PROJMGNT 7025 - Intro to Climate Change in Business

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

The objectives of this course are to enable students to understand the broad concepts of climate change and to begin to gain competence in managing climate change issues. Content includes the Earth's carbon cycle and the natural variation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the scientific basis of Climate Change and the predictions of what the physical effects of Climate Change will be, including the cause of CO2 emissions, where they occur in the supply/distribution chain, the broader impacts of Climate Change for key industries, including corporate reputation, market forces, regulation and physical assets and an introduction to carbon trading and tax schemes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7025
    Course Intro to Climate Change in Business
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive: 36 to 40 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Individual and group assignments, reports
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Graciela Corral de Zubielqui

    Program Director Contact Details:
    Project Management
    Name: Dr Graciela Corral de Zubielqui
    Phone: +61 8 8313 0125

    Teaching staff:

    Trimester 1/Semester 1
    Name: Dr Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves

    Short Bio:
    Charlie is a Sustainable Development Fellow with the ECIC and a Senior Research Fellow with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute specialising in low carbon transitions, carbon structural adjustment, sustainable engineering, and curriculum renewal. After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2000, and working as a civil/structural design engineer, Charlie co-founded 'The Natural Edge Project' (TNEP), an internationally recognised team of action researchers based at various universities across Australia including the University of Adelaide, Curtin University, QUT, and the ANU. Charlie has led the TNEP team to deliver five international books on sustainable development (selling over 80,000 copies in five languages) in collaboration with some of the world's leaders in sustainability. The first book won the Australian Banksia Award for Environmental Leadership, Education and Training in 2005, and the of the books were ranked among the 'Top 40 Sustainability Books' in the world in 2010 by the Cambridge Sustainability Leaders Program. Charlie was the founding CEO of Natural Capitalism Inc. in Colorado, USA and worked with many large companies to assist in greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.


    Phone: 0407 071 729
    Course Timetable

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

    Opening intensive:
    Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March 2016
    9am to 6pm
    Petroleum Engineering G04 Teaching Room

    Closing intensive:
    Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April 2016
    9am to 6pm
    Ingkarni Wardli, B21 Teaching Room

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Develop an understanding of internationally recognised standards & frameworks of climate change.
    2 Identify and apply a framework of analysis over a range of climate change issues. This includes; the science, policy/legislation, carbon markets and organisational risks and opportunities.
    3 Work independently (through individual assignment) and cooperatively (through group discussion and assignment) to analyse current climate change policies and identify alternative pathways for Australia to mitigate its emissions.
    4 Demonstrate a willingness to listen and communicate to class members throughout all class discussions and group presentations.
    5 Demonstrate an ability to use internet for in depth research and Microsoft applications to present complex theoretical concepts.
    6 Demonstrate an ability to contribute relevant information from knowledge gained outside the course to in class discussion.
    7 Commitment to applying knowledge learnt throughout the course outside the classroom.
    8 Commitment to respecting all class members, their views and their cultural backgrounds. Demonstration of upholding strong ethical values.
    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)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    No textbook required

    Recommended Resources - UNFCCC website - Voluntary Carbon Standard - CSIRO - DCC - Garnaut Climate Change review - Labour Government policy

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. The University Library web page is:
    From this link, you are able to access the Library's electronic resources.

    Online Learning

    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study (see:

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary

    This is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.

    Intensive Content Readings Activities
    1 The science and emission profiles No pre reading required • Case study
    • Breakout
    • Discussion
    Drivers for business action No pre reading required • Case study
    • Breakout
    • Discussion
    2 Climate change projects: Practical approach No pre reading required • Case study
    • Breakout
    • Discussion
    International and domestic climate change policy No pre reading required • Case study
    • Breakout
    • Discussion
    3 Exploring the carbon price No pre reading required • Case study
    • Breakout
    • Discussion
    Financial market forces and climate change No pre reading required • Case study
    • Breakout
    • Discussion
    4 Stakeholder forces and climate change No pre reading required • Case study
    • Breakout
    • Discussion
    Carbon Risk & Opportunity No pre reading required • Case study
    • Discussion
  • 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
    An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
    Assessment No.Form of Assessment/ Collaborative TaskLength  WeightingDue DateOutcomes being assessed
    1 Individual assignment 1 3000 words 30% see MyUni 1,3,5,6
    2 Ongoing participation N/A 10% Ongoing 4,7,8
    3 Group assignment 10-15 min presentation 30% see MyUni 2,3,5,6
    4 Individual assignment 2 3500 words 30% see MyUni 2,3,5,6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must complete all course assessment requirements and must attend lectures to be eligible to pass the course.

