Semester: 5 / Winter
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 15 hours
Field of study: Biology
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites: Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry
Contact person: dr n. wet Przemysław Cwynar
Short description: The aim of the course is to present the basic threats of the natural and anthrpogenic origin that occur in the XXI century. The subject matter includes both typical and common ecological disasterscaused by the dynamic phenomenons in nature as well as the latest type of hazards associated with the human factor, including terrorism and bioterrorism. A measurable effect of education is students knowledge and practical skills in analysis and assessment of the risks for human health or life. The subject includes not only theoretical basis of the risk occurrence, analysis and counteract threats, but it will be also complemented by other activities in selected civilian and military centers and state institutions.
Full description: Concepts and classification of natural and civilization hazards. Environmental catastrophes and natural disasters. Terrorism - the types of attacks and how to recognize them. Bioterrorism and food terrorism. Assessment, analysis and prevention of WMD. The organization and preservation of failures, disasters and mass events. Epidemiological threats. GMO. Legal regulations.
Bibliography: 1. Bullock J., Haddow G., Coppola D.P. Introduction to homeland security. Prinicples of all hazards risk management. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford (UK), 2012. 2. Grey M., Spaneth K.The Bioterrorism sourcebook. McGraw-Hill Co, New York (USA), 2006. Library of Congress ISBN 0-07-144-086-0. 3. Ryan J.M., Hopperus Buma A.P.C.C., Beadling C.W., Mozumder A., Nott D.M., Rich N.M., Henny W., MacGarty D. Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine. Springer-Verlag, London (UK), 2014.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: KB_W01 - advanced knowledge in the field of natural and anthropological hazards, including bio-terrorist threats and epidemiological studies, and knowledge associated with the risk of their occurrence, analysis and criteria for impact assessment and prevention of their recurrence KB_W02 - understands the opportunities and consequences of natural and anthropological hazards, including the role of biotechnology in bioterrorism and its impact on food security and nationial security KB_W03 - indicates the possibility of practical use of knowledge in future life, especially in the field of security failures organization, disasters and mass events as well as epidemiological threats Skills: KB_U01 - carry out environmental observations, interprets, analyzes and discusses the results and formulate appropriate conclusions, using scientific terminology KB_U02 - observe the history and consequences of disasters and epidemiological threats, recognizing their natural or anthropogenic origin KB_U03 - on the basis of professional literature and collected data, the student is able to use the arguments and discusses how to solve current problems; has ability to prepare reports, projects, papers and other written work as well as oral presentations in a field of disasters, bioterrorism and other mass events Social competences: KB_K01 - shows interest in updating the knowledge of national security and related disciplines; understands the need for analysis and preventive measures in the field of epidemiology, food safety and national security KB_K02 - takes care about nature protection and the educational projects in this field; takes care about humans and animals during natural disasters, mass events or terroristic attacks KB_K03 - is aware of the epidemiological risks to humans and animals, feels the need for research, education and monitoring of disasters and incidents of the natural and anthropological origin
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Completion of the course: students with valid exercise credit is obligated to pass lectures content in the examination session; the exam time is 45 minutes and includes 20 written tasks; when student fails the final exam at the first time, there is a possibility retake it orally or in writing, no later than up to the end of the examination session in which the subject was made; the minimum course credit to pass is 60% of available points; presence in the exercises is mandatory; student may have only one inexcusable absence; in case of the inexcusable absence student is obligated to pass the relevant part of the material (within 2 weeks of absence the student)

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