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					An Overview of Brandon University’s
        ADES Department
This presentation is an updated version of the one originally
presented by John Lindsay at the PSEPC Higher Education
                workshop, November 2005.
• Brandon University began offering a four year degree
  program in 2001 and has graduated both BA and BSc
  students in disaster studies.
• The ADES degree is designed to combine social and
  physical sciences perspectives of hazards and disasters
  within a liberal arts education framework.
• The ADES department has three full-time faculty and
  draws expertise from across Canada.
• In 2005/06 over 60 students declared ADES as their
  major and 50+ students in the 1st year classes.
• As of January 06 the ADES faculty is:
• Dr Jason Levy
  – crisis decision making, decision support software
• Dr Elaine Enarson
  – disaster sociology, social vulnerability
• John Lindsay
  – emergency management systems and practices
• Initially the prescriptive 4 year program relied
  on heavily courses from other departments.
• ADES and these other core courses accounted
  for 75 of the 120 credit hours for the degree
• At least 18 credit hours of elective courses were
  also selected from either the science (BSc) or
  planning (BA) concentrations.
• The remaining credit hours were for Liberal
  Education and prerequisite requirements.
• The original program design, while driven by
  necessity, created some challenges:
  – Scheduling difficulties effectively limited the
    variations possible.
  – A high degree of homogeneity in the students’
    transcripts arose.
  – Limited students’ options to pursue a minor to
    complement ADES.
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• ADES is now offering a major and minor based
  program starting in September 2006.
• This builds on the established core ADES
  course offerings while giving students more
  flexibility in selecting their electives.
• The BA/BSc will be based on the selection of
  Science or Arts electives.
• ADES will also be available as a minor.
•   40:151 Intro to Disaster Studies
•   40:152 Intro to Emergency Management
•   40:251 Hazards: Causes and Consequences
•   40:252 Emergency Planning
•   40:253 Hazard and Risk Assessment
•   40:352 Emergency Management Law
•   40:362 Disaster Response Management
•   40:448 ADES Practicum (6 credit hours)
•   Total Credit Hours: 27
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• An additional 15 ADES credit hours (5 courses)
  are selected from topics including:
  –   Disaster Mitigation
  –   Crisis Decision Making and Support Systems
  –   Disaster Sociology
  –   Disasters and Development
  –   International Emergency Management
  –   Risk Communication
  –   Current Issues in Emergency Management
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• The challenge that the ADES program is
  solving is how to focus students on a discipline
  that has not yet matured and will be best studied
  in an interdisciplinary approach.
• The combination of core ADES courses with an
  inclusive set of electives (an additional 12
  credit hours) forming the ‘major’ area of study
  ensures students have a balanced perspective.
•   The applied aspects of the program come
    through in four main ways:
    1. Use of the Emergency Operations Lab
    2. Assignments based on ‘practical’ tasks,
       including preparing policy related documents
    3. Incorporating current practitioners as guest
       speakers and sessional instructors.
    4. Client-focused final practicum projects
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• Develop and complete a “client based”
  emergency management project in order to:
  – Understand the goals, structure and functions of the
    agency, and how the agency fits into the larger
    emergency management system.
  – Identify, comprehend and apply relevant emergency
    management related concepts and skills.
  – Gain experience while contributing to local efforts.
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• Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
  (PLAR) is a BU initiative that allows students
  who have gained university-level knowledge
  and skills through life-and-work-experience to
  apply for academic credit.
• ADES welcomes PLAR applications to help
  recognize prior emergency management
  experience and training.
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• Students who already have a Bachelor' may
  qualify to take the ADES program as a “second
  degree student” and finish sooner.
• This recognizes the prior degree and reduces
  the credit hours for the 4 year degree to just
  what’s required to fulfill the major and minor
  (e.g. 54 for ADES + 18 for geography = 72)
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• Maximum of 18 credit hours (6 credits per
  area) from courses in the Humanities, Social
  Sciences and Natural Sciences.
• Courses can count toward both the ADES
  requirement and the Liberal Education
  requirement.
• This complements the interdisciplinary nature
  of the ADES program.
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• ADES is combining the convenience of
  distance learning with the benefits of campus
  resources like our Emergency Operations Lab.
• To fulfill the residency requirement 60 credit
  hours must be Brandon University courses –
  and this may include BU courses offered on-
  line through Campus Manitoba.
• Students considering a combination of distance
  and campus based study should contact ADES .
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          call (204) 727-9768
      drop by the ADES offices
(ground floor Brodie Science Building)

				
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