GEO4171 – Floods and landslides
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course is split into three parts focusing on the most common geohazards in Norway: floods, landslides and avalanches. Extreme precipitation, flooding and landslides are ultimately connected and the course discusses floods and landslide hazards. The course introduces different types of floods, and further addresses extreme value theory, flood frequency analysis, and risk and uncertainty analyses. In the second part the course describes landslides hazard, introduces tools and methods to collect landslide data, to analyze the slope stability and to predict risk areas. The final part of the course provides an introduction to snow avalanche mechanics and dynamics and modelling of the those. It further provides an overview of avalanche forecasting and mitigation. The course includes 1 day field trips to a selected sites and a 3 days excursion."
After this course students are expected to have competence in:
- knowledge of extreme events
- flood frequency analysis and flood initiated landslides
- landslide phenomena, mechanisms, stability
- landslide hazard and risk analyses, monitoring and mitigation measures
- basic understanding of avalanche mechanics and dynamics and snowpack stability assessment
- avalanche run-out modelling and avalanche forecasting
Admission to the course
Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
- MAT1001 – Mathematics 1 (discontinued) or MAT1100 – Calculus
- FYS1000 – Physics- the foundation of natural sciences and medicine (continued) or FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics
- STK1000 – Introduction to Applied Statistics
or equivalent knowledge.
The following course must be taken before the field trip in GEO4171:
Recommended previous knowledge
- Bachelor degree in physics, geosciences or applied mathematics.
- GEO4131 – Geomechanics
- GEO4181 – Introduction to Natural Hazards (continued)
or equivalent knowledge.
- 10 credits overlap with GEO4170 – Landslides and debris flow (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with GEO9170 – Landslides and debris flows (discontinued).
Lectures, presentation, and discussions.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
To attend the field trip/excursion it is required that the following course is passed:
You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0504 when you attend the field trip/excursion.
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.
Students must pass two oral or written assignments (to be decided by the course teacher) in order to sit for the final exam. In the final assessment the oral/written assignments counts for 50% of the grade, and the final exam 50%. Final exam may be written or oral depending on class numbers.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
- GEO4170 – Landslides and debris flow (continued)
- GEO9170 – Landslides and debris flows (discontinued)
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.