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Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (PEN503)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit develops awareness of options for mitigating or adapting to the climate changes associated with human induced global warming at the global, national, regional, sectoral and entity level. It is the second 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. It teaches how to identify, rank and build into a strategy measures to make a sector or entity more resilient to climate change.
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 explain the options at regional and local level for mitigating or adapting to climate changes due to the impacts of human induced global warming.
2. Explain the options in a number of key sectors (e.g. agricultural sector) for mitigating or adapting to climate changes due to the impacts of human induced global warming.
3. Demonstrate knowledge on how to develop an adaptation plan at national, regional, sectoral and entity level.
4. Demonstrate knowledge on how to mainstream and implement an adaptation plan at entity level.
5. Discuss how to develop more climate resilient, decarbonised cities and communities.
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 comprises:
* On-line quizzes (10%): quizzes are used to consolidate learning from the course materials
* Mid-semester assignment (20%): a mid-semester assignment is given to test student knowledge of the adaptation options at regional and sectoral level.
* End of semester assignment (25%): an end of semester assignment is given to test student competence indeveloping an adaptation plan for an entity.
* Examination (45%): a final, open book exam tests student competence on the content of the unit.
Collectively the assessment tasks provide realistic examples of activities students would undertake if they pursued a career in carbon management. Timely feedback on assessment components is provided by the unit coordinators and teaching staff.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an Honours or Graduate-level course. Recommended PEN597 Climate Change Science and Policy and PEN504 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Lifecycle Assessment.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed OEENV503 Climate Change Adaptation and Strategy 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)
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 Adaptation and Strategy (OEENV503) - as for PEN503 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
PEN503
Dr Manickam Minakshi Sundaram
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2017
e: minakshi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004F - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
OEENV503
Dr Manickam Minakshi Sundaram
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2017
e: minakshi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004F - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PEN503

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Manickam Minakshi Sundaram
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2017
e: minakshi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004F - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
OEENV503

OUA: OUA1-External
OUA: OUA3-External
Dr Manickam Minakshi Sundaram
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2017
e: minakshi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004F - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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