GEOG 5091 - Sustainable Cities: Climate Change and Planning
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5091 Course Sustainable Cities: Climate Change and Planning Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) Course Description Increasingly both the developed and developing world are acknowledging significant challenges to environmental sustainability at the global, regional and local scales. Human-induced climate change is one driver of this concern, but others include concerns with water quality and availability, the impact of air pollution on human health and the loss of valuable agricultural land. The challenges are further exacerbated by the need to consider cultural, social and economic sustainability, alongside the more commonly discussed environmental issues. Cities lie at the forefront of sustainability challenges: the majority of the world's population lives in an urban area, and cities are the focus of the overwhelming majority of economic activity and resource consumption. This course examines issues of environmental sustainability in cities and the ways in which governments and communities can plan and act to achieve more sustainable outcomes. The course examines issues around urban design, transport planning and provision, planning regulations, housing supply, economic structure and waste management and handling.
Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
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Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Identify and understand the major challenges to urban sustainability 2 Describe the major tools used to manage sustainability in cities, including hard and soft infrastructure 3 Demonstrate familiarity with the core concepts in urban sustainability debates 4 Demonstrate knowledge of key sources in the urban sustainability literature 5 Gain the ability to search and analyse critical source of information on cities and their environmental performance 6 Gain the ability to communicate effectively on the issue of urban sustainabiilty
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Recommended ResourcesHaughton, G. and Hunter, C. 2010 Sustainable Cities, Routledge, Abingdon.
Online LearningLectures, assessment and handouts will be made available via MyUni. The online experience will be interactive to create a dialogue between the co-ordinator and students, as well as between students.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving workshops which develop the lecture material.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction – Sustainability and Cities Week 2 Climate Change and Cities in the Developed World Week 3 Climate Change and Cities in the Developed World Week 4 Transport Week 5 Resource Use, Overuse and Solutions Week 6 Waste Management Week 7 Air Pollution: Challenges, Geography and Impact Week 8 The Influence of Urban Form on Urban Sustainability Week 9 Managing Sustainability: Planning Week 10 Managing Sustainability: New Technologies Week 11 Exam preparation Week 12 Conclusion
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 3000 word essay Formative and Summative 50% 1-5 2 hour exam Formative and Summative 40% 3-6 Participation and attendance Formative and Summative 10% 5, 6
Assessment Detail3000 word essay – students will write a research essay that critically evaluates the key challenges to sustainability, and their potential solutions, in a major urban area – 50% weighting
Participation and attendance – students interact with the class and co-operate in the active learning process – 10%
2 hour exam – students will be assessed on all aspects of the taught curriculum, including the reading material – 40%
SubmissionAll assignments are submitted electronically via MyUni.
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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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