GEOG 5013EX - Communication & Evaluation of Climate Adaptation

External - Semester 1 - 2015

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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. 
    University Graduate Attributes

    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There 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 Resources
    As this area is very dynamic, we will upload each semester a suite of supporting and relevant resources.
    Online Learning
    This 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 Modes
    This 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.
    Workload

    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 Summary
    Week 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 Requirements
    Students must have access to a computer and internet to study this course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Critical reflection essay Formative and Summative 15% 1-3
    Online and study guide activities Formative and Summative 30% 1-3
    Communications flyer Formative and Summative 10% 1-3
    Communication plan presentation Formative and Summative 15% 1-3
    Evaluation strategy Formative and Summative 20% 1-3
    Interactive tutorial assignments Formative and Summative 15% 1-3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must have a computer or access to a computer to complete assessments
    Assessment Detail
    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. 

    Communications flyer
    Students must present a flyer communicating an adaptation issue to a target stakeholder

    Communication plan presentation
    Students will prepare a communicatison plan based on set scenarios, and will present this to the coordinator via webinar or skype.
    Submission
    Students will be given submission dates at the commencement of each semester
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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