CQUniversity Unit Profile
EVST19022 Climate Change: Risk and Assessments
Climate Change: Risk and Assessments
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General Information

Overview

Climate change is now widely recognized as one of the pre-eminent global issues facing the 21st Century. Its effects are already severe in Australia as well as in many other parts of the world. This unit is intended to develop student understandings of the broad issue of climate change, with a focus on the multi-dimensional aspects (i.e., social, economic, political, technical, moral, as well as physical environment elements) of how we can avert, mitigate, and adapt to climate changes. It will develop systems analysis skills in formulating climate change problems and in developing management strategies and programs to deal with climate change problems. The unit is intended to examine climate change and its implications as a range of opportunities as well as challenges. As such students will be encouraged to view problems posed by climate changes as opportunities for entrepreneurial and other kinds of ?positive-response? engagements with these changes.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum 18 credit points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Self-assessment

Feedback

Learning material needs a refresh.

Recommendation

The majority of the students are happy with their learning in this unit (satisfaction rate of the unit is usually high). However, the field of climate change education has progressed rapidly and is easily influenced by political events and policy agendas. The unit lead will continue updating and refreshing the learning materials and teaching approaches of this unit.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the concept of climate change and identify probable causes associated with anthropogenic global greenhouse gases emissions and other environmental changes.
  2. Access Australian and international documents, publications, and other resources, and use appropriate information technologies to engage in research and other data/information-gathering activities regarding climate change.
  3. describe climate changes that are already apparently affecting various regions around the planet
  4. Discuss a range of possible future climate changes that may occur under a variety of scenarios.
  5. Apply risk management frameworks to assessing impacts of climate changes.
  6. Develop multi-dimensional (i.e., incorporating social, political, economic and moral components as well as changes to the physical environment) systems models of climate changes and their effects.
  7. Assess capabilities and capacities of organizations to cope and adjust to climate change.
  8. Discuss a range of ways by which climate changes and their associated effects can be avoided, minimized, and/or adapted to.
  9. Develop strategies and mechanisms for dealing with climate change, identifying entrepreneurial and other opportunities that may arise from these.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jiaping Wu Unit Coordinator
j.wu@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Global atmospheric systems and climates

Chapter

Weekly learning materials will be made available on the unit's moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

There are 6 online quizzes, which all open in week 1 but cut off midnight on Sunday of different weeks during the term.

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Climate change: What and how?

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Climate change: The drivers

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Australian climate and climate change

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Impacts of climate change

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 cuts off

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Vacation week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Systems modelling

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 cuts off

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Climate change risks & risk management frameworks

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 3 cuts off

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Capability and capacity assessment

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Climate Change Report Due: Week 8 Friday (10 Sep 2021) 11:45 am AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Systems modelling of strategies and programs

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 4 cuts off

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Case studies (1): Impacts of climate change on Australian biodiversity

File

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 5 cuts off

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Case studies (2): Impacts of climate change on public health and services in Australia

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Identifying opportunities

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 6 cuts off



Climate Change Management Plan Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 12:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Climate Change Report

Task Description

The task of this assessment is to investigate what climate changes may occur and how these changes may affect Australia. Students are asked to identify a topic (community, organisation, industry, locality, species, ecosystem etc.) and write a report that assesses the impacts that climate change may have on the chosen topic. The report should be no less than 2,500 words in length.

The objective of the assessment item is to introduce students the approach of system modelling and familiarise with the climate change data. Detailed instructions will be provided in the Moodle site of the unit.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (10 Sep 2021) 11:45 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (24 Sep 2021)

The reports will be marked and returned in two weeks or as soon as practicable after the due date.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed based on the overall quality of the research and the effectiveness of the written communication. These include:

  • the understanding of climate change and its impacts on the study topic that have demonstrated;
  • the applications of the systems model of impacts and the risk assessment framework to the topic;
  • the quality of written expression and presentation.

