Greenhouse Science and Policy - 2016

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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 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Short questions x 2 (25%) , Essay - 2500 words (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,025.00
International 2,275.00

This unit presents a study of the scientific theory of global warming, the natural and enhanced greenhouse effect, causes of global warming, climate modelling and experimental evidence relevant to testing these models. It covers the consequences of global warming, climate change scenarios, greenhouse gas abatement strategies and social and technological approaches to mitigation and adaptation. Greenhouse policies, national and international frameworks, legal aspects, economic and fiscal measures will be examined.

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

  1. critically assess the causes and scientific principles involved in the phenomenon of global warming
  2. describe the modelling of climate change scenarios and to assess the potential impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human society
  3. consider and assess the possible technological responses to global warming
  4. describe the policy framework for addressing the causes and impacts of global warming.

This unit will contribute to the development of the following Graduate Attributes:

  1. communication - speaking, listening, reading, writing and IT skills 
  2. creative and critical thinking - problem solving, research skills, critical thinking
  3. independent learning and time management 
  4. ethics - social and professional 
  5. social justice - appreciation of cultural diversity, knowledge of other cultures, historical understanding, social responsibility 
  6. global perspective - this is a global issue 
  7. interdisciplinary studies - global warming and the response to it involves the ultimate interdisciplinary challenge 
  8. in-depth knowledge of a key issue and associated professional skills such as greenhouse auditing.
  • Assignment — Short questions x 2 (25%)
  • Essay — 2500 words (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 3 hour exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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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.

1Historical perspective
2The climate system
3CO2 and the carbon cycle
4Atmospheric chemistry
6Radiative forcing of climate
7Physical climate processes
8Global climate models
9Regional projections
10Environmental impacts
11Social Impacts
12UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol
13National responses
14Policies for mitigation
15Greenhouse accounting
16Observed climate variability
17Policies for adaptation
18Mitigation scenarios and implications
19Future directions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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