Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society

Module 11 Lab: Discussion


Module 11 Lab: Discussion

Reflecting on Coastal Community Vulnerability


In this module, you learned about the components of vulnerability as defined by coastal policy experts. You read many case studies that helped to illustrate the components of vulnerability: exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity.

For the Module 11 lab, we will spend time reflecting on what makes one coastal community more vulnerable than another and how they might reduce their vulnerability to coastal hazards. You will read the following statement and respond appropriately based on your knowledge of module concepts. You will respond to at least one other student's response throughout the week.

Discussion Prompt

Using one or two of the case studies from Module 11 (and listed in Required Resources), in this discussion, consider how adaptive capacity may be increased to reduce the vulnerability of a coastal community. Be specific in terms of location and coastal hazard.


  1. Use Word or another text editor to respond to the prompt with your thoughts backed up with evidence from the Module 11 case studies. The length of your response should be about 200 to 400 words. (Typing your response in Word or another text editor and then copying/pasting from Word or similar to the discussion forum is recommended to avoid losing your work midstream in the event of an accidental browser closing, intermittent Internet connectivity, etc.)
  2. Go to Module 11 Lab (Discussion) and type or copy/paste your response to the prompt into the text box marked 'reply' and select Post Reply by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to allow time for responses. Your response is now visible to your classmates and your instructor.
  3. Read through others’ responses and write a thoughtful reply to at least one other student by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. These replies should be either a rebuttal in which you add your ideas in the form of a persuasive argument (written with respect for the originating author), or a response that agrees with, supports, and builds upon the original response. Because a timely response to the conversation is part of your grade, subscribing to the forum is required. Check in to the discussion forum often throughout the week to post and respond to comments.


The grading rubric will help you understand what constitutes an appropriate level of participation on your part. The instructor reserves the right to not award any credit (including points for timing and interaction) if the content of the posts, however on-time they may be, are off-topic, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate. Such posts may be deleted at any time by the instructor as well.

Grade Rubric
Content Addresses all facets of the assigned discussion prompt, with accurate supporting detail where necessary. Response post is at least 200-400 words of substantive content addressing the prompt. Posts are appropriately cited as needed. To earn full credit in this category, your comments and replies to classmates must demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the topic and go well beyond, "I agree with you." 6 Points
Formatting and Mechanics Posts should be edited and cited appropriately as needed. While a discussion forum has an informal tone, please refrain from foul or offensive language, texting abbreviations, etc. 2 points
Timing This assignment is deliberately structured to allow you to participate throughout the week. Your initial response to the statement should be shared by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday and your response to at least one other classmate by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday to allow for authentic discussion to occur. 2 points