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Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience


Understanding how the planet works have never been more important as a topic in tertiary education. A practical understanding of the issue and how it will affect humanity is vital. That knowledge will be required in all career structures and will as important as learning how the economy, legal system and our national and international society works because it will affect all these, in a radical way. This subject introduces Earth and Global Systems, climate mechanisms, ocean and atmospheric interactions and changes to those that will change our world. Current and future outcomes of climate change are discussed together with human overdevelopment and exploitation, extinction and impacts on terrestrial and oceanic biodiversity.

Major issues include drought, desertification, rising temperatures, natural disasters, pandemics as well as the loss of habitats and habitable and agricultural land. Increasing sea levels and severe weather events will impact human habitation, cause forced migration, change food production, habitat loss and the increasing loss of animals and fish stocks. All these will challenge the world’s health and economic systems, political boundaries, global communities, international law, geopolitical boundaries and our treatment of 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 provides a broad background to climate change and its associated problems so that people can face their future with a greater understanding of how to tackle a changing world.

  • Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
    Subject code: SSUD71-318
    Subject title: SSUD71-318: Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience
    Subject level: Postgraduate
    Semester/Year: May 2020
    Credit points: 10.000
  • Timetable:
    Delivery mode: Standard
    Workload items:
    • Seminar: x12 () - Weekly seminar
    • Personal Study Hours: x12 () - Recommended study hours
    Attendance and learning activities: This subject usually includes several short field trips as noted in the content.
  • Prescribed resources:

    No Prescribed resources.

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Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code: SSUD71-318
Subject title: SSUD71-318: Climate Change: Adaptation and Resilience
Subject level: Postgraduate
Semester/Year: May 2020
Credit points: 10.000

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.


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.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify and classify factors contributing to the complexity of climate change and climate processes.
  2. Evaluate future climatic changes to Earth systems and direct causes of climate change to those systems
  3. Evaluate factors emerging from climate change that will effect widespread changes to human health
  4. Apply knowledge in climate change to demonstrate autonomy and responsibility in dealing with climate change processes and problems globally.
  • Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
    *Webinar Presentation Students will present a webinar on an issue in Climate Change approved by week 2. 30.00% Week 7 1,2,3,4
    Project Report Research Report: Submit the research report (2,500-3,000 words) and other documentation on the Climate Change issue (details explained in class). 70.00% Week 10 1,2,3,4
  • 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.

Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
*Webinar Presentation Students will present a webinar on an issue in Climate Change approved by week 2. 30.00% Week 7 1,2,3,4
Project Report Research Report: Submit the research report (2,500-3,000 words) and other documentation on the Climate Change issue (details explained in class). 70.00% Week 10 1,2,3,4

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.

Accessibility and Inclusion 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.

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