See detailed assessment criteria in the unit's Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the concept of climate change and identify probable causes associated with anthropogenic global greenhouse gases emissions and other environmental changes.
  • Access Australian and international documents, publications, and other resources, and use appropriate information technologies to engage in research and other data/information-gathering activities regarding climate change.
  • describe climate changes that are already apparently affecting various regions around the planet
  • Discuss a range of possible future climate changes that may occur under a variety of scenarios.
  • Apply risk management frameworks to assessing impacts of climate changes.
  • Develop multi-dimensional (i.e., incorporating social, political, economic and moral components as well as changes to the physical environment) systems models of climate changes and their effects.
  • Assess capabilities and capacities of organizations to cope and adjust to climate change.
  • Discuss a range of ways by which climate changes and their associated effects can be avoided, minimized, and/or adapted to.
  • Develop strategies and mechanisms for dealing with climate change, identifying entrepreneurial and other opportunities that may arise from these.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Climate Change Management Plan

Task Description

This assessment requires you to follow up the findings of assignment 1 and write a 3,000-word paper. The paper is to outline and discuss a plan to manage the identified impacts that climate change may have on the chosen topic. This includes assessing the capability and capacity of the topic (or the responsible agencies) to copy with the impacts.

Detailed instructions will be provided in the unit's Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 12:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)

The paper will be marked and returned as soon as practicable after the end of term


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed based on overall quality of the research and effectiveness of the written communication. These include:

  • understanding of the climate change plan
  • quality of discussion on climate change mitigation, adaptation and management
  • appropriate application of required methodologies
  • quality of written expression and presentation.

See detailed assessment criteria in the unit's Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the concept of climate change and identify probable causes associated with anthropogenic global greenhouse gases emissions and other environmental changes.
  • Access Australian and international documents, publications, and other resources, and use appropriate information technologies to engage in research and other data/information-gathering activities regarding climate change.
  • describe climate changes that are already apparently affecting various regions around the planet
  • Discuss a range of possible future climate changes that may occur under a variety of scenarios.
  • Apply risk management frameworks to assessing impacts of climate changes.
  • Develop multi-dimensional (i.e., incorporating social, political, economic and moral components as well as changes to the physical environment) systems models of climate changes and their effects.
  • Assess capabilities and capacities of organizations to cope and adjust to climate change.
  • Discuss a range of ways by which climate changes and their associated effects can be avoided, minimized, and/or adapted to.
  • Develop strategies and mechanisms for dealing with climate change, identifying entrepreneurial and other opportunities that may arise from these.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz(zes)

Task Description

This assessment consists of 6 online quizzes. Each quiz has 10 multiple choice questions. You need to select the most appropriate answer from the given options. Detailed instruction is provided in the unit's moodle site.


Number of Quizzes

6


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

All online quizzes will be available from Monday of the first week. Each quiz will be cut off in different weeks over the term. Each quiz must be completed before its cut-off time.


Return Date to Students

Each quiz will be marked automatically after submission.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Quiz will be marked automatically by the system. Each question will be marked 'correct' if you chose the right answer. Scores are based on the number of correct answers only. There are no marks deducted for incorrect responses.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the concept of climate change and identify probable causes associated with anthropogenic global greenhouse gases emissions and other environmental changes.
  • Access Australian and international documents, publications, and other resources, and use appropriate information technologies to engage in research and other data/information-gathering activities regarding climate change.
  • describe climate changes that are already apparently affecting various regions around the planet
  • Discuss a range of possible future climate changes that may occur under a variety of scenarios.
  • Apply risk management frameworks to assessing impacts of climate changes.
  • Develop multi-dimensional (i.e., incorporating social, political, economic and moral components as well as changes to the physical environment) systems models of climate changes and their effects.
  • Assess capabilities and capacities of organizations to cope and adjust to climate change.
  • Discuss a range of ways by which climate changes and their associated effects can be avoided, minimized, and/or adapted to.
  • Develop strategies and mechanisms for dealing with climate change, identifying entrepreneurial and other opportunities that may arise from these.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

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