Climate Change Adaptation and Strategy - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Mid-semester assignment (20%) , Assignment 2 - End-of-semester assignment (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,070.00
International 2,320.00

This unit develops understanding of the options for mitigating or adapting to the climate changes associated with human induced global warming at the global, national, regional, sectoral and entity level. It is the second of two units which use established frameworks, tools and approaches to developing practical, justifiable climate change adaptation plans and strategies based on scientific, risk based approaches. The unit teaches how to identify, rank and build into a strategy measures for responding to climate change effects on a sector or entity.

On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. use the findings of the IPCC’s Assessment reports to understand and explain the options at regional and local level for mitigating or adapting to climate changes due to the impacts of human induced global warming
  2. understand and explain the options in a number of key sectors (e.g. agricultural sector) for mitigating or adapting to climate changes due to the impacts of human induced global warming
  3. understand how to develop an adaptation plan at national, regional, sectoral or entity level
  4. understand how to mainstream and implement an adaptation plan at entity level
  5. discuss how to develop more climate resilient, decarbonised cities and communities.
  • Assignment 1 — Mid-semester assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — End-of-semester assignment (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Open book exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — On-line quizzes (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

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.

1IPCC Assessment Reports
2Mitigating Climate Change
3Adapting to Climate Change
4Developing Climate Resilient, Decarbonised Cities and Communities

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes

This unit is a core requirement 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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