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Climate Change Science and Policy (PEN597)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit addresses the scientific, technological and policy aspects of global warming. This is a global environmental issue that has potentially major implications for all life on earth, including human society. In recent years, the subject of global warming has produced an intense international debate over the scientific basis of the measurements and predictions. The policy responses need to be understood in the context of the science and the controversy.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

ULO1. Critically assess the causes and scientific principles involved in the phenomenon of global warming
ULO2. Describe the modelling of climate change scenarios and to assess the potential impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human society
ULO3. Consider and assess the possible responses to global warming
ULO4. Describe the policy framework for addressing the causes and impacts of global warming
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences A theory and case study centred learning approach is adopted in this unit. This is achieved through structured and self-paced learning modules. The unit is organised into 18 topics. A series of lectures aim to provide an awareness of the science of climate change, and its impact, as well as adaptation and mitigation technology and policy strategies and methodologies currently used, or that potentially could be used, for tackling climate change nationally and globally. Learning occurs through interactive workshops during in-class contact, supported independent research activity and through assignments feedback. The students are required to answer a set of review questions during the workshop. Some practice questions and problems for each topic have been listed. The lists of practice exercises have two functions. Firstly, working on them will facilitate students learning, and secondly, the listing of questions and problems is another way of specifying the kinds of skills and knowledge they are expected to gain from this unit. Student should attempt all of the listed questions.
Online discussion forums enable interaction with fellow students and the unit coordinator throughout the semester.
Other Learning Experiences On-line discussions 1 x 1 hour per week for 10 weeks.
Assessment The assessment consists of quizzes (5%), participation in the Discussion Forum on LMS on recent issues (5%), 1x Short report on selected climate science issues (20%), 1 x project report (35%) and an Examination (35%). A passing mark must be achieved in the exam to pass the unit. 1 online quiz will be posted after every 5 lectures. Each quiz has 10 questions that cover the topics and a time limit of 15 minutes to complete. The project report focusses on issues of national interest and equity in international climate change policy negotiations.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an honours or graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PEC632/PEN632 Greenhouse Science and Policy or OEENV599 Climate Change Science and Policy 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)
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 Science and Policy (OEENV599) - as for PEN597 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
PEN597
Associate Professor Tania Urmee
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1316
e: T.Urmee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003E - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
OEENV599
Associate Professor Tania Urmee
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1316
e: T.Urmee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003E - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PEN597

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Tania Urmee
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1316
e: T.Urmee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003E - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
OEENV599

OUA: OUA1-External
OUA: OUA3-External
Associate Professor Tania Urmee
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1316
e: T.Urmee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003E - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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