Run by School of Natural Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Miss Meryl Furlong
Overall aims and purpose
To provide students with a detailed knowledge of a current issue in the area of climate change, forests and livelihoods to be determined by the module organiser. The issue will be a topic currently at the forefront of debate, both in the popular media and scientific literature (e.g. carbon sequestration by forests). To allow students to develop their abilities in using online distance learning methods.
This module is comprised of 2 introductory sub-modules (3 e-lessons each), 7 core content sub-modules (3-6 e-lessons each), plus one (optional) supplementary sub-module. 1. Introduction (un-assessed) - Starting up 2. Introduction (un-assessed) - Are you climate friendly? 3. The climate issues: IPCC forecasts; community-based resilience; strategies to react. 4. Best practices: Project activities; Additionality; Permanence; Leakage; Co-benefits. 5. Policy-Institutional initiatives: UNFCC; CDM JI; Post-Kyoto; REDD+. 6. Policy-Voluntary initiatives What and why; Who is who; Fields of activities; Prices & trends; Carbon washing. 7. Carbon standards: Why and what; Types of standards; Who does what; Registries; Case studies. 8. Project building-1: Actiors’ map; Project phases; Validation and certification; Fundraising; monitoring; Discounting and credit marketing. 9. Project building-2: Testing Additionality; Baseline calculations; Estimating permanence; Estimating leakage. 10. Supplementary (un-assessed) - Ready to be a CO2 hero?: Synergies with forest management standards; benefit sharing mechanisms; local and indigenous community participation.
Successful completion of 3 – 4 sub-modules. Examination mark 40-50%
Successful completion of 5 - 6 sub-modules. Examination mark 50-80%
Successful completion of all 7 sub-modules. Examination mark >80%
Evaluate critically the arguments associated with a specific forestry issue.
Demonstrate an understanding of how this issue is perceived by the scientists, policy makers, other stakeholders and the general public
Study and critique a range of scientific literature and explain and illustrate specific aspects of the chosen topic
Use online distance learning technologies to direct and assess students’ own specific learning activities
Communicate effectively and succinctly, and in a timely fashion, through e-communication channels.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Independent and guided self-study
38 online E-lessons
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Engagement with current developments in the biosciences and their application.
- Appreciation of the complexity and diversity of life processes through the study of organisms.
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- D5AB: MSc Sustainable Forest and Nature Management year 1 (MSC/SFNM)
- D5AA: MSc Sustainable Tropical Forestry year 1 (MSC/STFOR)