Subject details

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

  1. use the findings of the IPCC’s Assessment reports to understand and explain the predicted global and regional climate changes due to human induced global warming and their predicted impacts.
  2. use the science of climate change to determine projected changes in climate variables and use downscaling climate modelling tools to map these effects to local regions.
  3. determine the predicted climate change effects and impacts on different economic sectors and individual entities;
  4. use established frameworks, scientific, risk based tools and approaches to identify and rank the potential climate change impacts and risks for an entity.
    • Impact of climate change on different economic sectors
    • Impact of climate change on individual entities.
    • Use of established frameworks and risk-based tools
    • Ranking potential climate change impacts
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Online Assessment
      • Quizzes

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

Develops understanding of the predicted impacts of climate change associated with human induced global warming at the global, national, regional, sectoral and entity level. It is the first of two subjects which use established frameworks, tools and approaches to developing practical, justifiable climate change adaptation plans and strategies based on scientific, risk-based approaches. The subject teaches how to identify potential climate change effects on a sector or entity’s activities and assets and to identify and rank those potential impacts and risks.

The assessment for this subject comprises of the following elements: ONLINE QUIZZES: quizzes are used to consolidate learning from the course materials. (10%) MID-SEMESTER ASSIGNMENT: an assignment is given to test student competence in using downscaling software to map projected changes in climate variables to local regions. (20%) END OF SEMESTER ASSIGNMENT: an assignment is given to test student competence in climate change risk assessment for a fictional entity. (25%) EXAMINATION: a final, open book invigilated exam tests student understanding of the content of the course. (45%) Collectively the assessment tasks provide realistic examples of activities students would undertake in the workplace if they pursued a career in climate change management. Feedback on assessment components is provided by the unit coordinators and mentors.

  • Mid-Semester assignment (20%)
  • End-of-semester assignment (25%)
  • Open book invigilated exam (45%)
  • On line quizzes (10%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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