GEOG 5014EX - Adaptation Options for Management
External - Semester 2 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5014EX Course Adaptation Options for Management Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites A Bachelor degree or equivalent demonstrated skills as endorsed by the Head of School Course Description An effective response to climate change includes mitigation and adaptation. This unit aims to introduce the student to the wide array of adaptation options that are being implemented globally. This includes mitigation programs as one end of the adaptation continuum but the unit focuses on adaptation in the broader sense. Theoretical, technical, policy, sector based and many other types of adaptation will be covered. The unit also by drawing on student skills built in Modules 1 and 2, will assist them to develop adaptation strategies based on a diversity of scenarios.
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. Scrutinise and interpret the theory of adaptation
2. Demonstrate understanding of the difference between strategic and on ground adaptation options
3. Appraise a range of case strategies and examples of adaptation in practice
4. Demonstrate understanding of how to develop a climate change adaptation strategy
5. Demonstrate ability to access and evaluate adaptation examples in the literature and on the web
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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. 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.
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.
3 hours online activities per week 36 hours per semester 4 hours reading/research per week 48 hours per semester 4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester 2 hours tutorial preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Introductory readings/video sessions
Week 2: Defining adaptation, Finding adaptation resources
Week 3: What does adaptation look like? Theory of adaptation
Week 4: Work on essay assignment, prepare for tutorial
Week 5: Types of adaptation
Week 6: Adaptation in action
Week 7: Technological adaptation
Week 8: Sector based adaptation
Week 9: Analysing adaptation, barriers to adaptation
Week 10: Resilience in adaptation
Week 11: Fairness and justice in adaptation
Week 12 - 4: Final assessment preparation
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must have access to a computer to complete course requirements
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Assessment SummaryAdaptation and mitigation essay: 20%
Study guide assessments: 40%
Adaptation Plan: 25%
Attendance and participation
in major interactive tutorial: 15%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must have access to a computer to complete assessments
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: Completion of critical reflection essay
Using relevant case studies, and peer reviewed literature, write an essay that discusses the differences between mitigation and adaptation.
Assignment 2: Participation and contribution to tutorial session
The topic will be advised in term
Assignment 3: Online and study guide activities
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 4: Adaptation Strategy, 2000 - 2500 words
Using the wizard and drawing on the adaptation plans/strategies they have analysed throughout this course (including elements 1 – 7) students write a basic adaptation strategy
SubmissionSubmission dates will be advised once each semester commences.
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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