GEOG 5092 - Sustainable Cities: Planning for Climate Change
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5092 Course Sustainable Cities: Planning for Climate Change Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 4 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: Associate 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 Demonstrate the ability to search and analyse critical source of information on cities and their environmental performance 6 Demonstrate the ability to community 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. MyUni will be used as an active tool in enhancing the learning of students, including the dissemination of information and the provision of feedback.
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 4 hours seminar project work per week 48 hours per semester 4 hours seminar preparation per week 48 hours per semester 7 hours reading per week 84 hours per semester 6 hours research per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours exam preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction – Sustainability and Cities Week 2 Climate Change and Cities in the Developed and Developing World Week 3 Energy and Cities in the Developed and Developing 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 Major Seminar Presentation Week 12 Conclusion
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 3000 word essay Formative and Summative 30% 1-5 Exam – 2 hour Formative and Summative 30% 3-6 Participation and attendance Formative and Summative 10% 5, 6 Seminar presentation Formative and Summative 30% 3-6
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 – 30% 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 – 30%
Seminar presentation and paper – students will make a seminar presentation in the penultimate week of the course and submit a written paper of not more than 2,000 words – 30%
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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