Understanding how the planet works has never been more important as a topic in tertiary education. A practical understanding of that and how it can affect humanity is vital. That knowledge will be required to combat climate change through all career structures. Understanding climate change is now as important as learning how the economy, the legal system and how our national and international society works because it will affect all these in the future.
This subject is an introduction to climate change through Earth and Global Systems, climate mechanisms, ocean and atmospheric interactions and changes in the future world. In this subject, the climate change complexity is explained within the realm of general undergraduate knowledge. Current and future outcomes of climate change are discussed together with climate processes, human activity, impacts on biodiversity, the oceans and biological extinction. Major issues arising include drought, desertification, rising heat, natural disasters and loss of habitats and habitable and agricultural areas. Increasing sea levels and severe weather events will impact human habitation, cause forced migration, food production and the loss of animals, fish, and their habitats. All these issues will challenge the world’s economic systems, political boundaries, global communities, international law, geopolitical boundaries and our philosophy towards others and the natural world. Forced population movement and migrations caused by sea level rise as well as changes in disease patterns will compound these problems, particularly with a growing world population.
The subject will provide students with the ability to filter out misinformation about the causes and consequences of climate change, and how they can face their future with a greater understanding of how to tackle a changing world.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Climate Change and the Future World|
Delivery & attendance
|Prescribed resources:||No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.|
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Assurance of learning
Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.
At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Identify and classify factors contributing to the complexity of climate change and climate processes.
- Formulate and convey their knowledge and understanding of climate change to others.
- Generate solutions to unpredictable and complex problems involved in climate change.
- Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility in dealing with and understanding climate change processes and problems globally.
|In-Class Quiz - Individual||Mid-term test will take place on Tuesday in week 8, 5-6pm.||40%||Week 8||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Project||Students will investigate a chosen aspect of Climate Change and will present the results of their research in weeks 11 and 12 (in groups of 2-3, to be decided in class). Topic agreed by the lecturer by week 3. Please note: no individual presentations.||50%||Week 11||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Class Participation||Participation on class discussion||10%||In Consultation||1, 2, 3, 4.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
Policy on plagiarism
The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.