SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH223250
Module Leader Mark Phillipson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module gives students understanding and knowledge of global climate change issues and the ways that differing political cultures can impact adaptation and mitigation measures. In addition, sectoral responses to climate change will be explored and country/regional mitigation strategies will be considered, using climate modelling to investigate how decisions regarding adaptation and mitigation emerge. This knowledge underpins activity towards both climate justice and also sustainable development.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The key global issues regarding climate change adaptation A general overview of the science of climate change will be covered and the application and climate models and their evaluation. Familiarisation with the application of Climate change models for developing adaptation plans. The political environment of adaptation. The use of Climate modelling for developing country or regional mitigation strategies. Mitigation commitments globally and regionally with specific focus on the EU and UK. Sectoral mitigation and adaptation approaches and implementation. Adaptation and mitigation in respect to health, economics and resources implications (including water, land use and land use change). Assessment will be based on sectoral responses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Understand and critically appraise current issues related to climate justice and their wide ranging impacts2. Appreciate the international context of climate justice issues, dynamics and nexuses3. Appreciate and understand the complexities of human rights, ethics and legal aspects of climate justice4. Have the ability to evaluate and apply appropriate methods for controlling projects, identifying risks, managing performance and resources in an international context.5. Critically Analyse climate justice risks, systems and processes requiring management 6. Researching, critically evaluating and synthesising information and data from a variety of sources7. Plan and justify solutions, taking a holistic approach to cost, benefits, time, sequence and quality within the framework of responsible governance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The delivery of this module will be through lectures, seminars and case studies. Students will develop the practical skills necessary for assessing climate change models for the development of adaptation and mitigation planning and strategies development.

Indicative Reading

Surampalli et al., Climate Change modelling, mitigation and adaptation. ISBN 9780784412718 Ludwig,F., Climate Change Mitigation in the Water Sector Leary, N., Climate Change and Adaptation ISBN13 9781844074709 Schipper et al., Community based Adaptation to Climate Change -Scaling it up. ISBN 13-9780415623704 Yodav et al., Crop Adaptation to Climate Change ISBN 9780813820163 Fijikura and Kawanishi, Climate Change Adaptation and International Development ISBN 9781849711531

Transferrable Skills

D1 Critical thinking and problem solving. D3 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject. D6 Time management (organising and planning work). D9 Be prepared for life-long learning. D10 Information retrieval skills. D13 Use general and specialist IT tools. D14 Communication skills, written, oral and listening

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Mitigation Implementation programme (2000 words)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Adaptation for security/mapping exercise (2000 words)