Decarbonising Cities and Regions - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Essay (30%) , Presentation (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit examines ways of reducing carbon emissions in our cities and regions through various new technologies, lifestyle and behaviour change programs, urban and regional planning approaches and other end-user policies and initiatives. Low carbon infrastructure and housing design options are analysed and discussed in relation to urban development, and various opportunities to decarbonise remote communities and regions are examined. A basic introduction to carbon accounting is provided. Governance approaches to decarbonising cities are examined through international case studies demonstrating best practice. Focusing on the cities and the End-User, this unit will provide students with skills and knowledge in decarbonising the economy, through households, businesses and local communities.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse and integrate knowledge of the key concepts behind decarbonising cities and regions
  2. identify and assess international best practices in decarbonising settlements
  3. select appropriate decarbonising/measures applicable to a local context
  4. justify the effectiveness of various decarbonising mechanisms and their relationship to behaviour change.
  • Essay (30%)
  • Presentation (35%)
  • Report — Group Report (35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Decarbonising through technology
2Decarbonising through better design
3Decarbonising through behaviour change
4Decarbonising through regulation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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