MTMCC-The Science of Climate Change (M-level)

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: GCSE Science Grade C
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Nigel Arnell


Summary module description:

This module provides an introduction to the science of climate change, aimed at students who do not necessarily have a scientific background.

This module provides an introduction to the science of climate change, aimed at students who do not necessarily have a scientific background. It provides the background for a deep and informed understanding of one of today’s key global challenges. Why is climate changing, and how will it change in the future? How can we predict future climate? What is a “dangerous” climate change? And how can we construct and use knowledge of climate change to inform adaptation and mitigation?

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, the student will be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms and processes behind climate change;

• Demonstrate an ability to interpret and critically evaluate projections of future climate and its impacts.

Additional outcomes:
The student will gain a sound scientific background for further study into other scientific, social, economic, legal and political dimensions of climate change and responses to it.

Outline content:

• Introduction;

• The climate system;

• Modelling past, present and future climate change;

• Projecting the future;

• The impacts of climate change: what is dangerous?;

• Adapting to climate change;

• Mitigating climate change;

• Overview.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be largely lecture based but with a practical session using a simple computer based climate model.

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Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 68
Total hours by term 90.00 10.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Practical skills assessment 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
A Blackboard Quiz on lectures 1-4 in week 4 (unassessed).

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

1.5 hours.

Requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit examination in August / September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 2) Specialist equipment or materials: 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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