectures, the discussions, the suggested readings, and other researched sources.
Term Paper Evaluation:
The reports will be submitted by the due date. It will be evaluated based on the thoroughness of discussion, professional appearance, correct grammar, spelling, and use of third person narration throughout. The final paper should be well-reasoned, present evidence (means researched), be well-organized (means structured), and substantive (means you have something significant to say from a scholarly viewpoint). Reports will be graded on (1) how well they describe the case (disaster, threat), (2) the degree to which they integrate materials and concepts from the course texts and lectures, (3) the depth of the evaluation of the case/disaster being studied, and (4) style and structure.
The final paper should include an executive summary, an introduction, a literature review, the case analysis, discussions, a conclusion, and references (appendices if needed). The use of the APA format is required with a references page.