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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

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."

Learning outcome

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

or equivalent knowledge.

The following course must be taken before the field trip in GEO4171:

or equivalent knowledge.

Overlapping courses


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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

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.

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.

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:

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.

Grading scale

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 27, 2020 2:13:26 PM

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