EVST19022 - Climate Change: Risk and Assessments

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Climate change is now widely recognised as one of the biggest challenges facing the world. Its effects are already severe in Australia as well as in many other parts of the world. This unit will present you with in-depth knowledge of the issues related to climate change, with a focus on assessing risks of climate change and approaches to deal with the impacts. You will be introduced to the nature of climate change as well as to interdisciplinary approaches and integrative perspectives to problems of anthropogenic climate change. These include response strategies and programs to avert, mitigate, and adapt to climate change.


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 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Report 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.73% 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: Unit Coordinator reflection
Learning resources - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release 'AR6: Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change' and 'AR6: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability'. These reports will contain the most up-to-date information about climate changes.
Refresh the learning materials to reflect the findings and recommendations of these reports.
Action Taken
The learning materials were updated and refreshed with details of new Climate Change reports.
Source: Student feedback in Have Your Say
Learning activities - some students feel they would benefit from inclusions of some short videos about climate change in weekly learning.
Introduce short informative videos to facilitate learning.
Action Taken
Short informative videos about climate change and its assessment were introduced in relevant weeks.
Source: Student feedback in Have Your Say
Assessment design - students highly valued the design of two written assessments which are interrelated. The first assessment is to identify climate change and its impacts while the second one is to prepare a management plan to mitigate the impacts and adapt to the change.
Maintain and enhance the interrelation between the two written assessments.
Action Taken
The assessments were redesigned for ensuring the interrelationship between the two assessments.
Source: Unit Coordinator self assessment
New learning materials and assessment items
A new unit has been approved by curriculum committee, which is to replace this unit in 2024. It is recommended that some revisions for the new unit will be incorporated into this existing unit for its final offering in 2023. It will keep the good features of the unit while the learning materials are going to update and assessment items are redesigned accordingly.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Interpret the scientific concepts underpinning climate change and identify anthropogenic climate change
  2. Critically analyse the short-term and long-term effects of climate change on societies and ecosystems
  3. Apply interdisciplinary approaches to assess climate change risk and formulate strategies for climate change mitigation and adaption.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Report
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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