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Climate Change Impact Assessment (PEN502)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Develops understanding of the predicted impacts of climate change associated with human induced global warming at the global, national, regional, sectoral and entity level. It is the first of two units which use established frameworks, tools and approaches to developing practical, justifiable climate change adaptation plans and strategies based on scientific, risk-based approaches. The unit teaches how to identify potential climate change effects on a sector or entity's activities and assets and to identify and rank those potential impacts and risks.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

1. Use the findings of the IPCC's Assessment reports to understand and explain the predicted global and regional climate changes due to human induced global warming and their predicted impacts.
2. Use the science of climate change to determine projected changes in climate variables and use downscaling climate modelling tools to map these effects to local regions.
3. Determine the predicted climate change effects and impacts on different economic sectors and individual entities;
4. Use established frameworks, scientific, risk based tools and approaches to identify and rank the potential climate change impacts and risks for an entity.
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 risk assessment 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 in using downscaling software to map projected changes in climate variables to local regions.
* End of semester assignment (20%): an assignment is given to test student competence in climate change risk assessment for a fictional entity.
* Examination (50%): a final, open book exam tests student understanding of the content of the course.
Collectively the assessment tasks provide realistic examples of activities students would undertake in the workplace if they pursued a career in climate change management. Feedback on assessment components is provided by the unit coordinators and mentors.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an Honours or Graduate-level course. Recommended PEN597 Climate Change Science and Policy (may be concurrent enrolment).
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed OEENV502 Climate Change Impact Assessment may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
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.
Climate Change Impact Assessment (OEENV502) - as for PEN502 except as follows
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability OUA: OUA1-external, OUA3-external
Timetabled Learning Activities
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
PEN502
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
OEENV502
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
PEN502

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
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
OEENV502

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
PEN502

MURDOCH: S2-External
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