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SSUD71-318: Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience May 2017 [Intensive - Weeks 1 & 6]

General information

This subject will introduce students to the relationship between climate science and environmental management responses. The significance of international climate change policy will be discussed with reference to implementation of adaptation and mitigation actions by governments, and business and industry. Tools, international standards and reporting methods including climate impact assessment, life cycle assessment and carbon auditing will be examined.

Details

Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-318
Subject title:Environmental Management and Climate Change
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
Delivery mode:

Intensive

Workload items:
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 2
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 3
Attendance and learning activities: The subject covers two interlinked components. Component 1 will be given on 18-20 May 2017 in Week 1, focusing on issues relating to environment management, and discuss how effective environmental management is an essential part of sustainable development. This component covers both global and national environmental issues; the concepts, policies, principles and practices in environmental management, including ecosystems and ecosystem services; environmental impacts assessment and strategic environmental assessment; legal and economic instruments; ISO environmental management systems; life cycle assessment; eco-efficiency, eco-effectiveness and environmental sustainability; and the concepts and practice in sustainable development that embraces environmental, social and economic sustainability; multilateral environmental agreements and sustainable development goals. Component 2 will be given on 22-24 June 2017 of Week 6. It will first discuss the scientific aspects of climate change, including the physical science basis; impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; as well as mitigation of climate change. It will then examine climate change as both an environmental and developmental issue, in particular, the international, national and local policies relating to the emission of greenhouse gases and climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as alternative approaches to decarbonising the economy. Adaptation and mitigation case examples from Australia and other countries in the world will be used. International climate change negotiation, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992) and its Kyoto Protocol (1997), and Paris Agreement (2015), including international financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation, will also be discussed. The linkages between Component 1 and Component 2 are provided throughout the delivery of the subject. Students are expected to attend 100% of classes and at a minimum 80%. Non-attendance for any day, or part day, will require the support of an adequate reason and documentation such as a medical certificate.

Resources

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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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Restrictions: ?

Nil

Assurance of learning

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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)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Understand climate change issues, including science, impacts, technology, mitigation, adaptation, climate-related disaster risk reduction and policies within international and Australian context;
  2. Understand the international climate change negotiation processes under the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol, including Australian position;
  3. Understand the relation between climate change and sustainable development, including climate change mitigation and adaptation within the context of sustainable development;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of both international and Australian scientific and policy literature relevant to climate change;
  5. Understand the roles of scientific, cultural, social, economic, environmental and legal processes in relation to climate change in all spheres of government within Australia and other nations.

Assessment

Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay 2,500 word paper on topic provided on the first day of Intensive 1 25% Week 4 1, 2, 3.
Essay 2,500 word paper on a topic provided on the first day of Intensive 2 25% Week 9 1, 2, 3.
Oral Presentation PowerPoint preparation and presentation (up to 15 slides) 10% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Open) Examination 40% Non-Standard Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * 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.

Assessment criteria

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.

Quality assurance

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.

Study information

Submission procedures

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

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.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

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.

Disability support

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.

Additional subject information

CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: At a point during the first Intensive block, students in the class will be asked to choose a class representative. The role of a class representative is to serve as a communication channel between students enrolled in a subject and the subject's faculty member. Ideally, all students will communicate with faculty members directly; however, given the multicultural student body at Bond, there may be students who require non-direct communication channels. The class representative position is a leadership position requiring high levels of interpersonal communication skill. TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: I thoroughly enjoy teaching and have a strong commitment to providing quality educational material. My environmental teaching has a transdisciplinary approach and involves: Imparting theoretical knowledge; Conveying knowledge via environmental case materials; Facilitating transdisciplinary environmental research. My philosophy relating to postgraduate teaching and learning involves carefully taking account of and responding to student diversity and feedback, both formal and anecdotal, on course quality and content, class activities, and assessment. I believe that active academic research and professional development is important to continual improvement in my teaching and assisting the learning of my students.

Subject curriculum

Environment (natural and human environment), natural resources management; environmental degradation (rural and urban environment), ecological and carbon footprints, externalities, long-range transport of air pollution

Legal and economic instruments; environmental impact assessment; strategic environmental assesment

Tutorial: Free discussion of any issues related to lectures; Powerpoint presentations of students on selected topics

Payment for ecosystem services, eco-efficiency, eco-effectiveness; cleaner production; eco-industrial development; design for the environment; sustainability; Green Growth and Green Economy

ISO Environmental management systems, including life cycle assessment

Tutorial: Free discussion of any issues related to lectures; student Powerpoint presnentations

Sustainable development: concepts, practices and indicators; Mainstreaming environment into Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and beyond

Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) (ozone layer, climate change, biodiversity, desertification, and chemicals) and synergies; United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

Tutorial: Free discussion of any issues related to lectures; student Powerpoint presentations

Climate Change science; greenhouse effect; global warming; climate variability; human-induced climate change; atmospheric chemistry; climate change impacts and projected impacts; vulnerability, resilience, adaptation, disaster risk reduction; global and Australian context.

Greenhouse gases (GHG) inventory, mitigation, low-carbon and renewable energy, carbon tax, emission trading, global and Australian context.

Tutorial: Free discussion of any issues related to lectures; student Powerpoint presentations

UNFCCC: History and process Kyoto Protocol and mechanisms (Clean Development Mechanism, Joint Implementation and Emission Trading) and latest development (Paris Agreement)

Australian climate change policy: past and present

Tutorial: Free discussion of any issues related to lectures; student Powerpoint presentations

UNFCCC negotiations; including Financial Mechanisms; Global Environment Facility; Adaptation Fund; Green Climate Fund; other multilateral funds

Climate change and sustainable development

Tutorial: Concluson: Climate Change challenges and opportunities; review of course work and lessons learned; the way forward.

CHANGES IN DETAIL AND TIMING OF SOME TOPICS HERE MAY BE NOTIFIED AT THE FIRST INTENSIVE CLASS.

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NO SET TEXTBOOKS FOR THIS SUBJECT, A DETAILED LIST OF HIGHLY RECOMMENDED REFERENCES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE ILEARN SITE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS.

Approved on: Mar 23, 2017. Edition: 2.1