GEOG 5011EX - Introduction to Climate Adaptation
External - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5011EX Course Introduction to Climate Adaptation Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s External Units 3 Contact Participation in the set online tutorials, 3 hours per week of self-directed study, 3 hours per week of research and assignment preparation. Prerequisites A Bachelor degree or equivalent demonstrated skills as endorsed by the Head of School Course Description This unit will introduce students to what climate change adaptation is, the legal and policy requirement for professionals working in the field, and the science underpinning it. The unit aims to develop student skills in accessing and synthesising the most up to date information on law, policy and science relevant to climate change adaptation. The unit will also equip students with an understanding of the concepts used in the field of climate change adaptation.
Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Evaluate and transmit the science and history of climate change
2. Critically Analyse and apply the law and policy relevant to climate change adaptation
3. Critically analyse and differentiate the concepts and terms in the field of climate change adaptation
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 3
Required ResourcesThere is no formal requirement to purchase any particular text and a full suite of resources will be available to you on MYUNI under the readings folders each week.
Recommended ResourcesAs this area is very dynamic, we will upload each semester a suite of supporting and relevant resources.
Online LearningThis course is 100% online. However, you will still have assignments to submit and weekly activities to complete.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is 100% online. Students will be given opportunities to contact staff and other students via blogs, post, and wiki activities. Students will have a skype or phone tutorial at least once each semester.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This is a 100% online course, so there are no prescribed workoad activities per se, as the course is based on independent learning methods. However, it is assumed that students will spend the equivalent of the following:
3 hours a week @ 14 weeks doing the online activities: 42 hours
4 hours a week @ 14 weeks reading : 56 hours
2 hours a week @ 12 weeks completing assessments: 24 hours
2 hours a week doing @ 12 weeks research for the major assignments: 24 hours
4 hours tutorial preparation and presentation: 4 hours
Total: 150 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThe information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Week 1: Introductory readings, go through introductory ppts
Week 2: Describing key concepts and Understanding the science
Week 3: Weather and Variability, Direct and indirect effects , Observed and predicted impacts, ppm
Week 4: Uncertainty and Finding credible sources
Week 5: Economic impacts
Week 6: Justice and fairness in adaptation
Week 7: Climate justice and adaptation L Week 8: The law and climate change - international context, The coast, climate change and law Tutorial preparation
Week 9: Litigation and Climate change adaptation: Major Tutorial Activity
Week 10: Law and adaptation in Australia
Week 11: AustLII
Week 12: Overview of initiatives, course
Weeks 13 - 14: Final assessment
Specific Course RequirementsNone
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Impacts assessment :15%
Study guide and online activities : 40%
Final essay: 30%
Attendance and participation in the major interactive tutorial: 15%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must have access to a computer and internet in order to do this course.
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: Completion of impacts assessment: 15%
Students must write a summary of the IPCC report and other resources provided, and describe the key impacts of climate change are world wide. Second, students choose a location, whether and write a detailed description of what the impacts will be for that place.
Assignment 2: Online and study guide activities 40%
As this unit is online, students will be undertaking a series of interactive exercises that act both as learning activities as well as constituting the assessment activities.
Assignment 3: Essay, 2000 - 2500 words 30%
Topic: Write an essay on the subject "A day in my life in 2050"
Assignment 4: Major interactive tutorial 15%
Details are sent to student as course progresses
SubmissionInformation available on enrolment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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