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Carbon Management (PEN598)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit develops knowledge of the frameworks, strategies and methods for managing (reducing) greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions at the international, national and entity level. This includes the main policy and financial instruments used at national level. The course also looks at the financial instruments and management strategies used to effectively manage carbon emissions at entity level. The latter part of the course looks at the standards and methodologies for the generation of carbon offsets and achieving credible carbon neutrality.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the international protocols and frameworks that underpin the international efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions.
2. Understand the main policy and financial instruments used to manage carbon emissions at the national level and discuss their relative advantages and disadvantages.
3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the economic and financial concepts related to carbon management including marginal abatement cost curves (MACCs).
4. Understand how to develop and get buy-in for credible carbon management strategies and plans at entity level.
5. Understand and be able to use the relevant standards to develop and effectively communicate a corporate carbon reduction or neutral strategy.
6. Understand and be able to use the relevant standards and methodologies for the generation of accredited carbon offsets.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 1 x 3 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures are used to introduce the main content of the unit and are available online through a Learning Management site (LMS). The lecture material is then reinforced by the consideration of tutorial questions in a subsequent workshop/discussion session. Software is used to allow a collaborative discussion that involves both students in the classroom and students studying online. Knowledge is further developed through assignments including the development of a carbon neutral strategy for an entity, providing a practical application of the skills learnt through the lecture material.
The LMS site will be used to provide details of the activities and also to allow discussion of issues and topics of interest that arise during the unit via Forums on the LMS site.
Students should spend approximately 10 hours per week on this unit.
Assessment The assessment for this unit comprises of the following elements:
* On-line quizzes (10%): quizzes are used to consolidate learning from the course materials
* Mid-semester assignment (20%): An assignment is given to test student competence on carbon
management policy and financial instruments.
* End of semester assignment (20%): An assignment is given to test student competence on carbon
management strategies and methodologies by requiring them to develop a carbon management strategy
for a fictional entity.
* Examination (50%): a final, open book exam tests student competence in relation to all the concepts in the
course.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an Honours or Graduate-level course. Completion of either PEN597/OEENV599 Climate Change Science and Policy or PEN504 /OEENV504 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Lifecycle Assessment or PEC632/PEN632 Greenhouse Science and Policy or PEC611/PEN611 Greenhouse Accounting and Life Cycle Assessment.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed OEENV598 Carbon Management may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradCertEnCbSt)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradDipEnCbSt)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.
Carbon Management (OEENV598) - as for PEN598 except as follows
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability OUA: OUA1-external, OUA3-external
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to: 1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the international protocols and frameworks that underpin the international efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions. 2. Understand the main policy and financial instruments used to manage carbon emissions at the national level and discuss their relative advantages and disadvantages. 3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the economic and financial concepts related to carbon management including marginal abatement cost curves (MACCs). 4. Understand how to develop and get buy in for credible carbon management strategies and plans at entity level. 5. Understand and be able to use the relevant standards to develop and effectively communicate a corporate carbon reduction or neutral strategy. 6. Understand and be able to use the relevant standards and methodologies for the generation of accredited carbon offsets.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures are used to introduce the main content of the unit and are available online through a Learning Management site (LMS). Knowledge is further developed through assignments including the development of a carbon neutral strategy for an entity, providing a practical application of the skills learnt through the lecture material. The LMS site will be used to provide details of the activities and also to allow discussion of issues and topics of interest that arise during the unit via Forums on the LMS site. Students should spend approximately 10 hours per week on this unit.
Assessment The assessment for this unit comprises of the following elements:
* On-line quizzes (10%): quizzes are used to consolidate learning from the course materials.
* Mid-semester assignment (20%): An assignment is given to test student competence on carbon management policy and financial instruments.
* End of semester assignment (25%): An assignment is given to test student competence on carbon management strategies and methodologies by requiring them to develop a carbon management strategy for a fictional entity.
* Examination (45%): a final, open book exam tests student competence in relation to all the concepts in the course.
Prerequisites A completed bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline from a recognised university (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing). Recommended EENV599 Climate Change Science and Policy and EENV504 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Lifecycle Assessment.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
PEN598
Dr Elaine Walker
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2866
e: E.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
OEENV598
Dr Elaine Walker
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2866
e: E.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PEN598

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
Dr Elaine Walker
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2866
e: E.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
OEENV598

OUA: OUA1-External
OUA: OUA3-External
Dr Elaine Walker
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2866
e: E.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
PEN598

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
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