GEOG 5013EX - Communication & Evaluation of Climate Adaptation
External - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5013EX Course Communication & Evaluation of 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 Developing communications strategies is a critical component of the adaptation debate. This will enhance the uptake of adaptation and acceptance of the need for mitigation. In this unit students will learn why communicating climate change is difficult, and using case studies be able to describe the communication process, how to relate to target audiences, the key communication issues finally how to implement a 6 step process to writing a communications plan. Finally, knowing whether or not your chosen adaptation option is working, the communications program needs to need include an evaluation component. This unit will provide students with some evaluation techniques.
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. Exhibit an understanding of what constitutes a strategic issue
2. Relate their understanding of what constitutes a strategic issue to their workplace.
3. Demonstrate understanding of a strategic communication plan by applying the skills developed to their own workplace.
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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. 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 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. 1, 2, 3 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2
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 of 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 workload 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 SummaryWeek 1: Introductory readings and ppts
Week 2: Framing the debate
Week 3: Why is it so hard to communicate science?
Week 4: Trust
Week 5: Knowing the process, doing the research
Week 6: Work on communications flyer
Week 7: Developing a climate communications plan
Week 8: Developing a climate communications plan
Week 9: Evaluation options
Week 10: Evaluation options
Week 11: Evaluation in practice
Week 12: 14: Final assessment preparation
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must have access to a computer to complete this course
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Critical Reflection essay: 15%
Study guide assessments: 30%
Production of a communications flyer: 10%
Presentation of a communication plan via tutorial: 15%
Attendance and participation in one interactive tutorials/webinar: 10%
Production of evaluation strategy: 20%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must have a computer or access to a computer to complete assessments
Assessment DetailCompletion of critical reflection essay:
In a short essay (3 pages maximum) and using literature, existing communication plans and case study examples, discuss the difference between communicating climate change and communicating climate change adaptation.
Students must present a flyer communicating an adaptation issue to a target stakeholder
Presentation of communications plan via one structured tutorial
Students will prepare a communicatison plan based on set scenarios, and will present this to the coordinator via webinar or skype.
Completion of online assessments and 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.
SubmissionStudents will be given submission dates at the commencement of each semester
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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