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment 1: Individual assignment 1
    Weighting: 30%
    Due Dates: see MyUni
    Submission Details: Online through MyUni

    You are an advisor to Australia for its next round of climate change negotiations.
    Review Australia’s current climate change policy landscape and provide recommendations.

    Based on these recommendations, formulate Australia’s stance on the KEY issues facing international climate change negotiations.

    This assignment will assess your understanding of the course topic presented over days 1 and 2.

    Length and Presentation:
    Minimum 3000 words

    Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
    · Depth of analysis and research
    · Accuracy of arguments proposed
    · Ability to effectively answer the question
    · Extent to which topics from Day 1 and Day 2 are considered in the response

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1,3,5,6

    Assessment 2: Ongoing participation
    Weighting: 10%
    Due Dates: Ongoing
    Submission Details: In class

    All students will be expected to participate in class discussion and activities. Discussion is no t limited to what is in the course materials and ideally will demonstrate the participants initiative to source additional relevant papers, articles, texts and similar.

    This will assess your understanding and interpretation of the materials presented throughout the course

    Length and Presentation:
    Ongoing participation in class

    Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
    · Participation in class discussions
    · Participations in breakouts and case studies
    · Depth of insight and reasoning shown in contributions
    · Reference to literature, concepts and principles taught in the course
    · Reference to real-life examples, current affairs, events or issues observed
    · Ability to offer and support arguments, rather than merely stating opinions
    · Interactions with fellow participants and lecturer.
    · Your ability to initiate discussion.

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 4,7,8

    Assessment 3: Group assignment
    Weighting: 30%
    Due Dates: see MyUni
    Submission Details: Presented in class

    Select a country and discuss;
    · its emissions profile and key impacts of climate change
    · current policy landscape,
    · current climate change position in the international negotiations
    · recommendations to overcome key challenges it faces internationally and domestically

    This assignment will assess your understanding of the course topic presented over days 1 and 2.

    Length and Presentation:
    10 – 15 minute presentation

    Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
    · Depth of analysis and research
    · Accuracy of arguments proposed
    · Ability to effectively answer the question
    · Presentation style
    · Incorporation of contribution by all team members
    · Extent to which topics from Day 1 and Day 2 are considered in the response

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 2,3,5,6

    Assessment 4: Individual assignment 2
    Weighting: 30%
    Due Dates: see MyUni
    Submission Details: Online through MyUni

    Select an Organisation
    · What are the key drivers for the organisation’s climate change disclosure?
    · How effective is the organisation in disclosing climate change information (from strategy to performance) to meet stakeholder expectations?
    · How does the company’s disclosure compare to its peers
    · Has the company linked climate change issues to financial value? Can you recommend metrics that would allow for this link to be established?
    · Does external research suggest any material issues that the company hasn’t disclosed?
    · What recommendations would you make to improve the company’s climate change disclosure?
    · Develop a business case for increasing this disclosure to the company Board (consider companies investors)

    This assignment will assess your understanding of all the materials taught through the entire course as well as public research undertaken on the topic areas relating to the assignment.

    Length and Presentation:
    Minimum 3500 words

    Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
    · Depth of analysis and research
    · Accuracy of arguments proposed
    · Ability to effectively answer the question
    · Extent to which topics from Day 3 and Day 4 are considered in the response

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 2,3,5,6


    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.

    Please refer to step by step instructions: 

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor but should be lodged via the MyUni Course site. Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet: Please submit, separate to your assignment, the completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Extensions of Time: Any request for an extension of time for the submission of an assignment should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine extenuating circumstances and proof, such as a doctor’s certificate, may be required.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late. Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.
    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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