EVST19022 - Climate Change: Risk and Assessments

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.44% response rate.

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.

Source: Feedback from unit survey
A student noted that the requirement for the assessment of climate change management plan was not very clear.
Detailed explanation of the requirement for this assessment will be provided in the unit's moodle site.
Action Taken
A clear statement of the requirement for this assessment has been provided in the unit's moodle stie.
Source: self reflection
Lecture note
As a field of study, climate change has developed rapidly. The unit coordinator will continue updating the lecture notes and teaching approaches of this unit.
Action Taken
The unit lead has replaced any readings that might be dated and has updated the relevant weekly lecture notes and online quizzes.
Source: Self-assessment
Learning material needs a refresh.
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.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)